When traveling chocolatier Vivian Dawson comes to Marietta to open Delish, a chain chocolate shop, she’s unfazed by angry locals. She’s not looking for friends—she’s the competition, and her target is Sage O’Dell’s Copper Mountain Chocolates. To create marketing buzz and a friendly rivalry, Vivian declares Delish’s hot chocolate the best in town and will prove it at Marietta’s Christmas Stroll. Everyone takes a side, and Vivian hopes a certain deputy will take hers for another unforgettable night.
Sheriff’s deputy Reuben Price can’t believe his luck when the woman he’s been thinking about since a rebound one-night stand opens a shop in town. He’s shocked when Marietta’s normally friendly citizens become hostile, but he’s ready to welcome Vivian with open arms and more.
As Vivian is seduced by the charming town and the sexy deputy, she wonders if she’s finally found a home. But when tragedy strikes before Christmas, will Vivian run like she always has or will her growing feelings convince her to stay?
A steamy hot, friends to lovers story
Vivian and Reuben had a one night fling at a hotel in Bozeman and they were never expected to see each other again. Months later, when Viv was in Marietta to open a chocolate shop, she ran into Reuben again. Sparks flew immediately and they decided on a friend with benefits relationship as Viv was only in town six months. But fate had something else in mind for them.
I really enjoyed this book. The author made the characters feel real, flaws and all. Set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana, that I have come to love, you had all of the small town feel to the story with characters from past books making an appearance. The competition between the two competing chocolate shops was a fun addition to the romantic story line. This is the beginning of a new series and I can’t wait to read the following books.