February was the month of love and chocolate (How many of you are still burning off those calories?). I’m addicted to chocolate, and my review partners know this. When we encountered this book I wondered how anyone could give up both men and chocolate. Living a life without chocolate can't make for a mentally stable individual in my opinion.
Maddie Carson has taken a sacred vow to give up chocolate and dating. A comfort eater who turns to brownies every time her twin brother is deployed with the army, Maddie has twenty pounds to lose before she can once again date like it's an Olympic sport. She and her best friend are on a mission to open an equine assisted therapy center and Maddie is desperate to work through her body image issues in order to be the best therapist she can be. When the fitness buff at the gym - known as Hot Shirtless Guy - not only teaches her proper technique on the rowing machine but also asks her to dinner, Maddie finds herself struggling to stay on the wagon. To complicate matters Darren Brown (yes, his name is the root word in "brownie") is trying to buy the same horse as Maddie and offers to buy in on a partnership to open the therapy center. Maddie fell in love the mare because of her name and gentle demeanor, but Darren's tragic relationship with Chocolate has Maddie questioning her own motives. When partnering with Darren becomes a financial necessity, Maddie will discover that by giving her heart, she can achieve all her dreams.
This book had me chuckling from beginning to end. Maddie had a wonderful sense of humor which flowed throughout the book. The attraction between her and Darren (I wouldn’t mind working out with a guy like him) once they had their first conversation set the book off just right. The sparks between them continued to grow until it culminated in a set of fireworks.
What I enjoyed about this book the most was my ability to relate to the heroine on so many levels. Comfort eating, chocolate addiction, suffering through weight loss and doing what she had to do to get her life well situated again. My only issue was that she took everything to such an extreme that it unbalanced her life.
Darren also lived a realistic life after going through a tragedy which had changed and redefined him. He was the kind of guy I’d like to fall in love with. Hot, attentive, kind, and not afraid to go after what he wanted, which was Maddie.
I give this book five out of five chocolate brownies instead of chocolate bars.
I purchased this book from Amazon.