Love, Chocolate, and Beer (Cactus Creek #1) by Violet Duke – Review


Romance has met its most unlikely match-up…

Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success—by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.

In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.

Beloved local brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling—the kind her world has been crushed by before—is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic clichés. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.

Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.


LOVE, CHOCOLATE, AND BEER is yet another hit by Violet Duke and the first full length novel in her new series Cactus Creek. As in her Nice Girl to Love series, Ms. Duke’s offers a fun story with likeable characters that she manages, with the realistic feel of her writing style, to make you see them as your own friends and neighbors. I liked everything about this story. It’s just one of those sweet romantic reads you hate to end, but when it does you find yourself with a smile on your face.

My favorite character was the handsome and romantic Luke Bradford. He is a master chocolatier who has moved his successful chocolate shop, Desert Confections, from Mesa to Cactus Creek, AZ. Luke is a smoldering, old-fashioned romance kind of guy who is almost immediately smitten with Dani. Pretty much a love at first sight for him and he does everything he can to win Dani’s skeptical and unromantic heart. He is that guy we all dream about having of our own. Nice, kind, loves his parents, funny, intelligent, hardworking, loyal to his friends, has mad bedroom skills, and been searching his whole life for The One to spoil and spend his forever with.

Dani Dobson, is the hometown girl, the second-generation brewmaster and owner of Ocotillos Brewpub. She was burned in the romance department in a huge and devastating way which has left her a non-believer in true or romantic love. She is a girl-next-door type of sweet and a take-no prisoners workaholic businesswoman all wrapped up in one feisty package Luke finds impossible to resist. Determined as Dani wants to be she can’t stop the weak-in-the-knees reaction he causes in her with just the hot way he looks at her and she has no defense against him when he pulls out all the stops to find his way into Dani’s arms and into her heart.

Their initial attraction and sexual chemistry is so intense it’s combustible, but it’s also no easy road. Dani has issues from her past that make it impossible for her to trust in a man to not break her heart. Their love is helped along by practically the whole town of Cactus Creek, their family, friends and coworkers who all have sassy and quirky personalities that round out this well-written and enjoyable story. As an extra bonus, we get a glimpse of the super sexy and dreamy Connor Sullivan, from Resisting the Bad Boy. Yeah, still not over my book boyfriend crush on him. 🙂

~I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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