Synopsis: When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.
It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?
My Review: CHARMED BY CHOCOLATE is the sixth book in the Love At The Chocolate Shop series. The series takes place in Marietta Montana with Sage’s Chocolate Shop being where everyone meets up. The books are all written by different authors, yet the series meshes together very well. In this story Leah is in love with her best friend, Wade. She left Marietta for Los Angeles to get away from the cold, to make something of herself and to nurse her wounds as she feels she and Wade will never get together. When her friend Betsy asks her to help her out with a one day appearance on The Bachelor, Leah agrees. That one day turned into more and when they were looking for some situations to boost the show, they targeted Leah. Getting her drunk, she then said some things that she regretted. Getting the nickname “Lonely Leah” and being written up in one tabloid after another, she flees back to Marietta to lick her wounds and let the talk die down. She is praying that she does not lose her job. Once back in Marietta, she runs into Wade. With her grandma Josie, her brother Dylan and her friend Sage all telling her to be honest with Wade and that he still loves her, she is more confused and scared than ever. Will Leah ever lose the terrible nickname they gave her on the show? Can she trust Wade with her heart or do they try to go back being friends? Will she and Wade find their Happy Ever After?
I really enjoyed CHARMED BY CHOCOLATE as much as the others I have read in this series. I love meeting the characters in this small town and Josie was a hoot. She added the humour to this story. It is wonderful seeing this group of friends find their soulmates and live happily. I am looking forward to reading the next on in this series. They are quick reads and that keeps me wanting more. I recommend this book and series to those who enjoy a good, clean, fun romance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.