Love, Chocolate, and Beer [NOOK Book]

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-- A USA Today Bestseller! --

"A new must-read series from Violet Duke." --NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks

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 ...
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Love, Chocolate, and Beer

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Overview

-- A USA Today Bestseller! --

"A new must-read series from Violet Duke." --NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks

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.

THE CACTUS CREEK SERIES:

Love, Chocolate, and Beer [Luke & Dani]
Love, Diamonds, and Spades [Rylan & Quinn] *
Love, Tussles, and Takedowns [Hudson & Lia]
Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey]
Love, Sidelines, and Endzones [Grady & Sienna]

*Surprise! Fan-requested book coming to series Feb 2015.
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Editorial Reviews

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews - Slick R
"Holy cow, Luke is one of those heroes you can't help but fall in love with and stay there. [And] there is a remarkable ensemble cast that adds so much life to this story. That's what makes this book so incredible."
Can't Beat A Good Book - Jennifer E
"Sweet, sassy, sexy and full moments that made me swoon. Violet Duke has the uncanny ability to pull at your heart strings whilst also causing the biggest of grins at the sweetness of her stories. Overall a brilliant story."
The Lovely Books Review Blog - Jessica R
"Violet Duke has outdone herself...again! There is something pure and beautiful with her writing, it's phenomenal. This is an absolutely fun book about love and friendships. I was laughing and crying throughout the whole book."
The Barnes & Noble Review - Juliana Stone
"This is a small town romance with a great cast of secondary characters. They have chemistry, the writing is great and I loved getting to know the town."
Liezel's Book Blog - Liezel .
"Like nothing I've ever read before...all around striking. It wasn't just the beautiful romance between the main couple that caught and kept my attention but it was the overall uniqueness and inventiveness of the story."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148226925
  • Publisher: Violet Duke
  • Publication date: 1/29/2014
  • Series: Cactus Creek, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 406
  • Sales rank: 23,218
  • File size: 849 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, B&N, and iTunes, and have been featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she's not arguing with her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

Find the latest on her books and weekly fan giveaways at www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Plot spoilers et. Al.

    Between the plot spoilers revealing all details, the pornographic postings, and the kids chatting it up on here, its hard to get a real review. I truly wish bn would crackdown on these plot spoilers who give away story details and ban then, and these kids who post these porno posts anduse the nook as a play room.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Book 2 of series, 326 pages long

    This is the second book of a series of six, so far. It has about 326 pages and is very well edited. The story is set in Arizona. I was really surprized by this, as the spelling of some names, sentence formation and word usage, lead me to believe the book was set in England or perhaps Ireland. It is once again a book about the war between the sexes. Will the women give up their independance to the men pursuing them? Will love and lust win? Of course it will, but only after many arguments, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, much foot dragging and loud caterwailing. Then there is no telling what the unpredictable woman will do, but there is bound to be tears, cat fights, throwing of objects and eating comfort foods. ( or beer drinking, in this case, (on both sides,) as well as chocolate nibbling.) This was a fun book to read. Predictable. There are adult themes, but not nastily descriptive. It is a chocolate versus beer world with a twist. The man is into the cocoa and the woman is hopping into the hops. A nice chick lit book. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Reminded me a bit of Cayote Ugly. Good.

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    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Love this one! A new series by Violet Duke takes us to Cactus Cr

    Love this one! A new series by Violet Duke takes us to Cactus Creek, AZ! I found this to be slightly sweeter than her other books but no less entertaining. Great characters and a storyline that keeps you guessing. You don't want to miss it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    I fell in love with Violet Duke when I was asked by Didi to read

    I fell in love with Violet Duke when I was asked by Didi to read and review her A Nice Guy To Love series.   She's one of those writers who drew me in from the start with her quirky sense of humor, her flawed but loveable characters, and her full but entertaining plots.  So, I was very excited when she announced the Cactus Creek series and if Love, Chocolate, and Beer is indicative of what this series will be like then she's got a winner on her hands.  Danica (Dani) Dobson, town sweetheart and brewmaster extraordinaire, goes head to head and eventually heart to heart against the newest business owner in town chocolatier, Luke Bradford.  With Valentine's Day around the corner these two stage a What's Better For Valentine's day throwdown:  chocolate or beer?  You'll be amazed at the interesting way these two pump new life into their town and this holiday and no doubt enjoy the heated verbal foreplay they engage while doing so.  A battle of the sexes or a battle of wills, who will come out on top and in the end does it really matter?  
    Holy cow, Luke is one of those heroes you can't help but fall in love with and stay there.  He's a hopeless romantic who is looking for someone to be his Mrs. Right even after having his heart stomped on several times.  He believes in love, in a soul mate, and in happily ever after.  He's also one hell of a talented chocolate maker.  He's dedicated to his craft and to his best friend and business partner, Quinn and her little boy Connor.  For better or worse he jumps in with both feet and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants and what he thinks is best for everyone in every situation.
    Dani, so help me I like this woman despite the fact that she made some very critical mistakes along the way in this story.  At times, I wanted to hate her but I just couldn't do it.  She's messed up, she's confused, and she has a whole lot of baggage she insists on carrying with her along her way.  She is thrown for a complete loop when she meets Luke but her trust issues just won't let him in and keeps her from sharing so many things from him.  However, it's so easy to see that deep down she really cares for him.
    I loved their first sexy encounter, the verbal sparring, their thowdown hijinks, the way they worked to show each other how much they care, the way they entwined their lives without really realizing it, the memorable gifts, and the way they each tried to make things right when things were going so terribly wrong.  These two have this connection that as a reader you can just feel, it gives you goosebumps and makes you cry when things aren't right.  
    While I would love to give Dani and Luke all the credit for this book, I can't.  There is a remarkable ensemble cast that adds so much life to this story.  Honestly, I felt like I was there in Cactus Creek caught up in the middle of it all.  That's what makes this book so incredible, I felt completely immersed in everything that was going on and like it was happening to my friends.
    I could go on and on about Love, Chocolate, and Beer but that would take time away from you actually reading it.  I urge you to run to your favorite bookseller and buy it, I have a feeling you'll fall in love with these characters and Cactus Creek as much as I did!

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I have read all of Violet's books and I have to say this one is

    I have read all of Violet's books and I have to say this one is by far my favorite. I was in love with Dani and Luke from the first chapter. 

    Dani a brewmaster and Luke a chocolatier are in a heated battle or which is more romantic...Beer or Chocolate. Along with the 'throw down' are five beautiful love stories with characters so typical of Violets writing. Each character was very well developed and easy to fall in love with. 

    Lukes parents are wonderful and have a great sense of humor and the story shows a love between them that most people only dream about. 

    LC&B flows well and the story builds with just the right amount f dram and heart ache. 

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Loved it!

    This was such a fun story!! I love the characters, the plot, the style... oh, and the thought of a hot man making fabulous chocolate candies! Can't wait for book 2!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2015

    Ugh. I shoulda guessed from the title...

    That beer+alcohol would be the resounding theme. But still, I think it woulda been just as good if not better if the author wouldve branched out a little more.Made it more about relationship and less about bar life. Yuk. Ive never been so bored by reading about beer and tequila in my life. Deleting this from my library.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Yawn!!!

    Probably the most boring book I have ever read. I tried and tried, but had trouble finishing. Usually I can hardly put a book down, not the case here. Story had potential, but way to much info and not enough interaction between the main characters. There would be a conversation and after each spoke one line there were 5 pages of the other thinking before they responded. And most of the interesting interactions like the great text messages were never shown just implied. My first book by the author and most likely my last.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Cute and fun

    This book was a fun read. Nothing surprising, but a nice piece to read for a change of pace. Again, it is cute and if one is looking for a short, fun book to read, Love, Chocolate and Beer is that read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    This book has been so boring to read. I found myself stopping re

    This book has been so boring to read. I found myself stopping reading it over and over because it lacked true gut wrenching excitement,   I have tried g
    oing back multiple times to just finish the damn thing but its just so boring

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    No

    Way overrated!!!! Droned on. Tooooo much detail with ingredients and how to guide for beer and chocolate. Felt like the love story was secondary.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    How is that title not a motivation to read what this ¿Love Choco

    How is that title not a motivation to read what this “Love Chocolate and Beer” is all about? When I saw the book cover, I was completely bowled over. It had an aura of serenity, romance and love between the models, and the chemistry oozing out of the cover could not be ignored. It was one of the most delicious book covers I have seen making me tingle all over!

    I have never read Violet Duke, although I had her on my list of ‘to be read’ eventually. But a post from Carly Phillips and one look at the book cover changed my mind. Oh my!!! What a fabulous book it turned out to be!!! I am so glad to have acted on my instinct and what a wonderful, wonderful story it is ¿ .This is going to go down as one of my top favorite books, a special place in my library.

    Let me tell you, I was up until 4 am to finish reading the book and it took me quite a while to write about it – my feelings were all over the place and boy did I shed tears!!!!  Luke and Danica are such beautiful people to fall in love with – so perfectly imperfect.  

    Luke is a darling of a romantic chocolatier and his character is so very well developed. He’s hardworking, loves his parents and a great brother to Quinn, and even in the most trying of circumstances, he really could think clearly (almost all the time); such a sweet truffle of a person – warm, gooey and delectable. Dani is a super sweet aroma running a brewpub, floating in the various layers of anger, guilt, loyalty and a killer of a grin and smile shaking Luke to the core. 

    I loved the way the story unfolded and I did not skip one word! Violet really spent a hell of a time developing these characters to a T. Their journey of sparring with each other over chocolate and beer, finding a balance between the sweet and fizzy, dealing with their past hurt and guilt, it was one delicious ride. The last two chapters had me shed many a tear, and that tells how eloquently Violet was able to piece each emotion by emotion in words that jumped right at you and your heart is crying right along with Dani and Luke. 

    The supporting cast of her brother Derek and his partner Jonathan, Quinn and Rylan, and her amazing friend Xoey, were a heady mix of important ingredients in the whole equation along with Luke’s parents. I could not help falling in love with Cactus Creek and even Noah got into my good books.

    I want to say a lot more, but even as I write this piece, my emotions are going awry, again. So I will let my fellow readers read for themselves and am sure they would get to ‘tastegasm’ once they taste the love “beerified” between chocolate and beer.

    Can’t wait to spend time with Lia and Hudson as they find love between ‘Sidebars and Armbars” in Violet’s next installment.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Holy Hefeweizen!! Yep, that is Dani's most famous exclamation in

    Holy Hefeweizen!! Yep, that is Dani's most famous exclamation in this book and it pertains to this new series!! So Dani nearly royally screwed up her possible relationship with Luke by not telling him about almost ruining his business. She goes through about 3/4 of the book without telling him and it is almost a disaster. But during this time, Luke finds his way into Dani's heart, helping her to trust again. When he finds out why she is like the way she is, he goes and gives her the most amazing Valentines ever!!. Even though you can see that they are falling in love, they both have a lot of obstacles to fight through and they do it with family and friends and lots of love. This is a wonderful new series and you definitely will love it. There are no graphic sex scenes here, it is a beautiful romance story. Please read the prequel before you read this one. You need to know the background story or you will be totally confused. I am absolutely loving this new series and can't wait for the next one. You do get an HEA, there are no cliffhangers and the next one is about a different couple. I received an arc for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2015

    I loved it!

    This book was awesome! I chuckled, laughed, lol'd, and got girly and sappy. The ups and downs and in between were fantastic! I won't say I cried because my allergies are bad so that may explain why my eyes teared up. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Definitely recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2015

    Violet Duke is a very good author. This is the first book I have

    Violet Duke is a very good author. This is the first book I have read by her and just loved!
    The characters we described very well that I felt I was right there with them.
    I love the cute play back and forth between Dani and Luke.A Lot of the characters had a lot of involvement. I thought Dani and Luke would never get together. Finally when they did it was not what made the whole book talk about. The sex in this book is very mild
    Lots of twists and turns I did not expect. I laughed, got mad and cried while reading this book.
    I recommend this series to anyone who just loves love stories that concentrate on the Love not the sex.
    I can't wait to go to next book in the series.
    also these are full length novels, not the 30 to 50 page Novellas!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2015

    A great read....keeps you guessing with a lot of ups and downs

    I would recommend this book for all late teens and adults who enjoy intrigue and romance. Contains a lot of real life situations and keeps the reader wanting to read more. I will read more books by Violet Duke and I would recommend Love Chocolate and Beer for a discussion group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2015

    So excited to start her new series.  Great characters with your

    So excited to start her new series.  Great characters with your not typical jobs. 
    Lots of hot chemistry between the characters and just love his parents.
    Only wish there was a way to taste all the treats he makes.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    more from this reviewer

    Who doesn't love a little bit of friendly competition? In the f

    Who doesn't love a little bit of friendly competition?

    In the first book in the Cactus Creek series, Luke Bradford takes over the storefront next to Dani Dobson's Ocatillo's Bar, where she is busy being brew master extraordinaire, the chocolatier is looking forward to starting over newly single, with his new shop. He and Dani have a hot introduction to one another, but it's his business partner, Quinn, that manages to tick Dani off when she begins work on the chocolate shops new ad campaign.

    While they try to work out the disagreement, it becomes a competition of Chocolate versus Beer for Valentine's Day. The competition is downright fierce! Dani doesn't like clichés to begin with and doesn't believe in hearts and flowers, where Luke is full of them and he believes that is the way to a woman's heart. Oh yeah, and did I mention Luke handsome, has killer dimples and Dani can't get him out of her head. A big problem for a girl that is trying to discount the virtues of hearts and flowers!

    I really enjoyed this tale of these two people who learned a lot about each other and a lot about love through what started out of frustration and competition. Violet Duke wrote a very strong female character that made me not only admire her, but want to be friends with her. Luke was the king of romance and how can you go wrong with that?

    This is a series I'd highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Boring

    Couldn't even finish. It felt too much like a LMN movie. The thing about reading books is it usually pulls you so much deeper into the story than watching a movie. This one didn't. Unfortunately, I would save your money if I was you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    perfect beach/summer read

    perfect beach read - fast, sweet and made you want more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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