She's always been the good girl, but this trip to Italy will show Annabella that love and chocolate can both be sweet, tempting – and dangerously addictive.
When infamous playboy Alessandro De Costa entices Little Miss Sensible, Annabella Beaumont, to be his master chocolatier and faux fiancée, neither anticipate the deception – or passionate seduction – that will follow.
Annabella isn't prepared for the limelight, the charade, the 'makeover', and she didn't know her new boss would look like a gift from heaven with the devil in his smile. But she's determined to succeed; her sister's depending on her.
Now, as she slowly succumbs to the playboy's charms, Annabella struggles with sweet temptation – as well as secrets that could ruin everything.
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Annabella had an appointment with Alessandro De Casso. Annabella/Anna wasn’t impressed with looks but Alessandro/Ale toke her breath away. Then Anna is scrutinized by Ale then she goes to leave and lets Ale know she came to interview for the master chocolatier position. Ale explains she went to the wrong office but he will interview her. The other master chocolatier had betrayed the company and toke her knowledge of Conti Creations recipes and designs and went to a rival company. There was a very important festival for people in the chocolate business in two weeks and Ale needed to find who could come up with with a whole new line of chocolates before the festival. Anna had a piece of chocolate she had made with her own recipe and she gave it to Ale. The chocolate was wonderful and Ale wanted her for the job but he figured to kill two birds with one stone and to get the job she desperately needs to help her sister Anna also has to pretend to be Ale’s fiance for six weeks. So Anna agreed. Originally Anna had worked with her sister but there had been an accident and her sister Sofia rarely left the house now. An excellent story. I loved it. The writing was good as was the plot. I loved how Ale slowly opens up to Anna as they work together to find a winning entry for the festival. The story had a nice pace to it. I also knew something was up but was surprised at the twist in the story. I loved all the ins and outs of this story especially involving Ale and Anna. this has become one of my new favorite romances. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
The reader is introduced to Annabella and Alessandro as she is looking for a job in his company and he is looking for a fiancé to secure his company. As they find a common ground and uncover kept secrets , the reader is drawn into the kitchen with all the chocolate creations that makes your mouth water for Chocolate. Enjoyed getting to know these 2 along with their families along their journey of learning to trust and love again. Ebook from Netgalley and publisher with thanks.
Hot Chocolate has all the makings an old school romance. Ms. De Pace is a new author to me but she understands what appeals and what doesn't. Although not as modern a romance as I would normally read, she got her point across.
Hot Chocolate, Charlotte De Pace Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance Well, a real mouth-watering read for chocolate lovers! The descriptions of some of them sounded wonderful, and I love almond/hazel nut pastes so would adore to try some of these, especially mixed with that bitter dark chocolate described. Annabella, she was great, confident outwardly but internally shaking in her boots at the deception she was forced into, and the secret she held. Her sister needed her to do this though, and she owed her so much, she’d do anything for her. Alessandro – sorry I just can’t call him Ale – all I can think of his mild or bitter when it comes to ale, pale ale, stuff like that. Its a UK pub drink not a name of a heart breaker! He’s Alessandro to me...a gorgeous, sexy man, who was dogmatic when push came to shove with Annabella. He held secrets too and for good reasons but he gave himself a free pass while judging Annabella. It was a fun lead up to the big reveal and that part was done with maximum splash. I do like my downtimes to be dragged out, to get maximum grief time and Charlotte did that part well. It makes the final get together so much better for me. I felt much of the middle though, the bit between Annabella's interview and the final competition and what followed seemed a bit superficial. There were things happening that could have been high drama but just seemed to be glossed over. Overall, it was a good read, one I enjoyed, light and fluffy for a summer break, but not one to join the re-readers for me. Stars: Four, a good read but a little superficial feeling at times for me ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher