Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Released on October 24, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
The quote above made me want to dive right into this book. I am not a Caramello fan but I get the essence of what she is talking about. I just wish there had been a lot more chocolate in this book!
Beth Sergeant is living a good life. Owner of a five-star spa, La Bella Vita, she rubs elbows with her elite clients, but she also attended their private schools and for a short time was engaged to one. Never feeling comfortable in the spotlight, she goes out on a limb to open her spa and make her own way in the world.
Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather at a young age after his parents were killed in car accident. Wealth has always been at his fingertips being the grandson of the richest man in Nashville, but Nick has founded his own business with his own money, sweat and hard work. While socializing with the elite is still on the schedule, he realizes most women he dates want his money not him.
Beth and Nick meet at her spa when Nick buys a spa package for his ex-girlfriend’s birthday. We meet the snippy ex-girlfriend who won’t take no for an answer. She also knew Beth growing up and turns up her nose at the spa package. But when Beth and Nick meet, sparks fly with both knowing there is more than just customer relations involved. The two meet again at Nick’s grandfather’s party and further onto dating. There is some controversies that hit the two of them as they date and grow a relationship. Secrets abound that I don’t think were given enough time on paper.
What I didn’t like was the feeling of snobbishness from people who thought they were rich and deserved everything. Social status played a big part in this book, which at times was a turn off. The constant feeling it was who you knew and how bad you didn’t like someone that seemed to overshadow a large part of the book.
The love story was sweet, with a little dastardly villains who try to thwart the lovers at every turn. Beth does volunteer and you could see the heart she put into doing something for others. Nick didn’t grab me as much, but he does love his grandfather, which grabbed my heart.
For a sweet, enlightening romance between young lovers, you can’t go wrong.
Beth took a bite of the Caramello and closed her eyes, slowly savoring every ounce of dreamy satisfaction as the creamy milk chocolate blended with the gooey caramel center.
“Mmm. Whoever invented the Caramello deserves a humanitarian award. I swear this is better than sex.” She let her body sway to the jazzy rhythm of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Sleigh Ride” that filled the air.