Afternoon Delight Review: A Whirl With My Mocha-Chocolate Swirl by Dalia Dupris

Posted September 16, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight Review: A Whirl With My Mocha-Chocolate Swirl by Dalia Dupris
A Whirl With my Mocha-Chocolate Swirl

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press
Released on September 9, 2020
Pages: 102
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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An ice cream parlor in trouble, a second chance romance, and a small beach town scream luscious summer reading!  I couldn’t resist and now I want a triple scoop sundae with cherry on top to go with my next book.


Rebecca Layton returns to her small beach-side home town after spending two years away pursuing her career and secretly pining for the one she let get away because she shut him down.  Raymond Colton her high school sweetheart has every right to move on with his life after what she did because she didn’t think he cared.  But, can his family ice cream parlor which is on rocky financial ground be her in?

Raymond always knew what he had with Rebecca was too good to be true and she proved it when she dusted off him and her hometown for the bright lights of the big city.  Now she’s back and he’s not as unmoved as he’d like to pretend.  Is there a second chance here?  But, there are complications because he’s dating a lovely woman who doesn’t deserve to be treated badly and it looks like Rebecca found herself a hero.  Or, has she?

A Whirl with My Mocha-Chocolate Swirl was a quick, one-siting story.  It moved swiftly setting up the current situation and dipping a little into the past to explain matters.  Once Rebecca and Raymond are back in each other’s orbits, it’s obvious that they are still it for each other even with two other people in the picture.  In truth, these others were really nice and so were the cross-starred pair so I was anxious to see that part get untangled.  This whole story boiled down to lack of communication.  Rebecca and Raymond, for their own reasons did a lot of assuming and it got them into trouble, but was also easily fixed if they’d just talk.  I wanted them to get back together and work it out because they worked well together on the shop marketing and shared a history.  It turned out to be a sweet one.

The failing ice cream shop and the beach town setting was a fun, summery backdrop for the story.  This was perfect for capping off my summer and I hope the author writes more in this town setting.  Definitely recommend for those who want something quick and sweet with a summer flair.

I received this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

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A Whirl With My Mocha-Chocolate Swirl by Dalia DuprisA WHIRL WITH MY MOCHA-CHOCOLATE SWIRL BY DALIA DUPRIS

Rebecca Layton returns to her beachside hometown of Sunnyville, California, determined to explore the possibility of rekindling her past relationship with the love of her life, Raymond Colton. She’s devastated to discover that he has moved on and is now engaged.

Raymond Colton harbors resentment towards Rebecca for abandoning him to pursue her dreams of life in the big city. Now she’s back and more beautiful than ever. But Raymond’s heart has been broken more than once and risking more heartache with Rebecca isn’t a gamble he’s willing to take.

When Rebecca agrees to use her marketing expertise to help Raymond’s father salvage his failing family business–Colton’s Ice Creamery–she and Raymond are thrown together, and old flames are ignited. Can they heal the wounds from their past and embrace the possibility of a brighter tomorrow?


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

Yes please I’m already mourning summer so this would extend it just a bit. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

That was exactly my first reaction when I grabbed up this late summer story. 🙂

1 year ago

I love a small town setting and a second chance romance! Sounds like the perfect end of Summer read! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

I thought so, too. Craving ice cream right now! 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

It’s Sophia day on the Internet! This looks like a nice light read.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

LOL, it sure is.

I thought it was a perfect last of summer read. Quick and heartwarming.

1 year ago

It looks nice to have a good time

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes! It was definitely that. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

what a great review you have here….I just love those summertime backdrops!! Sounds like an adorable read there.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

The summertime setting and cover were definite draws. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love the ice cream parlor. Your review made me hungry and this looks cute.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I envy that town their ice cream parlor and loved all the references to special flavors made there and Rebecca’s love of ice cream. I wanted ice cream so bad the whole time I was reading this. 🙂