I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles
Series: Dare River #2
Published by Aspendawn Books on August 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men…well, they’re of the weed variety. She’s started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother’s friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, Alpha hero material, and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.
John Parker McGuiness is a man of many talents, working as a songwriter and lawyer for country music’s biggest stars. He’s drawn to Tammy like no other and hires her as his landscaper, wanting to show her they’re made for each other. When Tammy learns he’s a professed chocoholic, she fashions a magical garden for him—a chocolate garden.
As the garden comes to life, their love for each other grows. When tragedy strikes Tammy’s home, John Parker is willing to move mountains to protect her and her children. Tammy struggles to guard her newfound independence as they use the magic of the chocolate garden to help her children feel safe again. But when secrets from Tammy’s past resurface, can their love and passion survive the memories haunting her?
Tammy Hollins escaped from an abusive marriage and the tyranny of a mother who valued propriety over everything else. She and her two children have found sanctuary at her brother’s home where she discovers her talent for landscape architecture. John Parker McGuiness, her brother’s lawyer and a songwriter, falls for Tammy from the start and engages her to landscape his property. What she creates for him is just magical, not to mention delicious!
What I enjoyed
There was something almost spiritual about the creation of this garden with its chocolate theme. Pulling it together healed not only Tammy but her traumatized children. John Parker was the chocoholic but everyone involved seem to benefit from the project. It was uplifting to watch as Tammy became more confident and resilient. He was a dream in the romance as he tried to find that balance between being overly alpha protective and a Southern gentleman. It all worked really well as everything seemed to culminate with the completion of that garden.
The bottom line
Who knew there were so many plant varieties associated with chocolate? Be sure to have some sweets close by as you’ll surely crave them while reading this book. It’s a wonderful journey I enjoyed making with these characters as they worked to heal themselves, find new paths and create loving relationships. It’s a wonderful story.
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