Carmella Sannarelli is a people pleaser. She can’t say no to anyone, even when it means putting off her own personal goals in the process. So, when her best friend, Sadie Miller, calls with the announcement that she’s broken up with one fiancé and eloping with another in St. Croix, Carmella can’t stop herself from dropping everything and accepting the invitation to stand as maid of honor.
Jilted fiancé, Ryan Wutkowski, has been the third member of the Carmella-Sadie trio for nine years. He fully supports Sadie’s new engagement and upcoming nuptials, knowing it’s the right decision and best for both of them. But when he boards a plane to San Juan for a business conference, Carmella is the last person he expects to find occupying the seat next to his.
Two days in San Juan, then a week in St. Croix—Carmella knows her two best friends are hiding something. But can she figure out what went wrong between them as she battles her own tingly, off-kilter feelings toward Ryan, while dodging advances from a womanizing best man, and confirming for herself that Sadie did make the right decision? When Ryan unexpectedly shows up at the rehearsal dinner and gets himself invited to the wedding, will Carmella finally uncover the secret he’s held since the day they first met?
by Aubrey Wynne
Better Than Chocolate centers around two friends Carmella and Sadie. Ryan, also their best friend, creates a triangle when he becomes engaged to Sadie. Carmella is the level headed friend; Sadie is the spontaneous friend. These two reminded me of Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin in Something Borrowed. Out of the blue, Sadie dumps Ryan and heads to the Caribbean. She meets a man in flight a week later announces she’s getting married to the rich older man. Enter Preston.
Rowan takes you on their journey providing laughs, tears and the ultimate ‘aha’ moment. Set in Puerto Rico and St. Croix, she tells a story full of the twists and turns that only happen in friendship and love. She reminds us how honesty and loyalty will always be the most important qualities in the ones you love. I’m pleased to have read this first book out by Rowan. She creates a well-written romance with humor and understanding, witty dialogue and believable characters. If you love second chances and falling in love this is a must-read. 4.5 mugs
About The Author
Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.
Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.
When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.
A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and the most adorable baby on the planet.
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