The Bride Wore Chocolate

The Bride Wore Chocolate
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Series: Sweet and Savory Romance Series, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Publication Year: September 2004
Life couldn't be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she's set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There's just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man's bed. Candace thinks she'll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride...
About the Book

“In three weeks Candace Woodrow was going to get married to Barry. Barry was a good, stable man, who liked to make plans. He was the perfect Mr. Right for Candace. Just because things have been happening, didn’t mean they where “signs” that she shouldn’t marry Barry. I mean just because the shop where she bought her wedding dress burned to the ground with her dress in it. Or the deejay she had booked for her wedding had a heart attack. The priests ran off with the church secretary named Danielle or make that Daniel. Just to name a few of the so called “signs”. But do you think her waking up in another man’s bed three weeks before her wedding was a “sign” that something was wrong?
“Candace couldn’t remember much of what happen the night before when she woke up in Michael Vogler’s bed. Had she slept with him? What would Barry think? Candace got out of Michael’s apartment as fast as she could, thinking she could put the episode behind her, but that was not to be. Candace’s friend told her that they might be getting a large order for the gift baskets that they made. The man was going to be coming soon. Would you like to guess who the man was that walked through the door? That’s right. Michael Vogler in the flesh. What was Candace going to do? Why was she thinking about Michael all the time? She was marrying Mr. Perfect, right?
“The Bride Wore Chocolate is a brilliantly funny story. I was laughing from the first page on. When I wasn’t laughing I was looking at all of the Chocolate recipes that were in the book. Yum. Shirley Jump gave this book everything humorous to make you laugh, romance for that special sizzle and of course the one thing that all women need Chocolate. Grab a copy of this story, a big bag of something chocolate, and sit back and enjoy.” –Lydia Funneman, Writers Unlimited Reviewer

“Humor abounds in this promising new series…as an extra bonus, Jump provides decadent chocolate recipes with very entertaining directions.” — Booklist, September 1, 2004

“Just when you thought it was safe to pass the kitchen…Do you looove Italian? Well, just have a little patience. Ms. Jump’s The Devil Served Tortellini is her next single title book due to be released in March 2005. But you can have a sneak peek at the wonderful culinary and romantic delights that will leave your mouth watering for more. Remember, patience is a virtue, and with Shirley Jump’s track record, you know she’ll be delivering.” — Reviewed by Kim Green-Spangler, The Bookworm

“WOW!!!!!!!!! You are going to love this triple play book review from a fantastic author. Shirley Jump has had three books out within months of each other. The Bride Wore Chocolate, Her Frog Prince and Kissed By Cat.
“In The Bride Wore Chocolate Candice Woodrow is susposed to get married but is nervous. Her family is filled with so much personality and quirks which makes this a wonderfully fast-pased fun read.
“Candice starts to work with Michael Vogler whipping up chocolate creations and soon her cravings are as out of control as her cravings for Michael.
“I absolutely loved the recipes in the bookthe Maria’s Something’s Up Frozen Chocolate Banana’s and her recipe for hangovers which starts: Dim the lights for god’s sake. Don’t open the blinds, muffel the motor of the blender with a towel…..etc…
“This was an absolutely wonderful book especially for chocolate lovers and readers with quirky inlaws. After reading the book you realize that through it all … Love Prevails.” — Jai – The Romance Zone

““’The Bride wore Chocolate’ is an absolutely delightful ‘Rom Com’ you do not want to miss out on. Take one cautious bride in Candace Woodrow + one boring fiancé add a dollop of delicious temptation in Michael Volgler and you got yourself an absolute treat on your hands. The writing was fantastic and the secondary characters were a smile a minute from Candace’s Quirky Grandma to her interfering Mother-in-law to be. This book is full of humor, witty dialogues, chocolate and delicious recipes with very entertaining baking instructions. “Bride wore Chocolate’ is sure to satisfy your cravings for Chocolate and romance….just about every woman’s fantasy or close to it 😉
Highly Recommended!” — Harlequin Junkie Romance Reviews

“The first in an entertaining new trilogy…filled with humor.” — Romantic Times Bookclub, September, 2004

“5 Ribbons … a mixture of wonderful writing, witty dialogue, family members that will leave you exasperated and laughing out loud—and the best chocolate recipes that I’ve ever had the fortune to stumble across.
“At first glance, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is another “bride-to-be falls for her One True Love—and it’s not the groom” story. If you come to that conclusion from reading the back blurb of the book, you’d be correct. But—and it’s a huge but—this story is that and so much more. And it’s the so much more that makes this book well worth reading.
“Candace Woodrow is a lot of things. Restless, a little nervous about getting married to the man who is definitely Mr. Right, surrounded by in-laws that make the Osbourne’s look like a tame addition to the local petting zoo. Most of all, she’s living her dream by owning and running her own business, Gift Baskets to Die For.
“Candy” Woodrow, however, is having one heck of a time resisting Michael Vogler—and the sinfully delicious creations that she makes for her business. Her chocolate cravings are out of control, and it’s enough to drive a girl to distraction. Not to mention that Michael looks better than a Godiva-dipped strawberry, and Candy is definitely in over her head.
“ What makes this book so great is a mixture of wonderful writing, witty dialogue, family members that will leave you exasperated and laughing out loud—and the best chocolate recipes that I’ve ever had the fortune to stumble across. Yes, recipes. Each chapter is prefaced by a chocolate confection with oh-so-punny names such as “Rebecca’s Chuck-the-Guilt Chocolate Chip Cookies” and “Maria’s Something’s-Up Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas.
“The recipes alone are enough to make this book a keeper. The story of a bride who is engaged to be married for all the wrong reasons is an added benefit. The arrival of the man who throws Candy’s life into a tailspin is a definite plus. And when it all comes together—to bring to life the story of love, passion, and chocolate—what you end up with is a humorous story of the heart.
“All in all, for those readers with a gigantic sweet tooth, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is a sweet, indulgent love story to cure your cravings.” — Romance Junkies

“The Bride wore Chocolate’ is an absolutely delightful ‘Rom Com’ you do not want to miss out on. Take one cautious bride in Candace Woodrow + one boring fiancé add a dollop of delicious temptation in Michael Volgler and you got yourself an absolute treat on your hands.  The writing was fantastic and the secondary characters were a smile a minute from Candace’s Quirky Grandma to her interfering Mother-in-law to be.  This book is full of humor, witty dialogues, chocolate and delicious recipes with very entertaining baking instructions.” — Harlequin Junkie Romance Reviews, 5 out of 5 stars

“This is one of the most delightful and amusing books that I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. I started smiling on the first page, and at times I was laughing out loud from the clever and descriptive words. There are many humorous situations throughout the story, but there are also moments which will tug at your heart. The hero and heroine will pull the reader into their lives and all the emotional situations that arise, while they each decide which path will lead them toward a happy future. Shirley Jump has created realistic characters, and a story line where romance and humor are creatively interwoven. THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is a charming tale of love, chocolate concoctions, indecisions, comical circumstances and more chocolate.
“With the personal and professional aspects of her life going as planned, Candace Woodrow thinks she has everything under control. Gift Baskets to Die For, a business she started with two friends, is thriving, and she is getting married to a man who is perfect for her in three weeks. But with much going wrong with the wedding, her friends, Rebecca and Maria, are telling her it is a sign that her fiancé, Barry, just may not be the man for her. Even her Grandma is telling her to be positive Barry is her soul mate before she marries him. After a night of too many drinks, Candace finds herself in a strange man’s bed and no memory of the previous night.
“The handsome and sexy man, tells her that he was a complete gentleman the night before, but after one morning kiss, Candace knows she must quickly get away from him. Her life is planned out for her, and she cannot be thinking about another man when she is marrying Barry soon. But fate is playing tricks on Candace, because her rescuer turns out to be Michael Vogler, President of Vogler Advertising. His company has a client who wants her business to make thousands of gift baskets for new mothers. That means Michael will be working with Candace about what baked goods and extras will go in the baskets. Candace has made a list of why Barry is the man for her, so why is being around Michael causing her hormones to go into overdrive? Between her friends, adventurous Grandma and much-married mother, Candace begins to question her true feelings for Barry. And Michael, who has never been good at commitments, wonders if his emotions for Candace are fueled by more than passion?
“One interesting part of this story is that before every chapter there is a sinfully delicious, chocolate recipe, which contains quips pertaining to situations in the next chapter. Some very yummy and clever ways to use chocolate too. This well crafted story moves along steadily with memorable and dynamic main and secondary characters. Whether the scene is witty, emotional or passionate, Ms. Jump makes it believable with the true-to-life reactions of her characters. THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE will leave readers with a smile on their faces, a warm feeling in their heart and a craving for chocolate.” — Amelia Richard, CataRomance Reviews, www.cataromance.com

“Deliciously funny and sexy, THE BRIDE WHO WORE CHOCOLATE, the first novel in award winning author Shirley Jump’s SWEET AND SAVORY series, is a hilarious and passionate contemporary romance that I found impossible to put down. The imagery created by Ms. Jump’s descriptive phrases will leave you with a smile, if not outright laughter. I totally loved this story and cannot wait to read the rest of the stories in this delightful series. This is one of the most entertaining stories I have read in some time and I rated it at five blue ribbons only because there was no higher rating. In addition to the scrumptious story, there are many delicious chocolate recipes, to which Ms. Jump adds an additional ingredient; humor. I have never had such fun reading a recipe and look forward to trying them out. With engaging characters, passion, clever repartee, gift baskets, a creative plot, lots of chocolate, romance and love, this is a story you will want to read more than once. If you love romantic comedy with a bit of spice, this is the book for you! But beware; this story will leave you with a longing for chocolate! THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is a definite keeper and a recommended read. Do not miss it!” — Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com

THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE

Life couldn’t be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she’s set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There’s just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man’s bed. Candace thinks she’ll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride.

As the wedding approaches, Candace’s life is further complicated by a thrill-seeking grandma and a meddlesome mother whose marriage track record rivals Elizabeth Taylor’s. She attempts to drown her sorrows in chocolate, but with a sexy bachelor appearing on her doorstep at every turn – she finds herself wondering if there’s enough of the sweet stuff in the world to stop her heart from racing every time he comes near.

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