Better Than Chocolate

Three friends. A broken engagement. A surprise elopement. A big secret. A lot of chocolate.
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Three friends. A broken engagement. A surprise elopement. A big secret. A lot of chocolate.

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?

Better Than Chocolate by J. Lynn Rowan In that act of full disclosure I have known the author since we went to college together many ages ago We have drifted apart but do that random social media/touchstone thing where you are not involved in that daily life, but don’t lose contact. The kind of friendship that comes without birthday cards but if you needed a kidney I’ll see if I am a match. That being said this is the first time that I have ever read anything that she has written and I am more than pleased. She artfully manages to take the standard idea of romantic comedy and weave in a story that makes the reader want to keep reading. The characters are dynamic and fresh and are done in such a way as to make them utterly relatable to anyone you may know. She manages to blend unfamiliar backdrops with a solid story that keeps both the reader grounded and yet looking to the horizon, and turning the pages. Overall a great read, perfect for a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a cup of tea…or if you are less inclined to bake a nice glass of wine and a Snickers bar. I would highly recommend this book and personally can’t wait to see what she writes for us next.

-- Xander

J. Lynn Rowan (Author)

J. 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 their little rainbows, Babycakes and Sugarpie.

Three friends. A broken engagement. A surprise elopement. A big secret. A lot of chocolate.

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