Radio DJ Dylan Morgan enjoys small town life in Marietta. Unlike his longtime girlfriend and globetrotting photojournalist Casey Michaels, he’s never been tempted to spread his wings. Until an east coast job offer at a major radio station catches his eye. He considers taking the position, but then Casey calls… She’s coming home.

After years of wandering the globe, Casey Michaels is tired and needs a break and while she didn’t plan on coming home for good, the idea is starting to grow on her. All she wants to do is spend time with her forever boyfriend, Dylan. But all she meets is suspicion as everyone waits for her to pack up her suitcase once again. To convince Dylan she’s home for good, she plans a grand gesture–a photography show celebrating Marietta life. And then, the phone rings. She’s needed in London…

Titles in the Love At The Chocolate Shop series include:  Melt My Heart, Cowboy – A Thankful Heart – Montana Secret Santa – The Chocolate Cure – The Valentine Quest – Charmed by Chocolate – The Chocolate Comeback – The Chocolate Touch – Sweet Home Cowboy – Sweet Summer’s Kiss – Captured by Chocolate

Title:  Captured by Chocolate
Series:  Love At The Chocolate Shop #11
Author:  Steena Holmes
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 2, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

For perhaps the first time in this series I’m really conflicted about a character, I mean really, really conflicted.  Captured by Chocolate gives us a different, at times difficult look at love.  Real love, yes, but two people who say they love each other, have loved for years yet there is a distance that is far more noticeable than the often miles between their locations.  Let me say that i never doubted that Casey loved Dylan.  I was disappointed in how she showed that love to the man who was her center, the man she returned home to time and time again.  Even if he wasn’t a man she could stay home for, he was important and loved by her.  I’ve no doubt.  She did certainly, perhaps without meaning to, take him for granted, knew with certainty that he wold always be there for her.  She was off chasing her dreams, building her career, doing good things while Dylan waited at home for Casey to return… until the next phone call, the next text, the next assignment that would only take a few days but stretched into weeks.  So, yes, I was disappointed in Casey.  In the things she just didn’t see, didn’t notice, didn’t pay attention to… and the things she did not tell Dylan about.  She hurt a good man deeply with her carelessness and that bothered me.  But then, it’s also very real to life as well, for none of us are as careful with our loved ones as we should be.

Usually I would say that I enjoyed a story, yet Captured by Chocolate was more a story that I was personally involved with on another level.  We become accustomed to the chase in romance novels, with an established couple in love we see different layers which made this a story that touched different emotions along the journey.  My head is bursting with a thousand thoughts about this story, but I’ll stop here for you, the reader, should make up your own mind about Dylan and Casey.

I would recommend this story and the entire series to any Romance reader.  This one will make you think, consider how you treat your own loved ones and wonder if Casey and Dylan’s happy ending will hold.  For I confess, I’m wondering, too.  And that leaves me a touch sad that even after their resolution of conflict, their happy ending I still question whether Casey will actually stay.  That’s how much of a hold this character got on my emotions.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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