Review: Chocolate Aftertaste by Liz Grace Davis
Age recommendation: Young adult, Adult
Nora Darkin decided major changes in her life was in order after her engagement breaks down the night before her wedding when she discovers the man she is supposed to marry isn’t who he said he was. She escapes to the little town of Dreara and quickly makes new friends who encourages her to pursue her dream of being a chef. Among her friends is neighbor Ethan Danes, a man with his own failed romance. As their relationship blossoms, an old love from Ethan’s past returns. Soon, Nora is forced to make life-changing decisions that will shape her future.
Chocolate Aftertaste should come with a “WARNING: MIGHT INDUCE READER TO EAT CHOCOLATE.” I am a chocolate lover and it was hard resisting chocolate when the story has yummy-sounding chocolate concoctions.
The story ended too soon. Although it was 362 pages long, the humor and drama made Chocolate Aftertaste a quick read. Nora’s relationship with Ethan and her relationship with her father are the two main points in the story. After the climax of the story, the surprising developments continue to captivate the reader’s attention until the final page.
I didn’t quite like the ending. If Nora had been a more independent woman with strong convictions, things would turn out entirely different in a better way. It was easy to like Ethan at first, but his latter decisions spoiled his whole “good boy” image. By the end of the book, Ethan was on my “bad people” list. Shane? Well, he would easily be my pick for Nora. Thing is, I felt that the ending was a tad bit too rushed. The story idea was not bad, but the events were rushed at the end leaving an unsatisfactory feeling.
It was unbelievable for Nora to open a restaurant right after coming out of culinary school. It would be believable if she isn’t the chef de cuisine and that is highly unlikely. I don’t know much about culinary arts, but what I do know is that it takes years to reach the level where one can own a classy restaurant which serves high-end cuisine. Nora isn’t much of a professional cook yet since she’s very new to cooking (literally).
All in all, the reason why I’m giving this story three stars is because while I liked and enjoyed the story, I found it lacking in certain aspects. The story ideas the author had is good, but not the way they turned out. Nevertheless, it is a clean romance and knowing myself, Chocolate Aftertaste is an interesting enough story that I will reread in the future.
About the author
Liz Grace Davis is a Namibian author. She grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria. Growing up, Liz spent most of her days in school libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she loves to travel, create jewelry and digital scrapbooks. She’s in her element when she is doing anything that requires creativity. Liz is the author of a young adult fantasy novel, Tangi’s Teardrops and a contemporary romance novel, Chocolate Aftertaste. Visit her blog at www.novel-moments.blogspot.com.
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