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The Bride Wore Chocolate: Sweet and Savory Romances, Book 1 (Contemporary Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Jump
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Enter the sinfully delicious universe of New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump's Sweet and Savory Romances with the USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestseller - 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.

*Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside!*

*The original version of this eBook was published in 2004.*

 

THE SWEET AND SAVORY ROMANCE series:
Prequel - The Groom Wanted Seconds
Book 1 - The Bride Wore Chocolate
Book 2 - The Devil Served Desire
Book 3 - The Angel Tasted Temptation
Book 3.5 - The Millionaire Tempted Fate
Book 4 - The Playboy Savored Seduction
Book 4.5 - The Beauty Charmed Santa
Book 5 - The Boss Courted Trouble

 
Author's Note: While THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other SWEET AND SAVORY ROMANCES, too.

 
REVIEWS:
"...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." - Romance Junkies, 5 Ribbons

"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." - Amelia Richard, CataRomance Reviews

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the
clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.


Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, and her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN.



Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

It looks as though chocolaholic Candace Woodrow's wedding is doomed. The DJ has a heart attack. The priest runs off with the church secretary. A fire turns her wedding gown to ashes. But nothing holds a candle to the fact that three weeks before the wedding, Candace wakes up in a strange man's bed with a hangover. Michael falls for Candace as she pours out her heart to him after her fifth margarita. Even though it's obvious that they're soul mates, Candace insists on going through with her plans to marry her dull but reliable fiance, who's brought his dictatorial, manipulative mother along to help Candace get things right. Michael figures that Candace is fair game until she actually says "I do," and he tries everything to woo her away from her ill-suited intended. Humor abounds in this start to a promising new series, and as an extra bonus, Jump provides decadent chocolate recipes with very entertaining directions. Shelley Mosley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Review

"A brilliantly funny story!" -- (Writers Unlimited Reviews, September 2004)

"Humor abounds in this promising new series...as an extra bonus, Jump provides decadent chocolate recipes with very entertaining directions." -- (Booklist, September 1, 2004)

"The Bride Wore Chocolate is a sweet, indulgent love story to cure your cravings." -- (Romance Junkies, September, 2004)

"The first in an entertaining new trilogy...filled with humor." -- (Romantic Times Bookclub, September, 2004)

Product Details

  • File Size: 3133 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TKA Distribution (May 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G3JY3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-read! September 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. This funny, sexy, melt-in-your mouth story about a sensible bride-to-be, her straight-laced groom-to-be, and an accidental complication--a temptingly delicious bachelor-for-life with a romantic streak as wide as a river of Godiva kept me guessing all the way to the tasty conclusion.

The moment I read about the heroine waking up in the wrong man's bed after her can't-find-a-wedding-dress pity party (whoops!) I knew this story was a winner. If you love romantic comedy, especially fast-paced, witty, FUN writing, this is the book for you.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bride wore Chocolate February 24, 2013
By DW
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rated this book three stars. It was a sweet, humorous novel
The storyline was pretty good. I enjoyed the best friends and quirky family of the heroine, Candace. The hero Michael was likable.
There were chocolate recipies at the front of each chapter that tied into the story.
I'm not sure what went wrong with this book for me. I noted all the high ratings before I bought it. But to me it just was not a favorite. I felt like there was too much almost juvenile humor this book. The heroine was never at ease with her engagement.
It just wasn't a favorite book of mine.
I was able to finish the book so it wasn't a total loss.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Chocolate - What Could be Better? May 28, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Candace Woodrow was getting married in three weeks and for someone who was detail oriented - planning everything down to the minutest detail, fate seemed to be conspiring against her. Were these all `signs' as her wacky grandmother kept telling her that this was wedding shouldn't take place - like the dress shop burning down with her bridal gown; the priest running off with the church secretary; or the cheap labels falling off the wedding invitations? Or was it fate weaving it's treacherous fingers in her life that found her waking up in a strange hunk's bed after a night of over imbibing too many cocktails and then find said `hunk' constantly turning up in her life and distracting her from the course she had set her mind on? Then fate must have had a very weird sense of humor.

Fate must have had a hand in putting Candace Woodrow in Michael Volgers face as well, because this confirmed bachelor couldn't seem to put her out of his mind as well. Candace was so different from any of the society debs he'd dated so far and just maybe he was going to reevaluate his stance on bachelorhood now that he'd had a taste of `Candy'.

This was a delightful and fun read - not to mention `fattening' if you follow even half the delectable recipes served up with a heavy dose of sage advice and loads of chocolate. Candace had once thrown caution to the wind been betrayed and vowed to live life by the book rather than run the chance of being hurt like that ever again. She'd picked out the safe - if boring road according to her wacky grandmother - and was ready to marry Barry Borkenstein. Fortunately, Michael entered her life and was ready, willing and able to convince her that she should trust her heart once more and take a leap of faith - with him. Filled with wonderful chocolate recipes, an indomitable and wacky grandmother, a serial marrying mother, and well-intentioned friends -- this is a sensually romantic comedy you won't want to miss. --- Marilyn, for [...] ---
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even the recipes made me laugh October 6, 2004
By M.K.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's a delicious frothy book. The hero and heroine are fun together and the over-the-top secondary characters (like the much-marrying mom) add plenty of color to the mix. WARNING: Do not attempt to read this unless you have chocolate in the house. At least have a few chocolate chips on hand.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride wore chocolate, and so did I... October 10, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With 'The Bride Wore Chocolate,' Shirley Jump has created a fantastic confabulation not unlike one of the fabulous featured recipes included at the beginning of each chapter. Entertaining, sexy, funny and delicious, this is one romance you do NOT want to miss out on. And you don't want to miss out on these recipes, for that matter...

Isn't it true that just when you think you have your life planned out, and everything is running smoothly, a spanner is thrown in the works that changes the way that you see your life? Candace's spanner is called Michael Vogler, self-appointed rescuer from her boring, predictable life (and her boring, predictable fiance with his overbearing, muu-muu-clad mother). And once he's there, she just can't get away from him... until, tonnes of chocolate (and five pounds) later, she realises that she really doesn't want to.

With witty dialogue, convincing characters, and a seductive hero, this book is completely satisfying. A five-star winner. And as for those delicious recipes... oh, my. I can't say enough about those recipes - and I've never read such entertaining recipes, either :) But you don't want to read this book without chocolate on hand, because the constant references to chocolate might get to be too much after a while ;P

After having read only one of her books, I'm hooked, and hopelessly addicted to Shirley Jump. She has leapt into my top five romance authors list, and this is high praise indeed coming from a literary snob.

So click that button. Buy this book. Otherwise, face tossing and turning at nights, wondering what it is that we're all raving about and what it is that you're missing out on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Candace Woodrow thinks she has her life all mapped out. She's about to marry Barry. Then she wakes up in bed...with Michael Vogler. Things go out of control after that. So what's a girl to do? With Candace it's never quite what you expect!

Shirley Jump's newest, The Bride Wore Chocolate, is a sweet romp that after the first nibble will leave you craving more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a "FUN" book
I enjoy books with recipes. Have it saved to copy down all the recipes. An enjoyable book to read. Will look for this author.
Published 21 hours ago by Carole Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Loved this book! Light hearted read full of fun conversation. And let's not mention the delicious recipes. I gained 10 pounds just reading this book!
Published 1 day ago by lucky Chucky.
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Light, but predictable story.writing better than average but couldn't feel the characters sufficiently. Recipes look good; will need to try out some.
Published 2 days ago by lpj
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate rocks
This was a light, predicable read that was fun to see all the chocolate remedies. Being a fellow chocolate consumer, I appreciate the excuse to soothe any woe:)
Published 3 days ago by Dj
4.0 out of 5 stars chocolate is a woman's friend
Nice relaxed easy read interesting title. this was a very fun book to read lots of guessing kept you interested
Published 4 days ago by ora winston
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I love this book! It kept me up until 4:00 am. I couldn't put it down. Great story interjected with stunningly sinful recipes. A must read for the true romantic.
Published 4 days ago by Suzanne C. Suber
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the recipes!
This was a romance story that took you right up to her ill-advised wedding day to choose the correct man to be the groom. The recipes were great!! Read more
Published 6 days ago by K. P. Ginther
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention and wanting to get back to reading it. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Jumps books.
Published 6 days ago by Sharon Sicher
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Less sex would be good. Good plot kept attention. Like the ending !! Keep reading you will like ending. Yes
Published 7 days ago by Lesleytubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and LOL comments
I have read her books before and she does not disapoint. She has good storytelling skills and laugh out loud comments. I can't wait to read the entire series.
Published 7 days ago by Debra Gossett
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE, on Amazon and Nook, and the debut of her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN in September 2013.

Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at www.eating-my-words.com.

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There was a glitch in the upload but it's been fixed. If you delete and redownload it, it's all there. So sorry for any frustration you might have experienced! Feel free to email me through the contact page on my website if you have any other issues. www.ShirleyJump.com

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