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Champagne and Chocolate Paperback – March 27, 2015
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About the Author
Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, Denysé Bridger Bridge began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when she wasn’t creating in some artistic form. Her life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what she writes, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affairs in her life are Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture, and a passion for Romania. Those loves spill into all aspects of Denysé's life. In the past half dozen years, She has signed with over a dozen publishers, and have released books in all lengths and genres, and it’s something she hopes to continue to do for many more years. A visit to her website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well. Voted Preditors and Editors Best Author of 2012 and 2013 Contact Denyse Bridger at: Website: http://www.denysebridger.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denyse.bridger Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4930595.Denyse_Bridger Twitter: https://twitter.com/denysebridger Google+: http://www.pinterest.com/denysebridger/
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Top Customer Reviews
Chantille L'Amour runs "The Palace", the high-end brothel and casino in San Francisco. She had come a long way after the Civil War had ruined her family's fortunes. While she had success, she is definitely not a lady, not that she works alongside her girls, of course. That changed, when Austin Standish came to town. Austin is many things: a gambler, a gunslinger, and a lover, and he had fully intended to woo Chantille, if she is willing. And after they indulge that one time of their desires... Circumstances forced them together... for a great adventure...
I find the adventure a bit too simplistic and convenient, and the idea that a woman can own a brothel, even in San Francisco, was a bit weird, in the historical west. Still, it was an okay romantic adventure. Not too much unique personality there though.
This is not the first time Austin has passed through the doors of Chantille’s establishment. It’s also not the first, second, or even fifth time either. He has built up quite the reputation, and Chantille has successfully avoided his attempts at interaction time and time again. This time, though, something is different. She feels her resolve break down as she finds herself craving his touch. Will it be a one-time thing, or will there be more to it?
Bridger’s Champagne and Chocolate is more than just erotica – it’s an erotic romance. Emotions run high, and play a big part in the story. The reader is drawn into the story, and into the lives of the characters as the story plays out. When the intimate moments come into play, it’s not just a physical exploration of the flesh, but is also a display of emotional vulnerability and trust. Beautifully written with fantastic narrative, this Champagne and Chocolate holds the reader’s attention from the very beginning. As a plus, it features an independent female protagonist who doesn’t lessen herself for anyone. She does not seek approval. She gives herself, rather than being taken. It’s a refreshing take on an erotic trope, and one that is definitely worth reading.
A. P. Bullard
The plot moves at a solid speed, and takes very few unnecessary detours. The pace is fast without feeling rushed (with the exception of the slightly mis-set timing in the first few chapters) and does a great job of setting up the era - and the stresses that evolved in history following a Civil War conflict that tore apart a nation, tore apart families and tore apart people. That both characters have their own wounds to deal with and yet help heal each other is a tried and true romance standard, but it's handled well here. The past these two have is only alluded to early, but played out well in the second half.
Bridger also has a great handle on the romance aspect of the story - and in particular, the erotica. Without spoiling the story, the title is appropriate, and extremely well executed. Women looking for romance will find it in this story, and likely find their heart racing along with Chantille's.
Ms. Bridger has once again done an excellent job writing this short story. It's fast paced and, as per the author trademark, hot, hot, hot!!
The lovers, Chantille and Austin, meet, become involved and fall in love. Chantille is the owner/operator of a brothel/casino in San Francisco and Austin is very lucky at gambling.
Then his life takes him back to a time and place he would rather forget. A life filled with pain and heartache. A family who shuns anyone who is not of their class distinction and someone else he would just as soon kill than look at every again.
When he introduces his lover his family shuns her due to her "lack of respectability". This combined with the man he can't stand drives a wedge between the lovers and nearly breaks them. Will they survive all these outside factors to know a love of the ages?
It's an excellent story of love, passion, and anger. The story takes the reader on a ride that won't soon be forgotten. This book is guaranteed to please the reader!