- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: 4D Publishing; Second edition edition (September 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970414110
- ISBN-13: 978-0970414113
- Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,282,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chocolate Ship
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(Monteilh writes) snappy, in-your-face, tough girl dialogue and steamy sex. --Publishers Weekly
Hot chocolate. A sassy, spicy feast for the spirit. --Bookpage Reviews
About the Author
Marissa Monteilh (Mon-tay), a former model, Fox-TV news reporter, and commercial actress, is the bestselling author of ten mainstream novels, two novellas, and one non-fiction title. Originally from Los Angeles, Marissa lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Mia, a woman truly in love and vying for a wedding ring, and her beaux Miles, who seemingly is not interested in that kind of relationship, embark on a Soul Train meets Love Boat Caribbean cruise. These two with their eclectic mix of friends take you on a seven day cruise that reveal what people are really about and their true feelings. While Mia and Miles try to work through the doubts and fragility of their relationship, their friends are not sitting back taking notes. Bring in a friend whose life is her son, twins who are wild at heart, a white "black" man with his Black wife, a White "Black " girl, and a television reporter whose claim to fame is her bikini, you can imagine they were going through their own experiences of love, lust and the buffet. This fun-filled cruise has more illicit "goings on" than any Love Boat episode.
Ms. Monteilh has her readers engaged as soon as they board the Chocolate Ship until they disembark. The characters were interesting but a bit shallow. Mia was so in love that she at times was stupid and Miles was the typical mystery man that you as the reader were not sure you were supposed to like or not. Along with the other shenanigans, I was a bit frustrated with choices that these people made. Also the story seemed to go on after it ended having at least three endings. This took away from the flow of the novel.
Despite these shortcomings, this is a good book to take on a cruise or escape with on a lazy afternoon.
Two of the passengers are Mia White and Miles Lewis, who have been seeing each other for three years. Mia wants a commitment from Miles, but for whatever reason he cannot take their relationship to the next level. She wants to enjoy the cruise, but Mia plans to confront her boyfriend also. However, Delmonte sees Mia and decides she is his perfect companion for the Caribbean trek and perhaps more, leaving Miles with a bad case of jealousy, but will he grow up in time to see that the we could become an I.
Fans of warm contemporary relationship dramas will want to read THE CHOCOLATE SHIP. The story line is at its finest when Delmonte takes center stage, as the audience fully understands what motivates him. Though Miles behaves immaturely at times, once again fans grasp his fears though many will want to slap him to wake him up. However, Mia who seems to have everything going for her is never explained why she clings to Miles so that readers miss a critical element that would turn an enjoyable tale into a perceptive passionate powerhouse.
voyage, serves as the setting of Marissa Monteilh's latest literary offering, The
Chocolate Ship. The story focuses on a group of friends that have all decided to
cruise the high seas in style on this brand new ship that is likened to a "Black Love
Boat." While at sea the characters experience new love, lust, friendship and
betrayal during the seven day cruise none of them will ever forget.
The concept behind this story was nice, but I felt that the book fell short due to
lack of adequate character development. Since the history of the characters was
either omitted or glossed over, I never understood what motivated the characters to
behave as they did. Additionally, there were too many primary characters and with
character development and backstory lacking, I found myself having a hard time
telling the characters apart. I never felt any sort of connection to any of the
characters and this really took away from the story. I enjoyed the unexpected
surprises in the plot but I felt the story was a bit too rushed and simply tried to
cover too much ground. In spite of my problems with the book, I did find myself
wanting to read until the end. This book is sure to spark some interesting
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers