Chocolatier Constance "Coco" Stanley enjoys her upscale
Brentwood store. If only that loud, hip-hop playing music
store across the street didn't upset the neighborhood's
Songwriter and youth counselor Ransom Winters uses the
proceeds from his music to fund his passion, a day program
for suspended teens. He knows all too well that many of
these boys only need to know that someone cares.
In order for this sugar sweet match to be made, Coco will
have to put aside her suspicions of the teens now
frequenting the area while Ransom will have to show her that
there's more to him—and his boys—than meets the eye.
CHOCOLATE GOODIES is a delightful and refreshing
African-American romance. I loved how Jacquelin Thomas
managed to insert a sense of faith and a Christian worldview
without having to slap an overt "Christian fiction" tag on
the story. Who doesn't know people living their faith in a
quiet yet clear manner? No banner waving here. CoCo and
Ransom live two different sides of one faith issue with
neither of them coming across as arrogant, "holier than
thou", or even inhumanly able to resist temptation. More
stories like this one are needed.
Unfortunately, although the Ransom family seems carefully
crafted for a host of future stories, it seems, through the
snippets of background shared about each sibling, perhaps
their romantic stories are already in the past. It will be
interesting to see how Ms. Thomas moves forward with this
cast of characters.