This review was written 2/07/09
Amber Salpone thinks in chocolate – talk to her for three minutes and she’ll tell you what kind of chocolate you’d be. In fact, most days, if she was asked to choose between chocolate and relationships, there’d be no contest. At least chocolate has never let her down. Unlike her family. Growing up in the Salpone household has taught Amber to avoid conflict – and love – at all costs. So, when she does the unthinkable and has a one-night stand with womaniser Greg Walterson, her uncomplicated, chocolate-flavoured life goes into meltdown. Especially when Greg announces she’s the love of his life – and Amber finds it hard enough to decide if she wants plain or Fruit & Nut …Meanwhile, her best friend, Jen, seems to be launching a bid to become Bitch Of The Year and Amber’s family are making unreasonable demands. Amber has two choices: to deal with her past and the people around her, or to go on a chocolate run and keep on running …
I picked this one up because I fancied something easy and a bit trashy. In that sense well it was chick-lit so it didn’t exactly disappoint. Having said that it was a bit different in ways than usual chick-lit, it wasn’t about a woman seeking commitment, rather running away from it, which was an element I liked about it. In other ways though it was quite formulaic (highlight for spoiler)you know the kind of thing boy and girl are friends who don’t realise they should be together, they get together, there is some sort of argument and they split up, they realise they can’t live without one another and get back together. Having said that for a while I did think that it might not be so predictable (highlight for spoiler) and thought they wouldn’t get back together, I was glad when they did.
I liked Amber, but I didn’t really like the other characters, I didn’t like Greg, (highlight for spoiler) and up to a point even hoped they wouldn’t stay together. But it didn’t spoil the book for me.