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A week after Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies, she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made. In an instant, Blair’s life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter. As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George—Larry’s best friend and ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Solstice Publishing
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Georgina
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
http://chicklitaholic.blogspot.com

When I first heard about Geraldine Solon’s new novel Chocolicious there was only one thing that came to mind; my love of chocolate. The cover instantly had me running to my cupboard to crap a chocolate bar before settling down to devour this novel (almost as fast as I devoured the chocolate bar!). Chocolicious is about much more than chocolate though, and predominantly centres around going through hard times in life and coming out the other side.

Blair
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
"A fantastic emotional rollercoaster, that leaves you with a renewed sense of faith in people."

If I thought that Geraldine's debut novel `Love Letters' was great, then `Chocolicious' has gone one better, in all ways.

Geraldine has improved in all aspects of her authorship. The writing itself flows more easily, the storyline is more fluid with the characters coming to life and being more animated, to the point where you are completely consumed by them and start to think of them as real people.

As
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Valentina
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! Not only is the cover alluring, with its lush concoction flirting with our eyes, but the writing is fresh and a treat to read.
The plot is well planned, that becomes obvious from the first few pages. There is a bit of tension at the beginning, as Blair starts to realize her husband has left her in an economic lurch, and the reader really begins to feel for the heroine. What I enjoyed most is the way that she refuses to fall into self-pity, and instead finds a way of getting out
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a sweet romance. There were two sex scenes that seemed unnecessarily explicit. If these were removed or toned down, this would make a great clean romance.

I found the characters quite well developed. Blair was very naive and gullible when it came to Larry, and she unfortunately paid for it. Speaking of Larry, for a character who wasn't really present in the story, he sure can generate an emotional response from me. And not in a good way; what a jerk! He seemed like he should be a nice
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Chris
Jul 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nope. I was completely misled by the title and description of this book… I thought there would be a lot more chocolate and cupcakes. Instead, I got a predictable tale of a woman done wrong who finds love again and gets a happily ever after. Not much depth to this one… Do not recommend
Gloria Antypowich
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chocolicious! (That cover makes me drool—I’d love the recipe!)

Everything in Blair Nightingale’s life has not been sweet, addicting comfort.

As a young woman Blair didn’t really know what she wanted. Her sister, Vicki, said that she all she did was spend her time dreaming about new exotics places and wild adventures. She had gone to college and gotten a degree in psychology, but she had wanted to escape the routine dullness of her life in small town, Lakepoint, Indianna. When she met charming,
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Catcti
May 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Note: received kindle version for review from the author. Thank you Ms. Solon.

Read my reviews at A Sakura Between Pages

Wow... I've never read such a realistic and moving story. After years of reading YA and idealistic books, I've grown accustomed to a perfect book with all the components that you want it to have. Chocolicious was slightly different.

Blair went through some nasty things after her husband, Larry, died. First, all of her possessions were taken away because of Larry's mistake.
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Lindsay Paige
Jul 08, 2011 added it
Shelves: own
Interest: I've read Solon's first book Love Letters and wanted to read more of her work.

Title Thoughts: I love it!

Cover Thoughts: I like it.

WARNINGS: There is sex here and there.

There is just something about Solon's books where she can keep me wondering through out the book whether I will like it or love it. By the end of the book, I realized how wrapped around Solon's finger I was. Even though I had a feeling how things would go, Solon has a way of writing it that makes me get just as consumed
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it

When Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies,its a week later that she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake her husband made.Blair’s life is transformed in almost an instant from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mum. Blair's only goal now is to provide for her daughter. So Blair begins to pick up the pieces, she realises that Larry’s best friend George always seems to be around. Blair really resents George. When Blair is overwhelmed by
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Officially sitting on the fence in this book, a great story and I was moved to read until the end to find out where Blair would find herself in the end. Although there were something things that bothered me about the plot and the structure, so I think this is a good read, but I would warn that there were some things that I would have tweaked if I had been an editor

One change I would make in the telling of the story was throughout the book, the author quickly changed from speaking in the present
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Karen S.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying I am a total chocaholic, so the title Chocolicious intrigued me from the outset. I whole-heartedly empathize with the idea that eating chocolate is the cure for most of what ails me. That said, this novel left me a bit hungry for more of the soothing flavor of chocolate and possibly for recipes for the chocolate treats mentioned by the author.
Blair Nightingale, the main character, finds herself in an untenable position when her young husband dies right before she gives
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Kimberly Washington
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I am going to finish this book. I don't dislike it, Blair, though a little whiny (with reason of course, but I digress) is a likable character with some really dung filled things happening to her. George, the best friend of her deceased husband is in love with her and hiding a few things, but I get the feeling I have one more twist to go before the HEA (Happily Ever After). Unless the author surprises me; no worries, I'll come back and update.

Though the story itself is compelling enough, there
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Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed By: JoAnne
Review Copy Provided By: Author
From the beginning this book captured my attention and I didn't want to put it down. It had deception, intrigue, romance and real life angst throughout. You had no choice but to hope that Blair's life as well as her newborn daughter's would turn out well. Family and friends played an important role and everyday life often got in the way. I'm not sure I would classify what Larry Nightingale did as a mistake as much as illegal and dishonest but
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JoAnne
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
My review was originally posted on Romancing-the-book.com and is now below:

From the beginning this book captured my attention and I didn't want to put it down. It had deception, intrigue, romance and real life angst throughout. You had no choice but to hope that Blair's life as well as her newborn daughter's would turn out well. Family and friends played an important role and everyday life often got in the way. I'm not sure I would classify what Larry Nightingale did as a mistake as much as
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Rachelle Ayala
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The redeeming power of chocolate. No one can stay mad at anyone when chocolate is in the air. Chocolicious is a story about second chances. Blair's life is destroyed when her husband died and left her with nothing, not even a life insurance policy.

Alone, with her newborn daughter, Blair fends for herself while having no job experience. Her late husband's best friend, George, looks out for her, but hides his secret involvement in Blair's late husband's scheme.

Everything blows up, but Blair and
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Sheila
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
From riches to rags, Blair loses everything after the sudden death of her husband in Geraldine Solon's Chocolicious. It’s all too easy to resent George, who saw more of her husband than she ever did, and all too hard to accept his help. But Blair has a baby to care for, and memories to mend.

Though it takes a while to appear in the story, chocolate, baked with love, is the key to this tale. Returning home to her small-town roots, Blair rediscovers the world she left behind. But will she find
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ILoveBooks
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.co...

This book is full of surprising twists and sweet treats. The cover will pull in any reader, especially women >.> Blair is a sympathetic character, she recently lost her husband and she learns that she may be losing a very large sum of money-possibly her livelihood. So what does she do when she seeks solace? She bakes! She goes back to the basics, taking up a recipes her grandmother taught her when she was little.



Soon, Blair realizes that her cupcake
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Jen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog
http://lratrandom.blogspot.com/2012/0...

I wanted to like this book more but I almost felt as if I was just going through the paces while reading it. Nothing really struck me. It’s about Blair who is grieving due to recently being widowed, then she gives birth to her baby. Shortly after she finds out her husband left her with literally nothing. The story follows her through her struggles. At first it’s one bad thing after another and then some things
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Christine Cunningham
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story about how Blair Nightingale found what she truly wanted. In the beginning, all Blair wants to do is escape her small town for the wonderful world of opportunities outside it. Larry is just the handsome man to give her the opportunity she desires. Within a few months Blair is transplanted from her quiet Indiana home to the noise of California. Blair’s dreams seem to have come true until Larry dies of a heart attack, and Blair’s world is thrown into chaos.

I absolutely loved the
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The Pen & Muse
Chocolate and family together does solve some of our problems. Solon once again comes with a beautifully written inspirational piece. She tells the tale of a trophy wife from Silicon Valley who has it all until her husband passes away. She also learns that her husband made a poor decision in life which has left her penniless and pretty much to fend for her daughter and herself. So what does Blair do? She goes back to the basics with an amazing treat that her grandmother once taught her, a three ...more
Chandra
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, contemporary
WHAT I LIKED:
The main male character stayed around regardless of the main female character's difficulties. He really cared....ahhhh. Great love interest development.
Emphasis on family traditions was fantastic. Makes you wish for if you never had.
Nothing like sisterly love to carry you through.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:
Passion was distasteful and could have been written without adding a lump of syrup to two servings of just the right amount of sugar coated love. I'm not a prude. It's just that
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May Goh
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Geraldine's romance-widow fiction, I would say she has done a great job in potraying Blair as a vulnerable, yet a woman who has strive hard to persevere to stay alive, for the sake of her only child. This book had taught me alot of issues between a man and women. From relationships to marriage, second chances, the life that entails each individual. At the end of the day, Blair's daughter had brought the ultimate cupcakes recipes to share with everyone. Chocolates does makes everyone happy. ...more
Stacy Eaton
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a story of rags to riches back to rags again - although that was just the money aspect. If you are thinking about the relationships in the story then it was the opposite, riches to rags back to the wealth of riches.

While there were tough times, the plot line was fun. It was a feel good book that you knew would have a happy ending, and I was correct near the start about exactly how the book would end.

This is the first book I have read by Ms. Solon and I will be looking for more of her
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Mary Gwatkin
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
So the only reason I read this book was because it was free on Kindle. It sounded like a cute book. The story lines about how the main female character gets her jobs is ridiculous. That just old...fast. Then I thought if they say one more time three-layered chocolate cupcakes I was going to scream. I enjoyed the ending and after she moves back with her sister. Maybe this book needs more editing?? I'm interested in reading Love Letters by Geraldine Solon. We shall see how that one is...
LivingsimplyinWisconsin
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What would you do of you lost everything and had a newborn daughter to take of? That's the question Blair hAd to ask herself after her husband Larry dies and her baby is born in her living room.When Blair realizes her dreams and goes back to the only thing that never let her down.. Choclate! A classic tale of when the dust clears where will you be standing!
Samantha
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable romance - pretty smooth writing - The plot was good, but I had the entire story figured out before I was a third of the way through. I know that romance novels give you the happily ever after - and I like that - but I don't want to see it coming from the start. The characters were good and I enjoyed the writing style.
Joan
Dec 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Why did I bother to finish reading this book??? Guess I kept hoping there'd be a recipe for the "famous" triple chocolate cupcakes.
Maureen
Mar 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Dreadful. The characters were unlikeable and it was poorly written.
Shelly
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novel
Would have been a really cute little story and pretty well written if not for the two graphic sex scenes and some foul language. I'm not gonna recommend it to anyone I know.
Clare
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The redeeming power of chocolate. No one can stay mad at anyone when chocolate is in the air. Chocolicious is a story about second chances. Blair's life is destroyed when her husband died and left her with nothing, not even a life insurance policy.

Alone, with her newborn daughter, Blair fends for herself while having no job experience. Her late husband's best friend, George, looks out for her, but hides his secret involvement in Blair's late husband's scheme.

Everything blows up, but Blair and
...more
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