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The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5)

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Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink
ebook, First edition, 193 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Nevada Parker has been staying with her sister, Dakota, in the small town of Marietta, Montana while she works on finishing up her PhD dissertation. Every time Nevada visits her sister at work at the local chocolate shop she cringes with the overdone Valentine's decorations since Nevada has given up on finding her own love and focuses only on her studies.

Nevada however learns of a local event called the Valentine Quest in which the grand prize is a luxury vacation that Nevada thinks would be th
Karen Whittard
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Tule Publishing and Melissa McClone for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching how could I not read this book that is all about the season of love.

When our leading lady Nevada Parker travels through Mariett
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

Nevada travels to Marietta, Montana to stay with her sister and write the PhD dissertation. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the town is covered in all sorts of decorations for the day. Nevada doesn’t like Valentine’s Day because of the events that happened in the past. Her sister works at the chocolate shop and that’s where she finds out about the multi-day competition called Valentine Quest. Nevada decides to participate, because the grand prize is luxury tropical vacatio
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Valentine Quest

Melissa McClone

Received from Netgalley for review.

THE VALENTINE QUEST is the fifth book in the Love At The Chocolate Shop series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Do yourself a favor and read these books in order though. You miss out on too much of the characters backgrounds if you don't. Nevada Parker has been staying with her sister Dakota who works at the chocolate shop. One day while on her way to see her sister, she slips and falls right on her butt. Right in fr
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

This series of stand-alone stories keeps get better book after book.
The Valentine Quest was another well delivered sweet and a bit emotional story.

I've loved to read Nevada and Dustin's journey.They have nothing in common,the first is on her way to be the best professor ever and the latter is a cowboy,but their aversion to long term love relationships.Fortunately the Marietta's Valentine Quest will help them discovering their true fears and helping them to overcome their limits in order to reac

Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Melissa McClone fans, Tule Publishing, Marietta Montana, Romance
3 Breaking Your Barriers Stars
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Take a smart, a shy, nerdy professor type and mix her with a past rodeo rider still wanting to prove he still has it.

Throw in the town of Marietta and the continuing series of Love at the Chocolate Shop and you have the fifth book, The Valentine Quest.

This is a tale of two seemingly opposites coming together for a specific purpose... and finding out there is more attraction to each other than the ultimate goal which brought them together.
It was fun seeing a
This is such a sweet romance in every sense of the word sweet - I loved it!

Nevada Parker has always struggled to fit in. Academically able, she was fast tracked, missing out years at school so was always with older children or students. After a debacle at her first Valentine’s Ball where she was publicly humiliated, she’s never liked the celebration. Now, however, she’s staying with her older sister in Marietta, Montana and reads about the competition being run there over several days, The Valen
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Valentine Quest is the fifth book in the "Love At The Chocolate Shop" series, but it is only the second one I have read. I didn't have a problem following the story, but will go back and read the first three so I know the whole story about all the characters.

In this story Nevada Parker has been staying with her sister Dakota who works at the chocolate shop. She is visiting and teaching at the local college while working on her dissertation. When she falls on her butt outside the Chocolate S
Clarissa Boggs
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute and exciting read about two opposites coming together. I loved the meet cute at the beginning ,awesome characters and a cute storyline.
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Sometimes I can imagine Cupid hovering over in a corner, surveying the surroundings looking for his latest victims… ah, potential couples, yeah that’s what I meant, and thinking to himself “Yeah. Those two. Total opposites, not looking for or believing in love. I’ll show them what love is all about, piece of cake… chocolate cake of course.”

On the surface Nevada and Dustin could not be further apart on much of anything. He’s a retired rodeo cowboy now working as a ran
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dustin had to retire as a bull rider as he got injured. He is now working at Bar V5 Ranch.
He wants to prove to himself and others he still has can be a good rider by entering a competition to win a getaway.

Dakota has her sister Nevada staying with her while she is temporarily teaching at a local college. She wants York, her brother to get the trip once he retires.

It took a bit for Dustin and Nevada to open up to each other but once they did things ran smoothly. Opposites to attract in this stor
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
The Valentine Quest: Love at the Chocolate Shop #5 is by Melissa McClone.
Release: February 2017 (TBD)
Read: February 4, 2017
My Rating: 5
Cover: 4
Standalone; told in dual third person perspectives.
Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop: Melt My Heart, Cowboy; A Thankful Heart; Montana Secret Santa; The Chocolate Cure; The Valentine Quest; Charmed by Chocolate *I believe there will be more.

Love at the Chocolate Shop has done it again with The Valentine Quest, the fifth book in this delightful series. Se
Review written: March 2, 2017
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Heat Rating: ☀☼☼☼☼

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

The Valentine Quest was a truly lovely addition to this series. I'd even have to go so far as to say it is my new favorite.

Nevada hits very close to home: book smart as all get out but socially awkward and struggling to deal with emotional entanglements. I liked how she started to trust a bit when Dustin trusted her first. I liked h
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series that I have read by Ms. McClone. In this one we meet Nevada who hates Valentine's Day (with good reason), and Dustin who is pretty much a confirmed bachelor. Ms. McClone works her magic with these two, while they are completing this quest together they not only find out about themselves, but help each other in the process. A very sweet romance. Special thanks to Netgalley, Tule Publishing and Melissa McClone for allowing me to read ...more
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> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Another whimsical, holiday cover set inside the chocolate shop. Synopsis sounds entertaining and more adventurous.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Dustin is a retired (injured) bull rider, now working at the Bar V5 Ranch. He enters the competition as much to prove he's still a winner as to win a tropical getaway. He's a bit cocky and self-assured outwardly, but a nice guy once you peel away the outer layers. Nevada is sta
GR also lost my finished date for this book. WTF. What is the point of actually marking them down only for GR to lose my fricking data? Is there a pattern? Should I be worry for other books?

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A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Initially I had not plan on reading this book; while I recognized who the MC was, she didn't feel too relevant to the town, nor did the blurb sell it for me. But failing
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and independent review.
Set in a quaint town in Montana this romantic novel is a bit frivolous and frothy. The sexy former bull rider meets the nerdy,incredibly smart but cute Nevada. Two opposites who are attracted to each other, the outcome is predictable.
But it is a lighthearted ,quick and easy read which made me smile. Enjoyable for what it is.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to for the ARC of this book.
What a sweet story. I just loved this story from the first chapter to the very last chapter. Oh, I was about in tears when they delivered the boxes to the families and at the children's hospital it was so touching. I loved how these characters developed in the book and how much personal growth they experience throughout this book.
Rosemary K
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marietta celebrates with a romantic competition called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize is a tropical vacation. Nevada Parker wants to give her brother a surprise when he leaves the military. Dustin Decker, a former rodeo champ, wants to win to enjoy the sun and sand. When these two decide to work together things get interesting. I loved seeing their attraction grow as the work together. I wanted them to get a HEA. Nevada is very intelligent, but insecure socially. She hasn't recovered from ...more
The Valentine Quest (Love at the Chocolate Shop #5) by Melissa McClone.
I really enjoyed reading this book, Melissa McClone does an awesome job of writing the story of Nevada Parker and Dustin Decker.
I could feel the emotions and how hard it was for Dustin and how he is use to doing things and winning.
Nevada is the bookish type and wants to finish her PhD but really wants to win the Multi-day race called The Valentine Quest for her brother. He is always doing things for her and her sister Dako
Sandi Ramirez
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another great Marietta, Montana book and yes it is based around Sage's chocolate shop. Nevada comes home to work on her dissertation. She has always be the nerdy girl...the one with her nose in the books. Her sister Dakota works at Sage's chocolate shop. Of course her sister goes there for the HOT Chocolate which sounds amazing to me the reader so you know it is in person ....right? While at the shop. Nevada sees the flyer about the Valentine's Day Quest and with a nice prize of a trip t ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun take on a romance. Nevada is there to finish her PhD and to spend time with her sister Dakota, so she did not have time for the hot cowboy, also she HATES Valentine's Day. Dustin needs a break from his day to day job at the ranch. There is a grand prize at the end of the Valentine Quest of a vacation to Fiji. Nevada decides to enter to win a trip for her brother who will be leaving the Air Force soon. Dustin just wants a vacation. Dustin realizes every other "team" is partner ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This is one of the best books I've read. It is more than a romance about two people falling in love. It is about loving yourself, your community and humanity. It is a truly beautiful story that completely encompasses the spirit and meaning behind Valentine's Day. Don't misunderstand, the budding relationship between Dustin and Nevada is so sweet and pure that it will make your heart melt.

The story concept of a quest that requires it's c
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The Valentine Quest is book five in Love at the Chocolate Shop. Delightful read about a five day valentine quest with the grand prize being a vacation. Sweet Valentine romance with delightful characters and fun twist and turn plot. The intriguing Valentine contest was not all about romance but also helping the community at the animal shelter and providing food to the needy. Another inspiring aspect of this story was the play on the main character's names and how Nevada and Dustin overcame a fear ...more
Heather B
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Valentine Quest, by Melissa McClone, is the fifth book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series.

"Keep your competition close... and you heart even closer."

Dustin Decker, retired bull-rider turned sleigh driver and Nevada Parker, the bookworm, are two unlikely partners. However, in the stakes of winning the grand prize, they join forces... will they will or ultimately lose even more?

This was a fun story to read with a town truly Valentine themed to the hilt. The couple is fun and have their
Amary Chapman
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cont-romance
Nevada Parker, a shy nerdy type woman meets forcibly retired rodeo star Dustin Decker.
And the sweet tale of two hurting souls healing begins.
Ms. McClone takes you to the wonderful little town of Marrietta Montana, shows you the inhabitants and makes you want to least when you get to the know the next book in the series will bring you back.
I received an Arc cop to peruse.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed them all. I recommend reading the entire series starting with book one. This is the perfect story for those who love romance, chocolate, and beautiful Montana.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this heartwarming romance where two opposites find attraction with the race of the Valentine Quest. Nevada, Miss Brain, working on her Phd, wants to win the, the Quest for her brother and Dustin, ex cowboy rodeo, who works at the Bar V ranch wants to win the trip for himself. This unlikely pair team up to win this competition. Loved the different challenges they had to do, and how they each helped each other to overcome obstacles. I really enjoyed their growing relationship.

This is a book
Pam Spalding-paterakis
Happy Valentine

I seldom give 5 Stars, but thus is a winner! This book gave me everything I could ask for. I love the town and people in the series, Melissa gave them to me. We had issues to overcome and a happy ever after.
4 Stars

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Other books in the series

Love at the Chocolate Shop (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • A Thankful Heart (Love at the Chocolate Shop #2)
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  • The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop, #4)
  • Charmed by Chocolate (Love at the Chocolate Shop #6)
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