MELT MY HEART COWBOY (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 1)

MELT MY HEART COWBOY                        C. J. CARMICHAEL

Who is the handsome cowboy who comes into small town Marietta’s chocolate shop every week to buy a box of chocolates? More importantly…who is he buying the chocolates for? These are the questions sales clerk Rosie Linn asks herself as she waits for her sadly neglected childhood home to sell so she can pursue an exciting new career in L.A.

Rosie finds out the answers the day rugged ranch hand Brant Willingham introduces himself and asks for her help in managing the care of his younger sister. Brant’s mother has recently died, leaving him the sole guardian of eighteen-year-old Sara Maria–who has been a puzzle to Brant ever since she began exhibiting signs of autism at age two.
Rosie and Brant come up with a plan. She’ll help with his sister if he handles repairs and a new paint job for her old house. It seems the perfect solution, but a new dilemma is created when the couple start spending time together. Brant discovers he doesn’t want Rosie to sell and leave, and Rosie fears she will have to choose between love and her dreams.
 

     Rosie Linn has a heart made of gold with hopes and dreams enough to fill the moon.  She has been raised as an only child you could say.  Truth be told she has an older brother Daniel who is twelve years older than she is.  So when he went off to college she was just six.
     Her dad was a very important man in her life since he was the one at home mostly since he was a writer.  He was a mystery and thriller writer very famous in fact.  Her brother wrote screenplays and scripts for movies and TV. He now lives in L.A. with his movie star wife.  Her mom has passed away years ago from cancer and her father more recently from kidney failure from diabetic setbacks.  She cared for him sole on her own for the past five years.  She chose not to go to college.
     When her brother would come home he would ask her to proofread his screenplays.  She may have given up college to nurse her father she was still brilliant with words and writing.  So at times she would reword or rephrase or totally rewrite scenes and Daniel would end up loving them.  So he gave her a credit on whatever she helped with. But it got to the point where it became more of a collaboration so he wanted a partnership of equal billing.  So her dreams were coming true.  She just needed to sell the house.
     So while Daniel was trying to sell some of their projects they had collaborated on and she was trying to sell the house life went on for her.  She still worked at the Copper Mountain Chocolate shop where she’s been since it opened working for Sage the owner.  She loves it there but she is so ready to leave Marietta, Montana, she has kept her dream job of writing a secret.  They know she will be moving as soon as her house sells but it has been six months and still nothing.  And in the last three months there is just one thing that peaks her interest about staying.  NO! But he sure is sexy.  It still can’t beat the glamorous stories of Hollywood parties she is so envious of.
     The house was in disrepair and she called her parents handyman but he seems to be busy.  Seeing he was her dad’s best friend she thought he just didn’t want to see her move.  That was about to change.  You see her “Five Thirty Cowboy” was going to come to her rescue.
     Every Friday at five-thirty a cowboy by the name of Brant Willingham would come in and buy a box of 12 pieces of dark chocolate caramels with pink Himalayan salt.  Nothing more.  As time progressed over the three months he had been coming in he would speak, flint, and linger a little more not a lot on all three.  Never sharing or speaking to much.  Rosie tried to figure out who the box of chocolates was even for.  She was even a little jealous.
     Three months ago Brant’s world was turned on its ear.  He thought when his parents got a divorce and his dad moved away it was as bad as it could get for his sister, mom, and himself.  It wasn’t even close.  He found out that his mother being killed in a terrible car accident topped the charts big time.  Which meant he was left sole care of his sister Sara Maria, 18, with autism.  It had been ten years since he had lived in the home with his sister and mother.  He is ten years older than she is. 
     It was odd for him to be watching her for his mother, but she had a rare doctor’s appointment. That day she asked him to please watch her and he did.  So when he had to tell his sister he knew what was coming.  But never to the degree it had hit.  She had gone into total meltdown where she could not function, at all.  It was unlike anything he had ever seen or heard his mother ever talk about.  She was in shock.  He didn’t know if she would ever make it back.  He had to put her into a care facility.
     After three months though they were calling over and over to let him know that she was improving leaps and bounds and that she needed a new place to live because she was bored there since it was mostly seniors.  Sara Maria was a brilliant mind but she had autism and had certain things that would set her off.  One was her brother.
     Once he wrapped his mind around the what they were saying he thought of what his sister needed, a friend.  That lead to a friend who could take her out on outings.  And when he thought of that, he thought of Rosie at the candy shop.  Well, Rosie doesn’t think it’s so rosy.

     This was such a well thought out, thoughtful story of a young woman with special needs and how she sees the world and reacts to it.  More importantly how her loved one sees her and interacts with her after ignoring her for so long and seeing her as he used to and not how she is now.  With no one to guide them through the minefield of unhappiness.  Someone with a kind loving heart but a third party as a buffer can be there to guide and sometimes push and see what can be there to save them from themselves.  With or without a handicap we all needed a bit of saving.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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