Chocolate for Two (The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson Book 4),
by Maria Murnane
Publication: Lake Union Publishing; April 9, 2013
About the book:
Waverly Bryson’s life is officially perfect: She’s engaged to her gorgeous boyfriend, Jake; her Honey on Your Mind TV segment is more popular than ever, and Waverly’s Honey Shop is growing by leaps and bounds. What could possibly go wrong? For starters…everything.
This is Waverly, after all, and drama follows her wherever she goes. Why should her trip down the aisle be any different? Now, before she can marry the man of her dreams, she’ll have to go head-to-head with his high-society mother, whose vision for their wedding isn’t exactly meshing with Waverly’s. Adding to the chaos is the impending departure of Paige, Waverly’s very pregnant retail partner; the arrival of her suddenly secretive best friend, Andie; and the meddling of a new TV producer who’s promising to “shake things up.” Suddenly Waverly’s perfect life feels like it’s about to come crashing down…unless the irrepressible Miss Bryson can prove to the world—and to herself—that she really can have it all.
I have to begin with the fact that I am heartbroken that this series is over! It took me years to discover Waverly and now she’s gone. But what a fabulous ending 🙂
Who, What, When, etc.
Waverly and Jake are back, living in New York and engaged. Not only is Waverly’s spot on Wendy’s t.v. show doing well, her Honey merchandise business is booming. More great news is that Andie has work in New York bringing her out to the east coast for awhile and McKenna is still happily adjusting to motherhood back in California.
Problems arise when Waverly’s sales guru, Paige, announces she can no longer work for Waverly, and of course the insane control and meddling from Jake’s mother.
Thoughts & Reactions
Besides being run ragged from her tv show and the merchandising of her Honey brand, Waverly’s biggest challenge this time around was Jake’s mother. Poor Waverly was willing to put up with just about anything in the hopes that she would start to like her, and she put up with a load of different crap between Jake’s mom trying to take over the wedding planning, choosing dresses, and then throwing in her trademark vicious remarks from time to time. Waverly being completely railroaded became irritating at times, but I also understood her desire to please Jake’s mom and earn her respect and affection.
Jake was as fabulous as always and although I wished he would step-in to defend Waverly from time to time, he was basically left in the dark about his mother’s controlling actions, so it wasn’t exactly his fault.
Andie was different this time, battling her own fears about things getting serious with Nick, however, Waverly’s two interns picked up right where Waverly and her friends left off as far as experiencing and relaying tales of dating nightmares!
Once again, I fell in love with one of Waverly’s tales and Chocolate for Two was a wonderful conclusion to this series. It was fast-paced, funny, frustrating, and fabulous all at once! These have become my go-to novels when I am in the mood for something smart but funny, so now I must find my new happy place among new characters. However, I have been so impressed and honestly blown away by Maria Murnane’s writing, characterization, dialogue, and mostly – her beautifully crazy and somewhat inappropriate sense of humor! All of the stories about various bodily functions and freak happenings on their dates have made me laugh harder than I ever remember laughing at a book and I loved it.
Maria Murnane is talented, creative, takes risks, and has become one of my absolute favorite authors. I cannot recommend this novel and this series enough!
*Many thanks to Maria Murnane for providing this novel in exchange for an honest review!