Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi.

Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

The suit is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan.

When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

© 2014 by Dawn Ireland. All rights reserved.

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Kindle Reviews of Hot Chocolate

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Escapist Read!, November 3, 2011
By Katy D.
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What a fun story! This is one of those books that made me laugh out loud more than once. I love the characters and the story keeps you on your toes. The setting in the south is fun too. This author is definitely onto something - can't wait for more from her!

5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling in the aisle Laughter!, November 4, 2011
By Laura V. Arzola "larzola" (Houston, TX United States)
This review is from: Hot Chocolate (Kindle Edition)
Do you need a break, just a few good hours of harmless fun? Do you like the Grandma in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series? You'll love Hot Chocolate. The characters are all quirky and funny, and, when you aren't laughing out loud, you'll be smiling. I've read Hot Chocolate, and I want more hot books from Dawn Ireland, so I can laugh some more!

5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chocolate, November 5, 2011
By Margaret Rustan
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Thoroughly enjoyed each and every character so aptly described by Dawn. Light, airy and believable. If you need some time away from the humdrum of everyday living, pick up a copy. The story line is good, the characters totally believable and I was quite taken with Bambi. This story is a good way to spend a few evenings, by the fire, with a cup of Hot Chocolate.
Good Reads Reviews of Hot Chocolate

Leslie Stuart rated it  5 out of 5 stars   Dec 2, 2011
Hot Chocolate is a warm cup overflowing with savory characters and sweetly sprinkled with twists of adventure that are guaranteed to make you come back for more! I loved Author, Dawn Greenfield Ireland's writing style. Her descriptions were crisp and vivid, her dialog snappy, and her talent for storytelling immaculate.

I you love Janet Evanovich... especially quirky Grandma Masur... you will LOVE HOT CHOCOLATE!!!

Laurie Martin rated it  5 out of 5 stars    Nov 10, 2011
Very interesting murder mystery, great character, lots of action. I enjoyed it thoroughtly.
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