Jamaica Magazine

Book Review: Hot Chocolat


Hot Chocolat is the second in Judy Powell’s series of sizzling Jamaican romance novels.  It is the sequel to Hot Summer, which came second in the Toronto Romance Writers Competition.  Hot Chocolat  is “hot and sweet – a delicious combination”.  Lisa Evans has always been an independent woman, running her own show as Director of Sales at the Jamaica office of a multinational corporation.  Then in steps Rod Malone, a stunningly handsome high-powered executive from the New York head office and her world is turned upside down in more ways than one.

Rod has travelled to many countries for corporate assignments but he has never met anyone like this Jamaican firebrand.  The New York tough guy comes to Jamaica to show who is boss but little does he know what lies in store.  A battle of wills with a delicious outcome! 


Hot  Chocolat – Book Review ( Article in Canada Extra written by Stephanie Smith, journalist.

Title of the Article:  “A Feast of Books for the Holidays”.)

Judy Powell’s latest novel, Hot Chocolat, is a hot romance with a sweet ending.  Lisa Evans, Director of Sales at the Jamaican office of a multi-national corporation meets Rod Malone, an executive from the New York head office who comes to the island to boost sales among the Jamaican demographic.  Independent and strong-willed, Lisa tries to prove that she’s good at her job and knows her people and their needs more than any foreigner ever could.  Yet, in her quest, she finds herself falling hard for the stern man whose main objective is to get the sales numbers up, no matter the cost.

Rod, an unbelievably handsome man with a troubled past, also finds himself falling for Lisa, despite his efforts at self control.  A part of him wants to appease her but he refuses to let Lisa’s endearing girlish ways get in the way of him doing his job.  It is a power struggle in the office which plays out steamily in the bedroom.  Powell is a brilliant and captivating writer.  Using a series of plot twists and turns she keeps anticipation at an extreme high.  Her descriptive language awakens the senses and takes you on a journey with the characters as they explore each other and the breathtaking sights, sounds, and tastes of Jamaica.  Jealousy, passion, and a whole lot of misunderstanding make for a drama that’s hard to put down.


Judy Powell is a Jamaican author and marketing consultant living in Ontario, Canada.  Judy’s Caribbean romance novel, Hot Summer, placed second in the Toronto Romance Writers Contemporary Romance Competition.  Her literary novel, Coffee, Cream and Curry, was awarded the silver medal in the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition.  She now has a third book in stores – Hot Chocolat, which is the sequel to Hot Summer – and is currently working on a fourth novel, Some Like It Hot.  An excerpt from Judy’s first novel, Hot Summer, is featured in Canadian Voices – An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by Emerging Canadian Writers. Judy loves to learn, and has Master’s degrees in Spanish, Marketing and Literature, and is currently pursuing the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.  Her Bachelor’s Degree is in International Business and Foreign Languages.  She has always been known as an “all-rounder”, which is reflected in the diversity of her educational pursuits.  She is a member of the U.S.A. Honour Society, Phi Beta Kappa.  Judy shares information on her books and learning resources atwww.judypowell.com


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