Alana Jones is smart, beautiful, and successful. She has a good head for business and just so happens to own one of the most popular restaurants in the city: The Cocoa Marra. Although she hasn’t found “the one” yet, her life is filled with love, fun, and excitement, which she usually experiences with her two best friends–one of which is Simeon, the head chef of her restaurant.
Unfortunately for Simeon, Alana hasn’t noticed that he has secretly been in love with her since college. And the arrival of Alex, a handsome, charming new sous chef, will stir up a competition in more than just the kitchen. Alana’s slow-paced love soon kicks into high gear as wine-soaked confessions, steamy encounters, and the sweet temptation of chocolate become all too regular.
A secret affair, coupled with a secret crush, force her to wonder if the recipe for true love is something one stumbles upon, or if it’s cooked up over time. In either case, will she have more than the perfect recipe for drama as business, pleasure, friendships, love, wine and chocolate all collide?
Kyle’s life is a complete mess. His wife of 10 years has decided she wants a divorce, leaving him unsure of what to do next. After receiving word of the news, his long-time friends-Vic, Joanna, Connie, Steven, and Carmella- show up one afternoon in hopes of lifting his spirits. Though they’re brought together by unfortunate circumstances, there is one small advantage: it gives the old gang an excuse to get together and let loose like they used to.
A group of loving friends. A few bottles of alcohol. A drunk and distraught host. What could possibly go wrong? Everything!
In a strange turn of events, a gleeful get-together turns into all-out war! Harsh words are exchanged, physical threats are made, and confidences are betrayed, reminding them that no dirty deed remains a secret. With their friendships now hanging in the balance, each of them returns to their respective lives where one by one, they recall scandals from their pasts, and in some cases, their present.
They will all begin to question who should really be seeking forgiveness for their betrayal: Kyle or themselves.
Avery Woods has a good life. She’s the mother of two amazing children and she’s happily married to her college sweetheart: or so she thought. The night before she and her family are set to visit her in-laws for a week, her husband reveals a devastating secret. Beside herself with anger and disbelief, she decides that instead of accompanying her family to the country, she will stay behind and use the time alone to think about her marriage.
While on her own, Avery experiences a frightening encounter which causes her to cross paths with Ryan Maxwell, a chivalrous contractor who comes to her rescue. An afternoon of conversation and coffee follow, but little does she know, her newfound friendship comes with its own set of baggage.
Avery quickly recognizes the undeniable attraction between them. And as their innocent flirtations start to resemble something more forbidden, she will find out that they are bound together by more than desire and circumstance.