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4.0 out of 5 stars Who could resist romance and chocolate?
Matt is a marketer for a fiction UK Chocolate company T&B who lives and breathes chocolate. His life is going along quite smoothly until he meets Sam, a journalist doing an expose on working conditions in cocoa plantations in Africa. Naturally at first they hate each other but after being trapped in the chocolate factory for a weekend this starts to change.
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Published on 18 Jan 2004 by Tora F

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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit too sickly sweet
I struggled a bit with this one - sort of a cross between a chick lit romance and a political commentary. It felt like the author wanted to write a different kind of book, but was packaging it up in a more cutsie wrapper.
Not an offensive read though - the story carried me along to the end. Although the descriptions of being drowned by chocolate were a bit too...
Published on 6 May 2004


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4.0 out of 5 stars Who could resist romance and chocolate?, 18 Jan 2004
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Tora F (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: New Free Chocolate Sex (Paperback)
Matt is a marketer for a fiction UK Chocolate company T&B who lives and breathes chocolate. His life is going along quite smoothly until he meets Sam, a journalist doing an expose on working conditions in cocoa plantations in Africa. Naturally at first they hate each other but after being trapped in the chocolate factory for a weekend this starts to change.
The title of the book comes from a marketing belief that slogans should contain the words New, Free, Chocoate or Sex. It worked for me when I bought the novel and the constant descriptions of chocolate made my mouth water. The storyline was slightly far fetched but enjoyable all the same
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read..., 3 July 2011
This review is from: New Free Chocolate Sex (Paperback)
Keith Lowe's first book Tunnel Vision is one of my favourite books of all time, so I was excited to read New Free Chocolate Sex to discover if he had managed to produce another hit. New Free... is a lot slower burning than Tunnel Vision, with the actual storyline not really kicking in until almost 3/4 of the way through. But the lead up to those events is still well written and engaging enough to keep you reading.

The main premise - a journalist making an expose documentary on chocolate manufacturing, locks horns with the marketing director of a large UK producer - is well executed, and you feel for Matt (the MD in question) when he has to endure protestors attacking him and badgering phone calls from Sam (the journalist). Their back stories are interesting too, helping to explain why they are the way they are. But for me, the real story doesn't fully get going until halfway through.

Thrown together in an increasingly uncomfortable situation, Matt and Sam are forced to look at the real reasons why they find it so hard to get along, whilst simultaneously trying to work together to find a solution to their predicament. There's some soul searching and some honest moments between the two, both of whom seem reluctant to realise and admit that they are similar in more ways than one.

Although not as fast paced and exciting as Tunnel Vision, New Free... raises some interesting and difficult questions about chocolate manufacturing and the lengths some companies will go to produce the 'perfect' bar. And as with Tunnel Vision and its regular Underground facts, Lowe educates us with some true facts about chocolate and its production, throughout the novel.

I'm disappointed that Lowe hasn't gone on to write any more fiction work since New Free..., as after reading this and Tunnel Vision I think he is a truly talented writer of fiction and perhaps could have gone on to produce more brilliant work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit too sickly sweet, 6 May 2004
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This review is from: New Free Chocolate Sex (Paperback)
I struggled a bit with this one - sort of a cross between a chick lit romance and a political commentary. It felt like the author wanted to write a different kind of book, but was packaging it up in a more cutsie wrapper.
Not an offensive read though - the story carried me along to the end. Although the descriptions of being drowned by chocolate were a bit too graphic for me. Altogether a bit too sickly!
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