Avon, Jan 2003, 13.95, 352 pp.
Perhaps as successful as any of the 100 Black men of America, billionaire businessman Delmonte Harrison sees his ultimate dream constructed when the CHOCOLATE SHIP, a love boat for African-Americans is ready for its maiden voyage. Delmonte feels he is sending a positive message with this ship that Black people in deed go on sea cruises as pampered guests not just as workers or in the past as cargo.
Two of the passengers are Mia White and Miles Lewis, who have been seeing each other for three years. Mia wants a commitment from Miles, but for whatever reason he cannot take their relationship to the next level. She wants to enjoy the cruise, but Mia plans to confront her boyfriend also. However, Delmonte sees Mia and decides she is his perfect companion for the Caribbean trek and perhaps more, leaving Miles with a bad case of jealousy, but will he grow up in time to see that the we could become an I.
Fans of warm contemporary relationship dramas will want to read THE CHOCOLATE SHIP. The story line is at its finest when Delmonte takes center stage, as the audience fully understands what motivates him. Though Miles behaves immaturely at times, once again fans grasp his fears though many will want to slap him to wake him up. However, Mia who seems to have everything going for her is never explained why she clings to Miles so that readers miss a critical element that would turn an enjoyable tale into a perceptive passionate powerhouse.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner