Laura Florand: The Chocolate Temptation



Pastry kitchen of Hotel de Leuce in Paris with coveted and prestigious three Michelin stars The pressure and pace in the kitchen is grueling and only the best of the best work there Yet Patrick runs things with charm and an easy going grace a calming and uniting force He makes perfection look effortless but if ou look close enough H灰とダイヤモンド 2 [Haito Diamond 2] you can see his intensity and need for absolute control His one weakness the little uiet and focused intern This new book is the series is simply an exuisite romance It sparkles and gleams with all the best aspects of the Romance genre The sensuality and emotionality combine to give reader something that feels once in a lifetime in terms of reading love stories You feel how the characters feel You must hold on to this one In my opinion Laura Florand is among the best Romance writers publishing today I haven t read a book by heret that I have not adored I so enjoyed this character driven story that examines very closely how the dents and sometimes out right trauma of childhood play out in our adult lives and most particularly in our relationships With the wonderful alternating point of view we see the characters do what love and a great partner make us all do grow and at the same time come into our true selves Our hero is a seemly sunny have it all alpha kind of guy who is faced with his unrelenting admiration and crush on his intern and all the ethical dilemmas that ensue Our heroine is a Korean American half anyway born of an immigrant mother with the drive to be good enough meaning excellent in a place where everything is very hard They are both finely drawn and worth discovery What I like most about Florand I think is that it is never the hero s or the heroine s book it s the couple s A new space forged This romance runs parallel in time with The Chocolate Heart I love it when a writer has the chops to do that In makes the rereading of any series so much pleasurable because it is like getting a new camera angle on The Prince with the Silver Hand (Tale of the Eternal Champion, your favorite moments The sugar work romantic gestures emotional bravery retreats lovemaking and love saying are grand here I can t wait until I have a little time and I can reread the whole series We are six books in and while I know the series will run its course the rereading never will These books will become comfort reads I highly recommend this series and this writerI was given this book for my honest review So thereou have it I went back and forth so many times about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars Because while the book was engrossing and so dang well written like everything Florand writes is at the same time I hit th Originally posted hereApparently I ve had a draft of a review for The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand sitting in my dashboard for the past few months I dusted it off and tweaked it just in time for Amour et Florand this weekend It s always a pleasure to read a book by one of our favorite authors The Chocolate Temptation is part of the Amour et Chocolat series and the books can be read out of order because they stand well enough on their own However the characters in The Chocolate Temptation were earlier featured in The Chocolate Heart so I think it would be a good idea to read the latter first I was intrigued by Patrick in The Chocolate Heart so I m delighted that he got his own bookOut of all the Amour et Chocolat novels The Chocolate Temptation stands out because one of the main characters is a female pastry chef I know how male dominated the industry is since I have a cousin abroad who works in that field so it s pretty interesting to get a better idea of what things are like from Sarah s point of view I think Sarah is a great character I love how brave she is in terms of changing career paths She s an intelligent person with an engineering degree from Caltech She could have been living comfortably in the States while working as an engineer and et she chooses to throw that away to pursue a culinary career I admire her guts and her passion for what she feels is the right path for her Patrick is also very passionate about being a pastry chef He was once a foster child but he has risen to the top of the culinary ladder and is now one of the best pastry chefs in Paris I liked Patrick s easygoing nature and how he s constantly being likened to a beach bumsurfer guy What a contrast to the demanding and hectic workplace that they thrive in He also has a terrific sense of humor which he uses to relieve the pressure that everyone feels in their work environment I also loved the dynamics between his relationship with Luc especially after getting Luc s POV from The Chocolate HeartSarah thinks of herself as the lowly intern and she obviously looks up to Patrick as her mentor Being attracted to each other without knowing what the other person is feeling gives their relationship tension that stretches out over the months of Sarah s internship They both feel that liking the other person is inappropriate since Patrick is essentially one of Sarah s bosses and et they can t help feeling that way I loved this bit of comparison of their romance to their creationsThis thing between them was like this beautiful fairytale of a dessert constructed out of work and caution and risk and whimsy Leaping and twirling full Impressed with what she saw As her boss he knew he should leave her alone The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on loveBut he was never good at not going after what or who he wantedHe could make magic out of sugar But could he mold hate into lov.

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PE I can always rely on Laura Florand for a butterflies in my stomach read especially on a cold winter day when all I m really craving is chocolate from one of these kitchens she writes about The Chocolate Temptation follows Patrick the suave second to Luc Leroi we met in The Chocolate Heart You remember him don t ou Always ready with a smile a laugh and a swoon worthy face to lighten up Unjust Deserts your day It s just too bad Sarah theoung American intern in Leroi s kitchen doesn t think so After all as Sarah keeps trying to convince her intelligent Korean br First read Aug 201535 starsI forgot that I haven t finished this series George V. Higgins yet eep anyway Laura Florand wows as always with her gorgeous description of foodReread June 2016I dunno why I didn t give this a 4 because it s pretty fantastic so I m remedying that now I just want to hug Patrick ok ok ok and also SarahI just want to hug them both and never let goReread May 2017I m always entertained by how huge of a crush Patrick has on Sarah 01192014 Overall Rating 45 StarsBook Cover Book Blurb Book Title 4 35 5 4 StarsWriter s Voice 4 StarsCharacter Development 4 StarsStory Appreciation 5 StarsWorth the Chili 4 Stars 499 on Smexy HEAT Rating Mild Intimacy is OFF the Charts313 pagesWow Not sure what to say about this one I wasn t expecting the experience I received I rec d this to a friend who I think will understand my deep emotion in this one I had good bumps through most of it A really BEAUTIFUL story It can be read as a stand alone and there is NO cliffhanger endingThe GOOD about this read1 This author has a real way with words She sucked me into this story Her words are like flittering butterflies You have to pay very close attention orou may miss something really wonderful I wasn t sure what I felt at about 8% Her words painted a bit of a fuzzy picture for me but when I focused think about a camera s lens allowing ou to twist and turn until the image is much clearer the picture was beautiful and crystal clear So I focused I really can t describe this experience I had goose bumps through most of this Watching Patrick become brave sure of Sarah And Sarah She is that lovely serious dedicated little girl who grows into this smart hard working but socially unaware woman These two were perfect for each other Patrick knew it immediately and went after it Sarah had no chance when he set his sights on her Really lovely watching it all unfold2 The characters Both Sarah and Patrick are remarkable in their own right Together they are two of the best I ve read in some time Patrick with his subtleties and his weakness made my heart hurt Sarah protected all that he was She watched She listened She waited patiently for him to show her She wanted him to show her These two are beautiful and deserve each otherI ve not read a story where the H is and French man and the H is a Korean American woman This was a lovely treat This bit of culture was handle so well by this author It truly enhanced this story and the readers experience3 The kitchen and the lovely creations that come from it The author knows how to paint these things so we understand the hard work and dedication that goes into the creation of beauty A wonderful backdrop that becomes are real character in this story4 The beauty of Paris shines through I ve never been but this story helps me appreciate its beauty from afar Love when the logistics comes across as an important factor in the readers understanding and enjoyment of a book Now there were a few things I can comment on as opportunities 1 This story takes a bit of time to get into initially The author doesn t paint an immediate concrete picture We have a fuzzy vision that solidifies but ou must be patient ME I m amazed I stuck with it I don t normally I m so glad I did and want to encourage others like me to do so too You won t be sorry2 This fuzziness is carried over to the synopsis for this story Not a huge selling point Not sure why I initially had this classified as chick lit fun This is so not that It really is a contemporary literature with a bit of romance I think this book very mainstream I don t think this comes through in the synopsis It didn t for me I actually saw this one pop up on a GR string I follow around recent 5 Star reads It intrigued me I tried reading the first in this series some time ago and put it down This goes to show ou don t give up on an author I may just pick 1 up again I know I ll try others by this author and probably others in this series I d love to read Luc s story3 Everything else was superbThis story will be in my mind for a long time I don t think I ve read another character that touched me uite like Patrick did His patient strength and humor while masking his own insecurities was so fantastically told by this author He will live a long time for me He reminds me of a friend I know I held this image as I moved through this story Thank ou for this Ms FlorandI really hope Daddy Daughter Incest 2 Series Bundle you decide to try this story I m absolutely positiveou won t be disappointedHappy Reading The Chocolate Temptation was so so lovely The Amour et Chocolate series continues to bewitch and seduce me and has become one of my all time favorite adult romances series to date Patrick is the second to Luc Leroi the head chef in the. Ed him but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heartBut he didn’t hate herSarah Lin Patrick’s serious dark haired American intern who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so.

DNF at 44%I m done Patrick is such a manipulating asshole and Sarah is just a fk doormat why Because she s Asian that at this point I just can t force myself to read another pageAnd don t even get me started on sexual harassment accusations she Sarah is five months into her six month internship in one of the best pastry kitchens in the world et she still doesn t feel worthy From California she left her engineering job told her Korean born mother she needed something in life and moved to Paris Since day one she has been in love with Patrick the second in command in this very busy prestigious hotel kitchen Patrick is a star having earned a collar which tells everyone he is one of the best but Luc the head chef is his foster brother and Patrick is scared to move out of his shadowSarah loves Patrick so much although she never speaks to him that she now hates him She hates how he winks and flirts with every person in the room How he is always laughing and helping so gracefully He strolled past her table in the staff cafeteria on the way to flirt with a receptionist and set two cartons of Greek ogurt on her tray in passing Packed with protein easy to digestAlways peach too Her favorite flavorHe fed her and he teased her showering her with careless affection in that comfortable way he had with everyone Easing her tension so she could survive the pressure she was under Until he was all she lived for all that got her through the day And she hated him for thatTo Sarah she is so convinced he acts this way with everyone that she starts to despise him for it Little does she know he only truly cares about herPatrick on the other hand loves Sarah too He loves her so much he can t stand it but she is his intern He can t seduce his own intern But he does start to provide for her ever so subtlety One night after some drinks he stops listening to his conscience and does something about it And all that sexual tension between them explodes And I may have whimpered a little bitI was talking to Jen who reviews for Fiction Vixen on Twitter about this book and she mentioned something to the effect that she loves these books so much because the hero is always SO into the heroine And that is a very true statement about this author She makes these intense serious over achieving chefs who absolutely live for their job and nothing else But then forget about ALL else and fall in love They would do anything to win the heroine and that makes these books so much funSarah in particular is a very private skittish heroine It s very hard for her to show her feelings and put herself out there So while she is completely enad by Patrick it seems he has to work even harder to convince her of the relationship She has little self esteem He s courting me He has to beButhe s a prince I m a mortalI can t matter to him He acts all the time as if I don t really matterHe acts all the time as if I doHis hand felt so good against her face She kissed it again and desire swamped her to keep this right to touch him keep his hand oh wow that didn t sound possible But it sounded beautifulShe never managed to succeed at beautiful impossible thingsAnd let s not forget after all the intense sexual tension the flirting the doubt from Sarah the amazing scenes in the kitchen that Laura Florand can write and let me take just a moment to say how well she writes kitchen scenes I feel as though I m there in the the chaos with burning sugar and delicate creations So well doneAfter all of that we have delicious scenes like this teaser Oh This Many Miles From Desire yesou like this don t ou he breathedShe closed her eyes against that glitter against how much she liked it turning her face into the bunched comforter as he let her upper body settle back on the mattress You like me in ou this deep Sarabelle His darkest roughest murmurShe didn t answer out loud but then she didn t have to Her body clutched around him and he seemed to understand that language very well Are Sermons Not Spoken you going to like it when I takeou this hard You ll have to read to find out winkRating B Okay so first of all this book is FILTHY and I mean that in the best of all possible ways These books are always deliciously dirty but between Patrick s inner monologue about the ways Sarah isn t safe from him and the actual tying him up I was fully invested in the sex aspect of this bookSecond I am very impressed with how well this functions as a companion book to The Chocolate Heart and Julia yet stands completely on its own You can absolutely read one without the other but they re both the better I think for having read them both To me this was especially evident in the scene where Luc tells Sarah that she d damn well be worthy of Patrick if she s going to steal him That scene KILLED me It was really perfectAnd just I am so into their dynamic They re both in the business of making other people s dreams come true and it s only by coming together that they can get their own And the book makes a point of talking about how dreams can change and how people can support each other and they TALK andeah they get the talking wrong sometimes but when they get it right it just makes me so so happy My one complaint is that I was teased with Magalie and Philippe and didn t get to actually see them BRING BACK MAGALIE AND PHILIP. She hated himPatrick Chevalier The charming laid back golden second in command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern who made everything she failed at seem so easy and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying She hat.

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