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Turning Up the Heat: A Novella Prequel to La Vie en Roses (La Vie en Roses Series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Florand
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Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times best-selling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on an island with a man who may be her captor.

Book Description

Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and sumptuous", awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet".

Now Florand offers up another tale of passionate chefs and the lengths they will go to for the women they love and gives a first taste of her new series, La Vie en Roses, with her novella Turning Up the Heat. When two people have loved each other so much that they've given up their very selves, what do they do when they need their selves back?


Overview
After eleven years of marriage, Léa Laurier knew her husband. Knew how he could take on responsibility for a world-famous restaurant, a wife, and her two teenage siblings at nineteen years old and never falter, never tire. Knew his drive and his ambition, that took him to the stars. Knew how brilliant his gray eyes looked when they met hers for just one moment across a host of cameras. She didn't know why she was so tired. She didn't know why she needed to just get away. For a while. Maybe a week or two. A month. She'd be back.

After eleven years of marriage, international superstar chef Daniel Laurier knew his wife. Knew how she could lavish caring on everyone, her siblings, his staff, and most especially him. Knew the way her face lit up when he won yet another television contest, and the way she hugged him for it. Knew how her hair smelled when he sank into bed exhausted at one in the morning. He didn't know what to do when he came home from a consulting trip to find she'd disappeared to remote South Pacific island: I just needed to get away for a little while. A week or two. I'll call you.

As the whole solid world under his feet turned into a sandcastle in the tide, Daniel knew only one thing: whatever was wrong with his marriage or his wife, he wasn't losing her. So as a top chef, he did the one thing he always knew how to do: turn up the heat. (A novella of 30,000 words or approx. 120 pages.)

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
"I adored this story...Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package."--New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

"It's like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate -- you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven." - RT Book Reviews

"Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted chocolate off your hands..." - USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman

"Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel." - Booklist

"Both sensual and sweet, a story that melts in your mouth." - USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway

"One of the cleverest, most persuasive enemies-to-lovers stories I've read in a long time."—Dear Author Recommended Read for The Chocolate Kiss

"A lovely confection of a contemporary romance."--Dear Author Recommended Read for The Chocolate Thief

Other Works
Turning Up the Heat provides a first glimpse of the world and families of Florand's Vie en Roses series, set in Provence. For the first full-length book in that series, check out The Chocolate Rose, the tale of sexy, uncontainable top pastry chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst enemy. And make sure to sign up for Laura's newsletter (lauraflorand.com) to know when future books in this series are released.

Dreaming more of Paris than Provence? Then check out the other books in the Amour et Chocolat series, The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, The Chocolate Touch, and The Chocolate Heart.


Editorial Reviews

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  • This gently erotic romance with a French and tropical flavour would warm anyone's heart in the dead of winter. -- Fresh Fiction
  • I love Florand's writing and the raw emotions she evokes. She heightens the romance (& sex) of course but I always feel like these are real people and relationships that I can relate to. -- For What It's Worth
  • A really loving and lovely look at how to stop and pay attention and how much of a marriage isn't you and your partner together but you. -- Cat's Romance

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laura Florand (May 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SOMK5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROMANTIC AND EXQUISITELY SENSUAL October 29, 2012
By Mina
Format:Kindle Edition
How often in our married life we loose the ability to hear the words that are not spoken? How easily married couples grow apart and drift away from each other under the crushing pressure of hard work, business responsibilities and pursuit of success? How many times bonds and emotional connection between two lovers are shuttered because our hearts sometimes speak different "love languages" and the same emotions are expressed in different manners? Even the most solid love match may fall victim of mixed signals and heart-wrenching misunderstandings.
When a driven, dominant, perfectionist Daniel, and a yielding, generous and selfless Léa met, they were immediately drawn to each other, like an arrow to its target. Him, the young and ambitious kitchen protégé of an acclaimed three-star restaurant, all energy and unfailing will. Her, the owner's young and adoring daughter, creative and artsy, all sweet charm and pliant warmth. Love between the two teenagers was fresh and intense like a fragrant jasmine flower in bloom, unfaltering even under the overwhelming weight of Léa's father's death. A nineteen year old Daniel proposed to Léa right away, taking the reins of the restaurant and providing for his wife's younger siblings at the same time. Taking the reins of their lives and their family business with the same endless energy that has now brought Daniel, eleven years later, on the top of the culinary world as the most sought-after chef. Completely absorbed by their all-consuming topnotch restaurant, tv appearances and consultancies around the world, Daniel and Léa lose sight of each other. Too often it happens in a marriage that we take our partners for granted, as if they were the fixed stars of our personal constellation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read! February 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Turning Up The Heat by Laura Florand was almost voyeuristic. This very young couple who fell in love and drove themselves to the pursuit of higher goals, with Daniel being the youngest chef/owner of a restaurant in France and being always in the spotlight in Europe on television and his wife Lea, being his "manager" always pushing him and helping his cause for perfection. These are two people with a classic case of lack of communication and lack of time, as they grow older - being together since teenage years growing older might even just be a few years into the marriage.

Within this story we get to see both sides of their relationship or lack of relationship as Daniel follows Lea to her last minute vacation/time alone to a remote pacific island for herself. Instead of seeing one side of a couple that is slowly falling apart, we are invited in to both worlds from both points of view.

I enjoyed this story, even though I wanted to smack both up side their heads multiple times, it was refreshing to read a story where it wasn't one sided on who was to blame. Not having children, not having time for the other - not all Daniel's fault, not all Lea's fault and that is a good thing.

Though a quick read I felt it was such a quality read. Laura Florand does not disappoint she delivers quality and consistency each time. Bravo!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars What happens after the happily ever after? March 19, 2013
By Dorothy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read all of Laura Florand's other books. I had delayed reading this one because I am passionately against owning an e-reader. However, my impatience at waiting for the next book (Chocolate Kiss) won me over and I bought this book to read on my computer since it was short enough to justify the inconvenience.

I had forgotten the synopsis and so the plot was new to me. I didn't remember that the story was about a married couple. I quickly realized that there was a big problem with communication that would be the focal point of the story. I agree with the other reviewer that called this story voyeuristic. That is the perfect word for it. I also wanted to smack the characters in the head. However, while I didn't get married young like them, I can understand how some individuals get so wrapped up in their spouse that they lose their own identity. I've seen this happen with friends.

This book is a passionate, emotional, voyeuristic (hat tip to the earlier reviewer) look at a marriage being reborn. I am not sure if I would have liked this book when I was in my early 20's. However, now that I am in my early 30's, I can appreciate the depth of the story. While you may want to shake the characters and ask them to get it together already...the fact that you imagine bopping them on the head is a testament to Laura Florand's realistic writing. Her ability to write from multiple points of view while giving those POVs a unique voice has made her my favorite new author in recent memory.

The cover reminds me of a soap opera. And given the emotions in this novella, I think it's an apt portrayal. I gave this one 4 instead of 5 because I felt like it could have been a touch longer (but I imagine the editor sliced and diced it). Also, I think the waterfall scene was better than the later scenes. So for the out of order steaminess, I say 4 stars. I recommend (see my reviews!) the Chocolate Series for full-length proper Laura Florand in all her glory.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet with just enough angst November 13, 2012
By Sabrina
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This was an easily readable novella, I finished it in about an hour. Daniel, a world class chef, arrives home to find his wife has taken an impulsive trip to Tahiti. After questioning everyone he knows about what is going on, he follows her to Tahiti and the couple begin to work on their marriage. Most of the time, I really hate books where if the couple had just communicated, all the problems would have been solved, but this was different. There was not a big misunderstanding, and Daniel and Lea weren't angry at each other. In fact, if Lea hadn't taken this trip to Tahiti, they probably would have muddled along for several years, while their marriage worsened. You got both characters point of views, so you could see how crazily these two loved each other. That was pretty much their problem, they would have sacrificed anything for the other, thinking that is what their spouse wanted. Since it is a romance, they actually both wanted the same thing and they work it out. But the journey was great, and the novella was the perfect length. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a sexy, short, and sweet read.
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Laura Florand is the international bestselling author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Touch, etc.), where sexy French chocolatiers woo the women they love with what they love best--romance you can taste. Nominated for Reviewers Choice Best Book of the Year (The Chocolate Kiss), her books have been translated into eight languages, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal, and been recommended by USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She was born in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early. After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman, a story told in her first book Blame It on Paris. Now a lecturer in French at Duke University, she is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate. For some behind the scenes glimpses of that research, please visit her at www.lauraflorand.com.

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