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- Print Length: 302 pages
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- Publisher: Laura Florand (April 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WGYW6YQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Extremely moving and romantic...this tale will prompt readers togiggle, tear up, and crave chocolate. ... Smooth and decadent...thismost perfect beach read will melt your heart." - RT Book Reviews Top Pick!
Florand captures theessence of Paris and the tactile sensation of the finest chocolate delights inthis captivating romance....Full of passion and emotion. - Publishers Weekly
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Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Since then, her books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2015, NPR gave her the enormous honor of naming her Chocolate Kiss to its list of the Top 100 Romances.
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: lauraflorand.com.
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I liked that both MCs grew while they were apart and together. I had a lump in my throat at some of the scenes. I smiled at the interactions between Joss and Celie, Dom and Celie, Joss and Dom, Jaime and Dom. I even liked the conflict- Joss left Celie because he wanted to make himself a better man for her. Celie was deeply hurt, because all she ever wanted was for them to be better for each other, but doing it together.
My main issue is that the whole story could have been told as a novella. The one conflict was just hammered over and over. They were going in circles, talking without really listening. They were both right, but the realization need not have taken over 250 pages.
I loved it. I love the heroine who did not allow poverty from finding what she loved and become really great at it. I loved the people she worked with. I loved the way the author wrote about the effects of the hero's dyslexia and PTSD as a result of his abused childhood because of dyslexia, and his drive to become someone worthy which unfortunately for him, meant everything had to be perfect before he could offer it.
Parts of it made me roar with laughter. When the pillow plummeted six floors into the street and the jeans almost followed. The bowl of ganache. The employer's attitude that any publicity is good publicity.
I was moved by the hero's desire to be worthy while at the same time I wanted to slap him upside the head and say "Talk to her."
Also, what is with the random italicized words? What in the world would you need to italicize radiant for? There were others too, but that was my WTH breaking point where I called it quits.....around 6%.
Speaking of delicious, I really enjoyed the fact that the heroine got to be the chocolate maker this time around. The backstory was perfect as well. And even though I'm not usually a fan of the SEAL romantic lead...when you turn him into someone who's put in his five years in the French foreign legion instead, the concept becomes much more palatable.
Florand's books tend to be relatively plotless...which I enjoy. Who needs a plot when the internal drama and characters are this good?
Oh, and did I mention the secondary love story that just really made this novel come together? Usually I get grumpy when an author throws a second couple into a romance novel. But, in this case, it felt more like a theme and variation and it really, really worked.
Of course it did. This is a Florand.
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I'm giving four stars instead of five, only because there are other of the authors books I prefer. Still this is head and shoulders ahead of other books in the same genre.