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The Chocolate Thief Paperback – July 31, 2012
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"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: Florand has managed to capture that emotional experience and put it into the pages of her novel..." - RT Book Reviews
"Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel." - Booklist
"I adored this story of an heir to an American chocolate empire...who sets off for Paris determined to lure a French chocolatier into teaching her the secrets of artisan chocolate. Nothing will stop her! I loved this story: Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package." Eloisa James, The Barnes & Noble Review
"Laura Florand gives the reader a delicious romp through Paris through the eyes of an American heiress on a mission...a delightful read filled with emotional angst, hot sex and scrumptious chocolate that will please any reader." -- Single Titles, 5 star review
"A delectable summer bonbon." -- NPR Books
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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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The descriptions of chocolate in this book are so rich and satisfying, and I'd venture to say the true love affair in this book is the one with chocolate itself (and Paris, of course) moreso than what develops between Cade and Sylvain. I'm actually amazed I made it 1/3 of the way through the book before finally caving and heading to the store to pick up a few bags of Ghirardelli squares to indulge in whilst reading. You can tell the author is passionate about chocolate, how to make it, and its many varieties and that really set this book apart.
The first half of this book was absolutely wonderful. The chocolate comes alive and jumps off the pages. Cade and Sylvain have palpable tension between them that ignites when they finally get together. The overall atmosphere is sensual, tense and irresistible. We also get a glimpse into the minds of both characters, surprised to find quite a bit of depth to both of them as their vulnerabilities and worries are exposed. But all of these things are sorely lacking in the last half, which gets bogged down by each character silently wondering to themselves what the other is thinking instead of just having conversations. I never truly invested in the romance between Cade and Sylvain, so the wrap up at the end wasn't as satisfying as it should have been.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this book. It's fun, smart, sexy and unique and worth reading for Sylvain Marquis and his chocolate alone. A must for chocolate lovers.
Cade and Sylvain are pretty great, which was key in getting me interested in their story. Cade is confident, tenacious and also a little self-absorbed. The way she thinks, the passion she has for creating chocolate, her loyalty to her family - each of these qualities made it easy to love her. And Sylvain had awkward beginnings, but made something of himself as a master of chocolate, who was handsome, intelligent and cautious with his feelings. He was a bit arrogant and standoffish initially, but eventually, readers will see his heart beneath all of that bluster and fall for him too.
As individuals, they're already good characters; in a romantic entanglement, they're even more fun to read about! There's a lot of banter, mostly because there is quite a bit of misinterpretation and miscommunication between these two. There was a lot of tension too, which resulted in a steamy kiss or two (or possibly more...). I thought their romance was light an fun! It wasn't precisely my favorite relationship ever, but it sure made me smile a lot.
And can we talk about two more elements of this book that I adored -- the chocolate and Paris? The chocolate is a given, as I'm obsessed with sweets. I love the way it was described, flavors and scents and processes. I would love to take a workshop like some tourists do in this book, just to learn how chocolatiers make their amazing desserts. And to have the chocolate set against the backdrop of Paris? That's just delightful.
The Chocolate Thief was the perfect read for me when I needed something light and easy. With charming characters, an excellent setting, a sweet romance and a dash of chocolate, it's no wonder I ended up enjoying this. Laura Florand is certainly an authoryou should check out, particularly if you like any of the elements mentioned in this review. Her book will definitely not disappoint!
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