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The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat) Paperback – July 30, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. While technically a sequel to The Chocolate Kiss and The Chocolate Thief, the emotionally intense third Amour et Chocolat romance stands well on its own. Jaime Corey, the younger sister of Chocolate Thief protagonist Cade Corey, has survived a brutal attack and decides to treat herself to some chocolate therapy in Paris. She starts going to Dominique Richard's salon twice a day. Intrigued by Jaime, Dom crafts elaborate confections just for her. Although Dom is besotted, he doesn't dare relax around Jaime; he's a big man with a temper and afraid of turning into an abuser like his father. Jaime used to be a do-gooder, trying to save the world to make up for her privileged upbringing, and while Dom makes Jaime feel cherished and adored, she feels guilty for not giving anything in return. Both Jaime and Dom are highly complex characters, with layers of emotions, thorny pasts, and tangled relationships with family and friends. Readers will cheer for both of them to work past their issues and find their chocolaty ever after. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron & Associates. (Aug.)
"This is fast-becoming one of my favorite and most-anticipated series . . . a very adorable, well-done romance." - USA Today
"Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight."- Dear Author Recommended Read
"Each time I open a book by Ms. Florand I am transported to another world, one of food, passion, love and joy." - Fiction Vixen
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I wanted more plot. This was mostly internal angst about not feeling good enough for the other.
EXAMPLES OF CONFLICTS:
Jaime keeps her name and wealth a secret. After they are having a wonderful sexual relationship, she tells Dom she has money to live on if she needs it, but she doesn’t say how much. Immediately he becomes angry thinking “She was some kind of privileged princess...Crawling in the muck (with him - slumming).”
Jaime has a low self image and thinks “How could she ask him to stick himself with a woman who couldn’t rise above anything?”
Dom’s father beat him and his mother. Dom fears he might become abusive like his father. He thinks he’s not perfect enough for her.
Dom says “I want you to promise never to leave me. But I won’t believe you if you (promise).” Jaime says “I want you to promise never to let me go. But it’s hard to believe I have the right.”
I was annoyed with so many French words that I did not understand. I wish the author put translations in italics or parentheses after them. She did that occasionally, but not with most. The most frequent French word was Putain. I looked it up in Google translate which said whore or prostitute. That didn’t make sense since Dom frequently used it with Jaime. That would be an insult. I think it must be like the f-word or a swear word - not the Google definition. Here’s one of his sentences. “That sounds like a good place to start over. With only you. Putain, I would love to have a base like that.”
COVER PICTURE WRONG:
Dom has shaggy rebel black hair. Dom felt bigger than most men, oversized and clumsy. His hands were giant, hard laborer’s hands. The guy on the cover looks delicate and slim with neat short hair.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 290 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: about 5, a few long. Setting: current day Paris, France. Copyright: 2013. Genre: contemporary romance.
Corey chocolate heiress Jaime is convalescing after being severely beaten while undertaking aid work in the Third World. She is a remarkable, striving woman who nonetheless lacks confidence due to her privileged upbringing and the aftermath of the assault. She and Dominique are magnetically attracted to each other, even though neither can understand what the other person sees in them. He's a kind of rock star, she considers herself ordinary. These two had the most issues and the most intense instant connection of the four books. It made a kind of sense for what each had been through and I don't think I've ever read a romance in which the hero's frailties were so thoroughly examined. They fall in love too fast, but not because it's a novel, but because falling in love too fast is what people this damaged, and damaged in this way, often do. Dominique and Jaime seek refuge in each other, but in a healthy way.
The Chocolate Touch is everything. I won't go into detail because it's just like chocolate, you can describe it, but really you have to taste it, you have to experience it. Ms Florand is simply as BRILLIANT as the artists she writes about. Thank you for sharing this gift with us. Don't ever stop!
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