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Turning Up the Heat: A Novella Prequel to La Vie en Roses (La Vie en Roses Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with heraward-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Since then, her books haveappeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Yearby Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal ofExcellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal,and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The WallStreet Journal, among others. In 2015, NPR gave her the enormous honorof naming her Chocolate Kiss to its list of the Top 100 Romances.
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealandto Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura nowteaches 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.
- File size : 462 KB
- Publication date : May 8, 2014
- Print length : 129 pages
- Publisher : Laura Florand (May 8, 2014)
- ASIN : B009SOMK5M
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #682,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novella, written about a top French chef and his wife, who had married very young ten years earlier, comes at a crisis point in her life. By her nature, Léa has always been a person who gives of herself unstintingly - support, warmth, encouragement, a quiet strength. But now, Léa has come to realize that, like a jug which pours out relief to all who need it, she herself needs some filling up. She has begun to feel lost and empty to herself.
A warm, spicy, deeply loving novella of how Daniel and Léa find out where the gaps and misunderstandings have grown, to be able to gain back the strength and assurance of one another's love. And, each learns that the person you love can STILL be a mystery and a gift to unwrap. A surprise, and a joyous one, to see one another anew.
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.
Of course, the romance is flawless, sweet and scorching hot and there really just has to be cooking. I love Laura Florand for all the chocolates and macarons in France (or in the world), but I love her more for writing stories about marriage. They are just as significant because it gives the readers a snippet of real life married couple’s problems while still being absolutely romantic. More than the journey to the wedding, I have always wanted to know what happens after because working to keep the love is alot harder than earning it.
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Strongly recommend this.
Top reviews from other countries
I read this after the Chocolate Touch, when I decided that I have to read 'all Laura Florand'. This is the second, and I did continue on with delight. If you did not read yet, The Chocolate touch, hurry! I fall for Dom, its hero, at same time as the heroin did, and my heart also remains with it's courageous heroine, whose life and fights are revealed slowly. Fall also for her grand dad, who is only 82, well I am 79 now, so...