Thursday, February 20, 2014

{Chanpreet #Review} Contemporary Romance: The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Amour et Chocolat #6
Format: copy provided by author
Length: 333 pages
Publisher: AOS Publishing (January 14, 2014)

She hated him.
Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart.

But he didn’t hate her.
Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.

But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.

He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love?

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There aren't many things I love more than reading and sweets, chocolate in particular. Combine the two and I'm in bliss. Laura Florand writes stories set in romantic Paris featuring heroes as mouth watering as the confections they make. In this case, Laura's broken with tradition and written about a beta hero instead of her usual delectable alphas. Patrick featured in her previous book The Chocolate Heart as the hero Luc Leroi's best friend and second in command.

I loved getting to know what made Patrick Chevalier and Sarah Lin tick, seeing them slowly lower their barriers, and let the other in. I did find that it took me longer to get through the initial 25% or so of the book, but after that it was smooth sailing with me ravaging the pages in my eagerness to see what happened next. Patrick was able to take Sarah's hate for him and turn it into fuel for his pursuit of her, which was very interesting. It's also important to note that if you haven't read The Chocolate Heart, then you won't be hurting yourself if you decide to pick up the The Chocolate Temptation first. Both stories occur simultaneously and are independent of each other.

To be honest, Laura Florand is an author I highly recommend. She hasn't written anything I haven't absolutely loved. I think when you can't help but fall in love with a character whether you want or not just goes to show the caliber of writer you're enjoying. I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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