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The Chocolate Temptation I can always rely on Laura Florand for a butterflies in my stomach read, especially on a cold winter day when all I m really craving is chocolate from one of these kitchens she writes about The Chocolate Temptation follows Patrick, the suave second to Luc Leroi we met in The Chocolate Heart You remember him, don t you Always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a swoon worthy face to lighten up your day It s just too bad Sarah, the young American intern in Leroi s kitchen, doesn t think so Afte I can always rely on Laura Florand for a butterflies in my stomach read, especially on a cold winter day when all I m really craving is chocolate from one of these kitchens she writes about The Chocolate Temptation follows Patrick, the suave second to Luc Leroi we met in The Chocolate Heart You remember him, don t you Always ready with a smile, a laugh, and a swoon worthy face to lighten up your day It s just too bad Sarah, the young American intern in Leroi s kitchen, doesn t think so After all, as Sarah keeps trying to convince her intelligent Korean brain, she hates him As we ve established over the years, however, hate isn t all that far from loveI practically squealed when I realized that The Chocolate Temptation finally took us deeper into these delectable kitchens than the previous novels ever have Patrick is in charge of Sarah and, as always, Florand is the master of sexual tension If you thought the heat from the ovens was hot, think again, because the steam between these two as they brush against each other in the kitchens is sizzling Patrick, for instance, can t stop thinking about Sarah about the concentration with which she does her work, her pure dedication to perfecting the art of cooking, and the passion she throws into work, tiring day after tiring day On the other hand, Sarah cannot help but admire Patrick s talent, all while hating the way he will break her heart someday, even without realizing it.As Sarah and Patrick get closer, however, they begin to realize that their facades of perfection are just that masks For me, the Florand s novels always have a two fold appeal One the tension As I keep mentioning, Florand s writing is divine It just curls its way into your heart, creating emotion where there was none before And two the depth Each of Florand s novels are romances about broken individuals, not necessarily broken in the same way or to the same degree, but who have barriers around their lives What I particularly love is that she tackles a new issue with every one of her books, making them all such a delight to read With Sarah and Patrick, both of them suffer from severe insecurity Sarah, as a replacement child for the son who was killed in North Korea, never feels as if she s up to the mark and Patrick, a foster child, feels the same Nevertheless, seeing them work through their struggles and find a way to trust and support one another was heart warming.Moreover, what I really love about Sarah and Patrick s relationship is that each of them have different dreams, but make conscious efforts to pursue them Sarah, for instance, was a successful engineer in Caltech but she left her home and family behind to begin her life long wish of sugar making Both the courage and guilt Sarah feels at pursuing her own dream, selfishly some would say, is depicted perfectly Similarly, Patrick who ironically wishes he could be an engineer undergoes a mental journey as he realizes that dreams change with time and what he wanted as a twelve year old boy is not necessarily what he wants as a man now Florand always touches upon such honest aspects of adult life with her novels that I feel enriched having read them While the last few chapters of this book could veer on the lovey dovey side, her books never fail to sate my thirst and bring a smile upon my face Just as I expected, The Chocolate Temptation is a winner another one.You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings First read Aug 2015 3.5 starsI forgot that I haven t finished this series yet, eep anyway, Laura Florand wows as always with her gorgeous description of food.Reread June 2016 I dunno why I didn t give this a 4 because it s pretty fantastic so I m remedying that now I just want to hug Patrick ok ok ok and also SarahI just want to hug them both and never let go.Reread May 2017I m always entertained by how huge of a crush Patrick has on Sarah. DNF at 44%I m done Patrick is such a manipulating asshole, and Sarah is just a f k doormat why Because she s Asian that at this point I just can t force myself to read another page.And don t even get me started on sexual harassment accusations she works under his orientation, and he has been playing with her So, yeah, no You fooled me well, Patrick I thought you were a sane funny kind of person.Instead you re a manipulating psycho This new book is the series is simply an exquisite romance It sparkles and gleams with all the best aspects of the Romance genre The sensuality and emotionality combine to give reader something that feels once in a lifetime in terms of reading love stories You feel how the characters feel You must hold on to this one In my opinion, Laura Florand is among the best Romance writers publishing today I haven t read a book by her yet that I have not adored I so enjoyed this character driven sto This new book is the series is simply an exquisite romance It sparkles and gleams with all the best aspects of the Romance genre The sensuality and emotionality combine to give reader something that feels once in a lifetime in terms of reading love stories You feel how the characters feel You must hold on to this one In my opinion, Laura Florand is among the best Romance writers publishing today I haven t read a book by her yet that I have not adored I so enjoyed this character driven story that examines very closely how the dents and sometimes out right trauma of childhood play out in our adult lives and most particularly in our relationships With the wonderful alternating point of view, we see the characters do what love and a great partner make us all do grow and at the same time comeinto our true selves Our hero is a seemly sunny have it all alpha kind of guy who is faced with his unrelenting admiration and crush on his intern and all the ethical dilemmas that ensue Our heroine, is a Korean American half anyway , born of an immigrant mother, with the drive to be good enough meaning excellent in a place where everything is very hard They are both finely drawn and worth discovery What I like most about Florand, I think, is that it is never the hero s or the heroine s book it s the couple s A new space forged This romance runs parallel in time with The Chocolate Heart I love it when a writer has the chops to do that In makes the rereading of any series so muchpleasurable because it is like getting a new camera angle on your favorite moments The sugar work, romantic gestures, emotional bravery, retreats, lovemaking, and love saying are grand here I can t wait until I have a littletime and I can reread the whole series We are six books in and while I know the series will run its course the rereading never will These books will become comfort reads I highly recommend this series and this writer.I was given this book for my honest review So, there you have it I went back and forth so many times about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars Because while the book was engrossing and so dang well written like everything Florand writes is, at the same time, I hit this point about 3 4 of the way through when I just wanted the conflict to resolve already The characters problems started feeling a little old, and I just wanted them to hurry up and figure it out The other issue I had with this book was that I spent pretty much all of it wanting Sarah to beI went back and forth so many times about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars Because while the book was engrossing and so dang well written like everything Florand writes is, at the same time, I hit this point about 3 4 of the way through when I just wanted the conflict to resolve already The characters problems started feeling a little old, and I just wanted them to hurry up and figure it out The other issue I had with this book was that I spent pretty much all of it wanting Sarah to beproactive She was so passive the whole time, and it started to drive me a little crazy But still, despite those things, the book was wonderful and warm and the perfect thing to read on a winter night Sarah is five months into her six month internship in one of the best pastry kitchens in the world, yet she still doesn t feel worthy From California, she left her engineering job, told her Korean born mother she needed somethingin life, and moved to Paris Since day one, she has been in love with Patrick, the second in command in this very busy, prestigious hotel kitchen Patrick is a star, having earned a collar which tells everyone he is one of the best, but Luc the head chef, is his f Sarah is five months into her six month internship in one of the best pastry kitchens in the world, yet she still doesn t feel worthy From California, she left her engineering job, told her Korean born mother she needed somethingin life, and moved to Paris Since day one, she has been in love with Patrick, the second in command in this very busy, prestigious hotel kitchen Patrick is a star, having earned a collar which tells everyone he is one of the best, but Luc the head chef, is his foster brother, and Patrick is scared to move out of his shadow.Sarah loves Patrick so much although she never speaks to him that she now hates him She hates how he winks and flirts with every person in the room How he is always laughing and helping so gracefully He strolled past her table in the staff cafeteria on the way to flirt with a receptionist and set two cartons of Greek yogurt on her tray in passing Packed with protein, easy to digest.Always peach too Her favorite flavor.He fed her and he teased her, showering her with careless affection in that comfortable way he had with everyone Easing her tension so she could survive the pressure she was under Until he was all she lived for, all that got her through the day And she hated him for that.To Sarah, she is so convinced he acts this way with everyone, that she starts to despise him for it Little does she know, he only truly cares about her.Patrick on the other hand, loves Sarah too He loves her so much he can t stand it but she is his intern He can t seduce his own intern But he does start to provide for her ever so subtlety One night after some drinks, he stops listening to his conscience and does something about it And all that sexual tension between them explodes And I may have whimpered a little bit.I was talking to Jen who reviews for Fiction Vixen on Twitter about this book and she mentioned something to the effect that she loves these books so much because the hero is always SO into the heroine And that is a very true statement about this author She makes these intense, serious, over achieving chefs who absolutely live for their job and nothing else But then forget about ALL else and fall in love They would do anything to win the heroine and that makes these books so much fun.Sarah in particular is a very private, skittish heroine It s very hard for her to show her feelings and put herself out there So while she is completely enad by Patrick, it seems he has to work even harder to convince her of the relationship She has little self esteem He s courting me, He has to be.But he s a prince I m a mortal.I can t matter to him He acts all the time as if I don t really matter.He acts all the time as if I do.His hand felt so good against her face She kissed it again, and desire swamped her to keep this right to touch him, keep his hand, oh, wow, that didn t sound possible But it sounded beautiful.She never managed to succeed at beautiful, impossible things.And let s not forget after all the intense sexual tension, the flirting, the doubt from Sarah, the amazing scenes in the kitchen that Laura Florand can write and let me take just a moment to say how well she writes kitchen scenes I feel as though I m there in the the chaos, with burning sugar and delicate creations So well done After all of that we have delicious scenes like this teaserOh, yes, you like this, don t you he breathed.She closed her eyes against that glitter, against how much she liked it, turning her face into the bunched comforter as he let her upper body settle back on the mattress You like me in you this deep, Sarabelle His darkest, roughest murmur.She didn t answer out loud, but then she didn t have to Her body clutched around him, and he seemed to understand that language very well Are you going to like it when I take you this hard You ll have to read to find out wink Rating B She hated himPatrick 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 heartBut he didn t hate herSarah 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 loveBut he was never good at not going after what or who he wantedHe could make magic out of sugar But could he mold hate into love 01 19 2014 Overall Rating 4.5 StarsBook Cover Book Blurb Book Title 4 3.5 5 4 StarsWriter s Voice 4 StarsCharacter Development 4 StarsStory Appreciation 5 StarsWorth the Chili 4 Stars 4.99 onSmexy HEAT Rating Mild, Intimacy is OFF the Charts 313 pagesWow Not sure what to say about this one I wasn t expecting the experience I received I rec d this to a friend who I think will understand my deep emotion in this one I had good bumps through most of it A 01 19 2014 Overall Rating 4.5 StarsBook Cover Book Blurb Book Title 4 3.5 5 4 StarsWriter s Voice 4 StarsCharacter Development 4 StarsStory Appreciation 5 StarsWorth the Chili 4 Stars 4.99 onSmexy HEAT Rating Mild, Intimacy is OFF the Charts 313 pagesWow Not sure what to say about this one I wasn t expecting the experience I received I rec d this to a friend who I think will understand my deep emotion in this one I had good bumps through most of it A really BEAUTIFUL story It can be read as a stand alone and there is NO cliffhanger ending.The GOOD about this read 1 This author has a real way with words She sucked me into this story Her words are like flittering butterflies You have to pay very close attention or you may miss something really wonderful I wasn t sure what I felt at about 8% Her words painted a bit of a fuzzy picture for me, but when I focused think about a camera s lens allowing you to twist and turn until the image is much clearer the picture was beautiful and crystal clear So, I focused I really can t describe this experience I had goose bumps through most of this Watching Patrick becomebrave,sure of Sarah And Sarah She is that lovely, serious, dedicated little girl who grows into this smart, hard working, but socially unaware woman These two were perfect for each other Patrick knew it immediately and went after it Sarah had no chance when he set his sights on her Really lovely watching it all unfold.2 The characters Both Sarah and Patrick are remarkable in their own right Together they are two of the best I ve read in some time Patrick with his subtleties and his weakness made my heart hurt Sarah protected all that he was She watched She listened She waited patiently for him to show her She wanted him to show her These two are beautiful and deserve each other.I ve not read a story where the H is and French man and the H is a Korean American woman This was a lovely treat This bit of culture was handle so well by this author It truly enhanced this story and the readers experience.3 The kitchen and the lovely creations that come from it The author knows how to paint these things so we understand the hard work and dedication that goes into the creation of beauty A wonderful backdrop that becomes are real character in this story.4 The beauty of Paris shines through I ve never been, but this story helps me appreciate its beauty from afar Love when the logistics comes across as an important factor in the readers understanding and enjoyment of a book Now, there were a few things I can comment on as opportunities1 This story takes a bit of time to get into initially The author doesn t paint an immediate concrete picture We have a fuzzy vision that solidifies, but you must be patient ME I m amazed I stuck with it I don t normally I m so glad I did and want to encourage others like me to do so too You won t be sorry.2 This fuzziness is carried over to the synopsis for this story Not a huge selling point Not sure why I initially had this classified as chick lit fun This is so not that It really is a contemporary literature with a bit of romance I think this book very mainstream I don t think this comes through in the synopsis It didn t for me I actually saw this one pop up on a GR string I follow around recent 5 Star reads It intrigued me I tried reading the first in this series some time ago and put it down This goes to show you don t give up on an author I may just pick 1 up again I know I ll try others by this author and probably others in this series I d love to read Luc s story.3 Everything else was superb.This story will be in my mind for a long time I don t think I ve read another character that touched me quite like Patrick did His patient strength and humor while masking his own insecurities was so fantastically told by this author He will live a long time for me He reminds me of a friend I know I held this image as I moved through this story Thank you for this Ms Florand I really hope you decide to try this story I m absolutely positive you won t be disappointed.Happy Reading Okay, so first of all this book is FILTHY, and I mean that in the best of all possible ways These books are always deliciously dirty, but between Patrick s inner monologue about the ways Sarah isn t safe from him and the actual tying him up, I was fully invested in the sex aspect of this book.Second, I am very impressed with how well this functions as a companion book to The Chocolate Heart and yet stands completely on its own You can absolutely read one without the other, but they re both the Okay, so first of all this book is FILTHY, and I mean that in the best of all possible ways These books are always deliciously dirty, but between Patrick s inner monologue about the ways Sarah isn t safe from him and the actual tying him up, I was fully invested in the sex aspect of this book.Second, I am very impressed with how well this functions as a companion book to The Chocolate Heart and yet stands completely on its own You can absolutely read one without the other, but they re both the better, I think, for having read them both To me, this was especially evident in the scene where Luc tells Sarah that she d damn well be worthy of Patrick if she s going to steal him That scene KILLED me It was really perfect.And just I am so into their dynamic They re both in the business of making other people s dreams come true and it s only by coming together that they can get their own And the book makes a point of talking about how dreams can change, and how people can support each other and they TALK, and yeah, they get the talking wrong sometimes, but when they get it right it just makes me so, so happy My one complaint is that I was teased with Magalie and Philippe and didn t get to actually see them BRING BACK MAGALIE AND PHILIPPE Originally posted here.Apparently I ve had a draft of a review for The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand sitting in my dashboard for the past few months I dusted it off and tweaked it just in time for Amour et Florand this weekend It s always a pleasure to read a book by one of your favorite authors The Chocolate Temptation is part of the Amour et Chocolat series and the books can be read out of order because they stand well enough on their own However, the characters in The Chocolat Originally posted here.Apparently I ve had a draft of a review for The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand sitting in my dashboard for the past few months I dusted it off and tweaked it just in time for Amour et Florand this weekend It s always a pleasure to read a book by one of your favorite authors The Chocolate Temptation is part of the Amour et Chocolat series and the books can be read out of order because they stand well enough on their own However, the characters in The Chocolate Temptation were earlier featured in The Chocolate Heart so I think it would be a good idea to read the latter first I was intrigued by Patrick in The Chocolate Heart so I m delighted that he got his own book.Out of all the Amour et Chocolat novels, The Chocolate Temptation stands out because one of the main characters is a female pastry chef I know how male dominated the industry is since I have a cousin abroad who works in that field, so it s pretty interesting to get a better idea of what things are like from Sarah s point of view I think Sarah is a great character I love how brave she is in terms of changing career paths She s an intelligent person, with an engineering degree from Caltech She could have been living comfortably in the States while working as an engineer and yet she chooses to throw that away to pursue a culinary career I admire her guts and her passion for what she feels is the right path for her Patrick is also very passionate about being a pastry chef He was once a foster child but he has risen to the top of the culinary ladder and is now one of the best pastry chefs in Paris I liked Patrick s easygoing nature and how he s constantly being likened to a beach bum surfer guy What a contrast to the demanding and hectic workplace that they thrive in He also has a terrific sense of humor, which he uses to relieve the pressure that everyone feels in their work environment I also loved the dynamics between his relationship with Luc, especially after getting Luc s POV from The Chocolate Heart.Sarah thinks of herself as the lowly intern and she obviously looks up to Patrick as her mentor Being attracted to each other, without knowing what the other person is feeling, gives their relationship tension that stretches out over the months of Sarah s internship They both feel that liking the other person is inappropriate since Patrick is essentially one of Sarah s bosses and yet they can t help feeling that way I loved this bit of comparison of their romance to their creations This thing between them was like this beautiful fairytale of a dessert constructed out of work and caution and risk and whimsy Leaping and twirling, full of color and taste, a wrong breath could break it And yet night after night, in the kitchens, they made such fragile magics and waiters got that fragility all the way to the tables they were meant for Such a beautiful way of describing what began as a tentative romance that slowly developed into something deeper Given how passionate they are about their work, it s not surprising how strong their feelings are for each other I m not usually a fan of workplace romance but Laura Florand handles it so well I had such a lovely time reading about Sarah and Patrick from how they started getting to know each other outside the workplace to how much they re willing to sacrifice to make the other person happy At this point, I feel like I m a broken record because I keep recommending Laura Florand s books But that s only because they re SO GOOD Go forth and read them


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About the Author: Laura Florand

Laura Florand is the international bestselling and award winning author of fifteen books, including the Vie en Roses series Once Upon a Rose , the Paris Hearts series All for You , and the Amour et Chocolat series The Chocolate Thief Selected by NPR for their Top 100 Romance list, her books have appeared in ten languages, been nominated for RT Reviewers Choice Best Book of the Year, received the RT Seal of Excellence and numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been recommended by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal She was born in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman, a story told in her first book Blame It on Paris Now a lecturer at Duke University, she is very dedicated to her research into French chocolate For a glimpse behind the scenes of some of that research as well as recommendations for US chocolate, make sure to check out her website www.lauraflorand.com.


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