Astonishing Desserts That Need Todesserts that need to eaten This is finely written angsty romance where two fairly tortured souls fall in love The baggage each of the them carries is weighty and Florand does a lovely job allowing the heroine and the hero to remain themselves as they fall in love The second half of the book is very fulfilling and there is a simply divine and heartfelt epilogue Again I am always impressed by the lilting psychology of this series and the romance tucked into the very realism of what it means to be human and what love really is Oh and Paris chocolate and sexy chefs The first part of the book hurts a bit in both good and bad ways Luc and Summer have a terrible time really seeing each It is hard to believe in the terrible time really seeing each It is hard to believe in the at first sight that is part and parcel of this series because of the blindness that goes on for far too many chapters They are both cruel to each other and themselves There are well founded reasons for how each of them behaves but I would have liked true seeing than we get or at least an obsession that didn t seem just physical at first All the details of who they each are captivate but there are several threads left dangling for me that I would have liked traced out his father her mother in detail the nanny the seducer However the book swings up and up and up until its wonderful closing making it a very good read May I say one time Yea Epilogue I m addicted to Laura Florand s Chocolate series Her beautiful prose and descriptions of fine chocolate food
mostly desserts and of Paris a city so enchanting which comes through beautifully in her stories But most of all itdesserts and of Paris a city so enchanting which comes through beautifully in her stories But most of all it her crafting of romances that has completely won me over With that said The Chocolate Heart was a bit difficult for me Summer Corey is back in her personal hell Paris Paris is where her parents dumped her off in boarding school when she became too old to cart around the globe for whatever business deal or entertainment that consumed them Summer spent the last four years living simply and teaching children on a small island away from most civilization She s back in Paris coerced by her father s promise to provide satellite communications to the island if she agreed to manage the hotel he bought her for three months Putting aside her past Summer agrees for the good of the island people she has come to love Luc Leroi has worked his way up from a life of performing and basically begging for money with his father in the metros of Paris as a young boy At the age of ten social services puts Luc into foster care and under the strict tutelage of his foster father and chef Bernard From Bernard he learned strict control was the ey to success in life and profession Luc has since become one of the most sought after chefs in Paris and has brought the F pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisineLuc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to become the ing of his city and he has no patience for Don t be fooled by the cover I was excited when I found this author because the covers for this series look sweet and romanticI did not expect the sex to be so rough and dominating The blurb certainly didn t give any indication that it would be and the cover is at odds with the actual content The hero is constantly grabbing at the heroine and shoving her and restraining her Their intimate scenes are all about control and domination He s the one in charge reviewed from an e arc provided by NetGalley A long time ago
#better late than #late than you ve read other books in the Amour et Chocolat series this is in some ways a familiar dance an American heiress in Paris and the French patissier who woos her with unbelievable desserts But there s a bit of a twist here Summer Corey s childhood love for both Paris and desserts have been twisted into hate Rather than Florand s usual fairy tale source this story draws on Greek mythology with Paris as Summer s HadesSummer and Luc Leroi basically fall in love at first sight each seeing warmth and comfort in the other But their public images and private pasts work against them and they constantly misunderstand each other
Both were deprived of love as children but while Luc aims for constant perfection Summerwere deprived of love as children but while Luc aims for constant perfection Summer her spoiled bad girl rep as a shield Come to think of it they are interesting representatives of two classic aspects of a dysfunctional family The Hero and The Scapegoat Every time Luc unwittingly hurts her she tries even harder to live down to his expectationsAs you might expect from the inspiration this is dark in tone not because anything overtly awful happens though Summer has had ugly experiences than the world would guess but because both characters have so much pain in their lives The story does a beautiful job of showing how two people who seem to have it all can still be so lost and justifiably unhappy They re perfect for each other because at heart they have the same need to give love to someone who needs them and would never let them goThere was a bit too much repetition of phrases but the prose is gorgeous I love the way Florand extends the metaphor beyond its original inspirationThat s what makes it so incredible What you do You re just a man A human mortal man And you do what you doThere was a long silence Merci soleil he said softly After all those people who call me a god I never realized you could give me a promotionI also liked the realism in the baby epilogue Neither character is completely fixed by true love and their happy ending reuires commitment and care There s also a seuel Shadowed Heart A Luc and Summer Novel which expands on thisYou don t have to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one although several characters do recur Just open your heart to a prickly couple wh. No one hates Paris except Summer Corey The moody winters The artists and their ennui The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding gorgeous che.
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a very rocky start between these two Both Summer and Luc were starved for love growing upvery rocky start between these two Both Summer and Luc were starved for love growing up had it in cycles of love and then abuse from his real father After he was put into foster care Luc was provided for physically and no longer subjected to abuse but his upbringing didn t include
affection Summer was starved of love affection and attention by her parentsSummer was starved of love affection and attention by her parents would cart her along to all their luxury hotels but always with a nanny freeing them up to do whatever they wished without the annoyance of a child My heart went out to both Luc and Summer and you can see why they have so many shields up but this didn t make for a happy read for a good portion of the story There were misunderstandings and miscommunications putting Summer and Luc at each other s throats for about 60% of the book I was getting extremely frustrated with the back and forth which was largely Summer s fault in my opinion I seriously wanted to pull my hair out I new the reasons behind Summer s behavior but Luc didn t and she really did come off as a spoiled brat if you didn t Langlais correct pour les Nuls know her motivations To me Lucept trying and trying with her Yes at first for his pride and to teach her a lesson but still he would send the olive branch and she would reject it Time after timeI was at my limit when FINALLY the ice begins to thaw Their sparks turn into a romance where they begin to understand the needs and wants of the other finding the love and affection they both have so desperately craved This is the point where the story completely turned around going from frustrating to utterly blissful I love that both Luc and Summer found it so easy and immensely fulfilling to make the other happy My heart filled to bursting reading the epilogue which was sheer perfectionI was also thrilled to catch up with Sylvain and Cade and Dominiue and Jaime my favorite couples of the series so far who pop in and out of the story While the latter portion of The Chocolate Heart was a solid touchdown for me I can t forget the torture of the first 60% of the book which greatly affects my overall rating The first 60% is no than 2 stars while the final 35 40% felt like a 5 star read for me bringing my overall rating to around 3 stars In spite of my issues with this installment I plan on going back and reading The Chocolate Kiss book 2 and The Chocolate Rose book 3 Laura Florand s beautiful prose and mesmerizing romances hold an attraction that I can t resist A copy was provided by Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youYou can read this review and at The Readers De. His spoiled princess even if she does now own his restaurant Who cares if she smiles with all the warmth of July She doesn't eat dessertThere is only one way to tempt her A perfect impossibly sweet seductio. .