Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by BookCrack


    Review: 5 STARS to Chocolate Temptation (Chocolate Lovers) by Laura Florand

    The Chocolate Temptation (Amour et Chocolat, #6)The Chocolate Temptation (Chocolate Lovers #6) by Laura Florand

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars (both smexy and Love it)

    Release date: January 28/$4.99 ebook/ paperback/ 333 pgs.

    Source: ARC provided by author (books 1-5 self purchased)


    I say this with love: don’t judge the smexy by the pretty cover! THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION (Chocolate Lovers #6) is sexy, tension filled, insanely passionate, and swoony! With just a touch of angst to the point that I got choked up…more than once! From joy and frustration both. This is how I want ALL my fairy tales rewritten, please Ms. Florand?

    One of my favorite things about the Chocolate Lovers series (Amour et Chocolat) is that each can be read as a standalone novel and they can even be read out of order according to which synopsis/plot strikes your fancy. But once you read one, you can’t help but go back for more and the chocolate and Parisian setting just elevates the swoon that much more.

    chocolate_touchIn my case, I dove in with book 4 THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH and then read 1-3. Soon after, book 5 and now 6 and this has to be one of my all-time favorite series. The covers are beautiful, but in all honesty ( I say this because if you are like me) I would have passed this series by because of MY issue with Chick Lit/candy colored covers or photos of a smooching couple under the Eiffel Tower and I would have assumed that this was like a Harlequin serial and not one of the most sensual, smexy novels I’m sure I’ll have read in 2014!

    I know I’m a dope, but old habits die hard I’m afraid. Many thanks to the reviewers on Goodreads for showing the way!

    Like I said with the others, shame on me for my assumptions! This is a series not to be missed!

    I was so shocked to find the depth and sensuality that you get in a Florand novel, especially as the series goes forward. This is just MY issue with things that appear Chick-Lit-ish. I like the occasional Chick-Lit book/movie, but I LOVE me a sensual, somewhat complex, emotional, internal monologue especially when I get to hear it from the HERO. Erotic, Chick Lit and Contemporary/Serial lovers you are ALL going to LOVE this series!

    6 books in, it just gets more swoony and smexy with each book! This one with Patrick’s inner monologue? Insanely H-O-T.

    I think Florand effortly captures her heroes’ motivation and fears so very well and that’s why they stand out above the rest. It just gets better with each book. They are alpha in their pride, professional perfection, and often appearance, but beta in their explicit attention to, and consideration and romancing of their heroine. Perhaps perfectly…French? Florand herself has lived there and married a Frenchman, so perhaps? Swoon.

    Best of both worlds! Did I mention the panty-melting passion that leaps from the page when her heroes pursue and catch their heroine? Like this scene when we get to hear what Patrick is thinking as he has finally decided to just happen to walk her home:

    “Oh that serious, delicate face of hers, the way her gaze tracked up his body…
    ~Who did you just let in your apartment? Sarabelle, you should be more careful. You don’t know me at all…

    …He sat on {her} bed, as the only space to sit in that (tiny) room, sat right in the center of it, legs splayed.
    ~My bed now.
    And that anxious, perfectionist brow formed between her eyebrows, as if she didn’t know what to make of him.
    ~I’ll show you exactly what to make of me…And oh, God am I going to make some things out of you…”

    **SIDE NOTE** Since I reviewed this book for another site, a few fellow bloggers who dove into this series for the first time with this book made the comment that they felt Patrick came off in the scene above as well…creepy/stalkerish. HE’S NOT! I promise!

    I can see now how it might come off that way, but I assure you their romance was hinted at in book #5 when they were secondary characters. If you read book 5, you would already be acquainted with Patrick and his careful mask of play and lightheartedness. And you would know of his incorrect assumption that his intern barely regards him among the living, when in fact she’s terribly smitten with him to the point of hating him for what she assumes is his flirty playboy ways and disregard for her as a woman.


    As you can see, Patrick is no exception to Florand’s gift with fiery passionate heroes, that is, except for the fact that he IS an exception in Florand’s line of mostly swoony, intense, passionate, perfect, beastly, arrogant pastry chef/chocolaters. Why? Because Patrick Chevalier very carefully painstakingly hides his passion, desire, and deserved arrogance behind kind and caring acts, making it all look effortless, meaningless. Patrick has perfected his mask of a witty, playful, carefree flirt. Never mind that he’s achieved the highest decorated level of award in his field.

    But passion runs so deep in him. Yet, so does his fear of admitting what he wants most. Because then he fears, it will be denied.

    “Don’t show you want it. Never show how much you want it…You had to be careful about whose hands you handed the things that mattered. (a.k.a. his heart)…You had to make sure that person didn’t know she had something that mattered to you, in case. In case she used it against you.”

    chocolate_temptationBut how is his intern, Sarah Lin, to know this? After all, isn’t he a flirt, being carefree and well, just being French?

    Sarah is probably one of my top favorite heroines in recent memory. Her strength, her focus and her internal struggles as a modern woman and as a first generation Korean-American born child who left her family and what she perceived as their dream for her is depicted with such a deft touch and I loved it. I often feel so detached from my reading heroines and watching Sarah blossom and learn to trust Patrick, and he with her, while also learning of her shocking parentage/heritage, her family’s horrors and escape…how could I not want to love her, too?

    “She wished he was hers. To keep forever, to figure out. To trust, maybe. To get right.”

    Seriously happy swoon! My first 5 Star read of 2014 and I know it will be a best of 2014 for me- just as the rest of the series was on my BEST of 2013 too. Yes, there is some French spoken as part of the story, but I loved it, and if you have an e-reader you can even translate it. Trust me, you know exactly what he’s murmuring to her :P.

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars (both smexy and Love it)


    Purchase Links:

    Amazon || Barnes & Noble  and your local indie 😛


    Happy Reading xo


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    Review: 5 STARS to Chocolate Temptation (Chocolate Lovers) by Laura Florand BookCrack
    Love it or Leave it?

    Summary: 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?


    LOVE! A Best of 2014!

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