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A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Series #3)
     

A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Series #3)

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by Laura Florand
 

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Laura Florand, international bestselling author of The Chocolate Kiss, combines lush description, smart dialogue, provocative sensuality, and the perfume of love itself in A Crown of Bitter Orange, an irresistibly lush novel that is an ode to the scents and pleasures of the south of France and the beauty of falling in love.

Childhood friends. Tristan Rosier might

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Laura Florand, international bestselling author of The Chocolate Kiss, combines lush description, smart dialogue, provocative sensuality, and the perfume of love itself in A Crown of Bitter Orange, an irresistibly lush novel that is an ode to the scents and pleasures of the south of France and the beauty of falling in love.

Childhood friends. Tristan Rosier might have asked Malorie Monsard to marry him when he was five years old, but things had only gone downhill from there. She'd spent the rest of their lives ignoring him, abandoning him, and destroying his perfumes. Now she was back, to wreak who knew what havoc on his life.

Lifelong enemies. Tristan might choose to dismiss the generations-long enmity between their two families, but Malorie didn't have that privilege. Like all the other privileges wealthy, gorgeous Tristan took for granted that she couldn't. But if she was going to restore her family company to glory, she might just need his help.

Or the perfect match? They'd known each other all their lives. Could these childhood friends and lifelong enemies ever uncross their stars and find happily ever after?

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Library Journal
★ 02/15/2017
When her grandmother leaves the once elite but now shuttered family perfume business to her and her two far-flung sisters, accountant Malorie Monsard goes on sabbatical from her high-powered New York position and returns to Grasse to deal with the properties and consider her options. Selling would be practical, but family tradition and memories soon exert their power, and Malorie has no choice but to reopen La Maison de Monsard. Of course, staying in the area means interacting with ultimate charmer and master perfumer Tristan Rosier, a man who proposed to her when they were five and whom she has been trying, rather unsuccessfully, to resist ever since. Two childhood friends finally put their substantial past differences (as well as their families' generations-old issues) behind them in a lush, beautifully written story. VERDICT The descriptions are so exquisite that readers will be able to smell the orange blossoms drifting from the trees and will be packing their bags for the South of France. Note: A surprise appearance at the end ensures that the series will continue. Florand (Chase Me) lives in North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943168132
Publisher:
Laura Florand
Publication date:
01/15/2017
Series:
La Vie en Roses Series , #3
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
370,790
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Series #3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LynnLTX 5 months ago
I am always so pleased to have a new book by Laura Florand that continues her heartfelt stories. Book 3 in La Vie En Roses set in beautiful and enchanting Provence tells Tristan and Malorie’s story. Tristan is the youngest of the five Rosier cousins; he is their genus perfumer behind the most beautiful and successful perfumes in the world, and he has loved Malorie Monsard most of his life beginning in grade school. Malorie also cared deeply for Tristan, but saw him as a charming flirt even at an early age. What separates them at the cusp of adulthood is Malorie’s desire to flee from her family as she has been weighted down by their shameful past dating back to the German Occupation and her great-grandfather’s betrayal of his community continuing through her reprobate grandfather then further compounded with a narcissistic father. One thing Malorie knows is that the men in her life could not be relied on so her life goals mean being successful and self-sufficient relying on no one but herself and trusting few. They come from very different yet connected families and so each has a dissimilar perspective on love and trust. The Rosiers present a united front though they may squabble among themselves and have endured their own losses and family struggles. Tristan is the emotional heart of his family doing all he can to hold them together with his affable charismatic personality and charm. Although Malorie has never forgotten her feelings for Tristan, she sees him as a total ladies’ man who cannot be serious with anyone. She has many self-esteem issues related to the sins of the fathers and does not believe Tristan is sincere in his pursuit of her other than for his own agenda related to his families’ business in the perfume industry of Grasse, Provence. Malorie returns to decide whether to resurrect her families’ perfume store or forever cut ties to the region and Tristan. Their relationship is full of sparks and spice both professionally and personally as Tristan tries to work his way back into Malorie’s life; she has to resolve whether her dishonorable heritage will define her most especially in terms of letting her feelings blossom with the only man she has ever loved. The blend of strong emotion, a beautiful love story interlaced with humor in a captivating setting makes for a happy heart. Laura Florand always tells a good tale, but what sets her writing apart in this modern day fairy tale is the beauty and skill of her use of language that comes across as sensuous, evocative, and a multilevel experience that engages the senses so the reader viscerally feels, smells, sees, and in the case of her Chocolate series, tastes each word. You can almost breathe in the delicious scents of the flowers and perfumes as well as be drawn fully into the descriptive language of the deep emotions each character feels. It’s a beautiful story that shows love can heal a wounded heart and overcome even the most difficult past. I feel a true pleasure being back in this enchanted world.
kcafe 14 days ago
Crown of Five Stars Florand, one of my favorite authors in the romance genre, has a distinctive comic voice, a great sense of place, and a way of challenging our notions of family, love, and life. And this book continues that tradition. Her books always feature strong men and women leads, often with a tip of the hat to well-known fairy tales. In this tale, Tristan Rosier masters his “attention deficit disorder” to become a wildly creative perfume maker and Prince Charming of the Rosier holdings in southern France. Malorie Monsard, his childhood friend, returns to town to settle her grandmother’s failed estate, and struggles with her future – does she return to her New York accounting position or stay and fight to restore her family’s historic perfume business, Maison de Monsard. I don’t believe in retelling the story in evaluations, so no spoilers here. I will say romance ensues, with lots of descriptors to savor. Having just celebrated a WWII reunion, where we heard a Jewish survivor talk about being saved as a child in France by neighbors, I particularly was caught up in the backstory of French resistance and the Rosiers saving children by hiding them under wagonloads of flowers. I also found plenty of comic relief from Tristan and Malorie’s interactions with Tristan’s delightful grandfather Pepe, Tante Collette, and cousins, who decide Malorie “will do.” A Crown of Bitter Orange now stands as one of my top 10 guilty pleasure romance reads this year. Note: I was fortunate to receive an ARC. While I read it in one sitting, I will return again and again to savor the story, the characters, the descriptions, and the “truths” that make a great story. Like some of my top author picks e.g., Penelope Douglas, Penny Reid, Eloisa James, I find Florand offers wit and wisdom on family, values, and the real treasures in our lives. This story may be read as a standalone, with HEA.
northamericanwordcat 5 months ago
One of my best moments of the year is when Laura Florand published a new book. Her world building combine with whole realiszed and oh so human romantic leads that fall in love before my eyes can not be beat. She has a gift for setting and seeding details of history, fairy tale, place, and skill. Her books are feasts for the emotional as well as physical senses. This romance is so good. Taking place in France within the perfume industry in a the long history between two families in the shadow of World War II, we get an opposites attract romance with fun twists and turns. Each detail revealed about the hero builds the heroines love even through they have known and cared for each other their whole lives. The heroine is reseen through her and the heroes eyes. It doesn't matter what the plot is of the book, though it is a good one with a nice pace of before, during and after that so many love stories lack, you just want to be with this couple in this place and with the cast of characters. The marriage proposal scene is the best I have ever read. The best. The tenderness, the embodiment of who they each are and so so sexy. It is the best scene I have read in a long time. I reread it. Alot. I want to go and reread it now. A great book that I will be reading from comfort and joy for a long time to come. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!
rlane 5 months ago
Coming back to Grasse after her grandmother’s death is bittersweet for Malorie. She loves her grandmother’s countryside home, La Maison de Monsard with its fragrant bitter orange grove. But coming back brings back years of memories, the family’s shame over a past betrayal, and Tristan. After years of trusting her charming father to have their family’s best interests at heart, and being disappointed time and time again, Malorie has learned to only rely on herself. She finds it hard to believe that charismatic Tristan genuinely cares for her anymore than a passing flirtation. Yet, that playful boy she was always paired with in the classroom throughout school, turned into a beautiful man, the one she fantasizes about on lonely nights. Tristan has always tried to capture Malorie’s attention, but she never seemed interested, but he’s grown up now and figures a few things out: He’d spent all those years in high school unable to touch Malorie not because she was busy dismissing him as an immature trouble-maker but because she was too proud to risk him looking down at her? And the future seems to open up with possibilities! One of the reasons I love this series is because of the beautiful setting: the French countryside! Through Ms. Florand’s gorgeous descriptions, I could almost smell sweet scent of orange blossoms wafting on the breeze through the Monsard’s orchard, high above the Mediterranean Sea! I adore this big, close family! The Rosier Cousins all team up to tease Tristan, payback for his needling while Matt and Damien were figuring out their own romances. And of course, the dreaded ALIEN PHOTO shows up!! The Cousins were very eager to bring that historical gem out to share with Malorie! The family’s matriarch, Tante Collette is there to dole out much needed wisdom and understanding to Malorie and Tristan over a garden lunch. I love the respect and care the family shows to her! I hope she does live to one hundred twenty-three! I’m always impressed by Laura Florand’s amazing insight into feelings and motivations. She really gets to the heart of her characters, making them come alive with layers of complex emotions. I felt their attraction, yearning, and vulnerabilities keenly. Both Malorie and Tristan had misconceptions about their feelings through the years, but growing up gives clarity that helps sort all that out. This was such a beautiful, emotional story! I eagerly await Lucien’s story!
SaschaDarlington 5 months ago
From the very first lines of Laura Florand's Crown of Bitter Orange the reader knows that she is embarking on an enchanted tale. "Well, look at that. Prince Charming. Malorie should have known she'd stumble over him the instant she set foot back in his kingdom." Here, however, the evil forces keeping Prince Charming Tristan Rosier and the Princess, Malorie Monsard, from matching are decades in the making. The animosity between the two families grew out of the betrayal of the resistance movement by Malorie's great-grandfather during WWII that resulted in the deaths of several of the townspeople. As if that weren't enough, Malorie is also battling a distrust of men, instilled in her after the betrayal of her narcissistic father. And, then her family dissolved, mother and sisters abandoning their home to live in the far reaches of the world, leaving behind their beloved grandmother. Malorie has had to depend solely on herself and envies the supportive and close-knit Rosier family. The Rosier cousins stick together and always have in great part due to Tristan, who seems like a charming, but perhaps shallow playboy. Beneath the veneer, however, is an extremely intelligent empath who struggles to keep his family together as well as a gifted perfumer. As in previous novels, Florand creates a love story written with poetry and feeling. Malorie and Tristan "feel" deeply. Malorie wars with herself in her dealings with Tristan to remember that he is Tristan; he is not her father or any of the other unreliable and narcissistic men in her family. Tristan wars with himself to understand and negotiate the walls that Malorie has erected. While emotional, the characters are also rational. You won't find the melodrama of the emotional misunderstanding, the type that could have been dissolved by a simple question. Instead, the barrier arises from acknowledged self-constructed barriers and Malorie is self-aware enough to want to remove the walls so that she can have her happily-ever-after with Tristan, whom she has always adored. Again, as in previous Florand novels, the language is extremely sensual and lush, unhurried and poetic. There are many things that I love about this novel, but I had a definite "yes!" in reaction to this: "She'd never been attracted to bad boys. Maybe because she'd known Tristan all her life. She'd always known, up close and personal, that the sexiest creature on Earth was a really good guy." And, yes, Tristan probably represents the apex of book boyfriends. He is heart, soul, sensuality, sweet, and funny. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A Treat for All the Senses! I eagerly anticipate each new Laura Florand release, and I've been especially curious to know more about the youngest cousin of the Rosier clan. As with all of this author's books, even taking the romance completely out of the picture, this story is full of beautiful writing that engages all five senses. Getting into Tristan's head as he plots out new fragrances inspired by everything around him is enchanting. The France these characters live in seems both a vibrant reality and a bit of a magical fairy land. Of course, Laura Florand has yet to write a romance that doesn't make me simultaneously swoon and melt. I absolutely love how Tristan's creative nature and Malorie's more practical side mesh together in a lovely romance. It's a little enemies-to-lovers, a little reconnection-romance, and a little something unique all on its own. If you've enjoyed previous stories by this author, you won't be disappointed by this newest release. I would recommend starting at the beginning of this series for maximum enjoyment, but I think there is enough background provided that this could also stand on its own.
MelDPuleo 5 months ago
When I first started A Crown of Bitter Orange, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The more I read, the more I fell in love with it. How does Laura Florand do that? She pulls you in, makes you fall in love with the characters. Florand makes you feel how the characters are feeling, makes you want what they want. She leaves you wanting more. This masterpiece is about family, passion, learning how to open your walls, about failing and finding trust. You can't help but fall in loves with Tristan and Malorie. Malorie is driven, trying to reclaim her name and finding that your families past mistakes aren't yours to carry or as Collette says "Don't bear the weight of those who came before you. You can't do anything about that." Tristan, well Malorie said it best,is a "muscled, kitten-cradling guy." Tristan draws you in, you can almost smell the perfumes that he creates so perfectly. This book kept me coming back for more. I ended up not being able to put it down until the very end. I can't wait to see what Florand will entice us with next. ***I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.***
Anonymous 5 months ago
I received a free digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. I LOVED this book! Tristan has been in the background (and sometimes the foreground) of all the books, but you never really realize how strong of a support he is to the whole Rosier family until this book. I love the way he is portrayed. And who knew that sexy charmers could feel awkward and uncertain too? Malorie is a strong and lovely woman who grew up in a very messed up family, but she has been able to retain her humanity and learn to trust again, which is amazing considering her toxic childhood. I like how realistically her trust issues were portrayed, but also that she didn't harp on them over and over and beat us over the head with them. Malorie was able to move past the major issue, once she was able to talk it over with Tristan. (I hate when characters in a book just refuse to speak to each other about important issues!) With the way this book ended, I am already counting down the days until the next one. I am so happy that I started reading Laura Florand's books. The sensory imagery, especially in this story, really draws you in and makes you feel like part of the book.
Debaus 5 months ago
This series is amazing. I love the Rosiers. Tristan has been the charming, funny one throughout the series and as with his cousins, his manner hides the secret romantic and vulnerable heart of him. Malorie has built walls to keep herself safe all of her life. It is so difficult for her to let anyone close enough to hurt her. I absolutely loved the history Tristan and Malorie shared, the way their memories of each other colored their adult interactions. As always, Laura Florand weaves magic with her words, the emotion is so moving, so intense, I always find myself marking page after page for quotes that I want to write down and remember. I love seeing all the cousins and their wonderful family. I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book