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A Wish Upon Jasmine
     

A Wish Upon Jasmine

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by Laura Florand
 

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From Reviewers’ Choice Book of the Year nominee and bestselling author Laura Florand:

Ruthless, wealthy Damien Rosier never expected to lose his heart in a one-night stand. Much less to have it thrown back at him the next day. And when perfumer Jasmin Bianchi shows up six months later in his territory in the south of France, this

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From Reviewers’ Choice Book of the Year nominee and bestselling author Laura Florand:

Ruthless, wealthy Damien Rosier never expected to lose his heart in a one-night stand. Much less to have it thrown back at him the next day. And when perfumer Jasmin Bianchi shows up six months later in his territory in the south of France, this time in possession of part of his family heritage, he’s determined to teach her a lesson she won’t forget. No one messes with his family. And no one steals his heart and gets away with it. Not unless she has something worth even more to offer in exchange. “Explosive, sensual, and utterly sweet” (Eloisa James).

Come explore the south of France, a world of heat and fragrance and tales as old as time, through the stories of the five powerful and passionate Rosier cousins and the women who win their hearts. A Wish Upon Jasmine, Book 2 in Florand’s addictive new series, La Vie en Roses.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR LAURA FLORAND'S NOVELS:

"Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!" - Library Journal Starred Review

"(Florand) captures the nature of love, its fierce, soul-warming necessity, in a way that will make you as happy as the finest bonbon could." - Eloisa James, The Barnes & Noble Review, a Best Book of 2013 selection

"Florand outdoes herself with this exquisite confection... painstakingly crafted and decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one little taste." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Adorable, charming, whimsical." - Smexy Books

"Florand serves up a mouth-watering tale of slow-burning passion and combustible consummation that's as perfectly crafted as the hero's surprisingly complex confections and as silky and addictive as the heroine's dark chocolat chaud."- RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!, RT Seal of Excellence, RT Reviewers Choice nomination Best Book of 2013

"A delectable summer bonbon." - NPR Books

"This is one of the cleverest, most persuasive enemies-to-lovers stories I've read in a long time." - Dear Author, RECOMMENDED READ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943168095
Publisher:
Laura Florand
Publication date:
10/25/2016
Series:
La Vie en Roses Series , #2
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Her international bestselling books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: www.lauraflorand.com.

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A Wish Upon Jasmine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ShannonOS More than 1 year ago
I want to live in a Laura Florand novel. To escape to Paris, or, in the case of A Wish Upon Jasmine, to the south of France. Florand is a sorceress of truly and unequivocally lovely literary fiction. I am always entranced by the sights, sounds and scents she creates in all of her uniquely crafted stories. So many layers, so much depth, in both her world/scene and her character building. "'Men have layers.' 'Like onions,' she agreed solemnly, flexing her fingers on that bottle. He checked, and then laughter flashed across his face. He tried to catch it back, but it curled up the corners of his lips. 'Like parfaits.'" I am enjoying the La Vie en Roses series, immensely. So many Rosier men, so many tales to tell! Not simply fairy tales or romance, but multicultural, multigenerational and descriptively historic tales for each larger than life member of this deeply-rooted family from Grasse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story, so enjoyed reading it. Made my weekend!!!
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
So good. Lovely, sensual, moving. So very good. Florand is one of my favorite writers. I am never disappointed and always made very very happy. Just writing this review makes me want to read the book again. I put off reading this one a bit because I was crushed with work and because I am not a fan of reunion romances. Well, stupid me. First of all it isn't really a reunion romance. The hero and heroine have met before but it wasn't a lengthy realtionship that comes with lots of threads to sort out. There were enough knots to untangle but it never sliped into ugly crying and sorrow. I can't really do that right now or never. lol The romance is fierce as is the explortation of what happens if you fall in love and you have other serious life issues going on at the same time. There are wonderful scence of family as well. The details of being a perfume maker are amazing as is the setting. You will love the romance. Go get it. Hurrry. Make yourself happy. I was given this book for my honest review so there you have it.
TheUndomesticFangirl More than 1 year ago
Ruthless, Cynical, Lovers, Enemies…these were the things to describe Damien and Jasmine. Damien will do anything to grant the wishes of his family. He said he’s ruthless. He’s mean. But is it entirely true? Jasmine have wished all her life and yet doesn’t believe they will be granted. After her father’s death, after losing her company, she doesn’t have anybody but herself in handling the grief and loss. Will she learn to let anyone in and believe in herself? When the two meet again after a magical night together, would they bare their souls for the second time for the chance of a future? From all the books I’ve read from Laura, Matt is my most favorite one. Why? Try reading Once Upon A Rose because you’ll fall in love with a brooding, growling and blushing Rosier. And I’m so happy we get to read about Matt and Layla in here! This one is most definitely different from all the rest. Both characters has the illusion of being dark and mean but I’ve gradually discovered how sweet and passionate they are that it might have been construed as the opposite. It’s amazing how the Rosier family differs from each other but has the same qualities that makes girls melt into a puddle. While, in my eyes, no one can top teddy bear Matt with his frequent growls and blushes, Damien is adorable in his own way. Both of the main characters were very vulnerable when they’re with each other. It didn’t start that way. But they gradually learned to let each other in. After finishing this, I admire Damien because he’s not afraid to love. He’s not afraid to have his heart visible to everyone. At the beginning, this might seem uncharacteristic for him, but it is definitely him. He takes care of his family. He takes on the role of the ruthless family member just because. Laura Florand is the best in making perfume and desserts into something sensual and meaningful. A Wish Upon Jasmine is as aromatic as the perfumes mentioned in the story. SPOILER: ************************************************ Tristan might’ve met his match with an accountant who makes him furious. While Antoine might be Lucien?
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in the Rosier family perfumerie series, but there are also several featuring chocolatiers in Paris in the Amour et Chocolat series, all equally wonderful. Damien is the businessman in the family, the one who makes the money so that the rest of the Rosiers can go about making their perfumes. His reputation is of a ruthless, hard driving, supremely confident man. If you want something done, you go to Damien. It’s a reputation he thrives upon, but is also one that masks his care and concern for his family and the families of those around him whose livelihoods depend on him. He feels the weight of that burden constantly, and it make him appear hard and stoic. There are few who see past that outward facade. When he met Jasmin back in New York she was like a balm for his soul. Meeting as strangers, she knew nothing of him except what he showed her – and what he showed her then was his true heart. They connected on an intimate level, both in and out of bed and he was devastated when she disappeared before he woke the next day, and even more so when they met next and he discovered that the company he was trying to save, to improve so that they would be successful was hers, and that she viewed it as the ultimate betrayal. It only reinforced to him that being open and caring was a mistake, one he wouldn’t make again. Jasmin comes across as a cynical woman hiding a sweet and tender heart, bearing the grief of the loss of her father who had been ill for some time but succumbed shortly after her one night stand with Damien, at which time she also lost her company. She is down, but not out. The inheritance of a small perfume shop in Grasse beckons her to this small town, though she is fully aware that this is Damien’s territory. If anything this makes her determined to claim this small piece of it, of him, just like he claimed parts of her. When they meet again, the sparks fly – both the sexual attraction and the animosity they now have for each other. Slowly however the truth of their first encounter, the circumstances that Jasmin was under and the false beliefs they had of each other start to crumble the wall they’ve built between them. I loved how this was done slowly, brick by brick, revealing the hurt of the past and the means to mend it. They can’t deny their attraction to each other, and as they start to reconnect, the passion and emotion of their feelings for each other shine through in their steamy love scenes. All of Laura’s stories involve the senses and this one is no exception, as we experience the scents and sounds of Grasse and Provence. I really enjoyed this glimpse into the world of perfumes, how they are made and especially Jasmin trying to make a personalized scent for Damien, to capture his essence in a bottle. The thread of that weaves through the story as Jasmin’s view of Damien changes when she comes to understand the man that he is and the mistake she made in not believing in what they had started together. The glimpses into the lives of the other characters who live in Grasse, Damien’s family and their history show a deep love for their country. With every story we learn more of what has made this family who they are, and the women who get to hold onto these men are very lucky indeed. Which isn’t to say that they aren’t without their flaws, but at heart they are good, solid men with strong hearts. It’s always a joy to read one of Laura’s stories and I’m delighted with this latest endeavor. 5 stars.
elephanteater42 More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying I’m already excited for the next book in Laura Florand’s La Vie en Roses series. A Wish Upon Jasmine, the second book in this series, did not disappoint…in any way. One of the things I love about Laura’s novels is that you can start reading anywhere in a series and not feel lost, although I’m willing to bet few people will be able to stop themselves from going back and reading the rest of the series. In this book we get to know Damien Rosier and Jasmin Bianchi (Jess). There’s humor, intrigue, sexual tension, romance, basically everything I want in a book. Now about this sexual tension. Florand does a masterful job of weaving anticipation throughout the dialogue, teasing us with glimpses of how hot it’s going to be when Damien and Jess get together again (yes, I said again…aren’t you intrigued?). Damien, who has always been known as the ruthless Rosier, and Jess, who has been dealing with the loss of her father, are at odds, of course. Damien’s drive to succeed, for the benefit of his family and town, has taken over his life. However, the more time he spends with Jess, the more he begins to realize that he needs her to give him the completeness he’s been missing. For Jess, she’s been missing her father, the only family she’s ever really known, and dealing with the difficulty of trying to figure out where her career will take her next. Through a series of past misunderstandings and attempts to clear the air, these two begin to forge a path together, each learning it’s okay to lean on one another for strength and comfort. We see their bond grow, giving us sweetness, and oh yeah, hot sex, too. I highly recommend reading A Wish Upon Jasmine, you won’t regret it. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SW57 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Laura, because I am her biggest fan & love everything she writes! :) I wasn't sure I would love Damien, however, because he tried to break up Matt & Layla in the last book! However, I quickly came to love him. He is doing what he does best, being the business sense & helping his family company grow. He DOES have a heart, and apparently Jasmin (Jess) had broken it in a prior one night stand. And he had broken hers through misunderstandings. So, this was a second chance romance, with mistrust in the beginning, but major attraction still looming. There was a lot of beautiful poetic and romantic description in this, predominately in the thoughts of Damien and Jasmin. There are, of course, the meddling relatives, who are all for Damien getting his happy ending. I love how the family perfume business plays into the attraction, with the scents being almost a secondary character. These two both so deserved to finally trust enough to let love it. And the sexual tension! I highly recommend. I would also recommend reading the prior stories to get the background on the Rosier family & business.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Love Blossoms This second novel in the La Vie en Roses series, A WISH UPON JASMINE, set against the backdrop of the jasmine harvest in Provence, tells the story of Jasmin Bianchi and Damien Rosier. Jasmin is a perfumer who had a very early mega success with a perfume called Spoiled Brat, but now she wants to go back to following her dream and make small niche personal fragrances. Six months prior, she has survived the catastrophic loss of her father and the small company where some of her dreams were about to come true. And the man who took that company and her heart after a night of passion, Damien Rosier, becomes once again her adversary when she has something vital of his. The Rosier “fairy godmother hardened Resistance war hero,” Tante Collette, has struck again giving away precious parts of the Rosier heritage. Jasmin, or Jess as she is called, had a French father who was an adopted relation to Tante Collette. Collette has given her a perfume shop in the Rosier valley causing the family to once again marshal the troops at this new outrage to try and take it back. And they know the warrior to call: Damien, “the someone ruthless,” who was relied on to “protect everything that was fragile and precious to his family.” Jess is an artist who paints in fragrance and, as such, has artistic sensibilities. She’s a dreamer who wishes on stars, half expects genies to emerge from perfume bottles, and looks for the ethereal, the beautiful, in fragrances as she is “a girl who still believed in wishes and magic in a world where everyone else knew those were just marketing tools.” Jess has a heart full of love, and Damien has a heart waiting to be filled; however, there are obstacles between them before that can come to fruition. Damien has always been the family Knight Protector and champion. Someone who is hard-hearted in the business world always encased in the armor of a successful businessman to keep out the world out of his home. And though he performs his job extremely well, it’s a hollow victory especially since Damien met Jess and fell hard in love with all the weight of a falling star. Neither one wants to open their hearts again to the cruelties of the world but both are desperately drawn to each other. Jess’s self-esteem issues, her difficulty in dealing with the harsh realities of the cold perfume world pitted against Damien’s belief that his family expected “…him to be the hard one, the merciless one…” keep them from seeing the truth about each other. What starts as a battle turns into a sometimes faltering, sometimes intense dance between two people meant to be together. The intense fragrances of Provence make a beautiful backdrop for the lush, sensuous words of this story redolent of time, memory, the elements of perfume, and most of all, love. Fragrance swirled emotions dominate Laura Florand’s rich prose to please the reader’s senses with emotions and characters having their own special identifiers that enhance the story. Learning more about the complex substances of flowers and other scents intensifies and elevates this reading experience. A WISH makes me want to spend some time in a perfumer’s shop and jasmine fields absorbing the scents and ferreting out their secrets. As Laura Florand can make her readers long for most exquisite chocolate, she can also make you yearn to know each of those essences mentioned and with her lyrical and captivating prose that always touches the heart, to embrace the fragrance of love.