All for Youby Laura Florand
Some crushes aren't meant to
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RT Magazine calls her works "silky and addictive", nominating Florand for Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly says they're "decadent", and Library Journal says they're as "sexy and flirtatious as... poignant and caring". Now international bestselling author Laura Florand brings you her sexiest, sweetest romance to date.
Some crushes aren't meant to be.
When her older brother's best friend left to join the Foreign Legion, eighteen-year-old Célie moved on to make a life for herself as a Paris chocolatier. Now, five years later, the last thing she needs is another man to mess up her happiness.
Let alone the same man.
But five years in the Foreign Legion is a long time for a man to grow up, and a long time to be away from the woman he loves.
Especially when he did it all for her.
Half strangers, more than friends, and maybe, if Joss Castel has his way, a second chance...
Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
"Silky and addictive." – RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence
"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
"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, NYT bestselling author
"A poignant, lovely, moving, authentic story." – Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author
Meet the Author
Laura Florand is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss...), where sexy Parisian chocolatiers woo the women they love with what they love best – romance you can taste. Her books have been translated into seven languages, nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book of the Year, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been recommended by USA Today, NPR, 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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This was a very romantic second chance romance story. It is about Celie, who is a chocolatier in in Dom's shop (from The Chocolate Touch) and Joss, her brother's friend, who just came back from 5 years in the Foreign Legion. He left without saying goodbye, to make himself a better man for her. Meanwhile, she was heartbroken & didn't know if and when he would be back. It was a rocky road to romance for these two, but well worth it!
Guest Reviewed by Jessica and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Joss is determined to get Celie back in his life. After five years in The Foreign Legion he is sure Celie will be impressed with the man he has become. After all, he did it for her! Celie deserves a man that can give her everything she deserves and now, Joss feels as though he is that man. But Celie has other plans for him and now Joss’ well thought out plan is turning into a lesson he didn’t see coming. Celie has been loving life. She’s young and carefree and gets paid to make chocolate all day! Nothing can bring her down except for the day Joss walks back in her life after leaving her high and dry five years ago. The nerve! Still, the heart wants what it wants and Celie finds it hard to stay strong and stand her ground. All For You is full of first crushes, emotional reunions, cute banter, hot kisses, second chances, first loves and what feels like teenage jealousy all wrapped up into a witty box filled with the best chocolates in Paris!
4.5 Stars! This is how much I love Laura Florand's writing. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and I read it that night. Stayed up all night and went into work all book sloppy. Completely worth it! This romance is delisous. As I always, I love the humanity of Florand's couples. They ache, make, mistakes, and love. The hero here is such an guy--always trying to fix things without just listening. He is great guy though. A crush and best friend from the heroines childhood. He learns how to be a partnership. A little slowly at times but he learns. The herrione is a wonderful mix of brash and soft. This is a young couple and New Adult in much more realistic ways emotionally and in other ways a lovely fantasy of beng themselves in terms of carreers so early in life. It is great romantic mix. There are such tender true moment here and waves of emotion. So good! I love this world and am thrilled with this spin off series. Enjoy! I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
“Célie worked in heaven.” But then her perfect world, her happy life, is disrupted by an invader from her past: the boy she’d loved and admired--who’d left her without a word. Joss thought the French Foreign Legion was a challenge, but he faces a bigger one now--winning Célie, which he thought wouldn’t be a piece of cake. But chocolate is more complex than cake, in the hands of a master, and winning the heart of a chocolatier--the *best* chocolatier--ain't easy. Can the two one-time lovers come together? Can Célie overcome her pain and her anger? Can Joss atone for his abrupt departure and long absence and learn to ask and not simply decide? Watching sparkling, saucy Célie confront silent, stolid Joss, and we smile, and we cry, and we laugh, and we sigh. Fans of Laura Florand will enjoy forming a deeper bond with the previously glimpsed Célie and catching Jaime and Dom in the time between their falling in love and marrying. They’ll be happy to be back in Paris, which proves itself, once again, to be the quintessential city of love. I took part in the beta reading of All for You and loved the story and the telling of it, and heartily recommend reading it, especially when cuddled with your honey. Or chocolate. Or both. Looking forward to more Paris Hearts!
Here we see the world of Parisian culinary arts from a new perspective. This time the chef is a girl! Celie is a hardworking, modern young woman who's a top chocolatier in Paris. Joss, who just left the toughest military assignment he could have signed up for, wants to be her knight, to take care of her, to give her everything. But Celie wants to be acknowledged for her own accomplishments, not just be his lady on a pedestal. As the story progresses, their old youthful love, sustained by idealized memories of each other grows into an adult love that can last. Celie learns to forgive and Joss to accept her on her own terms as he readjusts to civilian life. The story is filled with humor and delightful characters. There are charming appearances by Dom and Jaime. If you read "The Chocolate Touch," you get to appreciate in "All for You" why Dom puts up with his employees' familiarity. I had the good fortune to be a beta reader and thoroughly enjoyed the book..
Storming the Castle. This story is the first in the Paris Heart novels, an offshoot of the Amour et Chocolat series. The chocolate shop and two of my favorite characters, Dom and Jaime, from THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH are the background for this book. Celie is Dominique Richard’s chef chocolatier and chief teaser on occasion. And like her boss, Celie is a refugee from a poor baneliue, Tarterets, and much like the mythic Tarturas, it’s a place of abyss and despair. Celie has overcome much adversity to become one of the top in her field in Paris. The catalyst for Celie leaving her old life and neighborhood behind was a broken heart. Joss Castel, the only boy she ever loved, left to join the legendary French Foreign Legion seeking a better life for himself and Celie. Only he forgot to share that second part with her: “Stupid idiot men with their stupid, idiot excuses for making a woman cry her heart out for years and years.” So for five long and dangerous on Joss’s part, torturous years their lives have gone in vastly different directions. When Joss shows up unexpectedly at Dom’s laboratoire, Celie is blindsided with a hurricane of emotions. Joss felt he had no options but to leave to make himself into a man worthy of Celie. He had held her at arm’s length because she was too young and never told Celie his true feelings. And now that Joss has come back for his dream girl, the reality of his leaving, and Celie’s making a separate life for herself is interfering with his fairy tale scenario. In order for the fairy tale to become reality, they must find their way back to each other by learning who the other has become in the interceding years. Joss has a major lack of communication skills that threaten to derail all of his carefully laid plans to storm his Rapunzel’s chocolate castle and win her heart. As they take careful steps back to find one another, it’s evident that Joss has much to learn when it comes to winning back the heart of the girl he left behind. Joss doesn’t seem to understand what kind of emotional damage his leaving did to Celie because he was so totally focused on his goal: “Because he had been so solidly present wherever he was, it had never occurred to him that where he wasn’t would leave much of a void.” Celie is torn between her deep abiding love for Joss, then and now, and the residual anger, hurt, and woundedness of his perceived desertion of her. The strong, successful woman she has become on her own wants to protect her heart from that type of devastation from ever happening again. The trouble comes when it’s evident that although Joss has learned to become a strong, capable, resilient man, he has not the slightest clue what Celie really needs or wants in relationship. Fantasy takes some hard knocks to become reality. Since Jaime and Dom are some of my favorite characters in the Chocolate series, it is pleasing to be back in their world during a time before their wedding takes place. Celie and Joss have a challenging and sometimes very painful road to walk to get to a place where their relationship can become real rather than a construct of Celie’s crush and dreams of their life together as well as the fantasy that Joss has held on to like a lifeline for five years while fashioning himself into a man worthy of her. Joss must come to understand a dream realized is often a dream redefined. Prepare to have your hearts to be worked over and ride the emotional roller coaster with Celie and Joss to where true love fully realized triumphs. And be sure to have some really good chocolate handy to eat along with the story.
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous over how I would feel about a return to Paris after spending time with the Rosiers in the south of France, but of course I shouldn't have been. Laura Florand's books continue to amaze me with how beautifully they're written and how amazingly well she conveys the feelings, emotions, environment, everything of her characters. I feel that any review I write cannot begin to do justice to these books because it is nowhere near as well written! Without sharing any spoilers, the Paris Hearts series kicks off with the story of Célie and Joss who grew up together in the same bad neighborhood outside Paris. 21 year old Joss leaves Célie behind to join the Foreign Legion and make something of himself without telling her, which breaks the heart of 18 year old Célie. It's now 5 years later, and Joss has returned, hoping to find Célie still single and willing to give him another chance. I will just share that Célie and Joss were wonderful characters, and Joss in particular made me want to hug him several times. Both of them made a success out of their lives and escaped the bad neighborhood in which they grew up, and now they have to get to know each other all over again. Joss has to overcome his feelings of unworthiness and Célie's has to overcome her frustration with Joss' actions. We also get to revisit Dom & Jamie, see how Dom and Joss have some of the same struggles and how that couple helps somewhat with the journey of Célie and Joss. Watching that journey to each other was every bit as wonderful and enjoyable as I'd expect from a book written by Laura Florand. I was provided an eARC of this book by the author in exchange for a fair review.
Maybe Rapunzel didn’t want to wait in the tower for the prince to get around to visiting her. Maybe Rapunzel wanted to get out and live. Celie definitely didn’t want to be a princess in a tower. What was she to do when Joss treated her like one and never gave her a chance to tell him what she wanted? How do you accept love’s sacrifice if it goes against everything you want? Laura Florand does not disappoint with her new fairy tale All For You. Joss & Celie have to balance love, communication, forgiveness, and their own needs to forge a true relationship. How is it going to work out? And how will chocolate be involved? I enjoyed the journey with these two as well as the visits from old friends Dom & Jamie. I hope Laura Florand continues to write for a long, long time.