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The Chocolate Rose
     

The Chocolate Rose

4.2 17
by Laura Florand
 

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Her father's worst enemy...
Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

One stolen rose...
And he most certainly couldn't stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre's own on the cover of his new cookbook.

A beast's substitute victim...
But even Gabriel

Overview

Her father's worst enemy...
Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

One stolen rose...
And he most certainly couldn't stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre's own on the cover of his new cookbook.

A beast's substitute victim...
But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a lawsuit when he learned the older chef had just had a stroke. Especially not when Pierre had one very cute daughter willing to be Gabriel's victim instead.

A fascinated beauty...
As a child, Jolie Manon had seen her family torn apart by her top chef father's obsession with his work. As a food writer, she might be fascinated with a chef's work, but she knew how to guard her heart. She would never allow another chef into her life.

Unless he blackmailed her into it...

Welcome to the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls, where fountains play in ancient stone villages, and where even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart...

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels:
"I adored this story...Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package."
-New York Times bestelling author Eloisa James

"Sensuous and sumptuous...a mouth-watering tale of slow-burning passion..." -- RT Book Reviews
Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel.-Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484157152
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
358,216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Florand 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. She is now a lecturer at Duke University and very dedicated to her research into French chocolate. For some behind the scenes glimpses of that research, please visit her website and blog at www.lauraflorand.com. You can also join the conversation on Facebook at

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The Chocolate Rose 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Lala21559 More than 1 year ago
This is the MOST ROMANTIC book I have EVER read!! You are seduced almost immediately, even when Gabriel and Jolie are fighting at the beginning when he realizes she is the daughter of his idol/enemy. I stayed awake till FIVE AM to read this book, and my husband kept asking me:"Is this book THAT GOOD!?" And I'd say "YES!!!" so he'd roll over and go back to sleep. I am recommending this book to EVERYONE!!
hheaven More than 1 year ago
I'm an older lady, and I loved, loved this novel. Nice mix of sexual tension, spunky characters,and plot, with the wonderful setting of southern France. Highly recommend this, especially for the great writing (and of course, the sex).
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
A very good book, romantic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So beautifully written; a treasure!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed immensely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If only I knew French....okay read.djc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was OK but I will not be reading any of the others in the series. C
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!
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Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Oh, Gabriel Delange... I'm not sure there is a man out there who can match your angst, energy, passion. That is my initial reaction to The Chocolate Rose, a contemporary take on the Beauty and the Beast story. Our beauty is Jolie Manon, whose father stole credit for Gabriel's work ten years prior. In an effort to spare her father, Jolie agrees to write a cookbook with Gabriel, committing to spend half of her time with him. Gabriel Delange is a beast in Jolie's eyes. Not in looks, but in ego and manner, in his unbridled passion for his work, and for her. But Jolie, she protests too much. She likes the beast in Gabriel. She provokes it. I know I'm being very melodramatic in my thoughts, but it's this book! Gabriel was such a larger-than-life character, even in comparison to Florand's other Amour et Chocolat men. The others are passionate men, but much more restrained than Gabriel. He's thrown his heart at Jolie's feet, though he tries so hard to control himself, and he doesn't want it back. He wants her love. Jolie, she was really slow on the uptake in regards to Gabriel's feelings for her. To her credit, she's been warned off of chefs her entire life. She believes Gabriel could possibly be toying with her for a while, and thinks "Why would he want me forever when he could have anyone?" As a reader, I had the luxury of Gabriel's thoughts, knowing he loves her heart and soul. I read The Chocolate Rose immediately after finishing The Chocolate Kiss, which is my favorite in the series. Coming off that books give this one an impossible task. I would have loved more time with this story and more time for the love between Gabriel and Jolie to build. But in the end, The Chocolate Rose is another great story from Laura Florand. Even if it's not my favorite of the series, it still surpasses most. Favorite Quotes "You have the most beautiful heart I've ever seen," she said softly. He took a sharp breath, and his hand lifted to cover that heart, as if it suddenly felt fragile. "Not a marshmallow?" he managed, but the attempt at dryness in his voice was a little rough. "It's so big," she said. "It fills all of you. It fills everyone around you. And yet inside"--she touched the flecks of gold left on her plate.--"I think there's this precious center that, if I'm careful, if I show you can trust me with it, you'll give only to me."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A review wouldn't do this book justice. Such a page turner that kept me up at night. I fell in love with the characters and their story. The romance was incredible!
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Adore it!  Oh, I am having so much fun reading this great series.  Its charming. I adore the heroes and the heroines. This one is very funny as neither the heroine or the heroine can stop thinking about sex. This smoldering makes for a great slow seduction and make outs I love how open hearted and steadfast the hero is. Love it. I love that the heroine faces real dilemmas. And then we have chocolate and the South of France and romantic gestures and everything else.  Another five star read for me. I don't think I have given one writer so many five star reviews in a row since Julie Garwood, Pamala Morsi, or SEP. I think it is because Florland really masters her contermpary romance with a dash of comedy genre. The little details make each book special and the quality of her couples are comforting.  Each book is such a pleasure.  I will be rereading this series for years to come. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't understand the good reviews, one of the worst books I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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