Three words, to shake a man's existence.
Three words, to call on all a man's strength, all his courage, all his love, and all his ability to hope and dream...and trust.
Three words, to wake up every fear a man has ever had.
"I'm pregnant, Luc."
Now how could a man be perfect enough for that?
Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and sumptuous", awarding her their Seal of Excellence and nominating her for Best Book of the Year, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet".
Now in this sequel to The Chocolate Heart, Florand takes us into the heart of happily ever after with a story full of love, hope, and friendship. Struggling to get their new restaurant off the ground in the south of France, newly married top chef Luc Leroi and his wife Summer must face all their demons at the prospect of becoming parents. Fortunately, Summer's cousins and Luc's rival chefs are there to prove that not even a top chef has to handle everything alone and happiness really can last ever after.
"A poignant, lovely, moving, authentic story." – Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author
Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
"(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
"Sweet, sexy, and all around delicious. I'm addicted. I can't wait for the next book." – Nalini Singh, NYT bestselling author
"Gorgeous, brave, heart-breakingly beautiful." -- Ruthie Knox, NYT bestselling author
"I love, love Laura Florand's writing! Deeply emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous. Give yourself a treat and buy this book." -- Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author
"Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!" – Library Journal starred review
"Emotionally intense." - Publishers Weekly starred review
"All the elements of [Florand's] successful recipe for reading pleasure--headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful desserts, and sultry situations--come together in another deliciously entertaining offering." – Booklist
"So romantic and sexy." - USAToday.com
"Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet." - NPR
"Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight." - Dear Author
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a delightful gift for fans of this series. We get a continuing happily ever after for Luc and Summer with the tender reality of what it really means to marry and start a family of your own. While I really savored the parts of the story focused on Luc's struggles to accept that he was truely loved and Summer's search to find a enriched self, I must confess my favorite parts were the with the other characters coming in to lend support and love to the couple. Can't wait for new books in this series!
this whole series is amazing. the characters have a lot of depth and it's great to see them handle diversity.
What a wonderful treat this story is! It's a continuation of Luc and Summer's story, told to us in The Chocolate Heart, with a smattering of other beloved characters thrown into the mix. Told in alternating viewpoints, Luc and Summer are expecting their first child, an event which brings up insecurities for both of them as they reflect on their own less than ideal childhoods. They love each other, yet are still afraid to reveal these insecurities, and the lack of communication between them is dearly felt as they struggle to find their place together in Provence. Yet the reader still keenly feels the link between them as they endeavor to move forward. Especially for Luc, being willing to accept help from men who have been his business rivals is a step forward, and it was heartwarming to see how the camaraderie has developed between the top chocolatiers of Paris. I loved the scenes between the men and the women alike, as the friends and family come together to support Luc and Summer. The tender and sexy love scenes between the couple were also heart wrenchingly real. It was just a delightful read from beginning to end. 5 stars.