Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and sumptuous", awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet".
Now the internationally best-selling author of The Chocolate Thief takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness--and hope.
Once they had been the happiest couple in the world. Once serious, restrained Kurt had fallen hard for a laughing, easy-going woman who filled their lives with joy.
But when loss struck them, Kai went down under the avalanche of grief. She threw their marriage away, and she left him, fleeing the world for this cabin high in the mountains.
Now, as the two find themselves snowbound over Christmas, he has to convince her that while she may have lost everything else, she never lost him. Now he has to show her the true strength of one man's love.
Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
"Emotionally intense." – Publishers Weekly starred review
"So romantic and sexy." – USAToday.com
"Sensuous and sumptuous." – RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence
"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
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Powdered sugar is sweet, clings to you, and lingers long after you feel you have brushed it away. This metaphor runs through Kai and Kurt's marriage, as they have been through a roller coster where Kai couldn't stay on any more and walked away because of the grief, loss, and depression. Even after a year apart, their love lingers between both of them. Through some subtle manipulation by his mother, they end up alone together, before Christmas, finally facing the decision on if and how to move forward. They have not lost the passion and desire between them, but can they find their footing? Laura Florand paints an amazing snow dusted world where Kai and Kurt are testing their marriage and each other. The beginning is a bit hard to follow, as she is depicting their present conversation, with interjections of their past, in order to catch the reader up. From there, it moves pretty fast and hot and I finished this in a day. This was sweet and touching, and will linger with you, just like powdered sugar.
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the for review, but, that didn't influence my opinion.,. Don't expect chocolate but do expect an open window into the lives of two people torn apart by grief but bound by love. The book is intense, emotional and raw and the author once again shows her incredible talent for creating scenes that are so vivid you feel like you are there. It's as if you can see into the depth of their souls and experience what they are experiencing. For anyone who has ever suffered similar pain and loss ,this novella will touch you in a very deep way.
In most romance novels, the reader gets absorbed in a story where the hero and heroine are introduced, get together, get past major conflict and then live happily ever after. Not so in Laura Forand's heart wrenching Snow-Kissed. In this beautifully written novella, she focuses on what happens AFTER the happily ever after...and sometimes it's not so pretty. Kai and Kurt have suffered losses within their marriage, losses which isolate them both literally and figuratively. The reader gets drawn into their story as they find their way back to love, lust, comfort and joy. It was refreshing and thought provoking to read about the deeper love and strength within a marriage, even during times of grief and adversity.
Snow-Kissed is not like Laura Florand’s chocolate stories. For one thing, there is barely any chocolate in the story and it is not even central! This is a story full of pain, but also fun, heat, healing, and love. It was very real. One way in which Snow-Kissed is like Florand’s stories is how real her characters seem and how both the woman and the man are fully dimensional and have their own perspectives and feelings. Florand is a master at presenting strong but sensitive men that ring true. Oh, and I really, really loved the ending.