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Sun-Kissed
     

Sun-Kissed

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by Laura Florand
 

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They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn't let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They'd been walking the beach together for twenty

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They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn't let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They'd been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course...

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He'd transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He'd raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him...

They'd been friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?

Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781499370164
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/05/2014
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
591,977
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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Sun-Kissed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
sinfully rich, decadent, and addictive mature love story. I usually mark the day I receive a new Laura Florand book in my Kindle with a delectable piece of chocolate or a rich cup of hot cocoa. When I received Sun-Kissed, the most recent book in Florand’s sinfully tempting and passionate Amour et Chocolat series, I didn’t bother with any extras. I simply clicked on the cover and began immersing myself in her sinfully rich, decadent prose that is so addictive.. It definitely had been too long since I last visited her passionate and arrogant French chefs, chocolatiers, and patisseries, the Corey sisters, and all other significant others. However, unlike the rest of the series (except for Snow-Kissed (novella) that provides a bracketing story to Sun-Kissed), the location of this story is not Paris or Provence, but the Hamptons. Yes, the setting is the marriage of Mack Corey’s daughter, Jaime, to her bad boy chocolatier, Dominique Richard (see: The Chocolate Touch ) at Mack's summer cottage. All of France's top chefs seems to have been transported to the Hamptons by billionaire Corey’s private jet. Don't worry that it's not set in France, there is definitely enough gallic swaggering going on to satisfy the most diehard of Florand’s Francophile audience. However, this is a very different story as it is centered on Cade (The Chocolate Thief) and Jaime Corey’s father, Mack, and his morning partner for beach walking, Anne Winters. It’s clear that for quite some time Mack has had a “thing” for Anne, but has never gone beyond the clearly delineated lines of friendship that she offers. However following her absence in his life during her six-month stint in prison for insider trading and the empty nest of his heart, now that both his daughters are married, it seems that perhaps this situation will change. Yes, this is a grown-up romance written in Florand’s signature lyrical and sensual style. For whomever may doubt this, yes, 50-year-olds (and older) can definitely have a romantic life and can have very hot sexual encounters. Although their respective children may be slightly embarrassed at the evident heat that Mack and Anne produce in one of the most steamy dance scenes ever written, their significant others are able to help them see their parents as people deserving of passion. But it is when Anne spies upon them and hears herself described as “hot” by Cade's husband Sylvain, the acknowledged hot French chocolatier 20 years her junior, that she reconsiders her own concept of herself and her sexuality. May I say that I was always fascinated by empire builder Mack, whose mass-produced Corey chocolate might seem like a joke to his son-in-laws, but who’s clear affection for his daughters - and ultimately his respect for their life choices - evolved over several books. Yes, he's a billionaire and a super alpha male, master of the universe, but there was always something about him that was intriguing. I wasn’t so sure about Anne, who at first glance seemed like a frozen Martha Stewart, not the most sympathetic of heroines to envision. But Florand creates a three-dimensional figure that on the surface is pure perfection, but hidden carefully inside is a woman afraid to trust.  This book takes place over the course of about a week, from start to finish. But there is no sense of time being truncated. I savored each turn of the page, highlighted by the witty and sometimes sarcastic dialogue between Anne and Mack as well as their inner musings, the humorous interactions among the French contingent (the description of what occurs with the bridal vehicle is laugh-out-loud hilarious), and the sensitivity of Florand in expressing the harsh hands dealt by fate - the three miscarriages that almost destroyed the marriage of Anne’s son as well as the tragedy that Jaime lived through. In Sun-Kissed: A Novel, Laura Florand offers readers a highly literate romance, with prose that almost becomes poetry at times. But make no mistake, Sun-Kissed is hot and Mack Corey could definitely give his French son-in-laws some lessons in passion, while Anne’s careful and cool elegance hides a flame that burns freely, once kindled, with Mack. While it is definitely an integral part of the series, this novel easily could be a stand-alone read. Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand is definitely a five-star, must-read romance that celebrates love of all ages. (I received a copy of Sun-Kissed from the author for use in this review.)
robodogs More than 1 year ago
I love this author.  Never really knew much about the dad but by the end of this book WOW!,!! Everyone should read this series
csingh More than 1 year ago
As someone who likes to think of herself as open minded, I recently discovered I had a prejudice stemming from when I first started reading romance as a pre-teen; I didn't like "mature" romance. Of course the term mature is relative. At 10, I didn't care about a book featuring a divorcee in her 30s or 40s finding love again. I couldn't relate to such a character, let alone comprehend you could be 30 years old, let alone 40. Of course after reading romance in various genres for twenty years, I've come to appreciate the connection I feel with the characters over anything else, like silly numbers. Oddly enough, when I first learned Laura Florand's newest release was going to feature Mack Corey and Anne Winters, I didn't give a hoot about how old they were. All I wanted was to see the indomitable Mack and Anne fall in love and all my favorite people from Laura's Amour et Chocolate series. Neither Laura, nor they disappointed. First of all, if you haven't read anything by Laura Florand, you need to. Second of all, "Sun-Kissed" is the second book in Kissed series/duology. I should mention you don't have to read "Snow-Kissed" (First time Anne is mentioned) to be on the up and up or even The Chocolate Thief or The Chocolate Touch, which feature Mack, but you REALLY should. I mean all three absolutely blew my mind with how awesome they were, but I digress. From start to finished I was hooked. I liked Mack from my previous encounters but I wasn't quite sure about Anne. Both Mack and Anne are so strong and I loved getting to know them better. Plus they are perfect for each other. I really felt like Anne got the wrong end with her conviction and jail time. I also didn't think I'd be able to like her or see her in a romantic light, but I was wrong. It's hard for me to pick a favorite part of this book. While Mack and Anne are the main focus, I really think Laura Florand outdid herself. This isn't just the story of a single couple. It's many all in one. Dominique and Jaime are getting married, so it's also partly their story as well. Cade and Jaime are seeing Mack and Anne in a new light, so it's also their story as Mack's children. You also have Anne's son Kurt and his relationship with his mother, plus that with his wife Kai. It's multi-faceted and written so well it's utterly brilliant! I've come to expect Laura's stories will steal my heart. Whether it's a novella or a full length novel, I always devour it in a single sitting. As someone who is lucky enough to read fast, I always find myself willing to read slower so her books will last longer and so I can soak in each word. I don't ever want to let go of the people I meet in her books. I always laugh, cry, and fan myself from the amazing chemistry. I dare you to read this book and not love it. There's no way you can read this book and not be touched. 
Kassaries More than 1 year ago
I'm tempted to write "Laura Florand does it again!" But since I love everything she writes, it's quite possible I've started other reviews in the same manner... So I will just say that this writer creates a mood like none other. In Sun-Kissed, we get to witness the romance between fifty something ice queen Anne Winters, a Martha Stewart like persona complete with recent jail time and fellow fifty something Mack Corey, (father of Cade and Jaime from Florand's earlier novels) and ruler of the Corey (read: Hershey) chocolate empire. I mention their ages only as a point of distinction because this age range is not in your typical romance novel and Florand handles their sexy romance with a deft hand. In addition to Mack and Anne, you get to see happy glimpses of everybody that populated her lovely Chocolate series.  In truth, this novella was the ultimate of happy endings for Laura Florand's many devoted fans.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
A beautiful new beginning for two characters and a perfect coda to the series. Laura Florand has written this denouement to the Chocolate series in a way that will delight and please her readers. Ms. Florand's well-crafted story combined with her intelligently written, captivating prose offers readers the chance to get to know a different side of Mack Corey, to meet Anne Winters, and catch up with Cade, Jaime, Summer, and all their favorites from the Chocolate series as this book is set during the time of Jaime's wedding to Dom. The reader's previous view of father and uncle, Mack Corey, has been one of a stubborn, goal-oriented, enigmatic man who tries to control his family as well as his company. This story shows a complex, emotional side to Mack as well as his relationship with the woman who is his equal in strength, power, and tenacity. Anne Winters has weathered the vagaries and harshness of life with a spine of steel and frosty demeanor. Her professional success is her shield against personal failures and losses. She and Mack have supported each other though life's triumphs and trials during their twenty year friendship. And now, Mack decides in typical Corey fashion to storm the barricades and woo the Ice Queen despite her initial rebuffs. He realizes that Anne has become more than a friend and precious time is wasted not being with the woman he loves. Anne has to decide if she is brave enough to risk her heart and their long friendship. She has been alone and strong on her own for so long that when she sees all those loving couples, she wonders, "How? How do you trust that way? How do you relax?" Mack and Anne's story is interwoven with the pleasure of seeing the Amour Et Chocolat series heroines and their delicious mates, who come together with all their big personalities in one place. It is a wonder all those egos can fit under one elegant roof. This story takes the heart to all the right places. Ms. Florand's skill is in writing stories that entice and engage; they always have a beautiful, but not simple, romance with elegant prose and creative plots that leave the reader well satisfied. Fans of the series will be very happy see the love stories of their favorites continue and a new one of a love awakened, a love claimed for Anne and Mack. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tzu
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Laura Florand delivers a poignant, gritty, and, as always, ultimately tenderly human love story. If you have been reading the (Amour et Chocolat as voraciously as I have you will adore this romance between Mark Corey and his best friend Anne Winters (mogul of a Martha Stewart like empire complete with the recent prison stay). You will love seeing each of the couples at Jamie's wedding. However, even if you aren't already a fan of the season, this short romance has so much to ensnare you. We have an over 50 hero and heroine, love of all kinds, and a hero who has decided what he wants and is willing to risk years of friendship to get it. There are tears and laughter and all the best aches of life in this love story. Enjoy! I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 REVIEW:  Mack & Anne have been the best of friends for years. They have helped each other through the pains in life that no one should have have to go through. They have remained friends through a prison sentence. But now they must face a problem that could have their future for ever.  This was a good quick read. I loved the deep connection that Mack & Anne have as friends. Yet as Mack changes the rules and Anne fights him both know they will never lose their friendship. Laura did a great job of writing a story about two people who are not young, who are set in their ways, who think that life has not left to offer them, and showing that love can be found anytime and anywhere.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from Laura Florand in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.