The Chocolate Heart

The Chocolate Heart

by Laura Florand
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csingh More than 1 year ago
Beautiful How is Summer Corey going to last three months in Paris, the place she hates most on Earth? Having to deal with Luc Leroi, the adored and famed pâtissier of Paris, doesn't make things easier, especially when she makes an indecent proposition the first time they meet. He keeps trying to tempt her with sweet treats she won't eat. Will Luc and Summer be able to reach other? Beautiful. There is no other way to describe Laura Florand's fifth book in her Amour Et Chocolat. I'm not sure which character, Summer or Luc I loved more. Laura Florand has a way of writing characters that are raw and real. Both have managed to save themselves from their pasts with some help, but somehow every time they interact, past insecurities help them bungle it badly. I can't tell you how badly I wanted to grab them by their shoulders and shake some sense into them sometimes! Then there were times when I wanted to wrap one or the other in a tight hug and comfort them. Oh but when they finally figured everything out it was magical.  I was torn between salivating over Luc's creations and yearning to travel to Summer's island paradise sanctuary. It was magical to experience Paris from both Summer and Luc's eyes even when it wasn't the same for them. I do wish more had been covered about the evil douche who tried to take advantage of Summer, as well as Luc's parents, and even Summer's own parents. All of them play large roles in who Summer and Luc are and I would've liked to read more about them and seen some sort of resolution. Finding out why Summer didn't like sweets broke my heart.  Another aspect of the book which I really liked was seeing almost everyone from past Chocolate books. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series, The Chocolate Temptation and spending more time with Patrick, Sarah, Luc, and Summer. And as a side note to Kensington, the publisher, y'all have a gem in this series. You guys could do such a better job promoting it. Plus this is the second title where the models on the cover do not share physical traits with your characters.  If you haven't experienced a Laura Florand book, make sure you do with plenty of good chocolate on hand. There is just something about eating it while reading her books that enhances the reading experience. I know it's hard to believe, but once you start reading, you will focus entirely on what's going on in the book and forget all about the chocolate. I did.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Laura Florand's The Chocolate Heart is a Parisian Valentine and a must-read in my book! Chocolate and Paris - who wouldn't love this winning combination? Summer Corey, that's who. Summer is author Laura Florand's newest heroine in her Amour et Chocolat series, which is as addictive as the chocolate her chocolatiers and pastry chefs create.  In book five of the series, The Chocolate Heart, Summer is given a five-star Parisian landmark hotel by her father in order to compel her home from her South Seas idyll. Well really not an idyll as she is the lone teacher there for the island's native inhabitants, but everyone sees her as just a party girl - think Paris Hilton. When Summer arrives at the hotel, jet-lagged from her two-day non-stop trip, she inadvertently propositions the hotel's star pastry chef Luc Leroi. However the proposition wasn't really one-sided as it seems that the sparks between them go both ways. However, Luc is in love with Paris and feels for the first time in his life at home as a success, while Summer can't wait to escape back to her students (screensavers of her time there are front and center always in her suite). Even though her father and mother seem totally estranged from her, their quest for her to be "normal" within their jet-set mogul lifestyle includes setting her up with quite a few like-minded moguls - that would not include a pastry chef no matter how talented. As many times as Luc tries to tempt her with desserts - each more wonderful than the other - Summer refuses. Is there any way that these two will become a couple? So, will they work things out? And what mysteries are there between the two of them? It's a fabulous journey that Florand offers us with The Chocolate Heart and like the other books in her series captures a true sense of this city that everyone loves. I can't afford an airline ticket right now, so this book served as my taste of a city that feels like my second home. If you haven't already done so, please do add Florand's Amour et Chocolat and La Vie en Rose (set in Provence) series to your TBR shelves. I devoured these books, along with a cup of hot chocolate that unfortunately didn't rival my memory of Angelina's and a few Kleenex's too. The Chocolate Heart is a five star winner in my book! I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿ Spoiled little rich girl, that is how Summer Corey is seen by the world, but nobody has ever bothered to look beyond the surface. After a childhood filled with endless hotels, nannies, boarding schools, buy offs and the inevitable adolescent self-destructive rebellion by Summer, she disappears from the spotlight and her family's control, to find solace with an underprivileged island community. Far from the papperazzi, public opinion and her father's scorn, she is finally free to live her life as she wants, teaching the island's youth and enjoying the the simple but fulfilling life. Until a need in her community forces her to make a deal with her father that puts her in charge of a famous hotel in Paris, the city she loathes. Son of a gypsy and raised to be a beggar in the Paris Metro, Luc Leroi has climbed his way out of the gutters to become one of the most renowned pastry chefs in Paris and chef pâttisier at a three Michelin star restaurant. Luc loves Paris, he feels he has conquered her, from the depths of her bowels to the heights of the Eiffel Tower. And when a stunningly gorgeous creature, obviously fatigued from travel, falls into his arms in the lobby of his hotel, he thinks he may have hit the proverbial ball out of the park........ That is, until she opens her mouth, and offers him a tip for his services!! He instantly recognizes the attitude if one who has grown up with too many privileges, a spoiled brat! Despite her long journey and her exhaustion, Summer is instantly drawn to the Greek god of a man who caught her coming into the hotel. Shocked to find out he is working for her as chef, she tries to play off her indecent proposal of their initial meeting when she was barely conscious. Luc, although quite curt with Summer, is nonetheless still very taken with her and finds himself inspired to new culinary creations. Not a man comfortable with expressing in words, he attempts to show Summer through his dessert creations how he feels. With a mutual attraction growing, Summer's smiles slowly become more genuine and Luc's attempts at wooing her with his desserts more intense. But in order to get Summer to taste Luc's intentions, he must first break through her shields, and find what is real beneath the veneer. ***** FABULOUS!! A fantastic study in contrast, where one comes from everything and chooses for nothing in order to be free...... The other comes from nothing and struggles to create everything in order to be able to choose freely. And the truth lies somewhere in the middle...... The characters are multi-dimensional and not at all predictable, which is such a refreshing delight. Summer is easily pegged initially as spoiled socialite, but shows herself to have more depth and emotion and social intelligence than anyone gave her credit for. Unfortunately, expectations on her had always been incredibly low, therefore there were many qualities she could not even recognize in herself. Luc had seen two different levels of upbringing, one full of emotion but with little expectation, and later he was raised with no emotion but expectations were at a maximum and Luc excelled. He thrived professionally, but was emotionally insecure and underdeveloped.  Both had found a certain security in viewing the world in a way that was safest for them, but to each other, they were the catalyst that allowed them to see a broader perspective. The writing of Laura Florand has such a distinct French flavour to it, and not just because of the occasional use of a French word or sentence here or there. It is the underlying passion in the interaction between people, the way the senses are concurrently engaged, the way I can imagine the hands flying when dialogue is taking place, or the expressive faces that just seem to hold a bit more drama.  I'm not sure what it is that gives Ms. Florand's writing such a distinct French flavour; the passion, the tastes and textures, the humour, the heat....... And before you ask, I am European born, have frequented France and Paris specifically, so have an idea of what a French flavour might be. All I know is, she makes me crave romance and 'pain au chocolat', and I haven't eaten one in at least a decade or more!!! ¿A brilliantly scrumptious, seductive and witty assault on the senses!!¿ **ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington in return for an honest review.**
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Very Moving! This is finely written angsty romance where two fairly tortured souls fall in love. The baggage each of the them carries is weighty and Florand does a lovely job allowing the heroine and the hero to remain themselves as they fall in love.  The second half of the book is very fulfilling and there is a simply divine and heartfelt epilogue.  Again, I am always impressed by the lilting psychology of this series and the romance tucked into the very realism of what it means to be human and what love really is.  Oh and Paris, chocolate, and sexy chefs.  The first part of the book hurts a bit in both good and bad ways.  Luc and Summer have a terrible time really seeing each. It is hard to believe in the love at first sight that is part and parcel of this series because of the blindness that goes on for far too many chapters.  They are both cruel to each other and themselves.  There are well founded reasons for how each of them behaves but I would have liked more true seeing than we get or at least an obsession that didn't seem just physical at first.  All the details of who they each are captivate but there are several threads left dangling for me that I would have liked traced out (his father, her mother in detail, the nanny, the seducer).  However, the book swings up and up and up until its wonderful closing making it a very good read.  May I say one more time Yea! Epilogue! 
DallasDunlavy More than 1 year ago
I found this book dull and repetitive.  You can pretty much skip over the first 150 pages as nothing is happening except the plot of "the big misunderstanding"!  Neither character is appealing to me.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
Oh my. The Chocolate Heart was so intense! I've mentioned that I read the series out of order, beginning with the first book, then skipping to The Chocolate Temptation (book six), then I read Sun-Kissed (book seven) then went back and read two through five. With all my hopping around, I've noticed that the series definitely gets more intense as you go from books two through five. The Chocolate Temptation was a bit less intense for me, but I think that was due to Patrick Chevalier's deceptively easy-going manner. I should also note that much of this story runs concurrent to The Chocolate Temptation, and it was very cool to see some of the same events happening through Luc Leroi's darker perception. Anyway, back to The Chocolate Heart! I really liked it. Like The Chocolate Touch, it was a harder read. The writing is still beyond gorgeous and I just love revisiting Laura Florand's Paris and her intense, emotionally draining men. What made it difficult was what also made it very good: Summer and Luc were profoundly damaged by their childhoods, slow to believe that they each held value to the other, and very, very slow to open up. Yes, it was frustrating to have those blocks between Luc and Summer, but I also felt it was true to their character and good of Florand to not make it "easy" for the sake of the reader. I honestly don't know what I can say at this point without becoming even more redundant. The entire series is a gorgeous experience. It's full of passion and angst and sexy and romance. Funny moments, sad moments, heartbreaking moments and moments so beautiful, so beautifully expressed that I'm brought to tears. It's been a wonderful experience. If you're looking for intense and beautiful, Amour et Chocolate is definitely the series to read. Favorite Quotes Her eyes flickered to his with a flash of pure hunger. Yes! Triumph licked him, thorough hot licks of her mouth on his skin. Oh, yes, I can make you hunger for me. And then her smile turned her whole beautiful, luminous, delicate face into something so impossibly wonderful that his hands- his hands- almost shook with the need to grab it to him, to crush it to him, and never let it get away. "You're so beautiful." Water streamed off him, that lean body of his all wild, taut muscle, his face burned clean of anything but passion. He kept saying that as if she really was. She slipped her hands up those slick shoulders. "Let go,"she whispered. "Lose control." His body shook in hard, long spasms that drove him deeper into her. "Hold me while I do," he whispered. "Hold me together. Don't let me go." So she wrapped her arms around him as hard as she could and held on. And he let all the wildness out. "I could kiss you until there's nothing left of you," he whispered. Where the words should have woken that visceral fear of being reduced to nothing in someone else's life, instead an image grew of herself: golden, strong, glowing in his arms like a precious star. "No, you can't." His thumb traced over her lips. "Don't underestimate how long I can kiss you." A soft smile, almost as contained as one of his, full of an astonishing amount of confidence. "Don't underestimate how long I can last." .
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I was kindly provided with an ARC of The Chocolate Heart by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. Laura Florand writes my favorite kind of contemporary romances, ones where you "get" the heroine, fall in love with the hero and get treated to lush descriptions of decadent desserts! Chocolate Heart is the 5th in her Chocolate series and it was as much a pleasure to read as her previous works. Heart is the story of world famous pastry chef Luc Leroi and equally famous (although for not such positive reasons) Summer Corey (fans of Florand will recognize the Corey name and will be treated to mentions of past favorite characters.) Summer is the quintessential "spoiled brat" (or so you assume) that is summoned home from her South Pacific retreat in order to be gifted with a glitzy Parisian hotel by her weathly beyond belief absentee parents. The hotel is one of the few that also has a 3 star restaurant, in which Luc is the pastry chef extraordinaire. The two main characters have a rough initial meeting (she thinks he's a bell boy) and things don't get any easier due to the misconceptions these two have about each other. Summer is an interesting character, far different from the goody-goody heroine you often see in romances. She is seriously flawed and has major issues from her past which makes you root for her all the more. Luc is no walk in the park either, having developed a thick armor from his own troubled youth. In a sense, these two have to "get over" themselves before they can get into each other. I loved the depth of emotion that flowed throughout the book and ending was everything one could wish for. I will only add that this book deserves a way better cover!!(less)