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The Chocolate Temptation
     

The Chocolate Temptation

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by Laura Florand
 

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Sarah knew better than to fall for her oh-so-charming boss. But she'd risked too much for her dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn't break her heart.

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Sarah knew better than to fall for her oh-so-charming boss. But she'd risked too much for her dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn't break her heart.

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An absolute winner. - Fiction Vixen

Achingly beautiful. - Fab Fantasy Fiction

Everything romance readers could want: romance, passion, chocolate, exotic desserts, a Parisian setting, a vulnerable yet alpha hero and a heroine determined to find her true path...Sexy, heartwarming and unputdownable! If you haven't read Laura Florand, you are missing out on something very special. - Romance Novel News

Intense sexual tension. - Smexybooks

So much emotion simmering beneath the surface...breathtakingly hopeful... - The Librarian Next Door

I can always rely on Laura Florand for a butterflies-in-my-stomach read...Just as I expected, a winner. Another one. - Ivy Book Bindings

An exquisite romance. It sparkles and gleams with all the best aspects of the romance genre. The sensuality and emotionality combine to give the reader something that feels once in a lifetime in terms of reading love stories...You must hold on to this one...In my opinion, Laura Florand is among the best Romance writers publishing today. I haven't read a book by her yet that I have not adored. - North American Wordcat (Cat's Books)

A delight to read and possibly my new favorite book in the series. - By Singing Light

There's something about this series - the evocative prose, the over the top passionate characters and the drool worthy food descriptions - that sends me to my happy escapist reader place. - For What It's Worth

Sexy, tension filled, insanely passionate, and swoony! - BookCrack

So, so lovely! The Amour et Chocolate series continues to bewitch and seduce me, and has become one of my all-time favorite adult romances series to date. - The Readers' Den

I want to give this book an infinite amount of stars...As real and emotional as it gets. - The Bookish Babe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943168101
Publisher:
Laura Florand
Publication date:
10/20/2016
Series:
Amour et Chocolat , #6
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
795,551
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

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The Chocolate Temptation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I enjoyed the other "Chocolate" books in the series so much better. They were fabulous! This one was slow and the characters way too insecure for my taste. I did enjoy chapters 24 and to the end of the book the most.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, wow. Love is not a strong enough word for what I feel for this.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I gave The Chocolate Temptation five stars, but that almost hurts me to do so. I want to give this book an infinite amount of stars. The Chocolate Temptation is hard for me to wrap my head around and articulate everything I want to say about it. Several of my friends have reviewed it and have done a far better job. Sarah Lin is nearing the end of her term as intern in the best pastry kitchen in Paris. It is demanding and exhausting work, but it is her dream. Sarah believes she is failing, always a moment away from being fired by the Chef, if not for his second-in-command, Patrick Chevalier. Patrick invited Sarah to intern, and seems invested in helping her succeed. But he is charismatic and flirtatious and seems to like - and be liked by- everyone. Sarah cannot help but fall a bit in love with this dynamic man, but seeing him flirt and charm his way with everyone breaks her heart a bit. How could she, very quiet and struggling, ever be good enough for him? She chooses instead to hate him. Patrick Chevalier is fascinated by small, quiet, perfection-seeking Sarah. He's spent her internship helping her in any way he can, even in ways she never realizes. He's in an awful position, walking a fine line between maintaining a professional distance from his intern, and going after the woman he loves. Patrick is desperate to have Sarah, but also desperate to protect his own heart. A difficult past has shown Patrick that whatever he loves will eventually be taken away from him, so how could he possibly tell Sarah. He lays the pieces of his heart out as subtly as he can, in macaron, or a sugar-spun heart; Sarah is so lost inside her own head and protective of her own heart that she cannot see what is in front of her. It is a fragile and exhausting pull between these two. Patrick wants to take care of Sarah, yet knows she must make her own way in the kitchen. Sarah wants to believe Patrick can love her, but she mustn't be the only one to put her heart on the line. Florand created a fabulous pairing in these two, and worked that to a fine, exhilarating perfection. Once again, Florand's depiction of Paris was so gorgeous and detailed and for the first time in my life, I truly want to visit. I feel as if I already have, in fact. In the pastry kitchen as well. I could smell the desserts, see that sugar being manipulated. It was as fascinating as if I had actually seen it. The romantic aspect was very intimate, quiet, but as real and emotional as it gets. I can list so many more things I loved about The Chocolate Temptation, truly. I feel emotionally exhausted (in the best of ways) but also invigorated. This is a story that has been my pleasure to read. Favorite Quotes: "Sarabelle," he called laughingly, and she hated him for that, too. The way her ordinary, serious American name turned so exotic and caressing with those French Rs and dulcet Ahs, like a sigh of rich silk all over her skin. The way he added belle onto it, whenever it struck his fancy, as if that couldn't break someone's heart...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Florand does it again! No other writer is as astounding in her capability at crafting the perfect romance AND descriptions of desserts that will make your mouth water. The Chocolate Temptation is seemlessly interwoven with her previous work, The Chocolate Heart. Where Heart follows the story of Luc and Summer, Temptation stars Patrick,  Luc's sucessful and charismatic "second" and Sarah, a young American intern working to succeed in both Leroi's kitchen and protcting her heart.  Sarah and Patrick's story is fraught with tension and the illusion of perfection. As they get closer to each other and begin to see exactly what the so-called perfection is masking (and costing), they are able to literally move past their pasts to embrace their future together. I really loved the character backgrounds in this story - what Sarah's family experienced in North Korea was heartbreaking and Patrick's early life in foster care was certainly no walk in the park. It was especially emotional seeing two such self-controlled characters move beyond things they had absolutely no control over. A great read! *  I was kindly supplied with this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
The Chocolate Temptation, Laura Florand's lyrical, romantic, and magical novel receives five stars! There are some books and authors that I want to hide, they're my secret escape and might not be shared easily. These are the writers and stories that tend to offer a magical glimpse into a world of happy-ever-afters, transcending time and place. Luckily for me, one of these amazing writers contacted me just after the holidays and offered a review copy of her newest book. When she asked me, I had to resist reaching through the ether of the digital world and grabbing it from her (never fear I didn't have to, it was in my inbox in moments of my affirmative reply). What book and author am I rhapsodizing over? The Chocolate Temptation, book six in Laura Florand's Amour et Chocolat series. But once it arrived, I couldn't bear to open it. I just gazed at the cover with it's lavender stilettos and model of the Tour d'Eiffel. Each day I did this, and began to realize this was like when I was a child and made myself eat everything except what I loved first from the dinner plate - and only when the not so favorite things were tasted did I allow myself to savor the flavors I loved. So, by waiting and waiting, I realized that this was how I treat Mme Florand's books, as the superlative favored taste to savor and celebrate. Now, after all those elegies, was The Chocolate Temptation really worth the wait? In one word, YES! I had been fascinated by Patrick, the second in Chef Luc Leroi's kitchen from The Chocolate Heart . Patrick captured my interest and wouldn't let go - and I hoped that he would be featured in the near future - never dreaming it would only be a few short months till Florand would let us into her world again. Patrick embodies the self-confidence and charisma that certain people born under lucky stars seem to have in abundance. Described as resembling a California surfer-boy with blond good looks, a perpetual tan, and a body built by tackling kilos upon kilos of weighty objects in the kitchen - as well as the gym - he seems on the surface to be another playboy chef. Certainly that's the impression that intern Sarah, or Sarabelle as Patrick calls her, has of him. Not only is she a lonely intern, but she's considered ancient in Parisian standards to begin life as a pastry chef intern. Now 24, she gave up her hard-fought career as an engineer to follow her dream to Paris with the aspiration to create cakes that will bring smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them. Is Patrick as golden as he appears? Is Sara really invisible to him? Well, there probably wouldn't be a story if that were the case. But the unwrapping or unveiling of each of their personalities, layer by layer, is the sublime magic that Florand achieves in this book. Almost lyrical enough be be called poetry in some passages, Florand's prose is achingly beautiful in this story as she reveals the inner thoughts and demons of each of her protagonists. What struck me so strongly about this story was how introspective it was, truly like reading the diary of a friend where each private emotion - be it fear, anger, or, indeed, love - was revealed quietly, but ever so clearly. The story is set, once again, in Paris, the City of Lights and love. The magic of the city is definitely sprinkled, like the gold dust that Sarah works with on desert masterpieces, over the two of these to-be lovers. Florand's descriptions of the city, the walks through the arrondissements, the night at the Palais Garnier (Opéra de Paris), all provided me with a magic carpet of memories to illustrate the story. For those who may not have had the pleasure to visit Paris yet, you cannot enjoy a more perfect introduction to the city than through each Florand's books in this series. Now, I'm going to carefully pack my copy of The Chocolate Temptation away to be brought out on occasions when I need, perhaps a little solace or a celebration, either will be achieved by reading and re-reading the Amour et Chocolat series. Florand promises that there may be some novellas and perhaps another story in the sister series, La Vie en Roses, in the future. I will wait patiently, knowing that these will once again be treasures to unwrapped, regarded, and enjoyed with an awareness of their magical uniqueness. In conclusion, Laura Florand's lyrical, romantic, and magical, The Chocolate Temptation receives five stars! I received an eARC from the author for use in this review.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Sugar Glass Slipper Laura Florand has once again created a beautiful, sensuous, and delicious modern-day take on the Cinderella story. We first met the shy, closed-off intern Sarah Lin and the ebullient, flamboyant Patrick Chevalier, second to Chef Luc Leroi, a knight to a king, in The Chocolate Heart. In the continuation of their story, Sarah has convinced herself that she hates Patrick. It is easier for her to handle that intense emotion than its opposite because everything he does inflames her: “He fed her and teased her, showering her with careless affection …Easing her tension so she could survive the pressure she was under. Until he was all she lived for, all that got her through the day. And she hated him for that.” Sarah knows if she gives in to her feelings for Patrick the results could be devastating. The three-star Michelin kitchen they work in is a pressure cooker world where the food has an ephemeral beauty and exquisite effect on all the senses. The complex desserts are emblematic of Sarah and Patrick’s relationship: sugar and chocolate hearts made perfection so easily shattered and broken at the wrong touch. Sarah, like Cinderella in the ashes, is covered in the of luster dust from the desserts she diligently prepares under the guidance of the gallant Prince, not realizing that he is offering to her his heart on a plate. The action of this story takes place during the time that Luc LeRoi and Summer Corey from The Chocolate Heart are having their own relationship challenges. Sarah has no clue that Patrick is even attracted to her; he wants Sarah with intensity and desire that burn up the pages. Everything he does with and to her while they work in the kitchens is sensual and alluring. Despite Patrick’s efforts and Sarah’s yearning for him, they both have some intrinsic emotional issues that make each one feel unworthy of the other. Sarah moves to Paris to follow her dream of becoming a pastry chef and falls into the dream of Patrick. She doesn’t want to need him or desire him, but be an independent, resilient, and successful woman in the challenging masculine domain of the French pastry kitchen. Patrick is so very hard not to love. He is kind, caring, funny, and just all-over delicious. Patrick is assuredly one of Florand’s most enticing lead male characters, a true Prince Charming. Laura Florand’s magic is intertwining love and beautiful food in a lyrical, sumptuous way. She draws readers in to be caught up in a love story while providing a fascinating look in to the world of culinary arts masters and their relentlessly demanding lives. The wonderful back drop of Paris is always a third character in Laura Florand’s novels that enhances and enchants along with the beautifully drawn characters. Love, food, and a romantic setting offer a perfect trifecta to delight all one’s senses. Whenever I read one of Laura Florand’s stories, I receive the full tilt effect: I fall in love, crave some heavenly dessert I didn’t know I needed, and immediately want to jump on a plane to Paris. Fans of the Amour et Chocolat series will thoroughly enjoy this newest addition. “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” ¿ C.S. Lewis
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Excellent in everyway! This new book is the series is simply an exquisite romance. It sparkles and gleams with all the best aspects of the Romance genre.  The sensuality and emotionality combine to give reader something that feels once in a lifetime in terms of reading love stories. You feel how the characters feel. You must hold on to this one.  In my opinion, Laura Florand is among the best Romance writers publishing today. I haven’t read a book by her yet that I have not adored.   I so enjoyed this character driven story that examines very closely how the dents (and sometimes out right trauma) of childhood play out in our adult lives and most particularly in our relationships. With the wonderful alternating point of view, we see the characters do what love and a great partner make us all do—grow and at the same time come more into our true selves.  Our hero is a seemly sunny have it all alpha kind of guy who is faced with his unrelenting admiration and crush on his intern and all the ethical dilemmas that ensue. Our heroine, is a Korean American (half anyway), born of an immigrant mother, with the drive to be good enough (meaning excellent) in a place where everything is very hard. They are both finely drawn and worth discovery. What I like most about Florand, I think, is that it is never the hero's or the heroine's book---it’s the couple's. A new space forged.  This romance runs parallel in time with The Chocolate Heart.  I love it when a writer has the chops to do that. In makes the rereading  of any series so much more pleasurable because it is like getting a new camera angle on your favorite moments.  The sugar work, romantic gestures, emotional bravery, retreats, lovemaking, and love saying are grand here.  I can’t wait until I have a little more time and I can reread the whole series. We are six books in and while I know the series will run its course—the rereading never will.  These books will become comfort reads.  I highly recommend this series and this writer. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.