Kindle ebook The Chocolate Heart Amour et Chocolat #5 – dedelicate.com
Kindle ebook The Chocolate Heart Amour et Chocolat #5 – dedelicate.com
I m addicted to Laura Florand s Chocolate series Her beautiful prose and descriptions of fine chocolate food mostly desserts and of Paris a city so enchanting which comes through beautifully in her stories But most of all it s her crafting of omances that has completely won me over With that said The Chocolate Heart was a bit difficult for me Summer Corey is back in her personal hell Paris Paris is where her parents dumped her off in boarding school when she became too old to cart around the globe for whatever business deal or entertainment that consumed them Summer spent the last four years living simply and teaching children on a small island away from most civilization She s back in Paris coerced by her father s promise to provide satellite communications to the island if she agreed to manage the hotel he bought her for three months Putting aside her past Summer agrees for the good of the island people she has come to love Luc Leroi has worked his way up from a life of performing and basically begging for money with his father in the metros of Paris as a young boy At the age of ten social services puts Luc into foster care and under the strict tutelage of his foster father and chef Bernard From Bernard he learned strict control was the key to success in life and profession Luc has since become one of the most sought after chefs in Paris and has brought the hotel where he currently works its crowning glory three Michelin stars The hotel that Summer is now currently owner Upon first meeting Summer he s immediately attracted to her but she inadvertently insults him making for a very ocky start between these two Both Summer and Luc were starved for love growing up Luc had it in cycles of love and then abuse from his eal father After he was put into foster care Luc was provided for physically and no longer subjected to abuse but his upbringing didn t include affection Summer was starved of love affection and attention by her parents They would cart her along to all their luxury hotels but always with a nanny freeing them up to do whatever they wished without the annoyance of a child My heart went out to both Luc and Summer and you can see why they have so many shields up but this didn t make for a happy ead for a good portion of the story There were misunderstandings and miscommunications putting Summer and Luc at each other s throats for about 60% of the book I was getting extremely frustrated with the back and forth which was largely Summer s fault in my opinion I seriously wanted to pull my hair out I knew the easons behind Summer s behavior but Luc didn t and she eally did come off as a spoiled brat if you didn t know her motivations To me Luc kept trying and trying with her Yes at fi. No one hates Paris except Summer Corey The moody winters The artists and their ennui The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding gorgeous che.
Rst for his pride and to teach her a lesson but still he would send the olive branch and she would eject it Time after timeI was at my limit when FINALLY the ice begins to thaw Their sparks turn into a omance where they begin to understand the needs and wants of the other finding the love and affection they both have so desperately craved This is the point where the story completely turned around going from frustrating to utterly blissful I love that both Luc and Summer found it so easy and immensely fulfilling to make the other happy My heart filled to bursting eading the epilogue which was sheer perfectionI was also thrilled to catch up with Sylvain and Cade and Dominiue and Jaime my favorite couples of the series so far who pop in and out of the story While the latter portion of The Chocolate Heart was a solid touchdown for me I can t forget the torture of the first 60% of the book which greatly affects my overall ating The first 60% is no than 2 stars while the final 35 40% felt like a 5 star ead for me bringing my overall ating to around 3 stars In spite of my issues with this installment I plan on going back and eading The Chocolate Kiss book 2 and The Chocolate Rose book 3 Laura Florand s beautiful prose and mesmerizing omances hold an attraction that I can t esist A copy was provided by Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest eview Thank youYou can ead this eview and at The Readers Den Happy sigha wonderful eadCover Art looks like Florand has been screwed again by the Bad Cover Art FairyBTW Publishers and Cover Artists Any hero on the cover who immediately makes me think of Nicolas Sarkozy makes me go Bletch and Glrgh NOT Yum I don t think that was your intention eread march 2020 perfect eread during this weird time currently feeling opressed and anxious and i find an echo of those feelings in this omance as well as an escape to them with dreams of the pacific of delightful times in luxury paris of a beautiful omance story laura florand softens my heart and put dreams in it as well as sunshine in my daysit was so different from the others of the chocolate heart series which are often very light and funny with just a touch of drama this one has so many background stories that set a very different mood i eally liked how harsh and bitter it was it was honestly like being tempted by a very dark and ich chocolate not feeling the love at first and the you learn to like it the you fall in love with it i already want to eread it and discover all those little details that you only see with multiple eadings definitely my favorite in the Amour Chocolat after the one of Philippe Magalie eviewed from an e arc provided by NetGalley A long time ago Better late. F pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisineLuc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to become the king of his city and he has no patience for
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Than neverIf you ve ead other books in the Amour et Chocolat series this is in some ways a familiar dance an American heiress in Paris and the French patissier who woos her with unbelievable desserts But there s a bit of a twist here Summer Corey s childhood love for both Paris and desserts have been twisted into hate Rather than Florand s usual fairy tale source this story draws on Greek mythology with Paris as Summer s HadesSummer and Luc Leroi basically fall in love at first sight each seeing warmth and comfort in the other But their public images and private pasts work against them and they constantly misunderstand each other Both were deprived of love as children but while Luc aims for constant perfection Summer wears her spoiled bad girl ep as a shield Come to think of it they are interesting epresentatives of two classic aspects of a dysfunctional family The Hero and The Scapegoat Every time Luc unwittingly hurts her she tries even harder to live down to his expectationsAs you might expect from the inspiration this is dark in tone not because anything overtly awful happens though Summer has had ugly experiences than the world would guess but because both characters have so much pain in their lives The story does a beautiful job of showing how two people who seem to have it all can still be so lost and justifiably unhappy They e perfect for each other because at heart they have the same need to give love to someone who needs them and would never let them goThere was a bit too much epetition of phrases but the prose is gorgeous I love the way Florand extends the metaphor beyond its original inspirationThat s what makes it so incredible What you do You e just a man A human mortal man And you do what you doThere was a long silence Merci soleil he said softly After all those people who call me a god I never ealized you could give me a promotionI also liked the ealism in the baby epilogue Neither character is completely fixed by true love and their happy ending euires commitment and care There s also a seuel Shadowed Heart A Luc and Summer Novel which expands on thisYou don t have to have ead any of the previous books to enjoy this one although several characters do ecur Just open your heart to a prickly couple who need love and some astonishing desserts that need to be eaten 3 to 35 Lovely setting in the world of Paris and chocolate and fine food and sexy French chefs I liked both Luc and Summer But not my fav Florand book overall It was little too angsty Summer s parents were simply horrible Also at times the writing was a little intense and it was a bit difficult to work out exactly how Luc or Summer were feeling But still love the setting and this world Ms Florand has created. His spoiled princess even if she does now own his estaurant Who cares if she smiles with all the warmth of July She doesn't eat dessertThere is only one way to tempt her A perfect impossibly sweet seductio.