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Originally posted hereApparently I ve had a draft of a review for The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand sitting in my dashboard for the past few months I dusted it off and The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand sitting in my dashboard for the past few months I dusted it off and it ust in time for Amour et Florand this weekend It s always a pleasure to read a book by one of your favorite authors The Chocolate Temptation is part of the Amour et Chocolat series and the books can be read out of order because they stand well enough on their own However the characters in The Chocolate Temptation were earlier featured in The Chocolate Heart so I think it would be a good idea to read the latter first I was intrigued by Patrick in The Chocolate Heart so I m delighted that he got his own bookOut of all the Amour et Chocolat novels The Chocolate Temptation stands out because one of the main characters is a female pastry chef I know how male dominated the industry is since I have a cousin abroad who works in that field so it s pretty interesting to get a better idea of what things are like from Sarah s point of view I think Sarah is a great character I love how brave she is in terms of changing career paths She s an intelligent person with an engineering degree from Caltech She could have been living comfortably in the States while working as an engineer and yet she chooses to throw that away to pursue a culinary career I admire her guts and her passion for what she feels is the right path for her Patrick is also very passionate about being a pastry chef He was once a foster child but he has risen to the top of the culinary ladder and is now one of the best pastry chefs in Paris I liked Patrick s easygoing nature and how he s constantly being likened to a beach bumsurfer guy What a contrast to the demanding and hectic workplace that they thrive in He also has a terrific sense of humor which he uses to relieve the pressure that everyone feels in their work environment I also loved the dynamics between his relationship with Luc especially after getting Luc s POV from The Chocolate HeartSarah thinks of herself as the lowly intern and she obviously looks up to Patrick as her mentor Being attracted to each other without knowing what the other person is feeling gives their relationship tension that stretches out over the months of Sarah s internship They both feel that liking the other person is inappropriate since Patrick is essentially one of Sarah s bosses and yet they can t help feeling that way I loved this bit of comparison of their romance to their creationsThis thing between them was like this beautiful fairytale of a dessert constructed out of work and caution and risk and whimsy Leaping and twirling full of color and taste a wrong breath could break it And yet night after night in the kitchens they made such fragile magics and waiters got that fragility all the way to the tables they were meant forSuch a beautiful way of describing what began as a tentative romance that slowly developed into something deeper Given how passionate they are about their work it s not surprising how strong their feelings are for each other I m not usually a fan of workplace romance but Laura Florand handles it so well I had such a lovely time reading about Sarah and Patrick from how they started getting to know each other outside the workplace to how much they re willing to sacrifice to make the other person happy At this point I feel like I m a broken record because I keep recommending Laura Florand s books But that s only because they re SO GOOD Go forth and read them 01192014 Overall Rating 45 StarsBook Cover Book Blurb Book Title 4 35 5 4 StarsWriter s Voice 4 StarsCharacter Development 4 StarsStory Appreciation 5 StarsWorth the Chili 4 Stars 499 on Smexy HEAT Rating Mild Intimacy is OFF the Chart Sarah is five months into her six month internship in one of the best pastry kitchens in the world yet she still doesn t feel worthy From California she left her engineering ob told her Korean born mother she needed something in life and moved to Paris Since day one she has been in love with Patrick the second in command in this very busy prestigious hotel
Patrick is a star having earned a collar which tells everyone he one of the best but Luc the head chef is his foster brother and Patrick is scared to move out of his shadowSarah loves Patrick so much although she never speaks to him that she now hates him She hates how he winks and flirts with every person in the room How he is always laughing and helping so gracefully He strolled past her table in the staff cafeteria on the way to flirt with a receptionist and set two cartons of Greek yogurt on her tray in passing Packed with protein easy to digestAlways peach too H This new book is the series is simply an exuisite 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 th. She hated himPatrick Chevalier The charming laid back golden second in command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern who made everything she failed at seem so easy and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying She hat.
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FREE DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç Laura FlorandCan read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings Okay so first of all this book is FILTHY and I mean that in the best of all possible ways These books are always deliciously dirty but between Patrick s inner monologue about the ways Sarah isn t safe from him and the actual tying him up I was fully invested in the sex aspect of this bookSecond I am very impressed with how well this functions as a companion book to The Chocolate Heart and yet stands completely on its own You can absolutely read one without the other but they re both the better I think for having read them both To me this was especially evident in the scene where Luc tells Sarah that she d damn well be worthy of Patrick if she s going to steal him That scene KILLED me It was really perfectAnd ust I am so into their dynamic They re both in the business of making other people s dreams come true and it s only by coming together that they can get their own And the book makes a point of talking about how dreams can change and how people can support each other and they TALK and yeah they get the talking wrong sometimes but when they get it right it Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, just makes me so so happy My one complaint is that I was teased with Magalie and Philippe and didn t get to actually see them BRING BACK MAGALIE AND PHILIPPE I went back and forth so many times about whether to give this 3 or 4 stars Because while the book was engrossing and so dang well written like everything Florand writes is at the same time I hit this point about 34 of the way thro First read Aug 201535 starsI forgot that I haven t finished this series yet eep anyway Laura Florand wows as always with her gorgeous description of foodReread June 2016I dunno why I didn t give this a 4 because it s pretty fantastic so I m remedying that now Iust want to hug Patrick ok ok ok and also SarahI Making India Work just want to hug them both and never let goReread May 2017I m DNF at 44%I m done Patrick is such a manipulating asshole and Sarah isust a fk doormat why Because she s Asian that at this point I ust can t force myself to read another pageAnd don t even get me started on sexual harassment accusations she works under his orientation and he has been playing with herSo yeah no You fooled me well Patrick I thought you were a sane funny kind of personInstead you re a manipulating psycho The Chocolate Temptation was 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 Patrick is the second to Luc Leroi the head chef in the pastry kitchen of Hotel de Leuce in Paris with coveted and prestigious three Michelin stars The pressure and pace in the kitchen and prestigious three Michelin stars The pressure and pace in the kitchen grueling and only the best of the best work there Yet Patrick runs things with charm and an easy going grace a calming and uniting force He makes perfection look effortless but if you look close enough you can see his intensity and need for absolute control His one weakness the little uiet and focused intern Sarah is so utterly tempting without even knowing it She may be his undoing because Patrick is slowly losing his fight resisting her But oh God I want her I want her i want her i can t her I want her I can t this any I can t The ache of it was going to swallow him wholeSarah won a sought after internship working under Patrick who makes perfection look easy confounding and frustrating her Sarah s need to be perfect drives her After all she gave up a promising career as an engineer to follow her dream of being a pastry chef so failure is not an option In spite of all her efforts and drive Sarah still feels like she falls short It doesn
t help that Patrick is a distraction who could break her heart if she let him Hehelp that Patrick is a distraction who could break her heart if she let him He like a sun kissed god so gorgeous His gestures of care and constant flirting are like little stabs to her heart because they mean something to her and they may ust be automatic and given without much thought by Patrick Because he treats everyone like that rightI ust loved Patrick and Sarah s story It felt intense and introspective and I was tightly wound in a good way while reading this These two were so guarded and cautious about revealing the depth of their feelings I was happy that they each gave in incrementally slowly revealing and For all of Sarah and Patrick s insecurities there were no frustrating setbacks and even when there was a misunderstanding they dealt with it maturely and with care This romance was of the slow burn variety Laura Florand masterfully teased and built up tension with seemingly innocent scenes such as a hand massage or a uiet dark walk home turning them into something utterly sensual Oh my heart Patrick I loved every time he called Sarah Sarabelle and ust how overcome he was by her Merde u est ce ue tu es olie he said and kissed her How pretty you are So so so so pretty he breathed hotly into her mouth and a hand rubbed hard up her back to the clasp of her hair releasing it to spill over their faces Oh God There was to their romance though a de. Impressed with what she saw As her boss he knew he should leave her alone The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on loveBut he was never good at not going after what or who he wantedHe could make magic out of sugar But could he mold hate into lov. Is 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 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 crush on his intern 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 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 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 writerI was given this book for my honest review So there you have it I can always rely on Laura Florand for a butterflies in my stomach read especially on a cold winter day when all I m really craving is chocolate from one of these kitchens she writes about The Chocolate Temptation follows Patrick the suave second to Luc Leroi we met in The Chocolate Heart You remember him don t you Always ready with a smile a laugh and a swoon worthy face to lighten up your day It s ust too bad Sarah the young American intern in Leroi s kitchen doesn t think so After all as Sarah keeps trying to convince her intelligent Korean brain she hates him As we ve established over the years however hate isn t all that far from loveI practically suealed when I realized that The Chocolate Temptation finally took us deeper into these delectable kitchens than the previous novels ever have Patrick is in charge of Sarah and as always Florand is the master of sexual tension If you thought the heat from the ovens was hot think again because the steam between these two as they brush against each other in the kitchens is sizzling Patrick for instance can t stop thinking about Sarah about the concentration with which she does her work her pure dedication to perfecting the art of cooking and the passion she throws into work tiring day after tiring day On the other hand Sarah cannot help but admire Patrick s talent all while hating the way he will break her heart someday even without realizing itAs Sarah and Patrick get closer however they begin to realize that their facades of perfection are Sequins and Spurs just that masks For me the Florand s novels always have a two fold appeal One the tension As I keep mentioning Florand s writing is divine Itust curls its way into your heart creating emotion where there was none before And two the depth Each of Florand s novels are romances about broken individuals not necessarily broken in the same way or to the same degree but who have barriers around their lives What I particularly love is that she tackles a new issue with every one of her books making them all such a delight to read With Sarah and Patrick both of them suffer from severe insecurity Sarah as a replacement child for the son who was killed in North Korea never feels as if she s up to the mark and Patrick a foster child feels the same Nevertheless seeing them work through their struggles and find a way to trust and support one another was heart warmingMoreover what I really love about Sarah and Patrick s relationship is that each of them have different dreams but make conscious efforts to pursue them Sarah for instance was a successful engineer in Caltech but she left her home and family behind to begin her life long wish of sugar making Both the courage and guilt Sarah feels at pursuing her own dream selfishly some would say is depicted perfectly Similarly Patrick who ironically wishes he could be an engineer undergoes a mental DK Adventures journey as he realizes that dreams change with time and what he wanted as a twelve year old boy is not necessarily what he wants as a man now Florand always touches upon such honest aspects of adult life with her novels that I feel enriched having read them While the last few chapters of this book could veer on the lovey dovey side her books never fail to sate my thirst and bring a smile upon my face Just as I expected The Chocolate Temptation is a winner another oneYou. Ed him but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk outust so he wouldn’t break her heartBut he didn’t hate herSarah Lin Patrick’s serious dark haired American intern who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so. .