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So Far from the Sea gI 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 romances 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 thelobe 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 The Wolfs Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge 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 crowninglory 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 rocky start between these two Both Summer and Luc were starved for love The Draft growing up Luc had it in cycles of love and then abuse from his real 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 read for aood 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 etting 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 reasons behind Summer s behavior but Luc didn t and she really 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 first for his pride and to teach her a lesson but still he would send the olive branch and she would reject it Time after timeI was at my limit when FINALLY the ice begins to thaw Their sparks turn into a romance where they begin to understand the needs and wants of the other finding the love and affection they both have wants *Of The Other Finding The * the other finding the and affection they both have desperately craved This is the point where the story completely turned around oing 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 Reading The Epilogue bursting reading the epilogue 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 Yaratma Cesareti greatly affects my overall rating The first 60% is no than 2 stars while the final 35 40% felt like a 5 star read for me bringing my overall rating to around 3 stars In spite of my issues with this installment I plan onoing back and reading The Chocolate Kiss book 2 and The Chocolate Rose book 3 Laura Florand s beautiful prose and mesmerizing romances hold an attraction that I can t resist A copy was provided by Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youYou can read this review and at The Readers Den Happy sigha wonderful readCover 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 o Bletch and Glrgh NOT Yum I don t think that was your intention reread march 2020 perfect reread during this weird time currently feeling opressed and anxious and i find an echo of those feelings in this romance as well as an escape to them with dreams of the pacific of delightful times in luxury paris of a beautiful romance 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 t reviewed from an e arc provided by NetGalley A long time ago Better late than neverIf you ve read 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 irl rep as No one hates Paris except Summer Corey The moody winters The artists and their ennui The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel But things Here There Be Witches go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into broodingorgeous che. Racters who seek to fit in in ways than their profession I find that the I read her work the I recognize ualities to praise After all Luc is living the dream in Paris making food for famous uests and running his own kitchen but there still remains so much unsatisfaction in his lifeEnter Summer Corey It isn t so much that Summer is beautiful or that she is able to able to fill up the blank spaces in Luc s life but rather the fact that he can add color to her existence that makes him pursue her with such determination From the beginning itself their attraction is selfless seeking to understand one another and create a better world for themselves together Of course the journey is slow arduous wrought with misunderstandings and an almost irritating back and forth banter eual in wit charm and action The Chocolate Heart isn t my favorite of Florand s love stories that s a definite tie between The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss but it contains other ualities that make it such a worthwhile readSummer for one is a heroine whose plight I sympathized with Not only is her beauty a detriment isolating her from female companionship but it also dampens her self esteem While everyone sees a pretty face in Summer not to mention wealth status and power thanks to her father they rarely ever see her Summer is constantly admonished by her family downtrodden and put down made only to carry out the wishes of her parents and marry the richest hunk they throw at her Thus Summer takes off for years living on an island with no technology no communication to the outside and living with the locals teaching them English and making a happy sunny community for herself When Summer is forced back to Paris by her father whose ift is the hotel where Luc works it is Summer s worst nightmare For one her parents though constantly complaining about her absence don t stick around long enough to see her and for another Summer is intensely unhappyAn unhappy protagonist isn t exactly likeable but I loved Summer Florand writes Summer s insecurities with Fake Mustache genuine feeling It doesn t seem contrived in the least that Summer thinks so lowly of herself her abilities and what she s accomplished in life It takes others to see the beauty in her past the physical perfection and Summer s selfrowth is slow but realistically paced I particularly love that despite the happily ever after we all know and expect Florand treats this fragile love story with a healthy dose of realism For the first time Florand has written an epilogue but it is an authentic one highlighting the truth of the bond Summer and Luc share in a way that is both bittersweet and romantic It becomes harder and harder to write about this series with time It only ets better deeper complicated and far messier And yet it is such a wonderful capsule of life Even in the most romantic city in the world life and its troubles never cease or escape you Instead you just learn to handle themall with a healthy dose of chocolate morning noon and nightYou can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings welcome to my kingdom summer corey luc leroi to my kingdom Summer Corey Luc Leroi most coveted chef in Paris used to panhandle on the Metro with his father His days of dancing and doing tricks are in
the past Now people for a taste of him but not Summer She refuses his exuisite confections past Now people for a taste of him but not Summer She refuses his exuisite confections some sweet little beauty had stroked her hand down his body curled it around his dick and then slapped the fucking hell out of him Summer Corey the only child of jet setting parents found some self worth on a remote island far from the taint of father s wealth and condemnation It s her refuge and source of happiness until her father emotionally blackmails her into managing a luxurious Paris hotel Her first mistake is insulting the hotel s chef by mistaking him for a bellboy Her second mistake is propositioning him and all he sees is a spoiled little rich irl There s to Luc and Summer than meets the eye Their pasts have shaped them and hardened their hearts Will his confections melt her heart Will she share a real smile just for him It ll be a battle of the heart mind and soul The Chocolate Heart may now be my favorite in the seriesor it may be a tie with The Chocolate Touch Spoiled little rich irls are not easy to pull off but Summer has a viciousness that s balanced by her vulnerability Her character is perfectly constructed I understand her Luc is another delectable Florand hero passionate artistic and unable to hold up his defenses against his heroine There s also a touch of fate involved in this romance and there s something that I wish would have been in the book but maybe the author thought it would have been too sentimental to include Either way the ending came too uick and the epilogue tied up everything with too perfect a bow Still Ms Florand makes me want to fly to France troll restaurants and p tisseries for sexy chefs and orge my American self Grade B Hot chef take me away Don t be fooled by the cover I was excited when I found this author because the covers for this series look sweet and romanticI did not expect the sex to be so rough and dominating The blurb certainly didn t Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories give any indication that it would be and the cover is at odds with the actual content The hero is constantlyrabbing at the heroine and shoving her and restraining her Their intimate scenes are all about control and domination He s the one in charge and she s passive and helpless in his hands I found him to be the very typical alpha male possessive poor boundaries and his behavior outside of bed is just the sameFull disclosure DNF at page 256 but I skimmed the rest Previewed some of the others in this series and looks like all of them have similar rough sex If this is not your cup of tea I would recommend avoiding the Amour et Chocolat books by Laura Florand. His spoiled princess even if she does now own his restaurant 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.