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T it And all that sexual tension between them explodes And I may have whimpered a little bitI was talking to Jen who reviews for Fiction Vixen on Twitter about this book and she mentioned something to the effect that she loves these books so much because the hero is always SO into the heroine And that is a very true statement about this author She makes these intense serious over achieving chefs who absolutely live for their job and nothing else But then forget about ALL else and fall in love They would do anything to win the heroine and that makes these books so much funSarah in particular is a very private skittish heroine It s very hard for her to show her feelings and put herself out there So while she is completely enad by Patrick it seems he has to work even harder to convince her of the relationship She has little self esteem He s courting me He has to beButhe s a prince I m a mortalI can t matter to him He acts all the time as if I don t really matterHe acts all the time as if I doHis hand felt so good against her face She issed it again and desire swamped her to Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, keep this right to touch himeep his hand oh wow that didn t sound possible But it sounded beautifulShe never managed to succeed at beautiful impossible thingsAnd let s not forget after all the intense sexual tension the flirting the doubt from Sarah the amazing scenes in the A Fairly Honourable Defeat kitchen that Laura Florand can write and let me take just a moment to say how well she writesitchen scenes I feel as though I m there in the the chaos with burning sugar and delicate creations So well doneAfter all of that we have delicious scenes like this teaser Oh yes you like this don t you he breathedShe closed her eyes against that glitter against how much she liked it turning her face into the bunched comforter as he let her upper body settle back on the mattress You like me in you this deep Sarabelle His darkest roughest murmurShe didn t answer out loud but then she didn t have to Her body clutched around him and he seemed to understand that language very well Are you going to like it when I take you this hard You ll have to read to find out winkRating B DNF at 44%I m done Patrick is such a manipulating asshole and Sarah is just a fk doormat why Because she s Asian that at this point I just 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 ind of personInstead you re a manipulating psycho 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 Charts313 pagesWow Not sure what to say about this one I wasn t expecting the experience I received I rec d this to a friend who I think will understand my deep emotion in this one I had good bumps through most of it A really BEAUTIFUL story It can be read as a stand alone and there is NO cliffhanger endingThe GOOD about this read1 This author has a real way with words She sucked me into this story Her words are like flittering butterflies 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 I just want "to hug Patrick ok ok ok and also SarahI just want to hug them both and never let goReread May "hug Patrick ok ok ok and also SarahI just want to hug them both and never let goReread May m always entertained by how huge of a crush Patrick has on Sarah 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 #when all I m really is chocolate from one of these itchens 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 just too bad Sarah the young American intern in Leroi s Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue kitchen doesn t think so After all as Saraheeps 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 The Man Without a Face 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 theitchens 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 just that masks For me the Florand s novels always have a two fold appeal One the tension As I eep mentioning Florand s writing is divine It just 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 illed 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 engine. Impressed with what she saw As her boss he Gone (Gone, knew he should leave her alone The same way henew 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. 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 tweaked it just 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 now 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 nowing 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 All Seated on the Ground 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 tonow 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 eep recommending Laura Florand s books But that s "only because they re SO GOOD Go forth and read them I went back and forth so "because they re SO GOOD Go forth and read them I went back and forth so 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 through when I just wanted the conflict to resolve already The characters problems started feeling a little old and I just wanted them to hurry up and figure it out The other issue I had with this book was that I spent pretty much all of it wanting Sarah to be proactive She was so passive the whole time and it started to drive me a little crazy But still despite those things the book was wonderful and warm and the perfect thing to read on a winter night 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 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 into our true selves Our hero is a seemly sunny have it all alpha ind 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 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 RereadI can reread whole series We are six books in and while I Wiring 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 The Chocolate Temptation was so so lovely The Amour et Chocolate series contin. She hated himPatrick Chevalier The charming laid back golden second in command of the Paris pastryitchen 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.