Oh my heart, Sylvain!! To make this dream come true she hunts down the number one chocolatier in Paris, Sylvain Marquis, in hopes of hiring him to develop this line for Corey Chocolate. Cade is already half in love with Sylvain before she meets him because of his ability to turn chocolate into culinary masterpieces. Unfortunately their meeting is a disaster. And this is where things get interesting! This story was a pure delight. The romance completely seduced me. Sylvain and Cade start off hating each other, but we all know that line between love and hate is so very thin!
It excited the hell out of him when she looked at him like that, all silk and luxury and control but her blue eyes bubbling with the desire to strangle him. Go ahead, he thought. Launch yourself across that table and go for my throat. We can grapple together anytime you like. Sylvain does come off as an arrogant jerk, and he is arrogant—about his chocolate, but underneath the surface his vulnerability shows through.
The story gives insights into his thinking and his vulnerabilities. When he utters the most offensive things and puts his foot in it with Cade, we immediately see how he wants to kick himself. This quote totally won me over: He wanted to find that one person and just give her all of him, his heart, his head, his body. He wanted the sound and scent of her in their apartment, he wanted to be cooking with her in the kitchen, he wanted babies eventually, waking them up every two hours and leaving toys for him to trip over.
Cade in turn is enthralled by Sylvain, his way of life, his talent, but he infuriates her with his arrogance. She does see the other side of him, though, with gestures that melt her heart. Aside from all of that, Cade wants to live a life like Sylvain, passionately, and leaving her corporate life behind before it sucks the light out of her. The prose in The Chocolate Thief was gorgeous. Chocolate is a huge part of this story and the descriptions of it and the romance, a lot of the times simultaneously, brought a dreamy, sensual feel to the story.
Plus, the setting of Paris was sublime making me feel like I was there. I used my Google Translate App, on my phone, frequently to translate phrases in the book, and I highly recommend doing that. It brought so much to the story. You can even have the phrases read back to you on your phone after typing them in. I listened to the audio version, but I would switch back and forth between the e-book and audio frequently, especially when I wanted to look up the phrases in French. I took my time getting through The Chocolate Thief, re-reading passages I had just listened to on the way home, because I loved this story so much.
Like I said, it bewitched me entirely! The cadence was a little slow, but everything else was superb. I must thank Keertana Ivy Book Bindings for her amazing review! If not for her I wouldn't have picked this book up. This review is also posted on The Readers Den Loved it just as much the 2nd time around! Re-read November 16th View all 39 comments. Oct 13, MelissaB rated it liked it Shelves: kindle , contemporary-romance , kindle-books-available-to-loan , reads.
I am glad I read The Chocolate Touch before this one because I enjoyed it much more and I am not sure this book would have kept me reading the series. The good parts of this book are the lovely Paris setting and all kinds of chocolate in the book. I had trouble connecting with this heroine and her actions and motivations were just somewhat strange. The hero was kind of confusing too, sometimes he was commanding and confident and others he seemed like a boy with low self-esteem. Overall a decent I am glad I read The Chocolate Touch before this one because I enjoyed it much more and I am not sure this book would have kept me reading the series.
View all 5 comments. Apr 14, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: swoooon , wishlist , rainy-day-re-reads. I picked up The Chocolate Thief while taking a quick study break, but I didn't set it back down until I had devoured the entire novel. Frankly speaking, I am surprised no one has tried this combination before: chocolate and romance, all set against the backdrop of Paris? What's NOT to love? Although its cover just screams chick-lit, The Chocolate Thief is quite thankfully a little more sensual and deeper than that. While it may lack the depth most readers - including myself - crave, Sylvain it captured me heart and soul.
And made my parents turn their nose up and the number of chocolate wrappers strewn around my bed, not to mention the discarded textbooks on my desk, but no matter. Sylvain Marquis is worth it. Cade Corey heads out to Paris to fulfill a childhood dream of introducing a sophisticated European line of chocolate into her multimillionaire dollar family-owned company. Corey Bars are all the rage in America, but in Paris, Cade is unable to find a single chocolatier willing to join her on her venture and have their name stamped on her chocolates.
Sylvain Marquis, rated the best chocolatier in Paris, is the first person Cade approaches - and is rudely refused by. But neither Sylvain nor Cade can get each other out of their head and their accidental meetings only increase the unspoken sexual tension between them. Until, that is, Cade breaks into Sylvain's store and, overnight, becomes the chocolate thief Where do I start with this romantic masterpiece? For one, there is something so beautiful about the French language and culture.
Yet, French truly is the language of romance and the city is bursting with life - all of which is so palpably felt through this love story. We witness the unfolding of this romance through the alternating third-person perspectives of both Sylvain and Cade which enables us to witness their misunderstanding and understand both their point of views. Although Sylvain comes across as a rude snob at first, we see his hidden layers and insecurities as the novel wears on.
Cade, too, becomes much more self-actualized from the corporate businesswoman she appears to be as she embarks on a subtle, but significant, journey of self-realization. Moreover, I found myself appreciating the attention given to Cade's wealthy status. Granted, there could have been a more in-depth analysis of so much in the lives of these two, but it maintained a steady balance between romance and depth which worked out surprisingly well.
And yet, perhaps the reason I am so forgiving of the minimal depth in this novel is because the sexual tension fries your brain.www.hiphopenation.com/mu-plugins/rio/string-along-dating.php
I never thought it was possible to become so hot and bothered by reading about the process of making chocolate, but with Sylvain Marquis and his hands! Furthermore, the biting remarks and witty banter between these two only added to the aura of the novel, making it melt my heart and turn my feet to jelly.
It may not seem like the type of novel capable of such feats, but it is. Unfortunately, after the first-half, the novel seemed to lose a bit of its charm with the back-and-forth insecurities of both Cade and Sylvain, neither of them knowing how to define their relationship or its future. Nevertheless, despite that small qualm, The Chocolate Thief is one of the most gripping, witty, and steamy romantic novels I have read in a really long time.
It ends wrapped up quite nicely and the uncovering of the true Sylvain and Cade beneath their sexy personas is deftly written. Not only do these characters mold their way into your heart, but antics of the thievery in this book will keep you grinning and swooning in equal parts. If there is but one major flaw with the novel, it lies in its ability to make you crave chocolate, Paris, and a smoldering chocolatier of your own.
Anyone know where I can order one? View all 7 comments. Feb 16, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance , 4-star , audiobooks. An enjoyable light romance with delicious chocolate thrown in. Well narrated which added to the enjoyment of the book. View all 3 comments. Apr 12, Angie rated it really liked it Recommended to Angie by: Chachic. Shelves: romance , good-uns. Originally reviewed here Angieville When one of your very good friends wholeheartedly recommends a book or series as one of her favorite contemporary romance series, you pay attention, yes?
I don't know if I would have discovered Florand otherwise, and I am just really happy that I did because this book is delicious. That cute cover doesn't hurt i Originally reviewed here Angieville When one of your very good friends wholeheartedly recommends a book or series as one of her favorite contemporary romance series, you pay attention, yes?
That cute cover doesn't hurt it either. In fact, I am currently wallowing in reading purgatory waiting for a paperback copy of the second Amour et Chocolat novel to show up in my mailbox, because even though I could download the ebook in the blink of an eye, I just really need the cute matching covers on my shelf. This surprises none of you, I am sure. Make no mistake, though. The minute it does arrive, I am diving right in. Because this delightful little treat reads like a chocolate-drenched Anna and the French Kiss for adults. Are you telling me you want to miss that little slice of heaven?
I didn't think so. Cade Corey has finally made it to Paris. Growing up the daughter of an American chocolate baron, she's dreamt her whole life of traveling to the city of lights and immersing herself in the world of chocolate masters. Now that she's here, she has a full-blown agenda. Track down Sylvain Marquis, make him an offer he can't refuse, and nail down a line of luxury chocolates to elevate Corey Chocolate's mainstream image.
And Cade is absolutely sure she can do it. She's a savvy businesswoman who's spent her entire life surrounded by chocolate. She can have this deal in the bag by the end of the day and spend the rest of her unprecedented "time off" exploring Paris and soaking it all up. What she doesn't factor in is Sylvain Marquis' raging disdain for all things mundane. And Corey Chocolates are at the top of the list. The thought of putting his name on a Corey product fills him with actual physical pain.
And so the battle of wills begins. Cade can't fathom giving up at this point. Not when she's come this far and invested so much of herself in this one dream. But Sylvain has traveled a long, difficult road himself. And he's not about to reduce all that hard work and mastery to a mere four-ounce bar of mediocre chocolate sold in Walmarts around the world.
The divide between these two seems insurmountable. Until Cade has an idea, a dangerously game-changing idea. I went in expecting cute chick lit and wound up getting something entirely different. Which is not to say it isn't cute. It is! It's just quite a bit more than that, too. In the same way that the cover is a bit deceptively light, concealing rather deeper and darker waters within. Much of it has to do with Florand's writing, which continued to catch me unawares with its expressive nuances.
Each time I thought I had its number and dared to let my mind wander, the writing would reel me in again with its quiet and perceptive weight. Cade's observations on Paris, the color, the sound, and the taste of it, charmed me and reminded me why I fell in love with it as well on my first visit. The characterization, particularly of Sylvain, carefully built upon this foundation. I loved that he was such an unexpected blend of uncertainty and bravado.
I thought he might be too much to begin with, too rich for my blood in a way. But Florand wisely filled him out with a history, full of longing and failed attempts with the women in his life. Placed next to Cade's innate confidence their relationship made for pleasurable reading indeed.
Here is one of my very favorite interactions early on: She looked at him as if he had hit her. Or, worse, stripped her naked in a pretense of seduction and then smirked and turned her around to see a thousand ridiculing eyes. She stared at him, something rising in her with a powerful force.
His pulse quickened as he prepared for anything, anything-- She turned abruptly and strode toward the entryway. Without a word. Without letting him find out what that powerful force rising in her was. He found himself following, hoping she would say a word. He was kicking himself already. He hadn't really wanted her to leave. He just. Her flush deepened furhter, her jaw as tense as it was possible for her to hold it.
Her hands trembled so much on the buttons, she couldn't get them undone. He was an idiot. There was more than one way to be an idiot, and he had just proven it. He had just cut off his own nose to spite his face. So he stood there as she struggled with button after button, making her slow, miserable way down the coat, everyone watching them, her cheeks deeply red now.
He wondered why she didn't just destroy it--rip it off, pop the buttons, drop it on the floor, and maybe drop a few bills on it to cover the damage as she stalked out. It seemed like something an American billionaire would do. At last she got it off, to reveal the most ridiculous enormous sweatshirt. He started to smile despite himself. Did you come to my workshop in your pajamas? All the money in the world and not a gram of taste. She gave him a look like a slap, thrust the coat at him, and strode out.
The protagonists are passionate about everything they do and love. And what they do and love is chocolate. This appreciation shines through in every heady, lingering description. This is a romance, to be sure. If you like yours dipped in the finest chocolate money can buy, then I suggest you seek it out immediately. Feb 09, Medini rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , culinaries-cozies , romance , chick-lit. This has beautiful writing, accompanied by amazing, likable characters in Cade Corey and Sylvain Marquis, who are both so strong and memorable.
Their chemistry is just out of this world. I think The Amour et chocolat series is THE go-to series for anyone in the mood for a fuzzy, toe-curling romance. View all 6 comments. Shelves: adult , read , france , food-porn , favorites , publication , kensington. The chocolate making and eating is to die for--and the chemistry is electric, too. View all 4 comments. May 07, Brie rated it it was ok. Originally posted here.
Laura Florand is one of those authors whose books I really want to like, but never seem to work for me. Yet I keep buying them and giving her second and third chances. The problem is that she has great ideas and a lot of potential, but the execution is not quite there. The Chocolate Thief is the story of Cade Corey. However, as successful as her brand is, no one could ever accuse it of being sophisticated, and Cade dreams with changing that. In order to do so, she travels to Paris to hire Sylvain Marquis, the most famous chocolatier in France and probably even the world.
Her plan is to offer him a ton of money to make his name and creations part of the Corey brand. Needless to say, he feels insulted. When all the pieces come together, the result is a bland, long and boring story. I found the romance lacking. Cade is driven and self-assured; Sylvain is confident and cocky. It was as if she loved the idea of him instead of the actual person, and falling for him was her way of getting his talent by proxy.
He suffers from that almost supernatural sexual attraction that some heroes seem to get, but his feelings were never that deep. For a setting that promises so much passion and sensuality, the chemistry between the leads was nowhere to be found. The sensuous imagery is exclusive to the chocolates, but it never reflects on the actual romance, which left me cold. Cade wants Sylvain, but her reaction to his rejection is childish at best. He is equal parts annoyed and aroused by her behavior, so they end up in bed. And to top it all off, the ending negates all the hard work and ambition that Cade had throughout the book.
And honestly, the book is too long. Florand is talented and has great ideas, but unfortunately her books fail to engage me. View 1 comment. Paris - the city of light I love Paris, and seeing it through the eyes of the main characters was a true pleasure - Cade, an American, a stranger to the city, and Sylvain, a Frenchman, the way I imagine a true Parisian would be like - arrogant, snobby, but charming.
Reading about all the places imagining I was 5 delicious stars I'm feeling a bit lazy, so I'll be short, but I liked the book so much that I just had to share my love. Reading about all the places imagining I was there, walking through the streets of Paris. Chocolate Who doesn't like chocolate?
And I can assure you, after reading this book you will feel a deep craving for them. Especially if they come from a guy like Sylvain. I mean, that guy The flirting, the seduction by chocolate - all of it. Dec 29, Joy joyous reads rated it it was ok. Billionaire heiress, Cade Corey is on a mission to stamp the name of the most prolific chocalatier on their brand. Getting Sylvain Marquis to agree, however, will prove to be a challenge.
Negotiations fell apart; bribery only cost her, her self-respect. So when she can't get him to give her the time of day, she resorts to thievery. Awkwardness and so-so chemistry ensue. Truth be told, I am not a fan of these two. Sylvain instantly gives credence to the stigma that the French people are snobs when Billionaire heiress, Cade Corey is on a mission to stamp the name of the most prolific chocalatier on their brand.
Sylvain instantly gives credence to the stigma that the French people are snobs when it comes to their food. His disdain for anything mass produced did not make him all that appealing. In fact, he was downright insulting. While his conviction may be alluring to some, I found that he incites a completely different feeling in me. He was, for the most part, an obnoxious romantic interest. I was not a fan. Cade Corey is hardly any better. I can commend her for sticking through what she believes in, but at times, I found her exhausting.
It's as if she has blinders when it comes to Sylvain. While it may be true that Sylvain did not insult her personally, the way he looked down on her family's source of fortune was, to me, an extension of her own person.
I love the French language. I think it's romantic. It's right up there with Italian and Spanish. What I didn't like, however, is the gratuitous insertion of French that more often, was not translated so the non-speaking reader can understand. It lent to some annoyance, and worst, choppy narration. This first book lacked a couple of key ingredients: likeable characters and conflict. Sylvain was a conundrum. He has moments of self doubt unheard of for someone who oozes a magnanimous male ego. So much so that he sounded like every other Mary Sue who don't think of themselves worthy enough.
Cade for her part, has questionable intentions. I can't decide whether she likes Sylvain for the person that he was, or for what he represents from a business stand point. The lack of conflict also aided in the low rating for this book. It was boring. There were no ups and downs, so more often, I was left feeling apathetic. They hardly even fought, and even with the temporary separation, I felt nary a twinge of anticipation for their eventual reunion.
So far, we're not off to a good start. But I'm crossing my fingers that the next one will be better. Super cute story high on romance and zero angst! What's not to like?! You've got the city of love I loved the chemistry between Cade and Sylvain! It was immediate.. Sylvain had the secret to the most scrumptious chocolate on earth and Cade wanted it. He wasn't about to give it up..
I really enjoyed this sweet easy romance.. I love to read books Super cute story high on romance and zero angst! I love to read books like this occasionally that are just full of romance with no drama or angst. Just pure fun I actually liked this book more than I thought I would but it was silly. I guess I just couldn't buy each character's motivation. He was all 'I'm gonna make her love me through my chocolate' and she was all 'I'm going to break into his shop and be creepy' and then he was like 'she's stealing my stuff, that's so hot' and she was like 'breaking in is so intoxicating, I'm so turned on' and then he was like 'I caught you red-handed, you're mine' and so on and so forth.
The sex scenes were pretty hot I actually liked this book more than I thought I would but it was silly. The sex scenes were pretty hot though, especially the first one. And now I want chocolate.
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Jan 07, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: before-tv-livejournal-group , kindle. The first four to five chapters made me think this book was going to be an utter waste of space, but both characters got significantly less annoying once they started sleeping together. There were still a lot of moments where I wanted to chuck it at a wall for being sexist though. Also, if you're curious what some of the earlier stuff is like, I've summarized it for you here: "And then he used his manly sex hands to chop sexy chocolate like sex. The sexy curls of dark chocolate sexily dropped to t The first four to five chapters made me think this book was going to be an utter waste of space, but both characters got significantly less annoying once they started sleeping together.
The sexy curls of dark chocolate sexily dropped to the sexy marble counter of sex. He smoldered sexily at her, his sexy dark hair perfect around his sexy face. On the floor. Next to the sexy unprocessed chocolate. This is not to dissuade people exactly -- I enjoyed it -- but of course it's frivolous and ridiculous. SUPER ridiculous.
I liked that she included L. Burdick's at the end of chocolates she loves! Way to represent, Boston. And also, their chocolate is delicious, and so is their restaurant in Walpole, NH. I have a little box of Burdick's chocolates waiting for me at home right now. Mar 15, Chachic rated it it was amazing Recommended to Chachic by: Michelle. Shelves: favorites , best-of May 5, comments: I felt like rereading after I've been to Paris because I wanted to see what it felt like now that I'm more familiar with the setting. The writing is just as good as I remembered and the reading experience is even better because of the little details that I could relate to.
I have to thank my good friend Michelle for introducing me to what has become one of my favorite contemporary romance series. I had a feeli May 5, comments: I felt like rereading after I've been to Paris because I wanted to see what it felt like now that I'm more familiar with the setting. I had a feeling that I would enjoy reading Laura Florand's novels after my copies arrived and I saw how pretty they were. I'm pleased to report that I wasn't disappointed. Some of my favorites are dark chocolate with nuts, mint chocolate and truffles.
I know it's not a healthy habit but I have chocolate almost everyday. I eat chocolate to cheer me up when I'm feeling a little low and I also eat chocolate to celebrate when something good happens. I feel like there's always an excuse for me to indulge in chocolate. So imagine my delight at discovering that both the main characters in The Chocolate Thief are fellow chocolate-lovers. Cade is the heiress of Corey Chocolate, one of the largest chocolate corporations in the world I think the surname Corey is a nod to Hershey.
While Sylvain is one of the top chocolatiers in Paris. I wish I could afford to try chocolates that are as good as Sylvain's masterpieces but I'm afraid they're probably too expensive for me. I did find Sylvain's reasons for choosing to work with chocolates intriguing: He had been a gangly, awkward adolescent with shaggy hair, so it was a good thing he had discovered very early in his teenage years What Women Wanted.
If you wanted to lure a woman who wouldn't otherwise have looked twice at you, good chocolate was better than a love potion. Add the fact that the novel is set in Paris, a beautiful, romantic city that I've always wanted to visit and I'm one happy reader. We have here a chocolate-filled take of a love-hate relationship. Both of them love chocolate but in different ways. Cade is proud of her family's heritage and how their products bring happiness to millions of people. She's all about making chocolate more accessible to people.
While Sylvain looks down on mass-produced chocolate and believes that creating chocolate is a fine art form. What I loved about these two characters is how passionate they both are about what they do. Cade knows that people rely on her and their company is responsible for providing much-needed jobs. Sylvain pours so much of himself in what he does that he takes total ownership of his creations, to the point that he feels that people are tasting a part of him whenever they devour his chocolates. This is why he takes so much pride in the fact that Cade can't get enough of his work, which she doesn't want to openly admit so she resorts to stealing them.
I can certainly appreciate a girl resorting to thieving for the sake of the finest chocolate that she's ever tasted. I like how the reader is given a full understanding of the characters' background, how and why they became who they are when we meet them. I liked Cade and Sylvain's warm interactions with their family and friends. The Chocolate Thief is a deliciously tempting work of fiction, I gobbled it up in just two days. I would have done it in one sitting if I didn't have to go to work.
Highly recommended for fans of chocolate, novels set in Paris and contemporary romance. Just make sure you have some chocolate on hand when you read this. I seriously cannot wait for the third book in the series, The Chocolate Touch , to be released in July. It will be about Cade's sister and Sylvain's rival. On a side note, I'm delighted to put up a post on my birthday about a book that I loved. I wish I could do that every year.
Yesterday, my lovely co-workers got me this yummy chocolate cake called Othello: Happy 29th of March! View 2 comments. I wish Goodreads had a better way to signify the number of times one re-reads a book because, yes, I re-read this again. I felt far too nostalgic about leaving Seoul that I decided I needed Paris and, if it isn't already clear, The Chocolate Thief is my favorite Florand read. It's ideal for a re-read because it's both hilarious and sexy and though Florand does teary-eyed brilliantly, it's the kind of heavy that I can't handle more than once.
But this book? I keep picking up on minor details upon I wish Goodreads had a better way to signify the number of times one re-reads a book because, yes, I re-read this again. I keep picking up on minor details upon every re-read and just when I think I can't fall in love with Sylvain any more, I DO! If I ever wind up studying abroad in Paris, I think it's safe to blame it all on Laura Florand and these books.
Jan 09, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: chick-lit , romance , contemporary , reads , reviewed , light-hearted-romance , a-z-challenge , humor. Loved this light-hearted romance! And it's quite impossible to not love the book when it has lots of fluffy romance, and also chocolates. And exactly what I needed on a crappy Monday when nothing was going right.
A book about chocolate doesn't quite beat the real thing, but it's a close second. I legit cannot believe I started reading it right after I started trying to eat healthier, though, and prohibited all chocolate from passing my lips. Why would I torture myself like that? That has got to be the hottest scene I've ever read, and I've been reading quite a bit of romance recently. Loved this one Apr 22, Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it. Cade Corey and her family own Corey Chocolate, the biggest chocolate distributor in the United States.
Cade thinks it will be the perfect fit for Sylvain and it will bring her company more money. So off to Paris she goes. He actually gets angry she would ask such a thing of his precious chocolate. His hand-crafted chocolate wonders sell for hundreds of dollars. He puts his entire life into his chocolate, and would never sell out his name for some measly US dollars. This frustrates Cade to no end, demanding he show her chocolate bars some respect. She starts to get consumed with his chocolate making process, breaking into his kitchens in the middle of the night to see what type of ingredients and types of tools he uses.
Sylvain knows very well she is breaking in, and is amused by the whole thing. He finds her very attractive, and he wants to understand what her motives are. I think the author captures the intimate process Sylvain goes through to make his chocolate quite well. Not that clumsy, cute English work chok-lat but a caress, a mystery, sho-co-la.
It is beautiful as it is, perfect; anyone could eat it forever. Yet I bring something else to it, blend it with another flavor that makes people encounter it in a new way, a richer way. All the fine hairs on her arms rose to that voice and to the words that seemed to talk about more than chocolate. Made her want to be his chocolate. At the beginning of the story, Sylvan is attracted to Cade which makes him blush. I found that a very likable character trait. It is also hinted at that he has had problems in the past for falling for women quite quick, only to get his heart broken on more than one occasion.
For as much as Cade infuriates him with her business offer, he is still attracted to her. I wish his shy blushes would have played out more. Before you know it, he becomes this alpha, predatory male who claims his woman in the chocolate shop. That was fun. I kind of wish things with him were explored more. There are times where he acts very unsure of himself: She lusted after everything he produced and owned so intensely and sinfully.
Surely she must lust after him. Never in his life had he felt so positive of that. And yet, driven by some old, stupid weakness of his, he had still held back far too long, just in case she wanted to escape. Cade is an okay heroine. Her father calls a lot on the phone demanding things from her which got old but I love her grandfather who shares her excitement of being in Paris. The romance scenes in this one are on the light side. We get one or two, but they are not super in-depth.
I wish more time had been spent there with dirty details! Jul 27, namericanwordcat rated it it was amazing Shelves: adorable-heroine , gruff-grumpy , jealous , buy-on-kindle , food , modern-wealth , caper , business-owner , real-worklife , trust-issues. The Chocolate Thief Review The Parisian sorcerer of artisan chocolate, handsome Frenchman Sylvain Marquis, and the American empress of chocolate bars, Cade Corey, play a decadent game of seduction and subterfuge that causes them both to melt with desire.
Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it's a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. Not unless there's something much more delectable on the table. It, like chocolate, will be a comfort for the rest of my life. It is such a grand day when a book like this comes along. The Chocolate Kiss doesn't give us nearly as many moments into Philippe's head - and it should.
From Magalie's perspective, he comes across as a complete arrogant jerk at times, which makes it difficult to like him. Even though we do eventually learn that his actions were well-meant, they were too dominating for me to fall for him in the swoon-worthy manner chick-lit novels like this one promise. Nevertheless, The Chocolate Kiss was worth the stress-free hours I spent with it, despite my growling stomach by the end. View 1 comment. Apr 22, willaful rated it it was amazing Shelves: hero-is-a-mountain , hero-makes-me-swoon , made-me-cry , made-me-laugh , romance-makes-me-swoon.
I was a little nervous starting this. Florand had two five star books in a row, for me -- could she possibly pull off a hat trick? Yes she could. Magalie, the daughter of a trans-continental marriage, spent her youth being shuttled between France and America. As an adult, she made the most secure, permanent home possible for herself in the whimsical, witch themed chocolate shop of her aunts, cooking chocolat chaud that she infuses with appropriate wishes for its drinkers.
One of these fortu I was a little nervous starting this. One of these fortunate drinkers was Cade Corey, heroine of The Chocolate Thief , and it worked out very well for her. When world famous patissier Phillipe Lyonnais decides to open a new shop on her street, Magalie feels threatened enough to move out of her comfort zone and beard the lion in his den.
Phillipe tries to soothe her with one of his exquisite handmade creations, she defiantly refuses The Chocolate Kiss is very like Florand's previous amour et chocolat books in many ways, but has a few key differences. In this story, both characters put their heart and soul into their delicious sweets, and their increasingly desperate efforts to make the other have a taste makes for one of the most delicious wars in the history of romance.
Phillipe continually outdoes himself in dreaming up symbolically meaningful pastry to woo Magalie. The defiant Magalie tries to infuse humility for him into her chocolate, yet keep unconsciously stirring her own unadmitted longing for Phillipe into it, causing him to be constantly pursued by random chocolate drinkers. The story also differs from the previous books in being unexpectedly sad, at least for me. Magalie is so wounded underneath the desperate armor of her Parisian chic, I couldn't help crying for her. For awhile I was even aghast about Phillipe's seeming indifference to how much his shop threatened Magalie, because I identified so strongly with her that despite her aunts' unconcern, I didn't realize it was never a genuine threat.
Florand makes art and magic with words as she describes how Phillipe and Magalie make art and magic with food. Every word had meaning; I had to keep slowing down and going back, to savor phrases that had rushed by too fast to be appreciated. She fills her books with rich metaphor -- like all of her food magicians, Phillipe is his creations, but he is also a lion, and a prince, and he's wary that a witch might turn him into a beast or a frog.
Magalie is a witch trying to stifle her longing to be a princess, but she's also Rapunzel trapped in her tower, and a dessert that melts into goo from Phillipe's attention. It sounds overly complicated and mishmash, but it all swirls together into a perfect mix of flavors. This phrase struck me as being representative of Florand's unique style: "His laughter expanded into the whole room, his energy embracing everyone and everything in it.
And that bell in her shop rang again, pure and clear, piercing her through the heart -- which hurt like hell -- and holding her there, impaled for somebody else's pleasure. They also invariably think along the same lines -- while Magalie tries to make sure no chocolate skulls are left off the fence that guards her Baba Yaga display, Phillipe immediately notices the one that's fallen, which means the fence can no longer keep a prince out. This completely works with the gentle magic realism that's especially strong in this story.
I read this with gusto, making gleeful noises and awwws and sobs as I went. I adored Phillipe, so large and competent and sure of himself, yet so vulnerable as he falls hopelessly in love with a walled-off princess who thinks she can't have a prince. I was amused when I looked up "Magalie" and discovered it means "pearl" -- the guarded treasure, she could not be more aptly named. He truly needs the patience of someone who takes the utmost, delicate care with his work. And I cheered as Magalie starts letting her armor drop enough to enjoy a run -- impossible in the high heels she unusually insists on -- and even begins to believe in the power of her own magic.
It's yet another 5 stars -- or maybe that should be 3 Michelin stars. View all 6 comments. Nov 02, Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary. Adorable, charming, whimsical. These are the words that first came to mind when I finished this book. I read it in one sitting and was completely immersed in the world.
I felt like I was in Paris, in a tiny chocolate shop. That I could almost smell the hot chocolate and see the adorable chocolate window displays the author so meticulously and wonderfully details in this book. Magalie and her aunts and her aunts are wonderful supporting characters in this book are fondly known as the witches, as they like to put spells on the customers who drink their chocolate and tea. Magalie has spent her youth traveling numerous times from America to France with her parents, and has finally found a home above her beloved shop.
She never wants to move again, so when the famous pastry chef Philippe Lyonnais announces he is opening one of his stores just a few doors down from hers, she is devastated he will steal all her customers, forcing her out of business. When she sees just how grand his shop is, she feels at a loss. She felt like Cinderella at the ball, conscious that her fine dress was really ash-covered rags and intense make-believe, and wanting nothing so much as to slink out before the prince saw her. She hated that feeling. He knows he is the best and he expects to do very well at his new location.
After these two meet, a war of sorts develops. He is famous for his macarons, and sends one to her as a peace offering. She refuses to eat it, which he absolutely cannot comprehend. He had offered it to her fresh from his own hand. Not just his recipe, but made personally by him. And she had refused it. His Desir. Apricot kissed by pistachio, with the secret little square of of pistachio praline hidden inside, like a G-spot. That made the eyes of those who bit into it shiver closed with delight. Throughout the book, he pushes all of his anger, lust, and desire into his macarons as Magalie does the same with her chocolate.
The author brings to life this world. The charming displays the aunts and Magalie make for their windows make me almost lust to see it in real life. The chocolate and pastry creations will make you want to get on a plane and fly to Paris so you can taste them. She develops this really rich world and then gives us two adorable characters who fall in love.
They butt heads, they have very cute yet enemy-filled banter, and they eventually give into their desires. I really like that this book has that very adorable, charming feel yet once these two start their romance, it becomes very, very wicked. It excites the hell out of me when you say it. One of my complaints about her first book was that she gave us a very sexy chocolatier but we never fully saw all his sexiness. But here she lets Magalie and Philippe slowly explore their romance. There is not really magic in this book, at least that is how I understood it.
I think if you want to believe Magalie and her aunts bewitch their chocolate, then that would be okay too. I think the act of putting wishes into their creation adds to the whimsical feel of this book. An adorable chocolate shop and heroine, a sexy pastry chef and a hot romance set in Paris. I highly recommend this one. Rating: A Feb 01, Susana rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance , retellings , series-i-follow , reads. Not when you consider what happens when they first meet However, and this is were things started becoming hazy, Magalie actions end up having a reason to exist.
Who Knew?? Well, besides the author, that is. Although for completely different reasons With two stubborn main characters, the battle is definitely on to see which of them resists longer to sweet temptations. With a touch of magical realism, Philipe and Magalie's receipts gain a life of their own fans of the book "Garden Spells" will be right at home with it , influencing all of those who eat or drink their concoctions.
One of the funnier parts in the book is Philipe's fear that Magalie's "hot chaude" will turn him into a frog. LOL Magalie's aunts were also priceless with their advices and their utter admiration that their niece would actually want something to do with a man. She didn't learn that with them! I think they compare it to finding out that their niece is actually an unicorn! So accordingly, one might say that this Rapunzel suffers a bit of social anxiety. Behind her polished exterior, Magalie hides her heart way up in her tower and hopes for things that will never change..
In the end, this was another charming novel by the author, who once again makes me want to pack my bags and get lost in France.
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Well not lost. I hate getting lost Or a GPS. View all 3 comments. First read: Sept What is it about Laura Florand's books that never fails to make me all warm and gushy gooey inside? Reread: July Yep. Still very much in love with Philippe the Lion Prince Lyonnais. Reread: May Upping this to 5 stars because lbr, I love this too much. I mean Dom and Jaime is still my 1 otp but Philippe and Magalie are just so perfect together. Reread: May I miss Paris and the beautiful day when Mar First read: Sept What is it about Laura Florand's books that never fails to make me all warm and gushy gooey inside?
Mar 15, Chachic rated it really liked it Recommended to Chachic by: Michelle. Shelves: best-of I love the seduction using desserts and hot chocolate. Featuring top chocolatiers in Paris, these books focus on hot guys who make delectable desserts. What's not to like? I loved The Chocolate Thief , the first book in the series, so I dove right into this one after finishing that. The books don't have to be read in order, they're standalone stories since they're about different couples although Cade and Sylvain the leads in The Chocolate Thief have cameos in this one.
I would like to note that one of my favorite restaurants when I was in college was The Chocolate Kiss Cafe. If I was in Manila, I would have visited the place after reading this book. In case I haven't mentioned it often enough here on the blog, let me say this again: I love macarons. And the male lead in The Chocolate Kiss makes amazing, world-renowned macarons. Sigh, if only I could grab a bite straight out of the book's pages. Philippe's artistic creations seemed not only beautiful but deliciously mouth-watering as well. Same with Magalie's rich hot chocolate, with wishes stirred in specifically for the person the drink is meant for.
Magalie seems to know exactly what a person needs, be it courage to seize the day or strength of spirit to handle life's burdens. With that idea as well as the name of their tea room, La Maison des Sorcieres The Witches' House , the whole novel has a whimsical touch to it that makes it feel more like magic realism instead of contemporary romance. Magalie was a character that I could easily relate to. She loves her little corner of Paris but has a hard time adjusting how the rest of the city makes her feel.
So she arms herself with stylish outfits that make her feel stronger about facing the world outside their tea room. Here's a passage that particularly resonated with me, I hope it's not too spoilery to share it: You couldn't cure loneliness by wallowing in it, up above the world, on an island far removed from everything. She knew that. But she had such a hard time with all the cures. They seemed rough and brusque and brutal, as if they abused her skin with a pot scrubber, things like trying to go out with men she barely knew, or dancing in Paris nightclubs, or hanging out with friends in bars over in that world past the banks of the river.
She had been something of a party creature in her high schools, still was one to dance all night at New Year's celebrations or weddings when she went back to Provence, but there was something harsher about dancing here, forcing herself into a mass of people, stranger among strangers. Occasionally, one of her friends from the university, the longest continuous friendship she had ever had, could talk her into it. But it was much more tempting to curl up with a book under her thick white comforter.
Still, sometimes after she curled up, she regretted her lack of courage and felt bleakly lonely. It was important to have a really good book. Yes, it's really important to have a good book. The Chocolate Kiss can definitely be classified as one of those good books. I wouldn't have minded giving up a night out with friends to stay in and read this novel.
In fact, I did stay up later than usual to finish reading this, even though I had to get up early for work the next day. I thought the romance between Magalie and Philippe was done very well, there was obvious attraction between them that they kept denying so the tension just built up. I thought it was funny how they kept tempting each other with their specialties - Philippe with his macarons and Magalie with her hot chocolate - and how they both refuse to try and sample each other's work even though everyone else is raving about them.
It's a symbol of how they can't let the other person gain the upper hand by admitting that they even want a taste. And when they finally give in? Well, you just have to read the book and find out. Similar to The Chocolate Thief , I really enjoyed reading about the secondary characters in this story. I like how the romance isn't just about the two leads but also about the people important in their lives as well as the work that they're passionate about. Another excellent installment in Laura Florand's romantic chocolate series. I think it's pretty much a given that I'm excited to read The Chocolate Touch.
Counting down the weeks until it becomes available. View all 16 comments. Jan 01, Joy joyous reads rated it liked it. This one was slightly better than Chocolate Thief, though frustration is, once again, the prevalent emotion throughout this novel. Everything is threatened when Phillipe Lyonnaise moves in the neighbourhood, howe This one was slightly better than Chocolate Thief, though frustration is, once again, the prevalent emotion throughout this novel.
Everything is threatened when Phillipe Lyonnaise moves in the neighbourhood, however. Unfortunately, the three women that own and run the mystical tea shop were not so receptive to him moving into their territory. Especially Magalie Chaudron. This book is about contest of wills and battle for supremacy. The women knew their long-standing salon de the is threatened with Lyonnaise moving into their turf. I mentioned frustration, and it was palpable with every single interaction between Magalie and Phillipe. The relationship was contemptuous, and to be honest, not really in a fun way.
I listened to the audiobook and also downloaded the e-book. It was tough listening to the English dialogues spoken with French accents. I had a hard time understanding it. Though this is just probably me. She makes me want to savour everything France has to offer.
Jan 02, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: dominant-submissive-trash-trope , read-in , read-in , favorites , prestige-wine-mom-bookclub , blessing-and-blaming-liv , a-plus-positiv-female-relationships , looking-for-marie , read-in Truly my favorite read of the year. Apr 23, Angie rated it really liked it Recommended to Angie by: Chachic. Shelves: romance , good-uns , belovedbookshelf , magical-realism. Originally reviewed here Angieville These darling covers continue to delight me.
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I am such a sucker for a good silhouette, and the multicolored macarons on this one really do lend it just the right whimsical air. It was just such a delightful surprise of a read, made that much sweeter by the knowledge that there were two more books in the series already out there just waiting for me. As feelin Originally reviewed here Angieville These darling covers continue to delight me. As feelings I get to experience in my life go, that is one of the ones I savor the most. This series does not follow the same characters, but branches out into side characters.
We get glimpses of the previous ones, though, and of course the irresistible Paris setting remains. I had heard somewhat mixed opinions on this second volume. Some were not that enamored of the slight elements of magical realism, others found themselves absolutely charmed. I find when it comes to magical realism, readers really can go either way. For the most part, I tend to really enjoy it. As long as the author has an even, light hand and is careful to shore the fantastical elements up with a solid sense of place and realistic motivations and histories for her characters.
Magalie Chaudron has never belonged anywhere. Wrenched back and forth by her terminally transient parents, she grew up here and there, traveling back and forth from the lavender fields of Provence to the hills up upstate New York at the whim of a mother and father who both could not leave their homes and could not be long without the other.
They prided themselves on their supremely adaptable, eminently self-reliant young daughter who could not only put up with the impermanence of their family but also brought joy to their lives. But when she came of age, Magalie took matters into her own hands. And suddenly, in her little one-room apartment above La Maison des Sorcieres , Magalie finds home. And if she sends a few wishes for the people who drink her chocolate as she stirs and stirs the pot in her blue-tiled kitchen, well, who is she to say if they actually come true? And everything is stable. And there is no reason to believe she will be wrenched once more from this self-made home that fits her like a glove.
Until Lyonnais arrives. Philippe Lyonnais, to be precise. Unwilling to give up her safety or her livelihood, Magalie confronts the lion in his own den, only to be rebuffed and brushed aside like the tiny speck of dust he clearly believes her to be. And so the battle begins. Can I just start by saying I love how Philippe says Magalie's name? I don't usually "hear" the characters' voices when I'm reading a book. I may have some small sense of the tenor or cadence with which they speak, but that's generally as far as it goes.
This book was different. Philippe was always saying her name. At just the right moments. And in just the right ways. And I could hear him. And I loved him for the way he named her and valued everything that fell under that name. In contrast, Magalie never calls him by name. Not out loud. Her inner thoughts are another thing, but her tightly controlled diction made his open admissions stand out. It was a small thing, perhaps. But it was quite simply a highlight of the book for me.
I wasn't sure I would initially, but I came to care for Magalie and Philippe in a very measured, natural way as I got to know them. One of my favorite things about Laura Florand 's male protagonists is the way they own their emotions. They are not ashamed of them and they are not interested in squelching them. They may have a myriad of doubts about the emotions and affections of the people around them. But they allow those people their qualms and hangups, even as they are not afraid to embrace their own. It's admirable characterization and I applaud it.
Here, one of my very favorite scenes between our two leads: ". Abruptly she seemed to notice the winter-evening dimness of the apartment and crossed to turn on the light by her bed. Her heels sounded wrong on the apartment floor, too aggressive for this space. He wondered if she usually took them off by the door. Had his presence required her to keep on her armor?
Maybe usually she sat on the edge of her bed now, kicking off her shoes, curling up to examine her purchases. His blood surged long and slow and hot through his body at the image. Why would I do something like that to her? She hadn't been sending those would-be seductresses his way? Something bitter was released in him, dissipating so fast, he had to struggle to keep his fighting form.
He almost laughed. This was fun. He felt aroused and infuriated and so alive, he held himself still only by his years of self-discipline. He knew how to pay precise, attentive care to the smallest of movements, how to wait as long as it took for something to be perfect. She dropped her packages onto the bed, started to take off her jacket, and stopped herself.
Oh, so she would usually shrug out of her jacket about now. And drop it carelessly across her bed or hang it up? No, hang it up. The room was so peacefully uncluttered. I have no idea why that would lead them to you. Strength and courage and clear-seeing. He felt himself draw a long, deep breath, like at the gym when he had just finished a punishing set of exercises well. Or at the Meilleur Ouvrier de France trials when the last, extravagant, impossible spin of sugar held. It was such a lovely moment, I'm honestly just as affected now, rereading it. It's hard to sum up the many reasons why I connect with these books, but I feel sure saying that in this case it was because I felt the arc of a relationship was so evenly and lovingly drawn.
Because I liked them both so much. And because Magalie's journey particularly resonated. I grew up here and there, too. I know what it is like to not know how it is going to go each day in a new place. And I know how quickly the just-now familiar faces and spaces can be replaced with new ones, unfamiliar and uncertain in their newness.
At the same time, folding is not an option. And as hard as she holds out, Magalie knows when something is important. It was hard to trust in happiness, coming from another person, but. There really was. I'm so glad I got to witness it. View 2 comments. A fun and cute romance novel set in Paris. That simply enchanted me! Chocolate kiss follows the usual line of Romance Chick-lits, is packed with cliches and very predictable. BUT who cares?! If it stars a tawny, blue eyed, tall, well built gorgeous french dude that creates this for her Honestly he had me at french dude… but a man that makes macaroons?
That alone should be sufficient to give 5stars…. With many aspects that I really enjoyed. But its no A fun and cute romance novel set in Paris. But its nothing new or amazing.
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To be honest the food writing parts reminded me of Chocolate. And as I said before it was utterly predictable. The love scenes - for those of you who enjoy the more smutty reads- are not mind-blowing or amazing, in fact they are rather forgettable. The character building is alright, I guess. Though to be honest I found it quite hard labored and pulled together.
All the explanations on why Magalie has commitment issues, are a bit long drawn. And after the scene with her mother at the train station- I kinda was irritated by it. I honestly didn't care much why she has them! I am aware that this is the authors attempt to give the story and its characters depths, but I think it was a unfruitful,clumsy and utterly unnecessary attempt. This novel shines on the sensual writing and I for one would have been happy with a totally lighthearted affair.
While I kinda enjoyed the french words and sentences that were thrown in- I am wondering how readers who neither know french nor Paris will feel about it. I always find it a tricky thing to write the book in a language that the characters aren't actually speaking. I get why Florand chose to go the route she went, to give it more of a Parisienne identity- but at times it feels a bit distracting. So I am wondering if that approach is not more distracting than helpful. Despite all this and the fact that I wouldn't bother watching this a movie- I was grinning through most of the book. And felt positively enchanted by it after finishing.
I loved the banter and fight between Magalie and Philippe. I liked that neither of them were pushovers or would give in, but neither couldn't let go as well. The scenes of Paris are beautiful- especially Paris in the snow. The best part no question were the food scenes. I enjoyed every second of it. I do have a thing about macaroons, so that might have something to do with it. Florand's descriptions of the food making are beautiful, seductive, tempting and sensual.
And what are to be truthful a big My favorites are the descriptions of the macaroon making. Though all of the food scenes are thoroughly scrumptious! As I said I have a thing about macaroons and those passages had me yearning for a trip to Herme or Sprungli, pondering over those white peach macaroons I had last summer and considering baking some for myself…. A little remark on Philips scrumptious P Isphahan like creation- rambutan is incredibly smelly, who on earth would keep that in their fridge in Paris?
But rambutan? Uhm, sorry but my nose is part of the entire eating experience and i don't think Florand will be creating an amazing new macaroon flavor anytime soon. The idea of the magical ingredient made me grin every time- because i really believe that it exists , the smile from the bottom of your heart as you stir the chocolate chaud. That's the secret ingredient in all wonderful meals!
If there were a place like La Maison des Sorcieres, I would spend every afternoon of my life there! More so I found myself wishing to own a place like it! I haven't read the first book in the series, which I definitely will do. And I am looking forward to the next installment as well! Thank you!
Apr 09, Saly rated it really liked it Shelves: single-titles , read-in , rom-contemporary. So I almost DNF'ed this book at the start, as the author's descriptive style of writing took me a while to get into but once I did, I loved the book. The whole Parisian setup, the hero, the vulnerable heroine - everything! Apr 26, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: no-ow-omsafe , safety-gang-safe , romantic-hero.
Overall rating: 4. Magalie our heroine, she hasn't had sex since a relationship in her teens. She has issues with relationships Overall rating: 4. She has issues with relationships for sure hide spoiler ] HEA: view spoiler [ Yes, very sweet but I wanted more. I would love to see this couple years down the line hide spoiler ] Why not 5 stars? As much as I loved the heroine, I thought she was resistant for way too long. I also would have loved an epilogue : This was a sweet and romantic story filled with lots of sexual tension! My lord! Magalie Chaudron spends her days working in her Aunt's cafe spreading good wishes for other people with her special chocolate brew.
She never had much in regards to stability of having one place to call her own until her Aunt and her partner took her under their wing. Her mother and father loved each other but not as much as they loved theirselves so she was constantly traveling between US and Europe. She has every reason to not trust love and relationships based on her past and then she meets Philippe. Magalie didn't know going to the newly opened pastry shop to warn the owner away from HER island would be the first day towards her HEA. As soon as Philippe sees Magalie, he is star struck.
She is so beautiful, but then she opens her mouth and threatens him to leave because there is already a cafe on this island. Then she proceeds to dismiss his dessert that he made especially for her with his bare hands? Game on! But, this wasn't a rival game per say - this is the game of love. Philippe was an amazing and patient hero. He did anything and everything to break down her walls so she would let him in. Some of the things he did were extremely romantic. Very cute romance and very slow burning - on the heroine's part.
View all 45 comments. Jun 08, Maida rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed , ebooks , contemporary , library-books , series , multicultural , faves , paper-books , exotic-locale , food. Enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, multicultural, strong characters, french pastries, hot chocolate - I love everything about The Chocolate Kiss. This book just made me so happy while reading it. I smiled, I cried, I felt for both Philippe and Magalie in their journey to love. Secondary characters were fleshed out well.
The descriptions were lavish, evocative, and as decadent as chocolate. I could picture the people and the scenes in my head as I read. It's sexy, heartwarming, magical. I borrowed this book from my library through Overdrive, but I am buying my own paper copy. Another addition to my Favorites list. View all 4 comments. May 28, Nafiza rated it did not like it Shelves: source-library , read Jun 10, A hilarious and heartwarming book!
Apr 26, Roksana rated it really liked it Shelves: emotional , h-h-love-eachother , inspirational , needs-more-depth , not-just-lust , dual-pov , safe-book , hero-head-over-heals-with-heroine. This romance was as equally sweet as chocolate and would never forget the vivid, imaginary scenes of "utter indulgence" in eating chocolate cake! I have to give it to the author for her imaginary talent in providing scenes that "are so real" you think you are "there" experiencing it! Very rarely I come across an author that has that ability to craft her writing in a way that is so authentic and factual The courtship of Hero and heroine is sensual, witty, and delicious throughout with a great dose of humor and sexual tension.
That being said, I really recommend this book for those who like enemies to lovers type of books and a lot back and forth funny banters. Dec 23, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: series , alternating-pov-s , favorite-authors , favorites , all-time-favorite-books. Review: The Chocolate Kiss was a love story that felt so fresh in comparison to the typical romances that I've been reading. I adore stories that feature chefs and food anyway but the rivalry and blossoming romance between Magalie and Philippe is just mouthwateringly delicious.
Magalie has built so m Review: The Chocolate Kiss was a love story that felt so fresh in comparison to the typical romances that I've been reading. Magalie has built so many walls around herself to protect her heart. Even her clothing is chosen as a form of defensive armor. I found her to be very off-putting at first. She has a flair for the dramatic and views almost everything as a hostile takeover of her small chocolate shop and way of life.
I wish the author had given the reasons for this a little earlier in the story so I could have had more empathy for her character but I did come to love Magalie by the end.
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