Monday, April 1, 2013

Laura Florand - The Chocolate Thief

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…
Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars?
Jamais. Not unless there’s something much more delectable on the table…
Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?

Comment: I've decided to read this book after seeing reviews about the author in Nath's blog. I was so curious about it that I just had to get the first one as soon as possible! I really wanted to see if it was as good as it promised..despite being a contemporary and usually this isn't a genre I read a lot, recently I've come up with so many interesting books I might be changing my taste, how amazing is that....

This is the story of Cade Corey, she is the heiress of the American empire of the chocolate bars and wants to start a gourmet line. For that she travels to Paris to meet the chocolatiers there and propose a business deal. Amazingly, no one wants to be part of that and they all say no, some of them not very nicely.
Sylvain Marquis is the most recognized chocolatier of Paris and he is the first to say no to Cade but something about her intrigues him. As they go through a game of hide and chase there's something delicious happening between them and it's not only melting chocolate...

I really loved this book! I'm very happy to have read it.
The story is very compelling and absorbing and I swear I didn't want to put it down to do other things like work and eat. I'm very happy with the way the author has written it, in a rather simple way but to the point and certainly about a subject she knows well. It shows she has studied the chocolate art and how to work it. It was delicious to read about all the ways to have chocolate, to temper chocolate and to show off the chocolate.
The book wasn't meant to be funny I think, but it had some scenes I thought were amusing and it allowed for the plot to develop smoothly. I really anted to keep reading.
Talking about plot, it was clever and interesting and it was wisely done, in a way that didn't seem over the top or nonsense but not as weak as to be easily put aside. I think it had some good elements and together with the character's motivations it gained strength.
The characters were great. All of them played their part quit well and I look for seeing (some of ) them  again in upcoming books. Of course, the main couple was the most interesting in the cast of characters and I wanted to see their interactions. Lots of scenes with them that I think were great, like when Sylvain gives a lesson to Cade in his laboratoire and the first time they're together intimately....very memorable. I was curious to see their thoughts too, as they both have fears and limitations and had that natural reluctance to put is all in table before being certain about the other person...I think it was lovely to see them fall in love. The author has achieved a real good balance between who they are and what they were meant to be feeling. I look for to see them again to and now I can't even wait for the next book as I'm positive it will be amazing too!
Loved how this book ended..what a HEA, a really perfect and happy one. If all good romances could end like that...the author has done a real good job.
This was a great read and I recommend it to everyone because it has details to please all kinds of readers out there.

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