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The Chocolate Temptation (Amour et Chocolat Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Florand
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Romantic Times acclaims Laura Florand's work as "sensuous and sumptuous", nominating her for Best Book of the Year, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet". Now, in her sixth book in the internationally bestselling Amour et Chocolat series, Florand takes us into a top Paris restaurant’s pastry kitchen and into the hearts and irresistible temptations of its chefs in The Chocolate Temptation.

She hated him.

Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart.

But he didn’t hate her.

Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.

But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.

He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love?

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
“Sweet and sexy and all around delicious!!” – New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh

“I adored this story…Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package.” – New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

“It’s like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven.” – RT Book Reviews

“Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet.” – NPR

“Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight.” – Dear Author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AOS Publishing (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HV64GMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I first read this about three months ago and gave it two stars. After re-reading it again today I think I must have been poorly that week and not thinking very clearly. It's a lot better than two stars. Skipping the sex scenes and focusing on the individual development of the two main characters it really deserves a four stars. I'm still confused as to what the characters end up choosing to do...which I find annoying. It ends abruptly and that's annoying too. There is some beautiful writing in the book and the author does weave some lovely thoughts into the story that make you ponder your own dreams. Second time round the heroine isn't actually as annoying as I thought she was. The hero is still lovely. I still would have liked another scene or two in the was really lovely.

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I adore the hero (faults and all)...the heroine is annoying (though in the first half of the book it was understandable as she assumes he is just taunting her with his endless attention - yes it would make you hate your beautiful boss if he was always apparently pretending to come on to you (constantly) and you were secretly in love with him and you didn't feel he'd really be interested because you thought you were too ordinary or whatever - yes one can see how that would cause endless misunderstandings - and that worked - especially because the reader knows the hero is actually head over heels). My favorite part of the story is the first half where they're interacting in the kitchens...and then he seduces her...and that yummy pastry of romance slumps flat.

There is some great writing - the hero often got me in the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and sweet 26 Jun. 2014
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I love the fact that Laura Florand takes a situation that's often used in romance - a woman and her boss falling for each other - and really shows the problematic aspects of that (she's his intern, they both know it could backfire horribly, and he admits that it's pretty unethical of him to hit on her at ALL in that situation) - and yet none of that changes how essentially, deeply and genuinely *sweet* this romance is, how lovely and fun and moving. I loved Sarah - and I loved getting to read about a Korean-American heroine, for the first time I can remember in any romance! I loved Patrick despite his real flaws (which he completely admits to)...and most of all I loved Sarah and Patrick together. Oh, and the descriptions of Paris as a city were just so beautiful. This turned out to be one of my favorite books in one of my favorite romance series EVER.
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Beautifully written and things to learn from it too,
I will buy any book written by Laura Florand!

It goes with me through "my" Paris, and even "my" Montmartre (though they are not "many" old churches on it, only one plus the basilic.
I did not eat well the one time invited by a company on the Tour Eiffel, indeed, some small restaurants in Paris et Ile de cité are a lot better.

Why only four ? Perhaps I have another of her book I like even better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 17 Jun. 2014
By Sleek
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I love her books, but this is not one of her best. There is an uncomfortable power dynamic in this book. SLIGHT SPOILER: I personally have no problems with a boss/employee relationship, but how that carried over into their sexual relationship made me uncomfortable. I usually reread her books more than once, but I think I'm going to delete this one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each book gets better and better! 16 Jan. 2014
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This new book is the series is simply an exquisite 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 more into our true selves.

Our hero is a seemly sunny have it all alpha kind of guy who is faced with his unrelenting admiration and crush on his intern 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 more 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 more time and I can reread the whole series. We are six books in and while I know the series will run its course—the rereading never will. These books will become comfort reads.

I highly recommend this series and this writer.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chocolate Temptation, Laura Florand's lyrical, romantic, and magical novel receives five stars! 18 Jan. 2014
By Emsy Van Wyck - Published on
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There are some books and authors that I want to hide, they're my secret escape and might not be shared easily. These are the writers and stories that tend to offer a magical glimpse into a world of happy-ever-afters, transcending time and place. Luckily for me, one of these amazing writers contacted me just after the holidays and offered a review copy of her newest book. When she asked me, I had to resist reaching through the ether of the digital world and grabbing it from her (never fear I didn't have to, it was in my inbox in moments of my affirmative reply).

What book and author am I rhapsodizing over? The Chocolate Temptation, book six in Laura Florand's Amour et Chocolat series. But once it arrived, I couldn't bear to open it. I just gazed at the cover with it's lavender stilettos and model of the Tour d'Eiffel. Each day I did this, and began to realize this was like when I was a child and made myself eat everything except what I loved first from the dinner plate - and only when the not so favorite things were tasted did I allow myself to savor the flavors I loved. So, by waiting and waiting, I realized that this was how I treat Mme Florand's books, as the superlative favored taste to savor and celebrate.

Now, after all those elegies, was The Chocolate Temptation really worth the wait? In one word, YES! I had been fascinated by Patrick, the second in Chef Luc Leroi's kitchen from The Chocolate Heart . Patrick captured my interest and wouldn't let go - and I hoped that he would be featured in the near future - never dreaming it would only be a few short months till Florand would let us into her world again.

Patrick embodies the self-confidence and charisma that certain people born under lucky stars seem to have in abundance. Described as resembling a California surfer-boy with blond good looks, a perpetual tan, and a body built by tackling kilos upon kilos of weighty objects in the kitchen - as well as the gym - he seems on the surface to be another playboy chef. Certainly that's the impression that intern Sarah, or Sarabelle as Patrick calls her, has of him. Not only is she a lonely intern, but she's considered ancient in Parisian standards to begin life as a pastry chef intern. Now 24, she gave up her hard-fought career as an engineer to follow her dream to Paris with the aspiration to create cakes that will bring smiles to the faces of everyone who sees them.

Is Patrick as golden as he appears? Is Sara really invisible to him? Well, there probably wouldn't be a story if that were the case. But the unwrapping or unveiling of each of their personalities, layer by layer, is the sublime magic that Florand achieves in this book. Almost lyrical enough be be called poetry in some passages, Florand's prose is achingly beautiful in this story as she reveals the inner thoughts and demons of each of her protagonists. What struck me so strongly about this story was how introspective it was, truly like reading the diary of a friend where each private emotion - be it fear, anger, or, indeed, love - was revealed quietly, but ever so clearly.

The story is set, once again, in Paris, the City of Lights and love. The magic of the city is definitely sprinkled, like the gold dust that Sarah works with on desert masterpieces, over the two of these to-be lovers. Florand's descriptions of the city, the walks through the arrondissements, the night at the Palais Garnier (Opéra de Paris), all provided me with a magic carpet of memories to illustrate the story. For those who may not have had the pleasure to visit Paris yet, you cannot enjoy a more perfect introduction to the city than through each Florand's books in this series.

Now, I'm going to carefully pack my copy of The Chocolate Temptation away to be brought out on occasions when I need, perhaps a little solace or a celebration, either will be achieved by reading and re-reading the Amour et Chocolat series. Florand promises that there may be some novellas and perhaps another story in the sister series, La Vie en Roses, in the future. I will wait patiently, knowing that these will once again be treasures to unwrapped, regarded, and enjoyed with an awareness of their magical uniqueness.

In conclusion, Laura Florand's lyrical, romantic, and magical, The Chocolate Temptation receives five stars!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Series Takes My Breath Away! 31 Jan. 2014
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The Chocolate Temptation was so, so lovely! The Amour et Chocolate series continues to bewitch and seduce me, and has become one of my all-time favorite adult romances series to date.

Patrick is the second to Luc Leroi, the head chef in the pastry kitchen of Hotel de Leuce in Paris with coveted and prestigious three Michelin stars. The pressure and pace in the kitchen is grueling and only the best-of-the-best work there. Yet, Patrick runs things with charm and an easy going grace, a calming and uniting force. He makes perfection look effortless, but if you look close enough you can see his intensity and need for absolute control. His one weakness, the little, quiet, and focused intern Sarah, is so utterly tempting without even knowing it. She may be his undoing, because Patrick is slowly losing his fight resisting her.

"But, oh, God, I want her, I want her, I want her. I can't stand this anymore. I can't. The ache of it was going to swallow him whole."

Sarah won a sought after internship working under Patrick who makes perfection look easy, confounding and frustrating her. Sarah's need to be perfect drives her. After all, she gave up a promising career as an engineer to follow her dream of being a pastry chef, so failure is not an option. In spite of all her efforts and drive, Sarah still feels like she falls short. It doesn't help that Patrick is a distraction who could break her heart if she let him. He's like a sun kissed god, so gorgeous. His gestures of care and constant flirting are like little stabs to her heart, because they mean something to her, and they may just be automatic and given without much thought by Patrick. Because he treats everyone like that, right?

I just loved Patrick and Sarah's story! It felt intense and introspective, and I was tightly wound, (in a good way) while reading this. These two were so guarded and cautious about revealing the depth of their feelings. I was happy that they each gave in incrementally, slowly revealing more and more. For all of Sarah and Patrick's insecurities there were no frustrating setbacks and even when there was a misunderstanding they dealt with it maturely and with care.

This romance was of the slow burn variety. Laura Florand masterfully teased and built up tension with seemingly innocent scenes such as a hand massage or a quiet, dark walk home, turning them into something utterly sensual. Oh, my heart, Patrick! I loved every time he called Sarah "Sarabelle" and just how overcome he was by her:

"Merde, qu'est-ce que tu es jolie," he said and kissed her. How pretty you are. "So-so-so-so pretty," he breathed hotly into her mouth, and a hand rubbed hard up her back to the clasp of her hair, releasing it to spill over their faces. "Oh, God."

There was more to their romance, though, a deeper story for each of them. Sarah had a lot of inner struggles reconciling her dreams with her love and consideration of her family. Patrick was worried about letting his desires and dreams be known for fear they'd be yanked from him.

The Chocolate Temptation is fifth book I've read in the Amour et Chocolate series. Each story hits me in different but profound way. Laura Florand's prose is beautiful without being over the top, gorgeous, really. I have fourteen pages of highlighted quotes on my kindle if that's any indication. If you haven't picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for? It's a MUST for any romance junkie.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An alright read, but a bit much for me at times 6 Jun. 2014
By Jen R - Published on
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While I loved most of the books in this series, I had a hard time reading The Chocolate Temptation. I got half way through and had to put it down as I was like I wish something would just happen all ready. Would you two just talk to each other already? Patrick and Sarah both really like the other but they both are so insecure and try to hide it that they don't think the other likes them. At times Patrick was a bit to much for me. He came off as a little creepy with all of his wanting everything she has or does is because of him thing. The way he thought it was a little creepy, but the sentiment I understood.

Patrick did not have the best home life. His mom always took everything he loved away from him. If he showed how much he liked something she took it away. Because of this he got really good at pretending nothing matter, especially the things he cared about most. Because at first Sarah doesn't know this it causes a lot of issues. Patrick, for most of the book, is all I can't let her have control of anything. I can't give her that power to choose because she could take it away. He thinks he manipulates everyone and everything to get what he wants. It is really quite sad, but was written in such a sappy drawn out way I eventually got tired of reading it and just wanted a resolution already. The second half of the book was better than I expected. The resolution and how everything happened actually seemed to make sense, when I didn't think it would without lots of therapy.

Sarah is an Asian American girl who has always had to try and be perfect. Her mom is from North Korea and was in the US illegally so she made her kids try to be absolutely perfect from a very young age. She made them practice writing letters until they looked like print, they were perfect. That need to have everything perfect carried over into her daily life and she is really hard on herself. Because she doesn't get much praise at work she thinks she is just not good. In reality the head chef and Patrick both think she is doing a great job. She is so passive at first, not even talking to Patrick about what she wants, what she likes, it was a bit disconcerting to me. She is is like she is not even there. I get Patrick being more dominant in the bedroom, and her passive, but it really extends to everything at first. She just does whatever he wants. He dresses her and walks her around and it was just like wake up! Do something, anything already. I didn't like it. She does become more vocal though once they start actually talking to each other. Man their story would be so much shorter if they both just learned to communicate sooner. By the end I liked them well enough, and the story was well written, but I don't think it will be in the re-read pile for me. That's fine, I have Dom to read over and over and over again...

This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tale ending (for now) for the Chocolate Series 12 Feb. 2014
By Dorothy - Published on
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First, the shows on the cover give you a hint to a culinary creation in the book. I wanted to see a sugar (glass) slipper after reading this story. The chocolate theme is still present in the book, and the story is a simultaneous story with volume 5 in the series. I had wondered how well the simultaneous story would work when I read the teaser at the end of book 5. Well, nothing is given away that spoils the other story. If anything, it teases the reader. This book made me want to read book 5 again! Given that I never re-read books, that is saying a lot.

I felt the characters in this story were more boy/girl-next door than the other stories. While Patrick is successful, he does not have his own kitchen like the first 5 male leads in the series. Somehow, it made him more real. And Sarah as an intern in the kitchen makes the workplace romance seem very possible. That realism brings this story to a different level than the rest of the series. The sugar slipper gives the plot a hint of Cinderella, but Sarah rebels against Patrick's urge to buy her things. She wants to succeed on her own and doesn't have the confidence to realize how great she is.

This story is almost more about Sarah gaining confidence in her skills than it is about the romance. It has the chemistry between partners that all of Laura Florand's stories have. It has the culinary delights. And it has the Paris nightlife. If you enjoyed the first 5, you will love the 6th. It is a satisfying ending (for now...) for the series.
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