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The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat) [Kindle Edition]

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

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Paris

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. . .

Chocolate

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. . .

Stolen Pleasure

Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels

"Charming and laugh-out-loud funny."--New York Times bestselling author Deborah Smith

"Readers will be happy to live vicariously in Laura's French fairytale."–Booklist

"Frothy, French confection of a novel."--Publishers Weekly

"Both sensual and sweet. . .a story that melts in your mouth!" –USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758269404
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C73AAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious in every way 22 Jun 2014
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Deliciously fun, funny and romantic - a perfect battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy, infused with gorgeous, mouthwatering descriptions of artisan chocolate that made me want to hop a train to Paris immediately! I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chocolatess 23 Sep 2013
By Tanu
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If you love chocolates, romance, and paris ... then this is it !! Not a very strong storyline but a great book nonetheless !! The exquisite descriptions of chocolate making will make run to your kitchen and do a lil tempering of your own, if you know what I mean .. *chuckle* :D
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 29 Aug 2013
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This was a story a typical romantic story, and an easy read, it wasn't a gripping page turning book, but if you like romance then this is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and chocolate in Paris 2 Mar 2013
By Viljo
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I actually read the second book of this series first, The Chocolate Kiss, and loved it so much that I decided to read this book as well. Romance and chocolate in Paris - the premises for the book are pretty unbeatable in themselves, and Laura Florand is a great writer so the book will not let you down. I finished the book in 24 hours.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  70 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! Sensual and romantic... 13 Sep 2012
By Mina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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I think I fell head over heels for this exhilarating and sensual romantic comedy. I loved every morsel of it: the hip and glam look of the cover artwork, the lovely choice of exotic setting and lush theme, the characters combination, the spicy and voluptuous sensuality, the light-hearted tone, the fairy-tale quality of the storyline, the witty dialogues and the humorous insights into the cultural gap existing between the "traditional" Old World and the "innovative" New World.
Heart-warming romanticism exudes from every page, seducing and inevitable like the extraordinary alchemy that transmutes the stimulants of the most exotic and sensual food into love endorphins, dramatic and sophisticated like the city that the author chose as a back-drop for our characters' love thrusts. It's a tale that will engage and please your senses. When Cade and Sylvain's relationship shifted from a failed business bargain to an intimate connection that went beyond their explosive sexual chemistry, I felt emotionally fulfilled and gratified as if I had just devoured a bar of bittersweet chocolate! I just couldn't resist the visual impact of Florand's description of Paris winter charm...the cobble stoned streets, the old buildings, the cozy restaurants, the walk by the river. I was completely mesmerized by the sensual tension building up, page after page, between Cade and Sylvain. I wouldn't want to spoil any key element of this romance novel: suffice it to say that it contains some of the most sensual and romantic love scenes I've read in recent times...I'll never look at a marble counter top or at a dim lighted staircase in the same way! Great mood-lifter.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 ½ stars. Story outline was lovely, but I could not enjoy it because I was repeatedly angry at unknown French words. 24 Mar 2013
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
THE CHOCOLATE THIEF by Laura Florand.

I am happy reading French as long as the translation is placed immediately after in parentheses. But that did not happen. Every time I saw a French word, my first thought was will it be translated? A few of them were translated a sentence or two later, but 95% were not. It kept taking me out of the story. The French words occurred about every second or third page. I took a college French class and forgot most of it, but I had a little knowledge, and I did not know these words.

If you are a student taking French, this might be fun, because you can practice and look up what you don't know.

As to the story. This was a fun idea. I liked the sensuality of creating and eating chocolate. I liked the sensuality between Sylvain and Cade. I liked the story of their relationship and her breaking into his chocolate shop at night. Aside from my problem with the French words, a few times I felt the story dragging. I was curious enough to keep reading, but I wanted the book to be over.

Hygiene alert! When Cade broke into Sylvain's shop, she ran her hand through sacks of pistachios and almonds, eating some and letting others "slide over her palm back into the crate." My first thought was I hoped she washed her hands. She had lemon and vanilla on her finger and who knows what else. She touched things that customers will be eating. Sylvain should have thrown out ingredients that may have been touched by a thief. That was not addressed.

There were three sex scenes, one just a couple sentences. They were ok, not the hottest. Eating and describing chocolate were more passionate and sensual than the sex scenes.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count length: 4,249 (503 KB) 321 pages. Swearing language: strong but rarely used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3 (plus 2 referred to, not shown). Setting: current day mostly Paris, France. Copyright: 2012. Genre: contemporary romance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate plus fantastic dialogue and detail = 5 stars 6 Aug 2012
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I discovered Laura Florand when I purchased the anthology "Kiss the Bride" as a spontaneous addition to a previous purchase in order to secure free shipping. Mrs. Florand's story in that book introduced the Chocolate series and left me searching for more of her work. I've found that FB is a great way to keep track of upcoming works by my favorite authors. This book is the 2nd in the Chocolate series, and the first full-length novel of the series. I read less now that I have a job requiring more computer work, but this book left me staying up well into the early morning before I forced myself to go to sleep. I finished the book while lying in a hammock in my backyard in 90+ degree heat. The book was so engrossing, that I was able to forget just how hot it was around me while I fell into the world of Chocolate, Paris, and Mrs. Florand's fresh writing.

Like another reviewer stated, you know you've read a great book when you find yourself growing sad as the pages decrease. I hope Mrs. Florand is inspired to "check back in" with Sylvain and Cade via another book. These characters were so real with their realistic dialogue, descriptive personal thoughts, and believable character flaws. This is the 2nd story I've read by Mrs. Florand and I can't wait for more. I have another book by her (Blame it on Paris) waiting for me to pick it up after I finish this review.

I don't think you need to be a fan of chocolate to enjoy this book, but if you are, it will make the book that much better. This book manages to pair two individuals into a relationship where neither compromises their happiness. A truly beautiful story.

Finally, for other potential readers, if you like Julia Quinn's regency romance books, you will like Laura Florand. Julia Quinn writes dialogue and builds characters like an expert and I feel the same vibe from Laura Florand's writing. The centuries are different, but if you like Julia Quinn, you will like Laura Florand.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please! 5 Aug 2012
By fleurgirl4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You know you have read a really great book when you get to that last paragraph and feel that sinking feeling in your stomach knowing that it is going to end and you're really not ready for it to be over....
And that's exactly how I felt reading The Chocolate Thief! It's a great little story, the characters are funny and real... my favorite is the grandpa, he's a riot!
My favorite line in the book, by grandpa, upon meeting Sylvain Marquis..."A real, honest-to-goodness, French, holier-than-thou, chocolatier snob"
Priceless!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Secret Gem of the Month!! 1 Aug 2012
By ChickLitWorthReading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First came chocolate. Then came men. Then came chocolate and men and sex. 3 things that go together like no other erotic combination in the world. What makes these 3 things so intoxicating is not the endless amount of hours a girl could get lost.. But that society doesn't really give a damn. It is perfectly acceptable by those invisible Standard Bearers to indulge in and perversely explore any number of acts that include a handful of chocolate, a big warm bed, and a hot-blooded man. And Laura Florand's The Chocolate Thief does just that. Cade Corey is the heir apparent to Corey Bars, a chocolate industries juggernaut. And Cade has a dream. She dreams of bringing the finest Parisian chocolate to her family's company, and Sylvain Marquis is the chocolatier that will help her do just that. Except, Sylvain has no desire to have Corey Bars on the labels of HIS chocolate. But Cade is not taking no for an answer. And what ensues is a delightful, fun, and extremely sensual ride. I had such a good time reading this book. It always makes me so happy when I can discover a new author with a fresh and flirty writing style. And Florand has that kind of writing style in spades. I loved Cade. I loved the moody Frenchman, Sylvain. And I loved that Cade went after what she wanted, using any means necessary. And I hope that I will get to read more of their story. This is definitely chick lit worth reading.
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