To celebrate the selection of The Chocolate Touch as the September Book Club Pick here at the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery, Kensington as arranged an assortment of discounts and sale prices on Florand's series, some at all retailers, and some at the Kensington online store. I'm including the All Romance book club rebate as well, since it's still on (woo!). So, if you'd like to go to Paris this weekend, you know what to do!
Unfortunately for me, this was the one book of the series that I didn't enjoy as much as the others. I adored every other book in the series but the heroine, Cade, rubbed me the wrong way. That said, many other readers loved this book, and the sense of place – Paris is a character in this series and it's lovely – is just as strong.
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. . . Stolen Pleasure Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?
Welcome to La Maison des Sorcieres. Where the window display is an enchanted forest of sweets, a collection of conical hats delights the eye and the habitues nibble chocolate witches from fanciful mismatched china. While in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly chocolat chaud.
But no amount of wishing will rid them of interloper Philippe Lyonnais, who has the gall to open one of his world famous pastry shops right down the street. Philippe’s creations seem to hold a magic of their own, drawing crowds of beautiful women to their little isle amidst the Seine, and tempting even Magalie to venture out of her ivory tower and take a chance, a taste…a kiss.
Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, patissier princes and sweet wishes—an enchanting tale of amour et chocolat.
RECOMMENDED: The Chocolate Rose is marked down to $3.99. I read this one while I was in Australia, and while it wasn't as strong in the character development as the other books I've enjoyed, and the timeline is very short, the sense of place is just as strong – this time in Provence, not Paris. This is a twist on the “visiting revenge on the offspring of one's nemesis” trope, and in this story, it totally worked for me.
Her father’s worst enemy…
Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him. One stolen rose… And he most certainly couldn’t stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre’s own on the cover of his new cookbook.
A substitute victim…
But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a lawsuit when he learned the older chef had just had a stroke. Especially not when Pierre had one very cute daughter willing to be Gabriel’s victim instead.
As a child, Jo had seen her family torn apart by her top chef father’s obsession with his work. She had given years of her own adult life to trying to pull him out of depression, after he lost a star. Now a food writer, she might be fascinated with a chef’s work, but she knew how to guard her heart. She would never allow another chef into her life. Unless he blackmailed her into it…
Welcome to the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls, where fountains play in ancient stone villages, and where even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart…
RECOMMENDED – The Chocolate Touch is the Sizzling Book Club Pick for September! The 50% rebate at AllRomance ebooks is still on, and the after-rebate price is $6.00 at ARe.
Dominique Richard's reputation says it all–wild past, wilder flavors, black leather and smoldering heat. Jaime Corey is hardly the first woman to be drawn to all that dark, delicious danger. Sitting in Dom's opulent chocolaterie in Paris day after day, she lets his decadent creations restore her weary body and spirit, understanding that the man himself is entirely beyond her grasp. Until he touches her. . .
Chocolate, Dominique understands–from the biting tang of lime-caramel to the most complex infusions of jasmine, lemon-thyme, and cayenne. But this shy, freckled American who sits alone in his salon, quietly sampling his exquisite confections as if she can't get enough of them–enough of him–is something else.
She has secrets too, he can tell. Of course if she really knew him, she would run. Yet once you have spotted your heart's true craving, simply looking is no longer enough. . .