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No one hates Paris—except Summer Corey The moody winters The artists and their ennui The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding gorgeous chef pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisineLuc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to become the king of his city and he has no patience for this spoiled princess even if she does now own his restaurant Who cares if she smiles with all the warmth of July? She doesn't eat dessertThere is only one way to tempt her A perfect impossibly sweet seduction

10 thoughts on “The Chocolate Heart Amour et Chocolat #5

  1. says:

    I’m addicted to Laura Florand’s Chocolate series Her beautiful prose and descriptions of fine chocolate food mostly desserts and of Paris a city so enchanting which comes through beautifully in her stories But most of all it’s her crafting of romances that has completely won me over With that said The Chocolate Heart was a bit difficult for me Summer Corey is back in her personal hell Paris Paris is where her parents dumped her off in boarding school when she became too old to cart around the globe for whatever business deal or entertainment that consumed them Summer spent the last four years living simply and teaching children on a small island away from most civilization She’s back in Paris coerced by her father’s promise to provide satellite communications to the island if she agreed to manage the hotel he bought her for three months Putting aside her past Summer agrees for the good of the island people she has come to love Luc Leroi has worked his way up from a life of performing and basically begging for money with his father in the metros of Paris as a young boy At the age of ten social services puts Luc into foster care and under the strict tutelage of his foster father and chef Bernard From Bernard he learned strict control was the key to success in life and profession Luc has since become one of the most sought after chefs in Paris and has brought the hotel where he currently works its crowning glory three Michelin stars The hotel that Summer is now currently owner Upon first meeting Summer he’s immediately attracted to her but she inadvertently insults him making for a very rocky start between these two Both Summer and Luc were starved for love growing up Luc had it in cycles of love and then abuse from his real father After he was put into foster care Luc was provided for physically and no longer subjected to abuse but his upbringing didn’t include affection Summer was starved of love affection and attention by her parents They would cart her along to all their luxury hotels but always with a nanny freeing them up to do whatever they wished without the annoyance of a child My heart went out to both Luc and Summer and you can see why they have so many shields up but this didn’t make for a happy read for a good portion of the story There were misunderstandings and miscommunications putting Summer and Luc at each other’s throats for about 60% of the book I was getting extremely frustrated with the back and forth which was largely Summer’s fault in my opinion I seriously wanted to pull my hair out I knew the reasons behind Summer’s behavior but Luc didn’t and she really did come off as a spoiled brat if you didn’t know her motivations To me Luc kept trying and trying with her Yes at first for his pride and to teach her a lesson but still he would send the olive branch and she would reject it Time after timeI was at my limit when FINALLY the ice begins to thaw Their sparks turn into a romance where they begin to understand the needs and wants of the other finding the love and affection they both have so desperately craved This is the point where the story completely turned around going from frustrating to utterly blissful I love that both Luc and Summer found it so easy and immensely fulfilling to make the other happy My heart filled to bursting reading the epilogue which was sheer perfectionI was also thrilled to catch up with Sylvain and Cade and Dominiue and Jaime my favorite couples of the series so far who pop in and out of the story While the latter portion of The Chocolate Heart was a solid touchdown for me I can’t forget the torture of the first 60% of the book which greatly affects my overall rating The first 60% is no than 2 stars while the final 35 40% felt like a 5 star read for me bringing my overall rating to around 3 stars In spite of my issues with this installment I plan on going back and reading The Chocolate Kiss book 2 and The Chocolate Rose book 3 Laura Florand’s beautiful prose and mesmerizing romances hold an attraction that I can’t resist A copy was provided by Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youYou can read this review and at The Readers Den

  2. says:

    Was this book over the top saccharine? Too much? Just enough?I can't uite decide I have lots of highlights I enjoyed Laura Florand's writing as usual She's researched and she is detailed In fact it sounds like part of her research for this was in the late Laurent Jeannin's kitchen I believe this level of detail really throws you into her books and at the very least they don't feel lazy or shortcut Her books are very sensuous and this was no exception I remember when I read the first I think in this series and how long it takes for the hero and heroine to actually meet and yet it was somehow still sexy as all hellSummer Corey hates desserts Luc Leroi is a perfectionist who creates them He puts pieces of his heart into those desserts serving himself up on the platter What resulted was a somewhat awkward painful and ultimately kind of delicious story Luc is a very controlled man but we come to understand that is not the case around Summer And Lord knows I love a hero who doesn't just take a uick fuck for his insta love or insta lust both are apparent here but they don't bother me Luc is a made from nothing man with a steady foster parent and absentee incompetent parents He just wants love and puts all his focus and passion into his craft And dear lord he tries Which is lovely He didn't let Summer get away because he makes little stumbles reiterating that he'll try until he's perfect for herThe issue of the story is with Summer she is a big hearted seemingly spoiled brat who has suffered neglect and often comes off as emotionally immature When Luc rejects her advances her offers to buy a yacht upon first meeting she's a bit bitter about it She continually rejects his heart on a plate desserts because she doesn't eat desserts She argues with her clearly neglectful even if well meaning parents about giving her the hotel in a 3 month trial run to connect the island she lives and loves teaching at with a satellite for better connectivity I don't know I get it and it's manipulative but she's so indignant at the prospect of having to try something for her parents in exchange for something for her livelihood it comes across asbrattyand entitled And holy hell she's frustratingly tone deaf in the neighborhood of Luc which was aggravating When he rejects her after she first kisses him again he deserves than a sliver of her time according to him she storms into the kitchen to publicly fire him ultimately resulting in her threatening to fire two others who tell her she's out of line This is not an ok scenario by any stretch for any sex Luc absolutely shrugs her off and despite my anger and complete misgivings I continued to read I mean she embarrassed herself badly He wasn't threatened and I guess that's the only reason I could keep on In the end the book was incredibly maybe OTT romantic and despite trying to hate it for that plot point I couldn't The tenderness that followed did me in There's a scene where she realizes he has been living on junk food that and she cooks for him It was heartbreaking and so sweet when he realized she was and what it meant to him Ultimately it's the little things like this that make this book While I can't uite get on board with Summer someone who didn't understand her love and privilege in many ways Luc's desire to have the love light up his life and his willingness to stubbornly pursue just that really made this book He's not perfect he's an arrogant prideful sort but I loved him 35 rounded up because I appreciated the hurdles and the difficulties getting to coupledom despite the insta lustlove Not to mention what seems to be meticulous research

  3. says:

    Happy sigha wonderful readCover Art looks like Florand has been screwed again by the Bad Cover Art FairyBTW Publishers and Cover Artists Any 'hero' on the cover who immediately makes me think of Nicolas Sarkozy makes me go 'Bletch and Glrgh' NOT 'Yum' I don't think that was your intention??

  4. says:

    This is finely written angsty romance where two fairly tortured souls fall in love The baggage each of the them carries is weighty and Florand does a lovely job allowing the heroine and the hero to remain themselves as they fall in love The second half of the book is very fulfilling and there is a simply divine and heartfelt epilogue Again I am always impressed by the lilting psychology of this series and the romance tucked into the very realism of what it means to be human and what love really is Oh and Paris chocolate and sexy chefs The first part of the book hurts a bit in both good and bad ways Luc and Summer have a terrible time really seeing each It is hard to believe in the love at first sight that is part and parcel of this series because of the blindness that goes on for far too many chapters They are both cruel to each other and themselves There are well founded reasons for how each of them behaves but I would have liked true seeing than we get or at least an obsession that didn't seem just physical at first All the details of who they each are captivate but there are several threads left dangling for me that I would have liked traced out his father her mother in detail the nanny the seducer However the book swings up and up and up until its wonderful closing making it a very good read May I say one time Yea Epilogue

  5. says:

    reread march 2020 perfect reread during this weird time currently feeling opressed and anxious and i find an echo of those feelings in this romance as well as an escape to them with dreams of the pacific of delightful times in luxury paris of a beautiful romance story laura florand softens my heart and put dreams in it as well as sunshine in my daysit was so different from the others of the chocolate heart series which are often very light and funny with just a touch of drama this one has so many background stories that set a very different mood i really liked how harsh and bitter it was it was honestly like being tempted by a very dark and rich chocolate not feeling the love at first and the you learn to like it the you fall in love with it i already want to reread it and discover all those little details that you only see with multiple readings definitely my favorite in the Amour Chocolat after the one of Philippe Magalie

  6. says:

    Usually after the initial honeymoon period wears off – generally around the third or fourth book in a series – I begin to become wary Whether it be Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson there always comes a time when my stomach churns my mind imagines all the worst case scenarios and I settle down to read a book with crossed fingers toes and hair strands When it comes to Laura Florand however whose Amour et Chocolat series is made up of companion novels my trust is never shaken It’s a comfort to know that even if – by some strange chance of fate – I don’t fall head over heels for the love stories Florand writes I always walk away besotted and impressed by her languid graceful prose Of course the setting of Paris the chocolate making heroes and deeply complex heroines draw me in – but Florand’s writing always always clinches the dealAt this point in the series it is of no surprise to see that Florand’s heroes share many similarities whether it is their insecurities vulnerabilities or just their backgrounds And yet this device only adds to the complexity of Florand’s characters for despite the similarities each of these heroes possesses distinct differences Luc a world renown chocolatier whose culinary presence has helped make the hotel where he works a 5 Star establishment cannot be mistaken for Dominue Richard or Sylvain Maruis although all three have grown up in the outskirts of Paris Florand’s dual perspectives work effortlessly in creating well rounded characters who seek to fit in in ways than their profession I find that the I read her work the I recognize ualities to praise After all Luc is living the dream in Paris making food for famous guests and running his own kitchen but there still remains so much unsatisfaction in his lifeEnter Summer Corey It isn’t so much that Summer is beautiful or that she is able to able to fill up the blank spaces in Luc’s life but rather the fact that he can add color to her existence that makes him pursue her with such determination From the beginning itself their attraction is selfless seeking to understand one another and create a better world for themselves – together Of course the journey is slow arduous wrought with misunderstandings and an almost irritating back and forth banter eual in wit charm and action The Chocolate Heart isn’t my favorite of Florand’s love stories – that’s a definite tie between The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss but it contains other ualities that make it such a worthwhile readSummer for one is a heroine whose plight I sympathized with Not only is her beauty a detriment isolating her from female companionship but it also dampens her self esteem While everyone sees a pretty face in Summer not to mention wealth status and power thanks to her father they rarely ever see her Summer is constantly admonished by her family downtrodden and put down made only to carry out the wishes of her parents and marry the richest hunk they throw at her Thus Summer takes off for years living on an island with no technology no communication to the outside and living with the locals teaching them English and making a happy sunny community for herself When Summer is forced back to Paris by her father whose gift is the hotel where Luc works it is Summer’s worst nightmare For one her parents – though constantly complaining about her absence – don’t stick around long enough to see her and for another Summer is intensely unhappyAn unhappy protagonist isn’t exactly likeable but I loved Summer Florand writes Summer’s insecurities with genuine feeling It doesn’t seem contrived in the least that Summer thinks so lowly of herself her abilities and what she’s accomplished in life It takes others to see the beauty in her – past the physical perfection – and Summer’s self growth is slow but realistically paced I particularly love that despite the happily ever after we all know and expect Florand treats this fragile love story with a healthy dose of realism For the first time Florand has written an epilogue but it is an authentic one highlighting the truth of the bond Summer and Luc share in a way that is both bittersweet and romantic It becomes harder and harder to write about this series with time It only gets better – deeper complicated and far messier And yet it is such a wonderful capsule of life Even in the most romantic city in the world life and its troubles never cease or escape you Instead you just learn to handle themall with a healthy dose of chocolate morning noon and nightYou can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings

  7. says:

    reviewed from an e arc provided by NetGalley A long time ago Better late than neverIf you've read other books in the Amour et Chocolat series this is in some ways a familiar dance an American heiress in Paris and the French patissier who woos her with unbelievable desserts But there's a bit of a twist here Summer Corey's childhood love for both Paris and desserts have been twisted into hate Rather than Florand's usual fairy tale source this story draws on Greek mythology with Paris as Summer's HadesSummer and Luc Leroi basically fall in love at first sight each seeing warmth and comfort in the other But their public images and private pasts work against them and they constantly misunderstand each other Both were deprived of love as children but while Luc aims for constant perfection Summer wears her spoiled bad girl rep as a shield Come to think of it they are interesting representatives of two classic aspects of a dysfunctional family The Hero and The Scapegoat Every time Luc unwittingly hurts her she tries even harder to live down to his expectationsAs you might expect from the inspiration this is dark in tone not because anything overtly awful happens though Summer has had ugly experiences than the world would guess but because both characters have so much pain in their lives The story does a beautiful job of showing how two people who seem to have it all can still be so lost and justifiably unhappy They're perfect for each other because at heart they have the same need to give love to someone who needs them and would never let them goThere was a bit too much repetition of phrases but the prose is gorgeous I love the way Florand extends the metaphor beyond its original inspirationThat's what makes it so incredible What you do You're just a man A human mortal man And you do what you doThere was a long silence Merci soleil he said softly After all those people who call me a god I never realized you could give me a promotionI also liked the realism in the baby epilogue Neither character is completely fixed by true love and their happy ending reuires commitment and care There's also a seuel Shadowed Heart A Luc and Summer Novel which expands on thisYou don't have to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this one although several characters do recur Just open your heart to a prickly couple who need love and some astonishing desserts that need to be eaten

  8. says:

    Welcome to my kingdom Summer Corey Luc Leroi the most coveted chef in Paris used to panhandle on the Metro with his father His days of dancing and doing tricks are in the past Now people clamor for a taste of him but not Summer She refuses his exuisite confections Like some sweet little beauty had stroked her hand down his body curled it around his dick and then slapped the fucking hell out of him Summer Corey the only child of jet setting parents found some self worth on a remote island far from the taint of father's wealth and condemnation It's her refuge and source of happiness until her father emotionally blackmails her into 'managing' a luxurious Paris hotel Her first mistake is insulting the hotel's chef by mistaking him for a bellboy Her second mistake is propositioning him and all he sees is a 'spoiled little rich girl' There's to Luc and Summer than meets the eye Their pasts have shaped them and hardened their hearts Will his confections melt her heart? Will she share a 'real' smile just for him? It'll be a battle of the heart mind and soul The Chocolate Heart may now be my favorite in the seriesor it may be a tie with The Chocolate Touch Spoiled little rich girls are not easy to pull off but Summer has a viciousness that's balanced by her vulnerability Her character is perfectly constructed I understand her Luc is another delectable Florand hero passionate artistic and unable to hold up his defenses against his heroine There's also a touch of fate involved in this romance and there's something that I wish would have been in the book but maybe the author thought it would have been too sentimental to include Either way the ending came too uick and the epilogue tied up everything with too perfect a bow Still Ms Florand makes me want to fly to France troll restaurants and pâtisseries for sexy chefs and gorge my American self Grade B Hot chef take me away

  9. says:

    3 to 35 Lovely setting in the world of Paris and chocolate and fine food and sexy French chefs I liked both Luc and Summer But not my fav Florand book overall It was little too angsty Summer's parents were simply horrible Also at times the writing was a little intense and it was a bit difficult to work out exactly how Luc or Summer were feeling But still love the setting and this world Ms Florand has created

  10. says:

    Don't be fooled by the cover I was excited when I found this author because the covers for this series look sweet and romanticI did not expect the sex to be so rough and dominating The blurb certainly didn't give any indication that it would be and the cover is at odds with the actual content The hero is constantly grabbing at the heroine and shoving her and restraining her Their intimate scenes are all about control and domination He's the one in charge and she's passive and helpless in his hands I found him to be the very typical alpha male possessive poor boundaries and his behavior outside of bed is just the sameFull disclosure DNF at page 256 but I skimmed the rest Previewed some of the others in this series and looks like all of them have similar rough sex If this is not your cup of tea I would recommend avoiding the Amour et Chocolat books by Laura Florand