Oct 6, 2015

French Days Book Review: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

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Review by Suze

Dominique is a chocolate maker with a bad reputation. He's a womanizer, he doesn't have any close relationships and he's rough. He's a dark, big and strong man who's climbed up from working in an abattoir to being the best chocolate maker in France. Jaime is his exact opposite. She's petite and sweet and comes from a rich family. While they have billions she decided to distance herself from them and travel the world to try to prevent slavery on cocoa plants. Now she's in Paris, recovering. She still has to come to terms with her new situation. 

Jaime loves chocolate and she often visits Dominique's salon. He notices her immediately and it's love at first sight. Both Dominique and Jaime are dealing with insecurities and don't think they're good enough for one another. Will they be able to overcome their issues and have a chance together or is there too much that's standing in their way?

I liked The Chocolate Touch immediately because of the way Laura Florand describes her main characters. Dominique is as dark, robust and dangerous as the chocolates he makes. I liked that a lot. He's emotionally scarred and anger is always present, but even though he comes across as a brute he's actually a really kind man. He tries to be the perfect man for Jaime so she will want him. I thought that was endearing. Jaime is a fighter, but she thinks she's weak. I wanted to know what happened to her and couldn't stop reading until I found out. I was hooked from the start.

I loved the chocolate descriptions, they are vivid and they make the story come to life really well. It's obvious that Laura Florand has done her research. I know what chocolateries in Paris look like and she transported me back to my favorite quarter and type of shop. I enjoyed that very much. The story is sexy and seductive as well, exactly what chocolate could be like. If you like a romantic story with a wonderful, delicious theme you should definitely get this book. 

2 comments:

  1. I loved this book so much! I am a huge fan of Laura Florand & I read everything she writes, and this one is one of my favorites. The first full book in the series was about Jaime's sister - The Chocolate Thief. PS I got to meet Laura in NYC at the RWA literacy signing! She is so nice!

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  2. Dark, big and strong and he makes chocolates - what's not to love! This sounds very appealing and will have to go on my TBR list - thanks :-)

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