The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand
The Chocolate Kiss (Amour et Chocolat)
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.
Man Laura Florand really knows how to create a sizzling book. This is her third book I have read and all of them have been so steamy and hot and they have been incredible. I love how food is such a big part of that sexiness that is in the books. It makes me want to just be enveloped in sugary sweet goodness and never leave.
When I first started The Chocolate Kiss I thought not as good as The Chocolate Touch. It took me a little bit to get into it, just like the first book I read. Then once I did though, man I can't put the books down once they get their hold on me. I almost burned dinner just because I am sitting and reading and not paying any attention to the actual food I will be eating. It is great. I love how they get me so wrapped up in the French food desires.
Philippe is a famous pastry chef, and he is opening a new shop down the street from Magalie's small little place. They make amazing chocolate chaud, and Philippe moving in on her street really messes with Magalie's feelings of safety. She is used to being moved back and forth from the US to France all through her childhood, and she just wants a place to be. A place to stay forever. A place to be secure and safe. She doesn't let people get close as she doesn't want to give any part of herself away. She wants to be enough for just her.
I have to say Magalie is my least favorite heroine thus far. I haven't minded the other ones, but she got on my nerves at times. She is so insecure and afraid to even venture off of her small island in Paris. She tries to hard to fit in and feel like she belongs there, even though she doesn't feel like she does. She tries to dress right, and speak with the right accent, and everything. She is so consumed with trying to have a place for herself forever she doesn't really live. She is also kind of judgmental with people. Judging all the "princesses" that come into her shop. She definitely looks down on them which is not so nice.
When she first meets Philippe she just gets really angry with him. She feels like he is trying to take her safe haven away from her. She feels like he feels like he is better than her. In reality I think she feels like she is less than him. He belongs, and she doesn't even though she wants to. Her insecurities were trying at times. Though the back and forth with Magalie and Philippe was amazing. I don't know how he stayed so calm at times. He again and again put his heart out there for her, and she just kept rejecting him. She does the same, then gets angry when he rejects her. It was kind of amazing. Most of the book is them going back and forth it seems, then once Philippe does make his move...man it is intense. I still don't know how he dealt with her trying to keep him out all the time. He really must love her to put up with her is what I kept thinking. She battles so strongly against him, while wanting to keep him at the same time. He was really a Prince, no matter how much she wants to make him out to be a beast. He is so sweet with her, and patient, and tries his hardest to make her comfortable and stay with him. Really his patience is amazing, but I guess you need that to make his amazing treats...that I just want to wrap myself up in. Seriously, Laura Florand knows how to make food sexy. And make me want to eat things I don't even like because the way she writes about them makes them sooo appealing. I wish I had a fancy chef or chocolatier or something to make me foods and feed them to me. So hot.