The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand


The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat)

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

The Chocolate Thief is the fourth book in this series I have read, though it is the first book in the series. I enjoyed the story, but so far it is probably my least favorite. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions and everything, but it did not make me want to eat chocolate the way the others did. The Chocolate Touch made me want chocolate so badly, and I am not a huge chocolate fan. This one was just not as sensual with the food I found. It just didn't draw me to the same place with the food and desires. It was still a good read, and if I had read it first and not had the others to compare to I probably would have enjoyed it more.

Cade is the US Chocolate queen. Her family owns the factory that makes the top cheap chocolate. Like Hershey's bars. Stuff that I never ate and made me think I hate chocolate growing up, until I tasted good chocolate. Sylvain was named the top chocolatier in Paris. He made decadent chocolates that sell for a lot more than Cade's $0.33 chocolate bars. He is an artist with chocolate.

Cade's big idea is to get one of the top chocolatiers to agree to work on a higher class, but still cheap, line of chocolates for the every man. She is rich and knows this could make them rich as well. She quickly finds though that no one wants to put their name on that. I didn't understand how Cade could not understand why they wouldn't want to do that, why they would be offended to even consider putting their name on such low quality chocolates. I get it. If I were them I wouldn't want to make some supermarket chocolate bar either. I mean they have great shops in the heart of Paris, live in the heart of Paris and are fine. People buy their chocolates and spend a good amount of money doing it. I couldn't really understand Cade at times. Yes, it could make them money but does she not understand that they are not in it for the money? That someone could be happy just as they are? She doesn't come off as a rich person, all snobby and such. Since she didn't it didn't make sense that she couldn't understand why they didn't want to put their name on cheap chocolate. I didn't get her.

I did like Cade and Sylvain though. At times Sylvain made me want to cry with how fragile he was. He is used to people leaving him. Used to giving his heart to someone only to have them walk away and break it. He was never popular growing up, and even though he is the best chocolatier in Paris he still expects everyone to leave him. Near the end when he is just like please don't leave me was kind of heartbreaking. I just, I really liked him. Cade seemed okay. I didn't like her as much, probably since I didn't understand her. I didn't hate her, but I did hate how she assumed she could buy anything she wanted. I loved that the French people wouldn't sell her things just because she would offer a ridiculous amount of money (like milk in the cafe. I loved that, and it felt like maybe she should have learned not everything is for sale). I liked Sylvain enough for both of them. I wanted him to have everything he wanted, and if her wanted Cade than that is what I wanted. Really she wasn't horrible, I just couldn't always connect with her.

Overall an enjoyable read. I am glad I got the story of Cade and Sylvain since they show up in some of the other stories. Not my favorite in the series, but still a good read.

Rating: 4/5

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