The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand
The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat)
La Vie en Chocolat
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.
Wow I think The Chocolate Touch was one of the hottest most sensual books I have ever read, even if you took out all the sex. It was...phew. The first quarter of the book just melted me into a puddle of desire. I just...the descriptions of Dominique feeding Jamie chocolate, and Jamie eating it was just one of the hottest things ever. I don't even like chocolate that much, but man did I want Dom to feed me some. I was just like I need this! I need to feel this out of control sexiness that are these chocolates. Yeah, I would eat chocolates from Dominique if he were feeding them to me...
Dominique first sees Jamie when she comes into his salon. He watches her when she comes in twice a day for a week. He is captivated by her, but does not know why. He usually tires to just take what he wants, is very abrasive and rough, but with Jamie he wants to be soft and sweet. She is the first person he has wanted to keep in his life in a really long time. He usually just does meaningless sex, but with Jamie everything is different. He wants to be a better person for her. He wants to be perfect.
Jamie seeks solace in Dominique's salon. She has a huge crush on Dominique and his chocolate. When she first meets him she just thinks he is being himself, seeking attention from her like he would any other customer. She has had a big setback and doesn't think herself worthy of anyone right now. She feel she has nothing to give, just as Dominique does. I loved that they both feel they are not enough, they are the only ones getting anything out of their relationship. They both have darkness in their past that they are trying to recover from.
Dominique doesn't know who Jamie is really. He doesn't know her family and such, but it doesn't really matter. Sure he gets upset when he finds out since he thinks she is ashamed of him or something. Like she doesn't want her family to know. He doesn't know that they do know and have tried to sway her from seeing him. She thinks he is the sun that shines down on her, and he just can't believe he could have someone like her. He is so fragile, but so is she. They both have dark secrets they try to keep from the other. It is oh I just really enjoyed this book from the first page. Some of the scenes with Dom being all insecure and fragile just were heartbreaking for me. He is just so amazing. It made me really want to love chocolate and Paris. It made me wish I had some fancy chocolatier to make me chocolates. I loved Dominique. He has issues, but he is so wonderful.