Sun-Kissed (Amour et Chocolat #7, Snow Queen #2) by Laura Florand

Sun-Kissed: A Novel (Amour et Chocolat Book 7)


They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn’t let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They’d been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course…

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He’d transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He’d raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him…

They’d been friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?

Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?


Laura Florand really has this way to write a story that just wraps you up in this cocoon that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. It just is this almost magical feeling you get when reading her stories. When I saw that Sun-Kissed took place at Dom and Jamie's wedding I rush right out and got the book. I mean Dom and Jamie are one of my favorite book couple of all time. I love love love their story so getting a little bit more of them? Yes please.

If you have read the chocolate series you already know a little about Mack. He doesn't really come off that well in the other books I don't think. I never really liked him as he is too obsessed with money and being successful and whatnot. I remember when he first met Dom and he was just not very nice, but you can see that he cares about his daughters. So when I saw this was Mack's story I was interested to see how it would go. He is still such a strong figure. You get more of his point of view, how he made something of himself to leave to his kids and his kids don't want it. They have their own things and now they are both moving to Paris and far away from him. It is kind of heartbreaking reading about him and his children leaving to have their own lives away from him.

Anne is a very strange character for me, someone I just cannot identify with but I loved reading her. She is so controlled in everything she does. She is so closed off to her emotions and just keeps everyone at a distance. Everyone but Mack, but even with him it is not more than friendly. They have been friends for 20 years. They take a walk on the beach every morning but it never goes farther. She just spent some time in jail and that kind of changes things. Mack realizes how much he really cares for Anne, and Anne starts to thaw a little bit. When Mack starts pursuing her she doesn't know what to do. She is feeling things that she doesn't understand because it has been so long since she has allowed herself to feel much of anything. Just watching her struggle with what is going on was very interesting. She has a strong wall built around her heart and even though she wants to let Mack in she doesn't know how. She still needs to be in control and have things her way and not be pulled in by him, but she wants to be at the same time. It was really an interesting read. It is hard for me to explain the magical hold this story has on you while you are reading it. It is so foreign, yet so warm and comforting. I was a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


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