The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Is there anything more sensual-sexy-decadent than the chocolate in CT (#1)? Apparently there’s plenty more in his MACARONS. Locally all the macarons I’ve come across are chewy sweet and coconut-filled… which while not bad, are concoctions that I highly doubtful to be comparable to anything like what they’re talking about in this book.
If you take Phillipe and Magalain out of the picture, the gastronomic creations here are a character in their own right. Better: each is an extension of the two MC’s in terms of who they are and what they have to offer and what they become for each other. It all gets very sensual and sexy, rich and decadent: and I don’t just mean the creations.
Except things don’t stop there; we soon discover that the sparks between the two have a basis. That push pull between them isn’t just because they’re hot for each other… that competitive streak in her, that self assurance in him, that using of what they both do best contrasted to the shooting the other one down (either purposefully or inadvertently) SPARKS! All the ways and instances their paths cross was had me all a-shiver waiting for the next encounter then the next encounter… then the next. This got hot and scorching right off the bat, but got funny too. And it’s the funny… that’s what made me love them more.
I like the clever way her vision of who they are plays into this as well: prince to witch, lion to gazelle: each with a certain role to play versus the reality of the both of them plus the fears she’s hiding as well as the things he wants. So it’s not just sexy; there’s a story to work through here… and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Biggest surprise: Philippe what ever you may think, there’s a sweetness to the guy, so that “honest self evaluation versus arrogance” and all that I still was rooting for him.
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