Shadowed Heart

Amour et Chocolat

Book 8
Laura Florand
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Three words, to shake a man’s existence.

Three words, to call on all a man’s strength, all his courage, all his love, and all his ability to hope and dream…and trust.

Three words, to wake up every fear a man has ever had.

“I’m pregnant, Luc.”

Now how could a man be perfect enough for that?

 Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and sumptuous", awarding her their Seal of Excellence and nominating her for Best Book of the Year, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet".

Now in this sequel to The Chocolate Heart, Florand takes us into the heart of happily ever after with a story full of love, hope, and friendship. Struggling to get their new restaurant off the ground in the south of France, newly married top chef Luc Leroi and his wife Summer must face all their demons at the prospect of becoming parents. Fortunately, Summer's cousins and Luc's rival chefs are there to prove that not even a top chef has to handle everything alone and happiness really can last ever after.

“A poignant, lovely, moving, authentic story.” – Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author

 

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
“(Florand) captures the nature of love, its fierce, soul-warming necessity, in a way that will make you as happy as the finest bonbon could.” – Eloisa James, NYT bestselling author

“Sweet, sexy, and all around delicious. I’m addicted. I can’t wait for the next book.” – Nalini Singh, NYT bestselling author

"Gorgeous, brave, heart-breakingly beautiful.” -- Ruthie Knox, NYT bestselling author

"I love, love Laura Florand's writing! Deeply emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous. Give yourself a treat and buy this book." -- Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author

“Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!” – Library Journal starred review

"Emotionally intense." - Publishers Weekly starred review

“All the elements of [Florand’s] successful recipe for reading pleasure—headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful desserts, and sultry situations—come together in another deliciously entertaining offering.” – Booklist

"So romantic and sexy." - USAToday.com

"Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet." - NPR

"Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight." - Dear Author

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About the author

Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Her books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: www.lauraflorand.com.  

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Publisher
Laura Florand
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Published on
Dec 3, 2014
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9780988506572
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Romantic
Times

acclaims Laura Florand's work as "sensuous and sumptuous", nominating
her for Best Book of 2013, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and
utterly sweet".
Now, in her sixth book in the award-winning Amour et
Chocolat series, Florand takes us into a top Paris restaurant’s pastry kitchen
and into the hearts and irresistible temptations of its chefs.



She
hated him.



Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden
second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who
made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he
winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked
too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break
her heart.



But
he didn’t hate her.



Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked
at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what
she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew
better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.



But he was
never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.



He could make magic out of sugar.
But could he mold hate into love?



 

PRAISE
FOR LAURA FLORAND AND HER NOVELS



“Florand
outdoes herself with this exquisite confection… painstakingly crafted and
decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one
little taste.” – Publishers Weekly
Starred Review



“Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this
delectable confection has it all!” –
Library Journal Starred Review



“All the elements of [Florand’s]
successful recipe for reading pleasure—headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful
desserts, and sultry situations—come together in another deliciously
entertaining offering.” – Booklist



 “[Florand]
captures the nature of love, its fierce, soul-warming necessity, in a way that
will make you as happy as the finest bonbon could.” – The Barnes & Noble Review, a Best Book of 2013



 "Florand's long-standing love affair with Paris
comes alive in her charming descriptions of the city and the delectable
desserts her hero concocts. ...[a]delightful story full of sizzling sexual
chemistry and a stellar cast of secondary characters." – RT Book Reviews



“So romantic and sexy.” – USA Today



“Sweet and sexy and all around delicious!!!” – New York Times bestselling author Nalini
Singh



“I adored this story…Paris, chocolate, and romance,
all in one hilarious package.” – New York
Times bestselling author Eloisa James



"I love, love Laura Florand's writing! Deeply
emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous. Give yourself a treat
and buy this book." – New York Times
bestselling author Virginia Kantra



“It’s like when you find that amazing piece of
chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool
of liquid heaven.” – RT Book Reviews



“Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted
chocolate off your hands…” – USA Today bestselling
author Donna Kauffman



“Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel.” – Booklist



“Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet.” – NPR Books

(Keywords: international lover, multicultural, office romance, enemies-to-lovers, culinary romance, paris, france, chocolate, asian heroine)



Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and
sumptuous", awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it's
"explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet".




Now Florand offers up another tale of passionate chefs and the lengths they
will go to for the women they love and gives a first taste of her new series,
La Vie en Roses, with her novella Turning Up the Heat. When two people
have loved each other so much that they've given up their very selves, what do
they do when they need their selves back? Does their marriage have a second chance at romance?

 

Overview

After eleven years of marriage, Léa Laurier knew her husband.  Knew how he
could take on responsibility for a world-famous restaurant, a wife, and her two
teenage siblings at nineteen years old and never falter, never tire. Knew his
drive and his ambition, that took him to the stars.  Knew how brilliant
his gray eyes looked when they met hers for just one moment across a host of
cameras.  She didn't know why she was so tired.  She didn't know why
she needed to just get away.  For a while.  Maybe a week or
two.  A month.  She'd be back.



After eleven years of marriage, international superstar chef Daniel Laurier
knew his wife.  Knew how she could lavish caring on everyone, her
siblings, his staff, and most especially him.  Knew the way her face lit
up when he won yet another television contest, and the way she hugged him for
it. Knew how her hair smelled when he sank into bed exhausted at one in the
morning.  He didn't know what to do when he came home from a consulting
trip to find she'd disappeared to remote South Pacific island:  I just
needed to get away for a little while.  A week or two.  I'll call
you.



As the whole solid world under his feet turned into a sandcastle in the tide,
Daniel knew only one thing:  whatever was wrong with his marriage or his
wife, he wasn't losing her.  So as a top chef, he did the one thing he
always knew how to do:  turn up the heat. (A novella of 30,000 words or
approx. 120 pages.)



Praise for Laura Florand and her novels

"I adored this story...Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious
package."--New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James



"It's like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate -- you take a bite,
and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven." - RT
Book Reviews



"Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted
chocolate off your hands..." - USA Today bestselling author Donna
Kauffman



"Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel." - Booklist



"Both sensual and sweet, a story that melts in your mouth." - USA
Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway



"One of the cleverest, most persuasive enemies-to-lovers stories I've read
in a long time."—Dear Author Recommended Read for The Chocolate Kiss



"A lovely confection of a contemporary romance."--Dear Author
Recommended Read for The Chocolate Thief



Other Works

Turning Up the Heat provides a first glimpse of the world and families
of Florand's Vie en Roses series, set in Provence. For the first full-length
book in that series, check out The Chocolate Rose, the tale of sexy,
uncontainable top pastry chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst
enemy. And make sure to sign up for Laura's newsletter (lauraflorand.com) to
know when future books in this series are released.



Dreaming more of Paris than Provence? Then check out the other books in the
Amour et Chocolat series, The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss,
The Chocolate Touch, and The Chocolate Heart.

 


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