The Chocolate Rose

Laura Florand
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Her father’s worst enemy...

Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

One stolen rose...

And he most certainly couldn’t stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre’s own on the cover of his new cookbook.

A beast’s substitute victim...

But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a lawsuit when he learned the older chef had just had a stroke.  Especially not when Pierre had one very cute daughter willing to be Gabriel’s victim instead.

A fascinated beauty...

As a child, Jolie Manon had seen her family torn apart by her top chef father’s obsession with his work.  As a food writer, she might be fascinated with a chef’s work, but she knew how to guard her heart.  She would never allow another chef into her life. 

Unless he blackmailed her into it...

Welcome to the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls, where fountains play in ancient stone villages, and where even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart...

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels

“I adored this story…Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package.”

New York Times best-selling author Eloisa James

"Sensuous and sumptuous…a mouth-watering tale of slow-burning passion..." ~ RT Book Reviews

Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel.—Booklist

 

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Laura Florand
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Published on
Apr 17, 2013
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Pages
245
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9781484157152
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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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.

 


Find out why 5 million readers have fallen in love with Bella Andre's Sullivans!"Love just pours off the pages!" Guilty Pleasures Reviews
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her--and every sinfully sweet caress--as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can't help but wonder if she's met the only exception. And although Chase didn't realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn't the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he's gearing up for a different fight altogether...for Chloe's heart.
THE LOOK OF LOVE is part of Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books too. 

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase Reviews
"I honestly don't know how I survived without Bella Andre's beautiful romances!" Trudy, 5 stars
SAN FRANCISCO SULLIVANSThe Look of LoveFrom This Moment OnCan't Help Falling In LoveI Only Have Eyes For YouIf You Were MineLet Me Be The OneCome A Little Bit CloserAlways On My MindKissing Under The Mistletoe
SEATTLE SULLIVANSOne Perfect NightThe Way You Look TonightIt Must Be Your LoveJust To Be With YouI Love How You Love MeAll I Ever Need Is You
NEW YORK SULLIVANSEvery Beat Of My HeartNow That I've Found YouSince I Fell For YouSweeter Than EverThe Best Is Yet To ComeCan't Take My Eyes Off Of YouYou Do Something To MeMore New York & Maine Sullivans are coming soon!
THE MAVERICK BILLIONAIRESBreathless In LoveReckless In LoveFearless In LoveIrresistible In LoveWild In Love
THE MORRISONSKiss Me Like ThisTempt Me Like ThisLove Me Like This
REVIEWS"This series is incredible. If you haven't started the Sullivans yet, you are missing out!" Guilty Pleasures
"I am in love with the Sullivans. If you are looking for something sweet and sexy then this series is absolutely perfect for you. They are all amazing!" Reading, Eating & Dreaming 
"Bella Andre writes warm, sexy contemporary romance that always gives me a much needed pick me up." Maya Banks, NYT Bestselling Author
"The perfect combination of sexy heat and tender heart." Barbara Freethy, #1 NYT Bestselling Author
"Pure sensual fun! I couldn't read fast enough. I loved everything about Chase and Chloe's story!" Marie Force, NYT Bestselling Author
ABOUT THE AUTHORBella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 7 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!

DEATH BY DEVOTION is Book
#9 in the Bestselling Caribbean Murder series, which begins with the free book
DEATH BY HONEYMOON (Book #1). 



Before
they get engaged, Cindy urges Mattheus to meet his long-lost Caribbean
daughter, whom he has never met.  Sixteen
years ago, after a one night stand, the woman became pregnant, and Mattheus
quickly left. Mattheus’ beautiful, volatile, fifteen year old daughter, Andrea,
badly needs him, and she wants him to come to Anguilla, where she lives, so
they can get to know each other. One caveat, though: he has to come without
Cindy. Andrea has a mother, and one mother is enough. Mattheus feels his
daughter is in trouble, feels compelled to go, and abruptly leaves Cindy
behind.



Convinced that her relationship with Mattheus is over, Cindy returns to the
States, ready to start her life again. A few days after she gets back, amidst
the excitement and a wonderful job offer, she receives a startling call from
Mattheus down in Anguilla: Andrea’s stepfather has been killed and Andrea was
found beside him, covered in his blood. Mattheus, desperate, begs Cindy to come
down and help. Not only has his daughter been taken into custody—but now he is
a suspect as well.



Unable to say no, Cindy returns to the Caribbean to help find the true killer
and to attempt to free both Mattheus and his daughter—but she soon finds that
she’s up against an underground web of danger on the island, and it may be too
late to save all of them—including herself.


DEATH BY DEVOTION is both a stand-alone novel, and is also Book #9 in the
Caribbean Murder series.
 

"Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase Reviews

Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances about the Sullivans!

BOOK DESCRIPTION: As a very successful private investigator who has caught most of the cheaters in Seattle with their pants down, Rafe Sullivan believes true, lasting love only happens once in a blue moon. Needing to get away from the city to clear his head, he finds the lake house where he spent the best summers of his life is now a wreck...but the sweet girl next door is all grown up and prettier than anything he's ever seen. 

While Brooke Jansen is happy making and selling chocolate truffles in her small Pacific Northwest lake town, she secretly longs to experience something wild. So when her favorite "Wild Sullivan" moves in again next door after more than a decade away, and sparks fly between them, she can't stop wondering if being bad is really as good as it always seemed...and just how long it will be before she can find out. 

But when their summer fling quickly spirals into deeper emotions than either of them were expecting, can they survive the heat between them? Or will Rafe make the biggest mistake of his life and end up losing the best thing that's ever happened to him? 

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT is part of Bella Andre's #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books, too.

SAN FRANCISCO SULLIVANS
The Look of Love
From This Moment On
Can't Help Falling In Love
I Only Have Eyes For You
If You Were Mine
Let Me Be The One 
Come A Little Bit Closer
Always On My Mind
Kissing Under The Mistletoe

SEATTLE SULLIVANS
One Perfect Night
The Way You Look Tonight
It Must Be Your Love
Just To Be With You
I Love How You Love Me
All I Ever Need Is You

NEW YORK SULLIVANS
Every Beat Of My Heart
Now That I've Found You
Since I Fell For You

~ More Sullivans coming soon! ~

THE MAVERICK BILLIONAIRES
Breathless In Love
Reckless In Love
Fearless In Love
Irresistible In Love

THE MORRISONS
Kiss Me Like This
Tempt Me Like This
Love Me Like This

REVIEWS:

“Each book is so remarkable and you really come to love the characters. This series is incredible. It's one of my favorites. If you haven't started them yet, you are missing out!" ~ Guilty Pleasures Reviews 

"I am in love with the Sullivans. If you are looking for something sweet and sexy then this series is absolutely perfect for you. They are all amazing!" ~ Reading, Eating & Dreaming Reviews 

"Addictions come in all shapes and sizes, but nothing feels as indulgent and irresistible to me as a new Bella Andre book." ~ Natasha Is A Book Junkie Reviews

"Bella Andre writes warm, sexy contemporary romance that always gives me a much needed pick me up. Reading one of her books is truly a pleasure." Maya Banks, NYT Bestselling Author 

"The perfect combination of sexy heat and tender heart." Barbara Freethy, #1 NYT Bestselling Author 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 5 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!

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

 

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt out rock star Layla—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten heritage in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loudly. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

And that might be just the start.

Praise for Laura Florand’s novels

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

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

 

“(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 the Year


“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

“Adorable, charming, whimsical.” – Smexy Books 

 

“Romance at its strongest and most powerful.” – Dear Author, Recommended Read

 

“A delectable summer bonbon.” – NPR Books



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

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