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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245
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ISBN
9781484157152
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Part Two in the brilliant new series from the bestselling author of the Star and Sixpence series. Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley.

Gina has returned to her grandparents in the picturesque Cornish town of Polwhipple, to help run the Italian family's ice-cream business while her grandfather recovers from an accident.

Dismayed to find her old haunt from childhood visits to Polwhipple, the little picture house by the sea, in a state of disrepair, Gina is determined to help. Long past its heyday now, the little art deco cinema needs all the love it can get. With the help of her old friend Ben, Gina goes to the town's committee to ask for funding to renovate the hearthstone of Polwhipple's community. And what better way to prove the little picture house's worth, than by throwing another fantastic themed screening, complete with an exotic new Ferrelli flavour... 

But Ben's activities are closely watched by his old flame, the venomous Rose Arundell, who is determined to get her claws into him once more. Rose is used to getting what she wants – the trouble is, Gina is starting to wonder if she and Rose want the same thing… 

~*~ If you enjoyed part two in the PICTURE HOUSE series, download part three – Dirty Dancing at the Picture House by the Sea – now! ~*~

'Fabulously feel-good, funny and fresh, it will sweep you off your feet' Rowan Coleman

'Pure pleasure, a delight from opening credits to closing reel' Julie Cohen

'Deliciously romantic and sprinkled with the magic of the movies – it's the perfect treat!' Miranda Dickinson

What people are saying about the STAR AND SIXPENCE and the CASTLE COURT series:

'Warm, witty and laced with intriguing secrets' Cathy Bramley

'The perfect book to start the new year' Rowan Coleman

'A treasure of a find and I was completely enveloped within this world from the very first page. 5 stars!' Becca's Books

'A thoroughly lovely and entertaining read!' Book Kaz

'A charming story with real characters and an idyllic setting' Fictionophile 



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.

 


Editorial Reviews

"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens

"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog

"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews

Synopsis

Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

What would bring you happiness in a world that was suddenly empty?

For Lucy Crane, the answer is simple: her daughter. When her husband is killed in a tragic accident, Lucy loses her desire to live, but only one thing keeps her going – her unborn daughter. Focusing on being a mother helps Lucy cope with her loss, but kids grow up and they leave home, eventually. Eighteen years after losing her first and only love, Lucy is faced with the opportunity to find the happiness for which she’s always longed. Her own fears become her worst enemies as she learns how to embrace love once again.

Evan Donovan is also facing his own struggles. Forced to retire from the FDNY because of lung damage caused by 9/11, Evan moves to upstate New York where he hopes to find a little peace and quiet. Old habits die hard, and Evan’s hero complex and survivor’s guilt constantly remind him of how difficult it is to be vulnerable. But for the first time in his life, he’s tired of being alone.

Drawing strength from one another, Lucy and Evan discover how beautiful it is to let love be a part of their lives.

***Though this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Unlike the previous books in the series, this is NOT a New Adult & College Romance; this is a contemporary romance featuring characters who are more mature / not in their twenties. It is a full length novel of about 90K words / approx. 350 pages.***

Series Reading Order:

Let Love In- Maddy & Reid (ends in a cliffhanger)

Let Love Stay - Maddy & Reid (concludes their story)

Let Love Heal - Melanie & Bryan (can be read as a standalone)

Let Love Shine - Maddy & Reid (one-year-later follow-up novella)

Let Love Be - Lucy & Evan (can be read as a standalone) 



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)

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