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?
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
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
"Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted
chocolate off your hands..." - USA Today bestselling author Donna
"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
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.
Laura Florand was born in Georgia and is an international bestselling romance author. Her books have selected by NPR for their Top 100 Romance list, nominated for RT Reviewers¿ Choice Best Book of the Year, starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.
Ruthless. That was what they said about Damien Rosier. Handsome. Wealthy. Powerful. Merciless. No one messed with his family, because to do so they would have to get through him. No one thought he had a heart. Not even the woman he gave his to.
Cynical. That was what they said about Jasmin Bianchi. A top perfumer of her generation, Jess had achieved commercial success by growing a protective shell over a tender heart. The one time she cracked it open to let Damien in, he crushed it—after a night of unbelievable passion.
Lovers. That one magical night couldn’t survive the harsh light of dawn. When Jess woke up to discover the man in bed beside her had stolen her company, she fled.
Enemies. Now she’s come to the south of France with something of his. If he wants to reclaim both his family heritage and the woman who walked away from him, he’s going to have to fight as dirty as only Damien can.
But Jess knows how to fight dirty, too. And these days, she has nothing left to lose.
Certainly not her heart.
Come explore the south of France, a world of heat and fragrance and tales as old as time, through the stories of the five powerful Rosier cousins and the women who win their hearts. A Wish Upon Jasmine, book two in Florand’s addictive new series, La Vie en Roses. “Explosive, sensual, and utterly sweet” (Eloisa James).
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.
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
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?
FOR LAURA FLORAND AND HER NOVELS
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
“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
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
“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)
"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
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…
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