Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat #4) by Laura Florand

The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat #4)
Dominique Richard's reputation says it all--wild past, wilder flavors, black leather and smoldering heat. Jaime Corey is hardly the first woman to be drawn to all that dark, delicious danger. Sitting in Dom's opulent chocolaterie in Paris day after day, she lets his decadent creations restore her weary body and spirit, understanding that the man himself is entirely beyond her grasp.

Until he touches her. . .

Chocolate, Dominique understands--from the biting tang of lime-caramel to the most complex infusions of jasmine, lemon-thyme, and cayenne. But this shy, freckled American who sits alone in his salon, quietly sampling his exquisite confections as if she can't get enough of them--enough of him--is something else. She has secrets too, he can tell. Of course if she really knew him, she would run.

Yet once you have spotted your heart's true craving, simply looking is no longer enough. . .
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Kat's Review
If you've read this blog at all, you'll know that I'm a sucker for all things Paris, including book covers. It's a particular weakness of mine for which I make no apologies. Sometimes this ends up working out better for me than others. Thankfully, this is one of those times when it all worked out for the best. I came across this title by chance, not having read any of the three which came before, but I will be fixing that oversight as soon as possible. This book was delightful.
I thought I was in for a lighthearted romance, with a few Paris landmarks thrown in for good measure. What I found myself immersed in was a far more complex, intriguing storyline that delved into the intricacies of being a chocolatier, the past that drives him to be the best at what he does, and the equally damaged woman he falls in love with. If you're not familiar with the art of chocolate in France, this may seem a bit strange, but those who create those divine morsels of chocolate infused with various flavours are true masters of their art, and indeed are quite famous in their own right.  It takes years of training to reach the higher echelons of the profession, and the market is extremely competitive. The author manages to capture the passion and skill involved and she weaves it into the storyline flawlessly. 
This is a romance novel that is about so much more. The cover is a bit deceptive in that it looks extremely lighthearted, but in fact there is a depth here that surprised me. As I read, it became obvious that there were little things carried over from previous books, but I never felt as though I didn't know what was going on. The author is able to translate the hopes, fears, and passions of the protagonists in a way that completely hooked me and drew me in from the beginning. The descriptions are sensual and passionate, but honest in a sometimes uncomfortable way.
Also, I'm not one to fangirl over a male protagonist, but, um, let's just say that Dominique is worth his weight in chocolat.
Rating: A Good Read
This was a really, really, good read. Worth checking out even if you haven't read the previous books in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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