[476]: The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand

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Kensington | Kindle Edition
Publication Date: July 31st, 2012
Romance | Adult Fiction
Amour et Chocolat Series, Book 1
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Billionaire heiress, Cade Corey is on a mission to stamp the name of  the most prolific chocalatier on their brand. Getting Sylvain Marquis to agree, however, will prove to be a challenge. Negotiations fell apart; bribery only cost her, her self-respect. So when she can’t get him to give her the time of day, she resorts to thievery. Awkwardness and so-so chemistry ensue.

Truth be told, I am not a fan of these two. Sylvain instantly gives credence to the stigma that the French people are snobs when it comes to their food. His disdain for anything mass produced did not make him all that appealing. In fact, he was downright insulting. While his conviction may be alluring to some, I found that he incites a completely different feeling in me. He was, for the most part, an obnoxious romantic interest. I was not a fan.

Cade Corey is hardly any better. I can commend her for sticking through what she believes in, but at times, I found her exhausting. It’s as if she has blinders when it comes to Sylvain. While it may be true that Sylvain did not insult her personally, the way he looked down on her family’s source of fortune was, to me, an extension of her own person.

I love the French language. I think it’s romantic. It’s right up there with Italian or Spanish. What I didn’t like, however, is the gratuitous insertion of French that more often, was not translated so the non-speaking reader can understand. It lent to some annoyance, and worst, choppy narration.

This first book lacked a couple of key ingredients: likeable characters and conflict. Sylvain was a conundrum. He has moments of self doubt unheard of for someone who oozes a magnanimous male ego. So much so that he sounded like every other Mary Sue who don’t think of themselves worthy enough. Cade for her part, has questionable intentions. I can’t decide whether she likes Sylvain for the person that he was, or for what he represents from a business stand point.

The lack of conflict also aided in the low rating for this book. It was boring. There were no ups and downs, so more often, I was left feeling apathetic. They hardly even fought, and even with the temporary separation, I felt nary a twinge of anticipation for their eventual reunion.

So far, we’re not off to a good start. But I’m crossing my fingers that the next one will be better.