[476]: The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand

chocolatethiefGOODREADS SUMMARY
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 Β 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.Β 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.

 

  • Thanks for this review. My TBR shelf needs some cutting down πŸ˜‰

  • Oh noes! πŸ™ I hope it got better?

  • Eh, this may be one I am not going to read. I don’t like the idea of characters who think they are better than others and a bit obnoxious, and I don’t like the idea of a plot that wasn’t too intriguing. The language interfered, but usually I like it when there are a few translated words thrown in here and there.

    • I really think it would’ve been a better experience if I knew what the french translations were. Sigh.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I can understand your frustrations with this book, English is the only language I know, and would bot pick up this book because of it. Great honest review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • The series is fun over all. It’s just not a good idea for me to download the audiobook. πŸ™‚

  • I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this! I didn’t have a problem with the French because I used Google translate on my phone. Also, I went back and forth from the audio version and the e-Copy and the audio version was fabulous because the French phrases were seamlessly incorporated and sounded beautiful. Like I said I did stop and look them up to understand. All that hardly makes a difference though, if you didn’t like the main characters. I hope you have better luck with the series. πŸ™‚

    • I just finished book 5, things have certainly improved since book 1. So far, my favourite pairing is Dominique and Jaime, with Summer and Luc a close second. I decided not to download the audio books after listening to book 1. I was having a rough go with the narration. πŸ™

  • Riiiiiight, so I don’t know what a book that lacks “likeable characters and conflict” looks like . . . and I don’t want to. I’m really glad I saw this review, b/c this book has been in the back of my mind since last year when it inexplicably found it’s way onto some “Best of 2013” list. Good to know it’s not worth the head space πŸ˜‰

    • I’m thinking this one is one-off. I’m about to start book #6, and things have certainly improved since then. πŸ™‚

  • Aw, wish that you would have gotten some more conflict and it could have been even btter

  • Aw, boring book is no good. I’m sorry this one wasn’t better for you Joy :\ though the cover is pretty cute, lol πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • Heh – my blogger friend Karen is a HUGE fan of these and I requested one. I didn’t realize there were companion books and the book I read was not book one and there were all these characters I didn’t know. I wasn’t really feeling it either, but I do love chocolate and Paris so I’m tempted to try this first book. Except that you didn’t like it, so .. yeah. I guess we will see.

    • If I could have a do-over, I probably would’ve chosen the second book as my intro to this series. This one was just…ugh.

  • Billionaire stories are usually a hit/miss in my reading history. I usually avoid them because I prefer to read stories about ordinary people. Sorry this one was disappointing, Joy. Hope the next one is better.

    • You know something? This one at least is a different billionaire story, considering the billionaire is a woman. There’s a lot of those billionaire men stories out there. :/

  • Oh man, irritating characters can make it really hard to enjoy a book. I hope you find the sequel better!

  • I like French just fine but YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW FRUSTRATING THAT LANGUAGE CAN BE. Especially when you’re wriiting it because the grammatical *rules* can be so overwhelming. Anyhow, lol, I did not intend on talking about that really ahah. The language I find most romantic is Spanish but the one I love speaking most is English. πŸ˜€ Sorry this was a disappointment!!

    • I’ve always wanted to learn the language since French is the second language here. Such tongue-twisters, though!

  • Aww…I’m sorry this was a bit mediocre for you Joy. πŸ™ I completely agree that books must have likeable characters and a sense of conflict / tension, so it’s a shame this lacked both of those key ingredients. Hopefully you’ll like the next one better! <3

    • It most certainly is better. So far, I’ve read four books out of the six, and I can definitely say this one was a one-off.

  • Aww, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I loooove Laura Florand like no one’s business and her books just do it for me. The prose, the characterization, and, of course, Paris. I feel as if the conflict in her novels emerge from personal, inner issues which I appreciate a lot. That being said, this is probably the lightest of her books so if you like much more serious and larger problems then you’re going to really enjoy the rest of the books in this series–I hope! One is bound to work for you! πŸ™‚

    • Even though I didn’t like this one, the rest of the books have worked out better for me. And I’m really looking forward to reading more. Especially the older Corey’s story (Mack).

  • Nothing worse than choppy narration. It makes it so hard to understand and connect! Sorry this wasn’t a bit better.

    • Yes! And if you don’t care enough to translate it, just don’t bother. You sound so pretentious when you do. Ugh.

  • Oh no, a snobby weak male love interest… definitely not for me. It is never good when both main protagonists are boring and not likable. Great review Joy! :] I’ll be giving this book a skip.

    • Definitely not a good introduction to those who are not familiar with the series, IMO. But the other books are great! I hope you’ll give them a go someday. πŸ˜€

  • I would read this just for the title. It’s a shame you didn’t like it, though. Now I’d need to re-consider. Also I do not speak a word French… I could do The Book Thief, because I speak German.

    – Love, Felicia

    • Nice! I wish I speak another language besides gibberish. Lol.

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I remember reading a few favourable reviews for this one so it’s a shame that you didn’t like it more, Joy. No conflict and not so great characters? Oh dear 😐

    I hope the next one is better xD Lovely review, hun <33

    • The next ones are definitely so much better than this one!

  • Too bad you didn’t enjoy this one Joy, I really dislike when foreign phrases and words are splattered throughout a book while leaving the reader behind.

    • I know right? It’s like a private joke the author’s not willing to share. Lol.

  • It’s hard to enjoy the romance when your dislike for both the MCs is so strong. I can see how Sylvain behavior would rub you the wrong way. I have zero tolerance for snobs of any kind, so I’d probably end up feeling the same way about him too.

  • Oh sorry you did not enjoy that one. I loved the characters. I hope you like the others!

  • After a start like that I would not read more