[478] The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand

Kensington Books | Kindle |Audible
Series: Amour et Chocolat, #2
Publication: December 24, 2012
Contemporary Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

This one was slightly better than Chocolate Thief, though frustration is, once again, the prevalent emotion throughout this novel.

Slightly fantastical, The Chocolate Kiss tells the story of Magalie and Phillipe Lyonnaise. Magalie finally found the stability her parents couldn’t give her; and in an island in the middle of Paris, her aunts and their seemingly enchanted tea shop is the place she can finally call home. Everything is threatened when Phillipe Lyonnaise moves in the neighbourhood, however.

Phillipe Lyonnaise owns a world-renowned pâtisserie. As soon as he sees La Maison des Sorcieres, he knows it’s the right neighbourhood to open up another shop. Unfortunately, the three women that own and run the mystical tea shop were not so receptive to him moving into their territory. But he’s determined to change their minds. With just a taste of his macarons, he knows they’ll be eating out of his hand. He just didn’t anticipate how stubborn the three women are. Especially Magalie Chaudron.

This book is about contest of wills and battle for supremacy. The women knew their long-standing salon de the is threatened with Lyonnaise moving into their turf. Above all, it’s Magalie’s journey to find her self-worth; to realize she could be the home for someone looking for stability themselves.

I mentioned frustration, and it was palpable with every single interaction between Magalie and Phillipe. The relationship was contemptuous, and to be honest, not really in a fun way.

For practically the majority of the novel, these two tried their darnest not to partake in each one’s creations. Because they fear that they’ll lose part of themselves. I suppose it’s the euphemism that perfectly describes the dynamics of their relationship. They’re both reluctant to give in and impart pieces of themselves they’re not willing to give.

I listened to the audiobook and also downloaded the e-book. I had to stop listening after a while because the narration wasn’t working out for me. At this point, I think I’m going to just read them on my Kindle instead of downloading the audio. It was tough listening to the English dialogues spoken with French accents. I had a hard time understanding it. Though this is just probably me. I know Rachel (The Readers’ Den) loved the accent.

For now, I think I’m moving forward with this series. I’m starting to appreciate Florand’s knowledge of pastries, chocolates, and Paris. She makes me want to savour everything France has to offer.


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