[481]: The Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand

thechocolaterose GOODREADS SUMMARY
Series: Amour et Chocolat, #3
Kensington Books | Kindle 245 pp.
Publication date: April 10th, 2013
Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Top chef Gabriel Delange has an ax to grind. He can’t believe that the man who fired him after he’d earned him a three-star now has the gall to put out a book with his recipes.

So then he filed a lawsuit against him, and once again couldn’t believe that the man would send his daughter to try and soothe his feathers. But maybe all is not lost. Because as soon as he sees the beautiful Jolie Manon and mistakes her for prospective sous chef, albeit, an incompetent one, he knows he can try to work it to his advantage.

Jolie only ever wanted to do what’s best for her ailing father. Taking care of him while he writes his book makes up for all the time they spent estranged. Jolie knows what it’s like to lose a loved one to the profession. The family always takes a backseat to the restaurant no matter what. It’s what happened to her parents; estranged for as long as she can remember. So she must be crazy to be entertaining thoughts of a relationship with Gabriel Delange. Oh but she can’t resist!

I’ve been reading these books out of order, but it’s no biggie. In fact, you can probably treat them as stand-alones in the same world. It’s been fun reading these books no matter how I felt about the first. Romance novels are only as good as the characters in them, and these books, at least, have consistently introduced me to some pretty larger than life personalities.

Gabriel Delange is one of those. I’ve noticed that Ms. Florand do like her men big, burly, and so outside of my perception of how chefs should look like. But if there’s one thing I’ve been learning about them, is that they are incredibly dedicated people. It’s like being married to a surgeon, almost. You’ll be constantly vying for their attention, and who does painstaking work.

Chefs are like artists, too. And Ms. Florand perfectly describes the beauty of their work. I’m sort of happy Gabriel is not a pâtissier or a chocolatier. Truth be told, I’ve been experiencing phantom toothaches from reading these books. A twinge in my teeth whenever a character pops a chocolate in their mouth. Which is the most ridiculous thing I could ever admit to , I know.

Jolie is a person who likes making people happy. She coddles her father, and strokes his ego. The poor girl got stuck between two magnanimous forces (her father and Gabriel) that I felt like she rightfully deserved a bitch-fit.

In summary, aside from my experience with the first book, Amour et Chocolat is a series that I can recommend if you’re on the look out for fast, decadent romance reads. The characters are perfectly drawn out, and the plots, well conceptualized. Fall in love with the characters, and enjoy the sceneries of France!

  • The word ‘chocolate’ got my attention. It tends to do that. Seriously, Joy, I’ve been craving chocolate the entire day, and now you make me read this… xD
    Haha, I’m glad you like it though. It was a good review.

    • hahahha. this series is awfully bad for that. 🙂

  • Your phantom toothache reminds me i need to make a dental appt today. I know probably not what you were going for but hey! I remember when I used to enjoy the occasional contemp romance (shhhh don’t tell anyone but I went thru a cowboy romance phase….

    • Lol! I’m glad I can be your reminder…

  • This sounds like a fun read too. Chef hard done by falls in love with the nemesis’s daughter!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • You’d need to be reading this with a plate full of pastries or chocolate at least wouldn’t you? I can’t read about food if I’m not eating, yeah, I’m really strange like that. I’m not usually a fan of adult fluffy romances really, they all remind me of my mother’s Mills and Boon books. You know the type, they all sound pretty much the same. I’m actually surprised that you’re reading these Joy, they seem to outside of your usual almost cult following reads with funky covers. Lovely review nonetheless <3

    • Pretty much. I can’t believe I read all but one book from this series. Whelp.

  • It would definitely be interesting reading a book with a chef as a love interest, especially a big burly one hehe. Glad to hear you enjoyed it Joy!

  • It’s nice from time to time to have this kind of romance on hand. I’m not sure if I remember of the others in the series but I’ll take a closer look to them.

    • Thanks, Melliane. It’s a nice break from all the stuff I’ve been reading. 🙂

  • I’m glad you’re enjoying this series. It’s good to know that the characters feel well rounded and larger than life which can make or break a romance. Yay! 🙂

    • I’m starting to enjoy them, for sure. 🙂

  • I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember which of these books I read. All I remember is a hot French chef and chocolate. Which doesn’t narrow it down!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I’m glad that you’re still enjoying these books Joy, this one was my favourite, it was something about Gabriel and his growling that won me over 😉 And I was binge eating chocolate like no man’s business when reading these books, it was either that or flying over to Paris! Which I’m still dying to do. Fab review, I need to get back to these books soon! 🙂

    • Hahhahah! Yes. Gabriel growling is everything. 🙂

  • You keep reading all these books with food. Chocolate! Me wants, lol. <3 But not a book for me, hah 🙂 But I'm glad you enjoyed it Joy. <3 despite some issues ;p thank you for sharing about this book sweetie 🙂

  • I have a terrible sweet tooth so more than likely I would need some chocolate nearby when I read this. 😛
    Glad you seemed to like this one more than the first.

  • Sam

    I love the title, and the book sounds pretty interesting. I’m glad you liked it, and it sounds promising that you can read the books out of order. But now I’m hungry…

  • Oh good review Joy! I haven’t heard of this series before, but I’m glad you liked it 🙂

    Happy reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • The larger than life personalities sounds fun to read about

  • I want to read this book because of all the chocolate! I’m so bad with that! I may or may not have devoured an entire brownie cake by myself over the weekend.
    Anyhoo! I’m glad to see that this series is getting better. Hopefully, the next book will be yet another winner for you, Joy! 🙂
    Lovely review!

    • try these, Nick. I think you’ll enjoy them. 🙂

  • Ugh, the phantom tooth aches are the WORST. The first time I read a Florand novel, I finished two entire packages of chocolates. It was so bad. With her new series, all about roses, I have phantom nose twitches as if the perfume of these French roses is just out of my reach. It’s her prose; it just does that to you.

    But I’m so happy to see you’re growing to enjoy this series more and more, Joy! You can definitely read the books out of order–except for the last novel, Sun-Kissed, which relies on the reader knowing the secondary characters, who have appeared in all the previous books, pretty well–and I can’t wait to see what you make of the other books in this series. Wonderful review! 🙂

    • Hahhah! That is so weird. Truth be told, my first foray into Florand’s world was Snow Kissed. That one at least just focuses on Kai and Kurt. So no biggie. 🙂

  • I’ve heard great things about this series, so I’m glad to see you’re enjoying it for the most part. Good to know you can bounce around out of order as well, sometimes I like doing that because certain couples appeal to me more than others and I like to start with them:) I think this series will definitely only increase my already enormous chocolate obsession, so I’ll have to make sure the house is stocked before I start reading!

    • Lol! Hazards of reading these books. 🙂

  • Did this make you crave for ridiculous things or hungry for some reason? I love “food” books, it makes reading it 3-D sort of.

    • Yep. Lots of food I can’t pronounce. Lol.

  • I’ve come across several decent reviews for this series, and am tempted by the France locale. I don’t usually read books that are all about the romance, but these seem to have enough other elements to keep me interested. I also suspect that reading this book would give me a wicked craving for chocolate. Hehe!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • I’ve been tempted once or twice…okay more than that. 🙂 I just can’t stop reading them! Lol.

  • I think this was the book I liked least in the series. I hated how whiny Gabriel was. And Jolie kept calling him a brute even though he acted like just the opposite. I just disliked both characters.

  • It sounds maybe a bit too romantic for my taste (you are familiar with my devious taste afterall xD), but glad that you keep enjoying this series.

    Oh, I love France! I visited Paris on my last year in high school and fell in love. Beautiful city.

    • Hahahah! oh don’t I know it. I live vicariously through you. 😉

  • Mm chocolate and roses

    • well, chocolate you can eat. roses, not so much. 🙂