[483]: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

chocolate touch GOODREADS SUMMARY
Series: Amour et Chocolat, #4
Kensington Books | Kindle, 305 pp.
Published: July 30th, 2013
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Dominique Richard’s personality perfectly represents the type of chocolate deserts he create: untamed, brass, and delightfully sinful. While his creations draw the wealthy masses for their decadence, there is one person who seeks the wild flavours of his chocolate for their soul-healing quality.

Jamie Corey’s guilt of being born with a silver spoon has led her to become the champion of those who can’t defend themselves. After an incident that nearly cost her, her life, she decides to get lost in the Β quiet comfort of Paris: beautiful architecture, culture, and lavish chocolates her family only hopes to achieve. One of her favourites was Dominique Richard’s chocolate shop.

Unbeknownst to one another, each felt a mutual attraction both are wary to address. But if they ever have hopes of escaping the shadows that chase them, they need to shed whatever guards they put up around themselves.

The fourth book to this series gives us more of the same: luscious deserts beyond our imagination, the elegance of Paris, and a romance that could be as unforgettable as it is frustrating. Fortunately, I’m happy to say that the featured couple in this book won me over. I’m going as far to say that Dominique and Jamie are my favourite couple.

They didn’t drive me mad with their contempt at one another as did the previous books. Jamie Corey is a shy, freckled little thing trying to learn to get back on her feet again after she was beaten to within an inch of her life. Β Surprisingly enough, Dominique was able to sense the fragility even before he learned of what happened to her.

Dominique is a big bear of a man. It’s sometimes hard to believe that he can handle something as delicate as Jamie. I supposed, if he can handle finely-spun sugar, and smooth as silk chocolat, treating Jamie with a kid glove was not as far-fetched.

This book was infinitely better than the first two books that I’ve read. The relationship is based on an almost immediate trust, so there’s very little drama to speak of. However, their story is a bit more emotionally-heavy (which I loved), due to the circumstances of Dominique’s past and Jamie’s recent tragedy.

I’m starting to enjoy these books a bit more. I can see the allure of Laura’s writing, and this series. As usual, her knowledge of the streets of Paris, the shops, and the different types of desserts ring abundantly clear with every instalment.

 

  • This sounds like a really enjoyable romance! It’s especially awesome that it’s set in Paris πŸ™‚ The couple seems sweet and I love it when there’s a lot of emotional moments throughout a novel, too. Great review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • AHA! More chocolate books, lol πŸ˜€ Love that you are reading these books, though. <3 And yay for enjoying this one more πŸ˜€ That is a big plus. And that there is less drama. I hate relationship drama in books :p Thank you for sharing about this book Joy. <3

  • Wait. A book with Paris, chocolate, and romance? Count me in! Maybe I’ll start with this one, though. πŸ™‚

  • mmmm chocolate. I’ve never heard of this series before but this book sounds really good (not just because of the chocolate). I might have to give this a read, Thanks!!!

  • What’s with all the chocolate in all these titles? xD

  • Yes, Joy! I’m thrilled Jaime and Dom are your favorite couple because they are mine as well! I love that this big, scary, bear of a man was tender enough in heart to love Jaimie and make her feel cherished and protected. She did the same for him. *sigh* Laura Florand’s intimate view of Paris continues to dazzle me and I’m reminded of how much I love the city and yearn to return every time I crack open one of her books. Excellent review! πŸ™‚

  • Now I remember your review about the previous one and I confess that you’re starting to make me very curious about this series. I’m glad you had again a good time with it. I’ll have to try to find book 1. thanks!

  • I honestly think this is the best book in the series. It’s just so heart-breaking and sensitive though it’s also swoon-worthy and adorable. So glad you enjoyed it and are finally joining the Laura Florand bandwagon! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been meaning to pick this series up (and I am not just saying that!) and I am not quite sure which book I want to start with. The obvious answer would be the beginning but being as fabulous as I am, I usually don’t read contemporary series’ from the beginning when each books focuses on a different set of characters.

    I really do like the sound of Dominique and Jamie’s romance! I know from reading Florand’s novella, that she knows how to write romances so I am not worried about how a romance as delicate as this sounds, will turn out.

    Fantastic review, hon! πŸ™‚

  • Favourite couple?! Wow! You don’t usually throw that around willy-nilly, so that’s definitely impressive. This book reminds me of an adult version of Anna and the French Kiss. I must say it sounds a lot deeper and more emotionally stimulating that Anna. Both characters sound so believable, and I’m glad the romance is real. Lovely review, may have to check this one out soon πŸ˜€

    • Well, favourite among the couples in this series at least. πŸ˜‰

  • I like the sound of Dominique in this one

  • You’re the third blog I follow that enjoys this series. I should visit the library and see if they have this or ask them to buy it. Love the key elements, totally my kind of cuddle read

  • This sounds like a winner to me! I love my romances that are heavy on the feels but light on the actual relationship drama, so I think this is something I would really enjoy. I can tell it’s going to make me hungry for all kinds of desserts though:)

    • This one is actually my favourite among the books in this series, so yeah! Highly recommended.

  • Glad this series is getting better and better for you!

  • Woo! So glad this series is going so much better for you, Joy! This one sounds more like it would appeal to me. I love that there is almost immediate trust between the two of them and that there isn’t much drama. I think I’ll just start this series with this book!
    Lovely review!

  • This review makes me wanna visit Paris again! Glad the books are getting better and you even found your favorite couple. I’m weak when it comes to emotionally-heavy stories too.

    • These books either make me want to go on a chocolate binge eating, or book a flight to France. Lol.

  • Oh I am so glad you are enjoying this one more. I loved Corey so much. I think this book was one of my favorites. And you have been tagged! πŸ™‚ http://bookbinges.blogspot.it/2015/01/tbr-tag.html

    • Oh! Thanks for the tag, Cyn. I need to check it out. πŸ™‚

  • Mmm chocolate, mmm Paris