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 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. 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.