[486]: The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand

the chocolate temptation GOODREADS SUMMARY
Series: Amour et Chocolat, #6
Self Published | January 15, 2014
Kindle Edition
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Have you ever met one of those perpetually flirty guy? You know the type: Β one who can’t resist a wink, a nudge, and an innuendo with every word that comes out of his mouth?

Meet Patrick. Sous chef to Luc Leroi and a pathological flirt. Very few could resist his charms. Heck, very few would even dare to! Except maybe for Sarah Lin – his apprentice. Hand picked by Patrick himself, to shadow a couple of well known names in the annals of the lavish Parisian food industry. But Sarah hates him. Hates him for making sure that all her cuts, burns and bruises from working in a fast-paced environment are taken care of; hates him for making sure that she eats; hates him for making sure she gets home safely after a long, gruelling day of working in a three-star kitchen; hates him for making sure that she doesn’t take all of Luc Leroi’s cutting words to heart; hates him because he flirts with everything that moves. Most of all, she hates him because she can’t help but feel a giddy happiness every single time he does something thoughtful.

There was an underlying seriousness in all Patrick’s playfulness. He hides behind the facade of the easy-going, smiling face. Both Patrick and Sarah are afraid. Sarah is afraid to fail; because failing means she’d tuck tail and go back to California, where she’d once again disappoint her mother. Patrick, for his part, is afraid of stepping outside the shadow of his foster brother, Luc. Because for all his brilliance in the kitchen, it is not his dream. All his life, He’d been complacent to follow in his older brother’s footsteps.

Sarah’s story is heartbreaking. Her mother is a North Korean refugee who suffered the horrors of fleeing a country known for tight-fisted rule over its people. Her mother had to make a series of incredibly difficult choices that had left her scarred, and consequently, the reason why she expected a lot from Sarah.

In the end, they’d have to make some choices themselves. Least of all, is to try let the other inside. They also needed to take their careers into some heavy consideration. I love that Sarah is willing to temporarily postpone hers in behalf of Patrick’s. This doesn’t make her weak or subversive. Sometimes, giving up something important shows their incredible strength and courage. And Sarah was willing to do exactly that.

This is probably my second favourite book to this series. Florand flexed her writing muscle by telling a story that’s equally funny and heart-wrenching.

  • Based on the cover, I might not have picked this up, and I certainly wouldn’t have expected the level of depth in this novel that you describe in your review. Might need to check this one out… R x

    • It was a fun series to get lost in. If you’re looking for pure romance, these books are a must. πŸ™‚

  • I love how even when you didn’t like the first book in this series so much you continued to power through, and are now liking it a lot more!

  • I really loved this one too, Joy. I think from the synopsis you get the feeling it’s going to be a long, slow-burn to Patrick and Sarah’s romance but it has so many layers of surprising depth and these two, as a couple, are just too cute. So glad you enjoyed this one and lovely review, as always!

    • Thanks, Keertana. I’m really glad I found these books through yours and Rachel & Jasprit’s blogs. πŸ™‚

  • Fantastic review Joy… Glad you are still enjoying this series!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Yay another good one in the series. I’m sensing a theme of tragic characters that seem to find each other in these books. It takes a brilliant author to take the same trope and turn it into a believable story with sustenance. Not really sure Sarah’s ‘hate’ is called for, I’d personally would have fallen for Patrick although with all those romantic gestures to be honest haha. It’d be interesting to see how the Asian family dynamic plays into this story, Sarah’s mother’s story sounds truly heartbreaking and I can see why so much is expected of her. Lovely review, this is a series I’m keen to check out

    • I can relate. Though my parents raised us as kids who can be all we want to be, there’s still that expectations that you can’t get away from (coming from a Filipino household).

  • Hmmm not for me but I hope you enjoy it!!

    • It’s not for everyone. πŸ˜‰ Guilty pleasure.

  • I only read up to book 5 in this series, so I am really looking forward to reading this one seeing as you enjoyed it quite a bit. I remember how Sarah used to like Patrick in the previous book, so I look forward to seeing their relationship unfold! Gorgeous review as always Joy!

    • Thanks, Jasprit. I think I’ve run out of steam with this series, finally. I might pick them up again in the summer. πŸ™‚

  • Yay for another great addition to the series! I love that you are loving these so much! πŸ˜€

    • It has its ups and downs, but it’s such a great way to decompress. πŸ™‚

  • wow you’re really fast with this series, I’m impressed! It’s great that it’s still so good! You are so tempting me to try it, terrible thing lady! thanks for the review!

    • Lol!! Blame those who continue to toot this series’ horn. πŸ™‚

  • Ah, you are back to the chocolate πŸ™‚ I’m thinking maybe I should just binge on these over the summer.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Yay! I loved this one, too, well I’m sure you know that now. Laura Florand did make this alternately fun and then heart wrenching! Patrick was just sooooo sexy, and Sarah’s “resistance was futile”! Yes, I’m showing my Star Trek geek right there. Fab review, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • Lol! I am a fan of this pairing. πŸ™‚

  • I love the sound of Patrick in this book! Also, Sarah sounds like she has a heartbreaking story so I can see how these two would make a good couple. I’ve got to try this series out!!
    Gorgeous review, Joy!

    • Thanks, Nick. This series is so you! I hope you’ll give it a go some day.

  • Oh, I love that type of flirty guys in my books if they are potrayed well. Another favorite one! Glad this series still keep you interest. πŸ™‚

    • Sometimes, can’t really take him seriously. Lol.

  • More chocolate books! <3 You are amazing for still reading this series/books by this author πŸ˜€ This cover is pretty gorgeous, though. <3 Not books for me, but hopefully one day. As I do think it sounds interesting πŸ˜€ I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Joy. <3 Thank you for sharing about it πŸ™‚

  • I’m glad you enjoyed that one. I loved it! πŸ™‚

  • Book 6, well that explains it πŸ™‚ I was thinking how many are there really?