[500]: Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand

Self-Published | Kindle, 300 pages
Series: La Vie en Roses, #1
January 26th, 2015
Adult Contemporary Romance

If there’s ever an environment conducive to falling in love, there is no other place more perfect than the South of France. Surrounded by roses, and big, burly, specimens of the  male persuasion, you can pretty much forget about real life.  I mean, why wouldn’t anyone want to stay there forever? I know, I would. Even though I don’t know a lick of French.

That’s where Layla Dubois found herself stranded in the middle of the night. On a quest to get away from the spotlight, she decided to check out the cottage she inherited from an “aunt” she’d never met before. When she stumbled upon a celebration of sorts, she was unprepared for the flirty Frenchman who introduced her to everyone as his girlfriend. The bear of a man was Matt; owner of Rosier Valley where her inherited cottage was on. The next day, however, she’ll find out that Matt is a tad bit possessive of his land. When he sobers up, he’ll hate himself for being attracted to the intruder who inherited a piece of his valley.

It wasn’t hard not to fall in love with the setting and the collection of quirky characters in this book. Here, you’ll meet Layla and Matt. And their meet-cute was hilariously sweet. Matt was drunk, so he was irresistibly funny. This man was just too adorable for words. He was a bumbling fool when confronted by Layla’s presence, and unable to put on/take off his shirt (you kinda had to be there, I guess).

This book has a different air than Florand’s Chocolate series. I mean, it was just as romantic, but it was somehow lighter. More fun, but it hits you when you least expect it. Like the part where Matt’s aunt talks about why she decided to give Layla the cottage. It will break your heart, I swear.

Matt is a huge barrel of a man. But somehow just a little bit more intimidating than a kitten. There is something about the way he kept kicking himself for things that he should’ve done and should’ve said. He was perpetually contrite, awkward, sweet, and kind.  He’s had a very bad experience with a former love interest who happened to be a celebrity. So when he finds out that Layla hid that fact from him, I expected an an explosion of sort. I’m always surprised when I read about two calm, level-headed adults talk their issues out. It’s a novelty in romance, for sure. So when Layla and Matt actually found a common ground, I was refreshingly surprised.

I’m glad Florand is giving her fans more books from this world. I think I speak for some when I say, thank you. Because if I can’t get to France myself, Florand’s books are the next best thing!

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Swoonuary: A Month for Romance

Swoonuary (1) Now, we all know I read and review just about anything on the blog. But I’ve also been notoriously guilty whenever I read books that are purely mind candy: tasty reads but you don’t get much “nutritional value”.

This month, I decided to join in the fun with the ladies of The Bookish Groupies as they celebrate this month of romance. How, you might ask? Well, since I’m only good for one thing, and one thing only, I decided to read a few romance books this month. This is funny to me, because before drafting this post, Carmel of Rabid Reads asked her readers if they’re “seasonal readers”. I said I wasn’t. And sure enough, here I am.

Anyway, who can resist reading sugary sweet romance books? Heck, you bet your Edible arrangement I will take advantage of any excuse to read them free of guilt! While I have been slowly easing away any former hang ups I might’ve had with reading romance books in the past, I haven’t fully embraced it! So this month, I thought it’s as good a time as any.

I’m going to attempt to read the following books:


Once Upon a Rose [La Vie En Rose, #1] by Laura Florand

Right. So I’ve been mildly obsessed with Amour et Chocolat  by this author. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve read most of the books and novellas in this series. Rachel of The Readers’ Den recently read and loved this book, so of course I had to download a copy! Seriously, Rachel and Jasprit are going to be the death of me. Any who, looking forward to reading this one!

20799724 Burn for Me [Hidden Legacy, #1] by Ilona Andrews

I’m cheating a little bit. This one is not really pure romance, but much of the ‘flailing’ reviews on Goodreads and the blogosphere touched on how fantastic the romance is in this book. I’m also killing two birds in one store here since it’s an Urban Fantasy; a genre that I decided to explore more this year. I’m dying to read this book!

20910177 Keep Me Safe [Slow Burn, #1] by Maya Banks.

I just know this book is going to be a sizzler! I’ve read a few of Ms. Banks books, and if those are any indication of what I’m in for, there’s no doubt that I’ll guiltily happily enjoy this one!


So I hope you’ll check out all the books that will be reviewed during this month. The ladies involved in this event are sweet bloggers who reached out to me to see if I’d be interested. Check out their blogs, will you?

Happy reading!

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