Series: Amour et Chocolat #4
Published by Kensington on 07/30/2013
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
La Vie en Chocolat
Dominique Richard's reputation says it all—wild past, wilder flavors, black leather and smoldering heat. Jaime Corey is hardly the first woman to be drawn to all that dark, delicious danger. Sitting in Dom's opulent chocolaterie in Paris day after day, she lets his decadent creations restore her weary body and spirit, understanding that the man himself is entirely beyond her grasp.
Until he touches her. . .
Chocolate, Dominique understands—from the biting tang of lime-caramel to the most complex infusions of jasmine, lemon-thyme, and cayenne. But this shy, freckled American who sits alone in his salon, quietly sampling his exquisite confections as if she can't get enough of them—enough of him—is something else. She has secrets too, he can tell. Of course if she really knew him, she would run.
Yet once you have spotted your heart's true craving, simply looking is no longer enough. .
To say that I loved The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand is putting my feelings mildly. Because I absolutely, completely, adored this book.
And, pretty much every reason why I adored The Chocolate Touch so much all boils down to one aspect of the story. And that is the amazingness that is Dominique Richard, the hero of this book.
Dom is a famous for the chocolate dishes he creates in Paris. He’s sexy, and has definitely had more than his fair share of sexytimes with women. But when he first notices Jaime in his chocolatiere, he really does start to fall for her. It isn’t insta-love, though, my friends, so don’t let this deter you from reading this. Dom feels like he isn’t good enough for Jaime, this small, delicate looking woman who stops into his shop every day.
Being inside Dom’s head is just amazing. The way he thinks about himself made me so sad, but the way he just adored Jaime, and wanted to perfect for her was beautiful. Dom’s this big giant of a man, whose early life involved a lot of brutality, and he feels like he could really hurt Jaime. Although it’s clear to the reader that Dom would never, ever hurt Jaime, or anyone really. He’s such a sweet man. Not that Dom doesn’t have a jealous side, because he does.
Jaime comes from a lot of money. Her family owns a huge Chocolate company, but Jaime has always felt uncomfortable knowing that she didn’t earn this wealth. So she’s always tried her best to help people, especially children, in less developed countries. And she’s done amazing things. But something terrible happened to her, and she came to Paris to recuperate. I loved Jaime. I loved how she was determined to not let what happened to her define her. But of course she is emotionally scarred, and now Jaime feels like a coward for not being able to go back to those parts of the world to help others. She often feels like she isn’t good enough for Dom. But as much as I loved Jaime, my real love in The Chocolate Touch is Dom.
The secondary characters add a lot to the story, especially Dom’s staff. I love how they give him a hard time, how they laugh at his attempts to woo Jaime, but also how the support him. It shows how wonderful a person Dom is that his staff feels comfortable ribbing him a bit.
Even though The Chocolate Touch is the only book I’ve read so far by Laura Florand, I feel like it’s safe to say that I’m a total fangirl now. I need to read more of her books, although I don’t know if anything can top this one.