Review: Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand

Review: Once Upon a Rose by Laura FlorandOnce Upon a Rose by Laura Florand
Series: La Vie en Roses #1
Published by Self Published on 01/26/2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt out rock star Layla—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten heritage in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loudly. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

A few weeks ago I posted a review of the first Laura Florand book I ever read, The Chocolate Touch. You know that post, the one where I just gushed over how much I loved Dom, the hero? Yeah, well, my review for Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand is going to go in the same direction because man oh man did I love the hero in this one.

So I’ve only read two Florand books, but I think it’s safe to say that she has a way with writing heroes that is extra special. Matt, the hero of Once Upon a Rose, is a guy you just can’t help fall in love with. Matt Rosier is next in line to run the Rosier rose business. The Rosiers have grown roses in the valley for generations, and these roses are used for the best perfumes. Matt is this big giant of a man. He’s super strong, and gorgeous and he has 4 male first cousins approximately his age, too.

I don’t know how to adequately describe what a wonderful character Matt is. You’ll have to read Once Upon a Rose to truly understand his wonderfulness. But I will try a little because I just want to gush about him. Like I mentioned, he’s this giant of a man. He’s usually confident, he’s definitely gorgeous and sexy, and the ladies love him (and all his cousins), he’s a hard worker, and he’s quite wealthy. BUT there is so much more to Matt. He’s shy sometimes, and he blushes. He blushes in the most adorable way. And the way he is with Layla is just the most adorable thing you will ever see. Sometimes he’s a little clumsy, but not in a Bella Swan way. More of a “I’m a giant man who doesn’t always have the best control over my limbs, especially when it comes to T-shirts” way. I just adored him from the first time I met him when he was celebrating his 30th birthday and slightly tipsy.

As for Layla, who is a successful musician, well, I liked her. I can’t say I loved her because I never truly connected with her. I did get a little bored with all the musician, song writing talk, but again I didn’t hate it either. I do wish I could have strongly connected to Layla, because then this book would have been near perfect, but even so, this book is still 4 stars for me.

The settting, this valley of roses, has to be mentioned too. It was beautiful, and Florand did such a fantastic job making me feel like I was there. I loved the valley, and this small town. And all the characters were amazing. Matt’s family is dynamic and realistic. They way they interacted with each other was just so much fun. And I loved Tante Collette. Basically, I need to read MORE Laura Florand just so I can meet more of her heroes, because they are really something special.


10 Responses to “Review: Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand”

  1. Chachic

    Quinn, I love seeing you gush over Laura Florand’s books! They’re such good romances and it’s so much fun to read them. Once Upon a Rose is one of my favorite reads this year. I fell in love with the Provencal setting when I read the novella A Rose in Winter (Raoul’s story) and I’ve been itching to read more books from that series since then. I also found Matt adorable, really I want my own Matt! He’s just this growly bear of a man but is an absolute marshmallow inside. Plus the Rosier men have such strong family values, which I love. I liked Layla as well, I could relate to her loneliness and how she wants to put down roots.

    Are you planning to read A Wish Upon Jasmine soon? That’s another good one! It will be interesting to hear what you think of it.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I want my own Mattt too. And his trouble with t-shirts. seriously, how adorable was that? I definitely want to read more of Florand’s books but I’m not sure which one will be next. I am definitely going to look into Jasmine, now, though.

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    Gosh! I really need to read a Laura Florand book. I love the sound of this hero already. Especially because he blushes. I mean who even can resist that? I think I’ll start with this one. I can’t wait to pick it up! 🙂
    Lovely review, Quinn!

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Oh you’re making me so eager to try Florand’s books! This sounds lovely too, and great that Matt won you over so much. I was thinking from the synopsis that this would have a Beauty and the Beast vibe – does it? Also the roses thing made me think of it. I’m planning to read The Chocolate Touch and probably will pick this one up too! 🙂

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    This sounds wonderful! I love a big, gorgeous hero who blushes. The setting sounds like a bonus as well.

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