Series: La Vie en Roses #1
Published by Self Published on 01/26/2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
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.