The Chocolate Touch Book Review *Laura Florand*
Synopsis: 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.
If there is an author you should be reading, it’s Laura Florand. Her Amour et Chocolat series is as wonderful and rich as the sweet chocolate candy most of us have mad cravings for. I’m a chocolate addict, and I can say I’m addicted to Laura’s writing and characters, and how she brings forth the sights and sounds of Paris in her books. The Chocolate Touch is a bit different from her prior books, mainly in terms of the sensuality factor. The passion is more intense here, and it works marvelously! You will swoon for the gruff, burly, at times socially awkward, Dominique who falls hard for the emotionally scarred heroine, Jaime. Their connection, interactions and then their love affair is a thing of beautiful with so many sigh worthy moments.
There are so many wonderful lines and descriptions used not only about the tasty treats Dom creates, but about Dom himself. I fell hard for Dom the moment we’re told that not only is he an oversized fellow, but he wears leather and rides a motorcycle!
“Standing there, oversized for this froth of a place, in his black motorcycle leathers, with his shaggy hair and his stupidly shaved face. He, who shaved at best once every four days, had shaved every single damn morning for the past week.”
Dom loves making chocolate and is a genius at it, but he feels he’s too hairy, large and not good enough because of his humble beginnings. When he meets Jaime, a woman who has been though an unspeakable trauma, Dom falls heads over heels in love with her. He’s so smitten with Jaime to the point he becomes a pile of goo around her. Dom feels like a big old marshmallow when he’s with Jaime, and he admits it:
“Bordel, there went that gooey, swollen marshmallow feeling again. What was wrong with him?” (I can’t help compare Dom to a Smore. Ha!)
He wants to protect Jaime and be her knight in shining armor. But Jaime has secrets, specifically her true identity she keeps from Dom. The thing is, Dom doesn’t care what Jaime’s hiding. He’s only concerned with making her happy and fulfilled, and that means by feeding her soul, not only with his delicious chocolates but with hot sex. The love scenes here are scorching hot and very erotic in tone. These two connect on a deep level that builds because of their lust and finally their love they have for each other. Dom heals Jaime’s wounds, and she in turn shows how beautiful he is both inside and out.
After I finished, I wanted to jump on a plane to Paris and find my own hunky chocolaterie. Dom oh la la, you big old teddy bear of hotness!
There are also more than enough cutesy and ha-ha moments here that will make you giggle. The Chocolate Touch is the gold standard of what a romance should be. (Kensington Publishing)
Final Grade: A-
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