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The Chocolate Rose (Amour et Chocolat #3)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  958 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Her father’s worst enemy...

Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

One stolen rose...

And he most certainly couldn’t stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre’s own on the cover of his new cookbook.

A substitute victim...

But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a
ebook, 245 pages
Published April 10th 2013 by AOS Publishing (first published April 9th 2013)
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3.5 stars

Recipe for an almost perfect contemporary romance:

_Prepare the setting: Provence

_Add roses and jasmine to taste

_Get ready to get lost in a small quirky village

(I also live in a small town but unfortunately the thing has no quirkiness at all to it. Also I would be crazy to walk amongst its tiny dark streets in the centre of the old part of the city at night...

Fortunately I have my own Garden, so not all is lost! :D)

_Finally, get ready to meet the love of your life: He's really tall...
3 1/2 stars. Once upon a time, a man stole a beautiful rose from a beast. And when the beast roared in anger about the theft, the man's daughter offered to sacrifice herself for her ailing father's sake. So the beast asked her to stay and write a cookbook with him.

Jolie ("pretty" in French) fears that learning he's being sued will be the nail in her father's coffin; he's already depressed after a stroke that left him unable to do the deft work required of a top chef. So she goes to throw hersel
She gritted her teeth, torn between the overwhelming desire to hit him and the one to completely give in, to be just -easy. Just go with it. Just get hauled of to somewhere dark and dangerous and growled at some more

I’m going to have to say that The Chocolate Rose has been my favourite book so far of the Amour et Chocolate series, I adored the first two books; The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss, and the fantastic antagonistic relationships that Florand was able to weave into her stories,
Joy (joyous reads)
Top chef Gabriel Delange has an ax to grind. He can’t believe that the man who fired him after he’d earned him a three-star now has the gall to put out a book with his recipes.

So then he filed a lawsuit against him, and once again couldn’t believe that the man would send his daughter to try and soothe his feathers. But maybe all is not lost. Because as soon as he sees the beautiful Jolie Manon and mistakes her for prospective sous chef, albeit, an incompetent one, he knows he can try to work it
Oh, I am having so much fun reading this great series.

Its charming. I adore the heroes and the heroines. This one is very funny as neither the heroine or the heroine can stop thinking about sex. This smoldering makes for a great slow seduction and make outs

I love how open hearted and steadfast the hero is. Love it. I love that the heroine faces real dilemmas.

And then we have chocolate and the South of France and romantic gestures and everything else.

Another five star read for me. I don't think
There's a confidence in this Frenchman that is alluring, and loveliness in the language that immersed me in food and sensuality and lust. It's the sort of romance that is unashamedly romantic and I loved it.
I liked this so much. I said this to Grace yesterday, but I really enjoy the way Laura Florand takes these controlling, know-it-all alphas and introduces them to these women that utterly FLUMMOX them. It just completely and totally works for me.

Random things: I see what she meant about this being a bridge book and I'm defintely into the world she's building around the Rosier clan. That doorway scene. *fans self* Do we get Luc Leroi as a hero? Because I would be into that. He didn't seem like a s
Mandi Schreiner
Enjoyed a lot. THe hero in this one is the one that falls in love first and is so worried about getting his heart broken. Yet he is still all beastly and arrogant. Nice combo. Review coming
None of the books in this series have managed to compare to the first one for me, but I really enjoyed this. It cuts straight to the chase and is filled with sexual tension, not to mention Florand's language and engaging plots. Yet another feel-good contemporary romance that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and if you haven't already started on this series, you're missing out on something delicious! ;)
Rachel Neumeier
Am I slow or what? Because I didn’t catch that this story was going to draw on the Beauty-and-the-Beast fairy tale until about the third time Gabriel Delange thinks of himself as a “beast.”

After that the shoe finally dropped: A beast, a beautiful girl, her father who steals the rose from the beast, hello. I don’t want to make too much of this, because the fairy tale just echoes gently through The Chocolate Rose, so don’t pick this story up thinking it’s actually a retelling. It’s not. But the f
I've read a few books by Laura Florand now (The Chocolate Kiss, Turning Up the Heat) and the thing I love most about Florand's writing is that it's more like a immersive experience rather than just reading words off the page. You can taste the food, feel textures, smell flowers. Her writing is very evocative and makes me want to travel the world or eat a giant box of chocolate. (OK - so I always want to eat a box of chocolate but still…)

In The Chocolate Rose, Jolie Manon, a food writer, has co-w
4.5 stars.

So after finishing the second one at work yesterday, I then couldn't wait to get to the next one. Which I promptly read all last night.

I like so much that she has characters that can be brash and arrogant, but are humbled through the course of the book, but not in a bad way? It's not the traditional formula of bad guy with terrible manners meets the girl who changes him completely. Both our main stars have so many parts of them that make them who they are, and it's just refreshing to
Brandy Painter
Is someone had told me you could take "Beauty and the Beast" and rewrite it as a contemporary realistic romance involving pastry chefs I would have laughed. But I'll be darned if that isn't exactly what Laura Florand did. And you know what else? It's wonderful. I loved it, and this is my absolute favorite fairy tale. It is hard to impress me with stories that come from it.
Lo que más me ha gustado son los diálogos y el protagonista masculino. Es posible que se me vaya un poco la mano con la puntuación pero es que lo he pasado genial.
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Sadly, not nearly as good as the others in this series. This was barely three stars for me- I almost gave it two, in fact. Maybe I'm being a little hard on this book but after the perfection that was The Chocolate Touch, this felt uncharacteristically flat and almost lifeless, which is so unlike the other books in the Amour et Chocolate series. This was quite a bit shorter than the other books too and you could feel that in the story. There was so much potential, especially in the complicated re ...more
I've tried twice to get through this book, but Gabriel's incessant comments that Jolie's asking for it and blaming her for his sexual aggression seriously rubs me the wrong way.

The rest of the books in this series are all kinds of wonderful and whimsical, but I absolutely can't stand the hero's misogyny disguised as romantic longing and "charm" in this one.

.....yea that's basically my thought about this book, lots of OMGs and !!!!!. Gabriel, Gabriel, Gabriel. He's so much like his cousin Matt, all beastly and alpha male-y, but really just teddy bears in disguise. A marshmallow, said Jolie.

I love this a lot lot lot.
Another of Laura Florand's engaging and mesmerizing fairy tales. I came back from this five hour journey feeling loose-limbed, utterly relaxed and so sleepy. Romance, decadent chocolate desserts and the south of France- what more could one possibly ask for!

Okay that's it. Honestly never knew i would love this series. The first book didn't really made an impact to me but this one definitely did!I just love reading books that i have low expectation at first but end up surprising me :)
This series is so amazing. So sweet and lovely and I pretty much highlighted 90% of the book.
K. Bird
Laura Florand writes romances for Foodies. I mean, golly, the decadent descriptions, the mouth-watering flavors, the sensual slide naughty people, I was talking about the desserts in this book!

Laura's Chocolate series features extremely handsome chefs/patissiers in Paris (one would think that all chefs in Paris are handsome, emotionally vulnerable gods if one read too many of her books in a row) who find their love match...usually an American, or half-American, or American-educated wom
This is my first Laura Florand book and I must say it will not be my last. If I had to use one word to describe this story it would be, Delightful.

While Gabriel did come across as a bit of an jerk at the start, I actually never disliked him for it, which for me is rare (I have issues with H's that act like the world and women owe them something just because they have suffered/been hurt/grown up poor/been abused/been deceived ect), he's kind of sweet with the jerkiness, and I loved how (view spo
This is a straight-up, unabashedly romantic romance novel (it was a perfect airplane read) where the overwhelming majority of the book is just interaction between the two leads and most of the plot comes from their getting together. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with definite references to the Disney version, but doesn't take that over the top -- it's definitely here to tell its story first and foremost, which I appreciated. In the first half, the prose is just gorgeous -- lots of lu ...more
Jolie Manon is a fledgling food writer who is also taking care of her father who once was a master chef, and is now recovering from a stroke. She's recently written a cookbook with him, and has received a lawsuit from Gabriel Delange a now world renowned chef that used to work for her father. Because of her father's delicate condition, she travels to Gabriel Delange's restaurant on the other side of the country (?) to try and talk him out of suing her father. She doesn't bargain for what she get ...more
2.75. There were bits of lyrical writing, beyond the standard raptures on food and Southern France. But the story was odd... Too rushed. Almost forced out, as though she had to come up with a story for her book deal and didn't let it grow inside of her first. You get the feeling he is far more interested in having the companionship of a wife, any woman who would have him, than in her in particular. Also, she's almost TSTL in her first visit to his kitchen, it's incomprehensible that a food write ...more
Sweet enough to eat

I have mixed emotions about this work. On one hand, it's one of the sweetest, cutest stories I've read in a long time that doesn't make me want to gag. On the other hand, it's one of the sweetest, cutest stories I've read in a long time that doesn't make me want to gag.

The Good: There's a leading man that is truly both strong, hard, and utterly male and a complete soft-hearted, ooey gooey mess. It's a fine line of hating him and loving him. He's exactly that kind of guy I love
This book is a take on Beauty and the Beast, with chocolate. Jolie ("pretty") is Beauty, and she has been taking care of her ailing father. He had a stroke a few months ago and has not fully recovered use of one side of his body. Her father is threatened, not by being kidnapped by the Beast, but by being sued by him. You see, Jolie's father is a famous chef in Paris (or, was) and she just helped home write a cookbook. However, unbeknownst to her, several of the recipes, including the one Jolie c ...more
The Chocolate Rose was my book club book for this month. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It seemed like it was going to be one of those books that is just sex, not much story. I mean it starts right off when Jo sees Gabriel for the first time and it was just all about her nipples tightening all the time just on about how attracted she was to him and such. The first few chapters seemed to just be about how attracted she was to him and I just thought this isn' ...more
I have read three books by Ms. Florand in succession. I was obsessed with The Chocolate Kiss. I am not sure why. There are so many ways I would have preferred this story to be written. This one left me wanting. Partly because the romance bloomed to quickly. Partly because I find it unfathomable that these devastatingly handsome chefs have trouble finding love. That being said the explanation of the challenge of finding someone who will put up with the demanding schedule of a chef as opposed to a ...more
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Laura Florand is the international bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen books, including the Vie en Roses series (Once Upon a Rose), the Paris Hearts series (All for You), and the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief). Selected by NPR for their Top 100 Romance list, her books have appeared in ten languages, been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book of the Year, received ...more
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Amour et Chocolat (7 books)
  • The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #1)
  • The Chocolate Kiss (Amour et Chocolat, #2)
  • The Chocolate Touch  (Amour et Chocolat #4)
  • The Chocolate Heart (Amour et Chocolat, #5)
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