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The Chocolate Heart

(Amour et Chocolat #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  186 reviews
No one hates Paris—except Summer Corey. The moody winters. The artists and their ennui. The inescapable shadow of the Tour Eiffel. But things go from bad to worse when Summer stumbles into brooding, gorgeous chef pâtissier Luc Leroi and indecently propositions the hero of French cuisine...

Luc has scrambled up from a childhood panhandling in the Paris Métro to b
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Kensington
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m addicted to Laura Florand’s Chocolate series. Her beautiful prose and descriptions of fine chocolate, food (mostly desserts!) and of Paris, a city so enchanting which comes through beautifully in her stories. But most of all it’s her crafting of romances that has completely won me over. With that said The Chocolate Heart was a bit difficult for me.

Summer Corey is back in her personal hell: Paris. Paris is where her parents dumped her off in boarding school when she became too old to cart ar
Sam (AMNReader)
Was this book over the top saccharine? Too much? Just enough?

I can't quite decide. I have lots of highlights. I enjoyed Laura Florand's writing, as usual. She's researched, and she is detailed. (In fact, it sounds like part of her research for this was in the late Laurent Jeannin's kitchen) I believe this level of detail really throws you into her books, and at the very least they don't feel lazy or shortcut. Her books are very sensuous, and this was no exception. I remember when I r
MB (What she read)
Happy sigh....a wonderful read!

Cover Art: looks like Florand has been screwed again by the Bad Cover Art Fairy

BTW, Publishers and Cover Artists: Any 'hero' on the cover who immediately makes me think of Nicolas Sarkozy makes me go 'Bletch and Glrgh!' NOT 'Yum!'. I don't think that was your intention?!?
This is finely written angsty romance where two fairly tortured souls fall in love. The baggage each of the them carries is weighty and Florand does a lovely job allowing the heroine and the hero to remain themselves as they fall in love.

The second half of the book is very fulfilling and there is a simply divine and heartfelt epilogue. Again, I am always impressed by the lilting psychology of this series and the romance tucked into the very realism of what it means to be human and what love rea
Usually, after the initial honeymoon period wears off – generally around the third or fourth book in a series – I begin to become wary. Whether it be Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson, there always comes a time when my stomach churns, my mind imagines all the worst case scenarios, and I settle down to read a book with crossed fingers, toes, and hair strands. When it comes to Laura Florand, however, whose Amour et Chocolat series is made up of companion novels, my trust is never shaken. It’s a comfo ...more
(reviewed from an e-arc provided by NetGalley. A long time ago. Better late than never!)

If you've read other books in the "Amour et Chocolat" series, this is in some ways a familiar dance: an American heiress in Paris, and the French patissier who woos her with unbelievable desserts. But there's a bit of a twist here: Summer Corey's childhood love for both Paris and desserts have been twisted into hate. (Rather than Florand's usual fairy tale source, this story draws on Greek mythology, with Pari
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance Fans
"Welcome to my kingdom, Summer Corey."

Luc Leroi, the most coveted chef in Paris, used to panhandle on the Metro with his father. His days of dancing and doing tricks are in the past. Now people clamor for a taste of him, but not Summer. She refuses his exquisite confections.

Like some sweet little beauty had stroked her hand down his body, curled it around his dick, and then slapped the fucking hell out of him.

Summer Corey, the only child of jet-setting parents, found some self-worth on a remo/>
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5. Lovely setting in the world of Paris and chocolate and fine food and sexy French chefs. I liked both Luc and Summer. But not my fav Florand book overall. It was little too angsty. Summer's parents were simply horrible. Also, at times the writing was a little intense and it was a bit difficult to work out exactly how Luc or Summer were feeling. But still, love the setting and this world Ms Florand has created.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica
Don't be fooled by the cover! I was excited when I found this author because the covers for this series look sweet and romantic.

I did not expect the sex to be so rough and dominating. The blurb certainly didn't give any indication that it would be, and the cover is at odds with the actual content. The hero is constantly grabbing at the heroine and shoving her and restraining her. Their intimate scenes are all about control and domination. He's the one in charge, and she's passive and
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I adore Laura Florand's Amour et Chocolate series, and that's all there is to it. But this installment, unfortunately, stalled out for me. It certainly wasn't for a lack of intensity or emotion, as Ms. Florand always comes through in spades on both fronts. Rather, it was because the intensity of Luc and Summer's emotions grew so hateful and dark (and did so so quickly) that I struggled to catch up with them and then to care about them being together at all. They seemed utterly mismatched. They both despe ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fv, favs, florand
Luc and Summer

Loved this one. Loved it. So emotional and the angst about killed me. It was perfect. Everyone should be reading this series. Heart is the best yet. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Summer Corey, heir to the Corey hotel fortune, has been given a hotel. She doesn’t want it but in order for her kids to receive the technology they need her father has bribed her. He gave her a Parisian hotel to run for three months in exchange for the satellite her school children so b
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
For those who follow my blog, you know that this is one of the few series that I consistently rave about. The Amour Chocolat series is like a decadent whirlwind trip to Paris from the comfort of my own couch.

Each book in the series has gotten a little darker. The heroes have always been larger than life and arrogant but the last two books in particular have given them an edge. The Chocolate Heart is SUPER angsty. Not something I usually love in my books but I think it works here.

Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Lady Lioness
4.5 stars.

I had an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, but I ended up getting a copy out of the library and I read that instead. I love the convenience of e-books, but sometimes I just want to read certain books as paper.

I really, truly, enjoyed this one. It was lyrical and magical, and while normally these types of misunderstanding-driven books irritate the hell out of me, I could get behind this one because I understood it. It was easy to see why the misunderstandings were happening and th
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
In this book, Summer Corey (daughter of a famous billionaire) hates Paris more than anything else, which stems from her being sent to a boarding school in Paris when she was younger. She has escaped the media's attention by living on an island in the South Pacific for the past three years teaching school in a rural community. She is lured home by her father with the unwanted gift of a luxury hotel with one promise: spend three months in a city she hates and give running a hotel a try and after t ...more
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF. There were so many unnecessary misunderstandings in this. Somehow they expected each other to psychically understand the other's internal monologues and DEEP PERSONAL ISSUES stemming from childhood problems that were mentioned on literally every other page, but were barely articulated at all. They were both mad at each other for no significant reason, and tbh if some guy sent me pastries all the time even after I had specifically said I didn't eat them, I would be creeped out. LET IT GO, LU ...more
Brandy Painter
It has been a long time since I've found an author whose books I wait for with eager anticipation and plan an entire evening around on the day a new book comes out. It's been even longer since one of those authors has been a writer of adult fiction. BUT THESE BOOKS. They are some of my favorite books of the year, every single book in this series. I love Florand manages to bring a fresh angle to each story even though they have so many similar elements, and each one (except The Chocolate Thief-unless I misse ...more
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everything HURT and was so beautiful! If I thought Magalie's mother was a bit selfish and didn't really see her daughter outside her self well I had NOTHING on Summer's TERRIBLE PARENTS. They were so incredibly terrible and Summer was so affected by their emotional negligence of her. I loved so much that it wasn't about her suddenly falling in love with Paris, and that in this book the romance didn't fix everything easily. That both Summer and Luc had to look for a compromise of what they both w ...more
Angsty but sweet

Four sweet stars. This is the third book of Laura Florand's that I've read and it's the angstiest by far with both Luc and Summer having childhood emotional scars arising from parental neglect/abandonment. What I loved as always are the beautiful desserts described and the build-up of attraction between the main characters. I deducted points for the re-use of the plot line involving the heroine not eating the hero's delectable creations. I loved it in The Chocolate Kiss, here
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with this story a little in the beginning half because of the misunderstandings between the two characters, especially on Summer's behalf, but as the story unfolded I was much more appreciative of the well-crafted characters. Luc and Summer are lovely together once they really connected and I also love Luc and Patrick's bond, because they both look out for each other, which I also saw in The Chocolate Temptation. Still impressive descriptions of chocolate and desserts I want to sob because they don ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I loooooove this series. But - the heroine in this one gave me a headache. I understood her actions and why and how and all of that. I think her backstory was very well done and her low self-esteem and her daddy issues were all explained properly.

But I just didn't have fun reading about her. I got exhausted from her.

Luc was super hot and sexy.

I reallllllly hope Patrick's book is next :)

Full review coming
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
More like 3.5

This one just missed the mark for me. I'm not entirely sure why because Florand's writing was still as evocative and descriptive as ever, but something about the pairing felt off. And it just seemed like their conflict was treading water for so long without being propelled along as happened in other books of the series.

Honestly, Patrick was the best part of this for me.
I couldn't sleep last night so I ended up reading this one, and it's way overdue too

and wow, this is different. I was used to the easygoing and lighthearted tone in all the other books and it's like Laura did a 180 with this one. I put off reading this forever because the first 1/4 was hard to get into; there's something about Summer that makes it difficult to like her at first, but then I passed the mark and she turned out into somebody different and more interesting.

I'm not a fan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very angsty and emotional, not as light as her other books but I still really liked it. I don't usually go for miscommunication plots but this one made sense as the big miscommunication was more.... intimate details you just -wouldn't- share with someone and they kept misinterpreting each other's motivations and personalities until they naturally started to discover each other more.
Christy J
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A good solid “meh”...I made it through the whole was an easy read, but the “romantic parts” were ridiculous with the overuse of “her sex” 🙄 Too simple and cheesy, even for me!
Margreet Asselbergs
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐

Spoiled little rich girl, that is how Summer Corey is seen by the world, but nobody has ever bothered to look beyond the surface. After a childhood filled with endless hotels, nannies, boarding schools, buy offs and the inevitable adolescent self-destructive rebellion by Summer, she disappears from the spotlight and her family's control, to find solace with an underprivileged island community. Far from the papperazzi, public opinion and her father's scorn, she is fi
Ashley F
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was posted at Tsuki’s Book Blog on November 17, 2013.

"By the end it was like a beautiful dessert in itself."

Do you have some chocolate handy? I think I should start with that. If you don't, go find some because this book is going to make you want some and you are going to want it right now! This was my first experience with Ms. Florand and let me tell you, it was an experience.

Summer Corey is a poor, little rich girl. Drug out of island paradise and forced to run her fathe/>"By
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Closer to 3.5 stars

There were parts of this book that were hard to like while there were some really strong parts that made me feel so strong for the two main characters. Things started off really strong. In The Chocolate Heart, we've got two characters who are searching for someone to truly see them. Summer is the spoiled, rich brat whose daddy has just bought her a hotel. A hotel she hates in city she hates even more. She definitely uses the spoiled heiress persona as a shield and as a weapon so th
Kvkeith laurie
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dialogue, and these are some delicious words, are what makes this book. Laura Florand has allusions to taste, texture and feeling throughout the book. You end up not only hot and bothered, but really hungry (for chocolate or french financiers). She pulls you in at the very beginning: "the man curled like a whip around her attention and yanked it to him." This sets the stage for Summer Corey (reluctant new owner of a grand hotel in Paris with a Michelin three star rating) to meet Luc Leroi (t ...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 (9 books)
  • The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #1)
  • The Chocolate Kiss (Amour et Chocolat, #2)
  • The Chocolate Rose (Amour et Chocolat, #3; La Vie en Roses, #0.5)
  • The Chocolate Touch  (Amour et Chocolat #4)
  • Heart's Gift (Amour et Chocolat)
  • Practice (Amour et Chocolat)
  • The Chocolate Temptation (Amour et Chocolat, #6)
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