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Once Upon a Rose

(La Vie en Roses #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 ratings  ·  252 reviews
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.

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ebook, 300 pages
Published January 26th 2015 by Laura Florand
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Wendy Darling
Swoony and adorable, and MY GOD why am I not living in a rose-covered cottage in the south of France.

Review to come.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

"He was her roots. And she was his wings."

Aww hell. It must be one of the most unbelievable, cheesy, predictable and filled with innuendos (deliberate or not, I'm not quite sure yet) romance that I ever read, but I can't bring myself to rate it lower than 3. It would be like kicking a puppy!

Frankly, I had a blast reading it - even if I ADMIT, most of the time I was laughing at the book but I think it was so... TOO MUCH that it reached a special status in my heart >.< You know these B-movies
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Reading Once Upon a Rose was a pure delight! I was laughing one minute, and pulled under by a wave of lust the next, but the overall tone was happy, and I just couldn’t keep from smiling the entire time I read. I LOVED Matt and Layla’s romance!

Big, growly and gruff, Matthieu Rosier is the patriarchal heir to the Rosier valley of roses that supply perfume houses with the petals to make their fragrant concoctions. It’s his valley...well most of it is. Matt gets the shock of his life when a small,
I've been savoring this one. Once Upon a Rose, the start to a new and all-too-beautiful romance series set in the South of France, nearly begged to be read carefully. Each page a petal, thick and heavy with the perfume of roses; meant to be wafted, not inhaled.

Because I just didn't want this book to end. Florand's Amour et Chocolat series ranks among my favorite, ever, so of course I cracked open the spine of Once Upon a Rose with sky-high expectations. Florand's prose can move me to tears, affe
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Destination Romance readers

3.5 stars. If there's one thing Laura Florand does with excellence, it's taking the reader and dropping them down into a magical setting.

Once Upon a Rose had me wishing that I could be the main character in the story, just so I could visit an enchanting valley in France which smelled like Roses.

I don't even care for Roses. That's how good Laura Florand is at her atmospheric crafting.

Rose started out perfectly. It took no time at all for me to settle in to the story. Imagine your car breaking
Jacob Proffitt
Laura Florand is a new-to-me author and what a fantastic introduction. At least, for me. This story might as well have been written for me, that's how well it hit my sweet-spot.

Most of that is the two main characters, though I was additionally charmed by the setting and secondary characters. Matt is so my cuppa tea I almost stopped reading a couple of times just to savor the story longer. The big growly man with the softest heart and kindest impulses who has care written in his bones is so engag
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Mar 14, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina ~ Brunette Reader by: Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

No rating, DNFed at 50% or so, then skimmed to the end

I've tried, but I really couldn't get past all the repetitions and the cutesy-cuteness. I felt like nothing was happening except for the hero and the heroine being sweet, smelling the roses and calling each other cheesy nicknames: bear (around 29 times) and bouclettes (around 73 times).
Not even the abundant use of bad words, both in English and en français, which I don't mind if in moderate amounts (but I don't think that, among others, r
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this one, it just moved a little too slow for me, so all in all 3.5 but rounding up to 4.

Feel Good Buddy Read for March with Anna, Ian & Stacia! :)
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: Nalini Singh blog rec
5 Stars - Simply Romantic!

Life sang from the old stones, and he couldn't remember the last time it had done that for him. The last time those thousand-year-old walls had played a thousand years of hope to him and not a thousand years of expectations.

Perhaps, this is an emotional rating, but as I was trying to decide on rating this 4 stars or 5 I had a thought. I wondered does a romance have to be complicated. Once Upon a Rose is incredibly romantic and scenic too! It makes one want t
I’m such a slow reader. I’m so jealous of my friends who can read a book in one sitting and gush about it in a couple of hours, while I’m still 20 % in. It’s not even that English is not my first language, because I read slowly in Russian too. So you can imagine my horror when I realized (while reading Once Upon a Rose) that my reading pace dropped even more. What’s happened? I blame it all on Laura Florand. Her writing is gorgeous, and I kept rereading sentences and whole paragraphs.

Laura Flora
Nov 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Once upon a time, in this fantasy world named Provence, was a magic valley of roses. The owner of the (extremely expensive) land was Matthieu, a handsome Frenchman considerate enough that he repairs the car and house of a complete stranger. In the middle of the harvest of roses, which I am assuming is the busiest time of year for him. He also used to date a supermodel because, you know, farmers are invited to highfalutin perfume parties to mingle with high society.

The stranger in question is La
Damn you, book! The ending was so sweet, dammit, I don't know what to do with myself now!

Laura Florand's works have been so far more miss than hit for me, the last time I got so mad, I swore off her works completely. Yeah, I'm not much of a character in the face of temptation.

"I’ve known some people like that. Who always do what they hate the most. It’s a powerful force, masochism."

Yep, that's me. Anyway, I took a risk with Once Upon a Rose and it paid off. Yay!

You can totally recognize Florand
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
*Thank you to the author for an ARC of this!*

This was absolutely magical and charming as always. Every time you open a Laura Florand book you know you're going to get swept off your feet. The writing is so beautiful that it's as though you can see, hear, touch, smell and even taste everything in the story. The setting always comes alive and you get completely sucked in. I always love her characters. They've always got so many layers and are completely developed. The characters are so loveable bu
I know this is good.
A lot of friends I trust loved it. much talk it's driving me insane.
It's just one of those things.
You can't love every

My love affair with Laura Florand's writing continues. This is such a lovely romance. You will like. You will keep it. You will reread it. Often.

Florand has great talent in creating characters we care about and wish with all our hearts they get a happily ever after. Our hero is heir to a valley filled with roses for the perfume trade. He very much embraces who he is and is burdened by it at the same time. He has had a rough go at love with a former girlfriend who wanted him to be something diff
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet romance that was! *still floating a world of rose petals*
Made me want to go and get a bottle of Bulgarian rose oil, close equivalent to the French one :)

This full review is also published on my blog - Ellie Reads Ficion

This was a truly beautifully written love story that was a pure pleasure to read. I couldn't put it down and finished in 2 days despite my desire to savour every word, every emotion it brought to life. I almost never reread stories but I'd love to go back to this one
Review originally posted at For What It's Worth on 1/30/15:

You know that question where you have to name what books you would take with you if you were stuck on an island? I can never seem to answer that. I love a lot of books for different reasons but probably not enough to be stuck reading them over and over.

But now I think I have my answer. Anything and everything by Laura Florand. If I had her books I could travel to Paris and the valley's of France,
"She stole his roses"

While I condemn rose theft _lol _ this actually sounds good!

2nd Re-Read - April 11

I just love this book so much! *.*
I don't even care about the over the top sweetness, because I just want to hug almost everyone.
Not Tante Collete, because she would probably smack me... but hell, the woman is one tough cookie for someone who is 96 years old!
As for Matthieu and Layla?
They're sweet, cute, lovable characters with whom I just want to be best pals with.
SB*needs low angst books*
I give up.

I have been trying to read this book several times since I bought it and every single time I end up skimming more than I read. Even though it had some cute things in it, I just wasn't falling in love with it. The story was just one I wasn't truly enjoying due to the internal thoughts of the hero and the heroine and the thoughts seemed so repetitive. I just couldn't get with the flow and couldn't connect to any of the characters at all. I just felt really off with the writing too. Just
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Way too quick, and too much of a setup novel.

But the openness is refreshing - every time Layla says the honest thing instead of the expected thing, I want to clap - and the family dynamics are fantastic. Even if everything is too rushed to be completely believable, those moments elevate the entire book.

The ending is stupid, though.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review, August 2016: First Laura Florand book I've read, but it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this sweet romance set in gorgeous rural France, on a rose-grower's property. The flirting and seduction between Matthieu and Layla is so charming and romantic as they fall in love. Very little angst, which is just the way I like it. And Matthieu has a whole tribe of hot cousins, each to get their own book, I'm assuming. A fairly short book, but a very enjoyable one. Now, onto Damien's st ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, did I love this book. Which isn't a surprise - I'm a huge Laura Florand fangirl! I fell in love, hard, with her writing last year. But this is one of my favorites among her books, now, for its pure sweetness. When I finished reading (which I did in less than 24 hours, because I gulped it down like chocolate), I didn't just let out a happy Good Book Sigh. I also felt a little bit teary at how genuinely lovely and moving the ending was.

Layla Dubois is a burned-out singer-songwriter who finds o

No one drives from Paris to the Provence in ten hours (especially no American not used to France), especially not cross country. No way, no how.

The French are hospitable, they aren't arseholes and you usually get at least a few sober people despite any amount of consumed drink at a party or event.

France follows the partible inheritance system. French people are used to the fact that all children will inherit. They are used to dealing with the consequences of this law. No French family would

It is one way to sweep a woman off her feet with chocolates and flowers, but a hot man at that is another. I want my own Grumpy Bear who growls a sexy growl and loves his flowers and valley as much as he loves his lady. Serious swoon, folks! (Heart eyes) Laura Florand, where have you been hiding this French beauty?
Paige  Bookdragon
Anyone noticed the eyes of the male cover? Gorgeous. That's the only honest compliment I can give.
Camille Flores
5 gooey and mushy but firm and strong stars!!! This story was just SO lovely and Matt and Layla are like the best kind of book characters you would read but never quite imagined they'd get written and come alive within an amazing book. Did that statement make sense at all to you? I'm trying here lol :) I'm going to post a more coherent review soon. Just know that I freakin' love this book! <3

Full review:

Why did I want to read this book?

So, throw me everything Laura will ever write and I will re
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Favorite Quote: He bent his head to her ear. “Unzip your dress.”

She shivered. “Oh, God, if you growl like that…”

“Unzip it,” he growled.

Oh that growl – I think I could actually hear Matt growling all throughout this book. The start of a new series from Laura Florand, she moves out of the kitchens and into the valley of France. Matt is heir to his family’s extensive rose valley, where they grow roses that the perfume industry uses. Roses are in Matt’s blood. Growing up in this valley with his cou
Rachel Neumeier
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Words that have seldom if ever passed my lips in real life: Aww. He’s so cute when he’s drunk!

And yet, there it is. Aww. Matthieu Rosier is just so adorable when Layla first meets him, at his birthday party, at midnight, when everybody at the party is a bit smashed, Matthieu more than some. Her car broke down, see, and she walked across the rose fields to ask for help. This is how that goes:

He turned to the door and ran straight into a guest trying to slip inside the house. Her face smashed int
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review in English e em Português

I have one word for this book: Exquisite! Really, since the beginning I was enveloped by this beautiful little world of roses created by Laura.

I love all her books and until two days ago, my favorite hero of hers was Gabriel (“The Lion Prince” - of The Chocolate Rose), because he was cozy, grumpy and growly, but then I read this one and found out that Matt was even cozier, grumpier and growlier, a big bear of a man. He blushes, people!!! How on earth I’d be able
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Matt is adorable and a hottie with a melting heart.
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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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