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Shadowed Heart: A Luc and Summer Novel

(Amour et Chocolat #5.5)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Three words, to shake a man’s existence.

Three words, to call on all a man’s strength, all his courage, all his love, and all his ability to hope and dream…and trust.

Three words, to wake up every fear a man has ever had.

“I’m pregnant, Luc.”

Now how could a man be perfect enough for that?

Romantic Times calls Laura Florand's writing "sensuous and sumptuous", awarding her their
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Published December 3rd 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published November 22nd 2014)
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Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shadowed Heart was a beautiful continuation of Luc and Summer’s story. As usual Laura Florand manages to dig deep into my heart and stir up so many emotions! A definite must for any fan of the Amour et Chocolat series!

Luc and Summer had the happily ever after in The Chocolate Heart when they marry, but Shadowed Heart covers the early months of their marriage before the glorious epilogue contained in the The Chocolate Heart.

I love how Laura Florand captures the realities and ups and downs of a
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been stalking NetGalley for months, now, just waiting for the next Florand novel to appear. I've read and re-read Florand's novels so often that to re-visit an old favorite doesn't quite give me the same pleasure as cracking open the spine of a new one. Thus, despite the fact that I've read other Florand novels only earlier this year, and re-read a handful of her books recently, picking up Shadowed Heart felt like coming home after a long, long break.

While the majority of Florand's titles
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well written as always, just way too angsty, for which I'm not in the mood... ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review

3.5 stars

It is not exactly what expected but I loved the trademark intensity of emotion we get in Ms Florand's stories.

And I just have to give my two cents on the cover. While I appreciate a sexy naked male torso as much as the next girl, I just don't think it fits the story. It reminds me of a much darker, more erotic, even paranormal story and not the contemporary romance that it is.

The blurb is pretty vague so my review might
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Laura Florand’s delicious and heartfelt stories told so beautifully in the Chocolate series have given readers several couples whose tales of love thrill the heart and evoke deep, intense emotions. Luc and Summer Leroi are probably the hardest couple to love and the ones who need to learn how to love and be loved more than any of the others. In THE CHOCOLATE HEART, Luc’s dark and difficult childhood gave insight into his need for perfect control whether at work or personally in order to keep his ...more
This book actually broke my heart. I pretty much cried from the beginning to the end, whilst muttering 'I can't do this'.

Luc and Summer just broke my heart. We've got these two broke people who still can't understand how much the others them and constantly push them away and I just can't. Everytime we had a moment were Luc was reflecting on his childhood (especially when he took out his box, especially that) I pretty much wanted to lie on the floor and just grossly sob out loud at 1am. It was p
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Luc and Summer

Loved it. Especially loved the second half. That Patrick, he kind of stole the show. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was wonderfully achy. And even if I hadn't enjoyed it just for that, the end with Patrick and Luc would have made me love it because, BOYS.

This was great.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Gah I love this series! Such a cute/angsty/passionate follow up for Summer and Luc. Adored.

Patrick stole the show at the end.

Review coming
I love how the whole series cast rallied around Luc and Summer, and I also love that we get to see Gabe and Jolie Delange as well <3
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shadowed Heart is such a perfect title for this book. Both of these characters have shadows on their insecure hearts. Perfectionist Luc, trying to get everything just right to be worthy of his Soliel, self-doubting Summer trying to be enough as she is. I absolutely loved this story. Every single bit of it.

Summer feeling alone and isolated and terrified that being scared and lonely means there is something lacking in her. I wanted to slap her mother repeatedly, even for such a brief appearance in
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laura Florand writes as if every novel is a five-course meal, with every flavor, scent and texture to be found in her words. Shadowed Heart is as nuanced and delicate as a perfect dessert, but underneath the beauty and perfection is the pain of two people finding their way through the damage their imperfect lives have wrought.

Luc and Summer's love story suited them perfectly. And now they're navigating the happily ever after exactly as they know how. Their emotions are real and raw and at times,
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good 4.5. I'm really into half ratings apparently.

But, Luc and Summer have been my favorites out of this series, and when she said she was doing a follow up sequel, I was so excited. I actually got to see an early draft and it moved me to tears. Which is the strength and point of Florand's writing.

This was a great follow up that realistically portrayed the fact that these two have lots of things to work on both together and separately. That life has treated them unkind, but that going forwar
This book is a delightful gift for fans of this series. We get a continuing happily ever after for Luc and Summer with the tender reality of what it really means to marry and start a family of your own.

While I really savored the parts of the story focused on Luc's struggles to accept that he was truely loved and Summer's search to find a enriched self, I must confess my favorite parts were the with the other characters coming in to lend support and love to the couple.

Can't wait for new books i

I kind of want Laura Florand to just keep writing stories about the current batch of characters.

Except I'm excited for the ones that are previewed at the end.

And Nico very much needs a story.

Originally posted on 12/22/14 on For What It's Worth:

I think I have run out of ways to gush over Laura Florand’s writing. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there is just something about the way she climbs so deep into a character’s soul that it seems like I inhabit them for the duration of the story.

Florand’s writing is immersive and evocative. After reading the Amour et Chocolate series I’m pretty sure I know everything about living in Franc
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I won an ARC from the author in exchange for a review.

This review contains spoilers.

Rating: 4.5

If you haven’t read the Chocolate Heart, I recommend you do before reading this follow-up, Shadowed Heart, featuring Luc and Summer. They are now married and Summer has just confirmed that they’re expecting their first baby. The Chocolate Heart took place in Paris, but they’ve moved to the south of France as a compromise and Luc’s opened his own restaurant, working insane hours. It’s amaz
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

Only the sun can shine light on this shadowed heart.

Consumed by the desire to be perfect in all things, arrogant chef patissier, Luc Leroi’s fear of failure is crippling him.

Luc needs the light and warmth of his soleil, his wife, Summer Corey Leroi, but the world sees her as a vapid, spoiled billionairess.

With this story, a continuation of Luc and Summer’s story that began with The Chocolate Heart, Florand has created something that veers slightly, not completely, away from not only
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This lovely book was extravagantly delicious! I have a special place in my little heart for Luc and Summer. We begin this tale just a few short months after the story closed in The Chocolate Heart (prior to Epilogue). Luc has opened a new restaurant in Provence and our young couple is continuing the whirlwind that is their love story. It is like a perfect storm, let me tell you! Poor Luc is completely flummoxed now that he has left behind the safety and comfort of his carefully built empire in P ...more
Brandy Painter
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Those fives stars are completely reflective of how this book reads as a sequel to The Chocolate Heart. Don't read this without reading The Chocolate Heart first. It's not meant to be a stand alone.

BUT OH MY. Laura Florand is so good at writing about marriage and the obstacles that couples often have to face and overcome to make happily ever after a reality: the work that goes into it, the doubts, the fights, the making up, and the compromise. I just love how she does this. It is so nice to have
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was relieved when I learned that Luc and Summer were getting another book. Of all Florand's characters, those two were the ones I worried about most in the long run. They both have major issues from their past to deal with, along with an inability to admit any kind of emotional vulnerability.

So despite their happiness at the end of the last book, I wasn't surprised when the first half of this book had them dealing with the same insecurities as before. Only this time they're magnified because
Maria Rose
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful treat this story is! It's a continuation of Luc and Summer's story, told to us in The Chocolate Heart, with a smattering of other beloved characters thrown into the mix. Told in alternating viewpoints, Luc and Summer are expecting their first child, an event which brings up insecurities for both of them as they reflect on their own less than ideal childhoods. They love each other, yet are still afraid to reveal these insecurities, and the lack of communication between them is de ...more
Moon Love
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Wow. I was afraid to read this book. I knew Luc and Summer hadn't worked all their issues out, and any more story was going to lead to further conflict. That's why I didn't read this book for so long. I loved Luc and Summer and didn't want to see them go through any rough times. I forgot that even though times might get tough and horrible things might happen, Luc and Summer would have to deal with their demons causing all the trouble, eventually leading to a better resolution aka a hap
MB (What she read)
Very good -- full of feelings

I reread the last half of Luc and Summer's story in prep for this, and was very glad I had. The epilogue was set after this book, and gave me hope through L&S's hard times. (Pretty dark. But realistic for their characters, and while in such a transitional period?)

That said, I loved the way this book ended happily and inside a community of caring! (Particularly since I'd been snarling and muttering at them to do exactly that all along! (Grin)

Surprise star character =
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing


I can't believe I didn't read this the second it came out. To be fair, I think I'd forgotten how much I actually love Luc and Summer. They might be my second favorite pairing after Magalie and Philippe? THEY ARE SO GREAT. I loved the way this story came together, that everything isn't always perfect from day 1, but that they are still so good for each other and know that, deep down. It was just so lovely.

That said, the real highlight of the book for me was AL
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed getting to see Luc and Summer more. While I got a little frustrated with them sometimes, it was pretty realistic to their characters. Also, I loved seeing all of their friends, and characters from previous books, come to their assistance when they were needed. It was especially sweet to see the interaction between Luc and Patrick, because they are both such tough nuts to crack. I really would love to go back and revisit other characters from this series in this way, too—I'm root ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I wasn't sure at first what we were getting as Luc and Summer were both living in their head and not really doing much actual living. But then I recalled that is how those characters were in their original stories as well.

Full review to come on the blog closer to pub date but I loved the natural evolution in this book. We also get to see some of the rest of the gang in a way I really enjoyed. Basically loved the whole book.
Luc and Summer are expecting their first baby, and all the insecurities that come with it. I was happy to revisit this couple and glad to see they were still a relationship in progress. Marriage vows and professions of love didn't magically heal these broken characters. Lucy is scared Summer will leave him if he is nor perfect and Summer thinks she needs to be strong and handle her pregnancy alone. Loved seeing all the other couples come together to help Luc and Summer. ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful love story, fascinating characters and .........chocolate! Full review on Dec. 6th at http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The thing about this book -- I found it deeper and more complex than its predecessor "The Chocolate Heart." It may be a bit more angst-ridden, but I love how the author managed to stretch out, detail, and resolve all of the issues Luc and Summer had left open-ended in "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

Other books in the series

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)
  • The Chocolate Heart (Amour et Chocolat, #5)
  • Heart's Gift (Amour et Chocolat, #5.6)
  • Practice:  A Patrick and Sarah Short Story (Amour et Chocolat, #5.7)
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