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The Frenchman

(Jet-setters & Jeopardy #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Meet The Frenchman.

His name is Louis Messette. He’s rich. He’s ruthless. And he’s in for a surprise when he meets American Fleur Smithers. The daughter of his family’s arch enemy—Marie the Mercenary, the sworn eradicator of crime in Toulon’s ports—is sexy as sin. And gullible as hell.

College grad Fleur Smithers thinks moving to France to spend a year with her newly found
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published July 2015 by L.A.Y. Books (first published December 2nd 2014)
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
☆ I received an RC via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

The Frenchman was a great start in this brand new series that I have decided to stalk and keep an eye on!!

Granted, it could have used some expanding and fleshing out with the plot and characters a tad bit more, but over all, I enjoyed it a lot.


So, the story:

After learning of her birth lineage, Fleur LaSalle Smithers, travels to a small seaport town in Toulon, France to get to know her of her roo
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 40%.

This book was unbearably bad because of the h. This idiot grows up with a strict adoptive mother who teaches her to behave like a lady and not be slutty. Then the h goes to live with her birth mother in France for a year. One night this donkey is out with her slutty BF and they meet a couple of guys. The H and the h do not communicate with each other AT ALL bc he only speaks French (or so she assumes). The h's BF pressures her to take the guys to an apartment. Never mind that they are
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to Lesley Young's work last year when I read Sky's End, an absolutely brilliant Sci-Fi romp through the stars with some hothothot aliens and enough sexual chemistry to boil ectoplasm. It was exactly my cup of tea: action, thrills and spills, mystery, a fiesty heroine and a dash of romance. Loved it! So it was on the strength of that alone that I agreed to try this book out, despite the fact that erotica isn't really my forte. I'm not even sure The Frenchman needs to be lab ...more
Courtney LaSalle
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
I looooved ittt!

The Frenchman is the first book I have ever read by Lesley Young, but I can assure you, it wont be the last. I loved this book!
The characters are Awesome, every single one of them. Fleur is definitely my favorite female character, even though she can be a bit spineless, I can live with that. I mean how can you be angry when you have a hot guy spitting compliments at you in french? Another great thing about Fleur is her realness. besides for being spineless, I was definitely able
Rachael Orman
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story from the first page! I loved that there was more than first appeared.

It's a love story, but with twists that are awesome and I found myself agreeing with the main character going WHAT.. WHY.. OOOOOOHHHHH..

I found myself really rooting for them to find a way to make it work through all the turbulence and lies they end up dealing with, which is rare for me. Normally I expect it, but I really didn't know if they would be able to make it work and was pleading for them
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Tiffany's Review:

I don't think I have ever read a crime/romance of both worlds!! The main character Fleur is so innocent when she first travels to live with her birth mother in France. It didn't take long for her to find love...or was it trouble?! Fleur and Louis relationship had me happy one minute and angry the next!!! I was also dying to know about her birth parents relationship!!! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another Lesley Young book! I give The Frenc
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Have you ever just went into a book with very little idea of what you're getting yourself into? At the time I signed-up for this lovely blog tour, the gorgeous hunk you see above was not on the cover yet. The premise and the French setting intrigued me and of course I adore a good romance. I for some reason was picturing an older/mature Frenchman. Maybe cultured etc. Wise. How did I miss the hot, international rugby part?

I thought to myself "What the heck, it sounds good and I would love try som
Good Gravy. This was sexy sexy sexy. A hot french arrogant rugby player with a criminal past. A sweet american college girl seeking to spend time with her mom. A fast paced storyline that dabbles in quite a few tropes. Drama, action, racy sex scenes, and heart swooning ending. My first time reading this author but won't be my last. ...more
compelling mafia romance. Told from the heroine's perspective. Some Drama. Needed epilogue. ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To be perfectly honest, I didn't think much of the synopsis or cover of this book, but I was in the mood for a quick, light read so I thought I'd give it a go, and I'm really glad I did!

The Frenchman is a page-turning romance (bordering on erotica), set in Toulon, France where innocent and naive Fleur Smithers is spending a year getting to know her police-officer birth-mum.

The relationship between the two is interesting. The
Paula  Phillips
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Fleur Smithers, a girl from the States and someone who had grown up living a pretty sheltered life decided to head to France to find her biological mother , she never expected that she would turn out to be the daughter of a Police Inspector and not only that her mother's nickname is Marie the Mercernary , as she is one of the toughest cops around. Out one night with her best friend Jess, who has come to accompany her from the States, Fleur meets a table of French Rugby Players and one in p ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Frenchman" by Lesley Young. What can I say? I loved it!! This tells the story of Fleur and Louis. But there is also the story of Fleur and her new-found birth mom, Marie. Fleur is just adorable! She is so sweet and innocent when she arrives in France. Although she might not leave France as innocent, she never loses her sweetness. She often had me chuckling with her inner thoughts. Watching her grow and mature while in France was a pleasure to watch. She certainly goes through some crazy sit ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads"

As a sworn Francophile and rugby fan, I definitely enjoyed the setting and the context of this story. As a diehard romantic, also fascinated by cop v family cartel action, the plot was guaranteed to keep me interested. The sum of these parts is even better than might have been expected. Ms Young is a writer who can turn herself to bringing to life hot chemistry fuelled nights, as well as scary encounters with the less amiab
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book! I sat down about five hours ago thinking I would read a chapter before bed and then ended up devouring the whole thing in one bite. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what would happen next. I was eager to find out if Fleur would ever figure out the truth. Mostly, I just hoped for a happy ending.

I loved Fleur and Louis as a couple from the start. Their instant attraction and constant heat kept their story g
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is absurd and absurdly readable. Even as I groaned at the cheesy plot and florid language--I'm pretty sure a clit doesn't "clench"--I kept turning the pages. I can't recommend this book at all and yet I've already bought the next in the series. I hate myself, I really do. ;) ...more
Mar 27, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies-2015
Free on Amazon as of 3/27/15!
Isis Ray-sisco
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions or the content of my review.

The Frenchman by Lesley Young is a romance with an irresistible bad boy. It is the first book in the Crime Royalty Romance series. It is also the first book that I have read by this author. I enjoyed reading it and found it to be interesting. I liked the plot of the story as well. I debated about which rating to give it. I ended up deciding to give it a 4 because it didn’t capture
Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog)
I was utterly thrilled to read something more written by Lesley Young. I loved her debut novel Sky´s Ends so deeply that I literally needed to read more of her work.
The Frenchman is the first book in the Crime Royalty series, a romance-erotic set of books full of suspense, steamy hot scenes and unforgettable characters. Every book is focused on a certain nationality, highlighting the wonders of the country, language and its people. By far this new series has The Frenchman, The Australian and The
GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Crime,Sports
4.5 stars

Rugby Hottie…check, sweet innocent heroine…check, crime family…check, momma cop and criminal daddy…check check! Bah! I’m such a hot mess after this book and it’s a good mess, I love the combo of crime and romance, especially with two totally opposite protagonist who fall head over heels for each other. Bravo Lesley Young, you totally one me over with this one, hands down!

The French
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by Leslye Young and I have to say that I am hooked!!!! I absolutely love her writing style and story telling style. This book had romance, suspense and action all in one and kept my attention through the whole book. I could not put it down once I started. I was disappointed once I was done because it was such a good story and I wanted more from these characters.

Louis is a well known rugby player that never has to work for what he wants with women. His good looks and money
Lynn Cheryl
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
This is the first book I've read by Lesley Young. I was drawn to The Frenchman, the first book in The Crime Royalty Romance series because of the international setting for the plot. This was a much welcome and refreshing change from what I've read recently.

Fleur LaSalle Smithers is in Toulon for a year in an attempt to build a relationship with her biological mother. She's lived a sheltered life with her adoptive mom in Austin, Texas and is now spreading her wings to find her family roots in Fra
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Fleur Smithers has traveled to France to spend time the birth mother who gave her up. One night, she meets Louis Messette, star player on an international rugby team. Immediately attracted to each other, she takes him home only to have him reject her when he realizes she's still a virgin. But he cannot stay away from her - they quickly fall back into each other's arms... but with stipulations. The main one being Fleur must keep their relationship a secret. Confused but willing, Fleur agrees. She ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The complexity of the characters, the thrill of the chase, the anticipation of what is bound to happen between the two, and most of all, the surprising twists one after the other made this book a real unputdownable read. The inside is as sexy and as sinful as the cover.

Set in the romantic place of France, we are off to a hot, sizzling and dangerous journey of a young American woman, Fleur Smithers who just learned and knew of her roots. She is moving to the s
Moon Love
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I read this book in two hours and 45 minutes. That's about a page a minute. It's really, really, good. It also features many of my favorite elements like a famous athlete, a man with an accent, organized crime, drama, a bad boy, and a good girl. I knew before going in this book had the potential to impress me, but I didn't know how much.

The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let it go until it was finished. I liked Fleur from the moment I met her. I could feel her exc
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to read the book because all I could think of when I read the blurb was France! It's set in freakin' France! I've never been to France. Actually scratch that. I have never been anywhere outside the Philippines so knowing that I'd at least get a glimpse of this wonderful country got me really excited and eager to read the book. And I'm so glad I did because now I'm not only more in love with the place I'm also very smitten with the very hot, ver ...more
Terra Kelly
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Fleur has lived a charmed life, she has been pampered and protected in the American South by her father. When her mother re-enters the picture and introduces Fleur to new things that she had never imagined before she sets off in an adventure to step off of the path of the straight and narrow that has been her norm for so long.

Fleur follows her mother to Toulon, a seaport town in France for a year. Her mother works for the French National Police investigating the crime family Mess
Michelle James
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored Lesley Young’s first book the sci-fi, action, romance ‘Sky’s End’, so I kept an eye out for any new stuff she would be releasing. I had no idea what to expect when I bought The Frenchman but I was not disappointed. AND it definitely had me blushing on multiple occasions!

This is a super sexy read (the book advises that it contains explicit sex scenes, and it delivers on this throughout) but the characters Young has created plus the story line are all well thought out and built on. It was
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If ever there were two star-crossed lovers, Louis and Fleur are it.

"Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother--an inspector with the French National Police--for one year is a pretty major detour.

Son of France's crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his spo
I greatly enjoyed this book, in which we get to read and learn about Fleur and her trials and tribulations in navigating the rocky, sometimes perilous world of romance. Fleur is a very likable character, although she did have her moments of naivete that made me want to shake her. I liked
that while Fleur was a virgin, she wasn't exactly virginal; she was on a mission to finally give up
her v-card. She meets Louis while out to dinner, and that is the beginning of a tumultuous relationship with the
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I always love reading a story with a little bit of suspense, and The Frenchman delivered. I instantly could not put the book down! Fluer the book’s main character was extremely likable, I liked how she was able to be so sassy with Louis! She came to France to be with her biological mother for a year, while there she wanted to make new friends, and explore the cuisine. Then there was Louis, you can tell he was hiding something from the very beginning. I didn’t want to like him in the beginning be ...more
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