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First Comes Love

(Silver Spoon #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Xavier Parker gets what he wants.
Richer than God. Hotter than fire. Colder than ice.
Father of my child.
And he has no idea.

As London’s top restauranteur, he has the golden touch, but he rules his world with an iron fist.
Now he’s back in New York with two objectives:
Open the newest hotspot in the city.
And win back my heart, five years after he broke it.

I’d run in the opposi
400 pages
Published June 23rd 2022 by Raglan Publishing
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Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
KU READ 4.5 stars
Sometimes I need a good contemporary book that has zero to no sex to cleanse myself from the darkness and sluttiness that is my reading life.
I picked this up randomly after reading the blurb from a newsletter. I read it in one sitting of four/five or so hours. I have never read this author before but I've seen the Legally Yours freebie around so I knew of her. After reading this book, I am tempted to continue reading this author. I was hooked from the start & I enjoyed how the
Sandy S
Jun 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars---FIRST COMES LOVE is the first instalment in Nicole French’s contemporary, adult THE SILVER SPOON erotic, romance trilogy focusing on thirty-two year old chef/restaurateur Xavier Sato Parker, and twenty-seven year old, single mother, primary school teacher Francesca Zola. THE SILVER SPOON trilogy is a spin off from the author’s ROSE GOLD trilogy. Francesca is Matthew Zola’s sister.

NOTE: Some of the events of FIRST COMES LOVE cross over with, and run parallel to some of the events of
Mar 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐️

I absolutely loved Nicole's Spitfire and Quicksilver series so I was looking forward to this new trilogy for ages and it did not disappoint! The chemistry between Xavier and Francesca Zola is wheeeew! The sexy, wealthy, British chef fell in love with the quiet shy bookworm and never truly fell out of it even after all these years. Five years after their initial meeting Xavier shows up to the same party Frankie was dragged to and everything changes. This first book felt short in some ways s
Kirsty & Erin Muir
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I first read Nicole's Spitfire series and Quicksilver series years ago when I first got in to reading romance in a big way. I remember devouring them. I loved the world of billionaires and fiesty heroines, luxury and drama that Nicole created and this latest offering in First Comes Love was no different.

Nicole packs a lot of storyline and character development into this really enjoyable read. This was a one sitting job for me, and I haven't done that in a while, I just couldn't put it down. I wa
Kari Hansen
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
From the moment that Francesca met Xavier the sparks flew and the passionate and romantic time they spent together may have been short, but it changed the course of her life. The way and the reasons for ending their relationship were devastating but he had left her with more than memories and their daughter became her world.

It’s been years since Xavier walked out of Francesca’s life but when he sees her again the chemistry and connection between them is stronger than ever. He is a successful che
Indira Singh
May 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a guaranteed five star read. Can't wait! ...more
Maddie (Bookaholic_Dreamer)
3.9 ⭐️

First Comes Love is my first read by new to me author Nicole French. It’s the first book in her Silver Spoon series, which follows the story of Francesca ‘Frankie/Ces’ Zola and Xavier Sato Parker through dual perspective.

It needs to be said/known my whole wanting/needing to read this book was because of the Pregnancy trope. Since it happens to be one of my favourites tropes to read, that was all the information needed for me to know this book was going to be read by me at all costs.

Alex Mullinix
Jun 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
2.5 Spice

Favorite Quote: "Honestly, there is no better way of knowing a woman than reading her favorite books."

First Comes Love is the first installment in a planned trilogy, so Francesca and Xavier’s story is just beginning.

Francesca is a middle child of six, of an Italian-Puerto Rican family in the Bronx that was raised by their grandmother after their father died and mother spilt. Xavier is a British-Japanese chef based out of South London that is broody and mysterious. When their
Kelly G (Now Accepting Book Boyfriend Applications)
This first book in the Silver Spoon trilogy is what I have been waiting for!!! I have been dying to get Frankie's story! We first met her in the Rose Gold trilogy. She is Matthew Zola's sister who is a single mother and lives with him. She got pregnant by a man that was in town for a while. She figures out that she is pregnant on the night that she is supposed to see him for the last time because he is getting ready to fly back to England. But she never sees him again because he sends her an ema ...more
Joy Westerfield
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
As in usual fashion, this author has yet again made me fall in love with her characters! This story has completely obliterated my heart. So many feelings and emotions ran through me as I read about Xavier, Francesca and little Sofia. I cried, I laughed, my heart hurt and I fell in love. Francesca is a young single mother who with the help of her family raises her beautiful daughter, Sofia. She has also kept a secret for so long, that when she sees Xavier one night, she knows her life will never ...more
Nicole Neal
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Nicole French has done it again! First Comes Love is the completely addicting first installment of the Silver Spoon Trilogy. After meeting Frankie and her daughter, Sofia, in Nicole's Rose Gold series, they now finally get to tell their own story.
Frankie was a young college student with her future all planned out. She was going to finish and school and become an English professor. That was until Xavier suddenly appeared one night and changed her whole world for more than just the four weeks they
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First Comes Love is the first book in Nicole's new contemporary romance trilogy following Xavier and Francesca. Francesca is Matthew's sister from the Rose Gold series and some of the events in this book run parallel to his story.

I admit I wasn't too sure of Xavier when he turns back up in Francesca's life he was a little too confident and sightly dismissive of their past. He seemed to only want a good time then the secret of Sofia is revealed which changed everything for them all. I love the Z
Jun 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
A contemporary, second chance romance featuring a billionaire and a secret baby!

A chance meeting in New York leads two people to fall in love (and lust) although they couldn't be more different. Xavier is a chef from London who comes from wealth. Francesca is from a large family living in the Bronx. Their tryst is cut short when Xavier flies back to London leaving Francesca via email with a shocking surprise. Little did he know, she had a surprise of her own - She was pregnant. Fast forward five
Debbie Humpage-Gibbons
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since Nicole has released a book and this one is worth the wait.

First Comes Love is the first book in The Silver Spoon trilogy and it is a great start.

We had already met the main characters in Nicole’s previous Rose Gold series and it was joyous to get more from these characters.

Francesca and Xavier had met five years previous to where the book is set and the result was Sofia although Xavier is yet to find out. Frankie had her reasons for keeping that secret and the story revol
Jillian Kerr
Jun 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
First Comes Love is the first book in the Silver Spoon series. It's a second chance, single mom, secret baby contemporary romance. This story is well written and has great characters. Frankie is a single mom to little Sophia. She works hard to provide for her daughter, but hasn't been totally truthful with herself or family. Xavier is a chef and restauranteur. His character was unexpected, in a good way! He had his share of secrets and lies, but I love how he worked to establish a relationship w ...more
Kathryn Dee is CLiK Books
Jun 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
First Comes Love (Silver Spoon #1) - Nicole French

Book 1 in The Sliver Spoon Trilogy and I’m all in!

Xavier’s character is sublime and Francesca’s character compliments the story so well. They are a match made in heaven! This book will give you all the feels with wonderfully written characters and a beautifully developed storyline, Nicole French has set the scene for a wonderful series. Seeing the redevelopment of the relationship between Xavier and Francesca and understanding How much X
Mary Gouveia-ironmonger
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited for this first book in Nicole French’s new Silver Spoon Series. This books gives you ALL of the highs and lows! Francesca and Xavier meet while Frankie is in University and have an amazing 4 week fling that finds Frankie with an unexpected pregnancy the same day she gets a cold heartless email from Xavier that says he is going back to England to his life. She doesn’t share her news with him and his Dear John type letter was cold and heartless and she did not want her daughter to ...more
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Jun 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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The first in what is looking like an addicting trilogy from one of my favorite authors proved to be well worth the wait!  I LOVE Xavi, Frankie is a bada$$ and could Sophia BE any cuter?   This one checked all the boxes for me, I loved that they are both SO perfectly imperfect, totally making mistakes along the way but nothing unfixable or irredeemable, I loved the suspense, the humor had me smiling and laughing throughout and this author's writing style makes it so easy to lose yourself for a fe ...more
Samantha Hickey
Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I love Francesca and Xavier!!!

First Comes Love is book #1 in the Silver Spoon Trilogy.

I can't wait for more in this trilogy!!!

Francesca thought she was in love and after a month of being with Xavier, he leaves her with an email telling her he has a fiancee and has to go back to London.

5 years later, Xavier is back, Francesca is still hurt from him leaving, and she has a mini, 4 year old version of him named Sofia that he didn't know about.

I am so in love with this story!!! These two characters
Cali Gals
Jun 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Wow! This story tackles so many elements if is mind boggling. I love surprises, family drama, and social class differences. This also is filled with Americans who meet the British. You have to read it to understand.

I love the family aspect of this story but plan for a lot of secrets. Plan to feel passionate about all the characters in a variety of ways. I hate to admit I didn’t realize this was part of an interconnected trilogy but after learning this it made sense why so much is going on. This
Jun 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book so much! Nicole French just got me again with Xavier, Francesca and little Sofia's story. Everything about their story captivated me. I'm obsessed! From the first page until the end, there's no way I could put the book down. I was all-in. I think this is a light read compared to any other books I've read by Nicole. And I loved it. I laughed, I smiled, I cried, I swooned the whole time. I loved watching them get to know each other again. Xavier is as attracted to Francesca as he ...more
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Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Francesca and Xavier's story since the end of Mattie's book. Frankie has always been quiet about Sofia's father but one party brings Ces and Xavi into each other's orbit. The pain layer with attraction bleeds from the pages, as well as hope. Hope is one of the strongest emotions, it can lift you high or lay you low. Four years later so much is different. So many secrets to unpack for both of them. Sofia steals the show once again and just as you think things are going wel ...more
Jun 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
This is book 1 in The Sliver Spoon Trilogy and let me tell you this was a freaking winner!! From our brood man Xavier to the amazing Francesca . I love these two so much! This book will give you all the feels. Francesca’s love for her daughter is seriously unmatched and she would do anything for her. Watching these two come back together and watching Xavier meet his daughter and want to not only be in her life but be with Francesca was everything. This man wants to give them both the world but s ...more
Cindy Fong
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Francesca and Xavier's story since the end of Mattie's book. Frankie has always been quiet about Sofia's father but one party brings Ces and Xavi into each other's orbit. The pain layer with attraction bleeds from the pages, as well as hope. Hope is one of the strongest emotions, it can lift you high or lay you low. Four years later so much is different. So many secrets to unpack for both of them. Sofia steals the show once again and just as you think things are going wel ...more
Melissa Gloria - Meli’s Books and Coffee
First Comes Love is full of suspense and quite an emotional ride. Frankie and Xavier were a whirlwind romance. When Xavi came to New York to scout his competition he didn't expect to meet Francesca that would have him thinking of her for years. Frankie is the studious quiet sister out of the Zola bunch. When she meets Xavi he leaves her with more than just a memory. I wanted to scream at these two more than once throughout this book. Through it all I wanted to read their HEA more than anything. ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
It only took a moment for Francesca to fall in love with Xavier, and it only took another moment for Xavier to break her heart and leave her pregnant and alone. So years later when Xavier and Francesca meet at a party the connection is still there but so is the hurt. Will Francesca open her heart as well as her daughter's life and let Xavier back in? Or will Xavier take what he never knew he had and control it like he does everything else in his life? High emotions and intense drama makes this a ...more
Cynthia Carpenter
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow oh wow did this book gives me all the feels. Francesca and Xavier met five years ago and had a month long fling, on the night before he leaves she finds out she is pregnant. Five years later the meet again, she has kept her daughter a secret from him, and from there their story takes you on a ride of emotions, highs, lows, love, and the power of family. I was so pulled into this story I couldn't put it down. So as not to give too much away, I will say this you won't be disappointed bit wi ...more
Gina Burkart
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced read of a Secret baby that was not told of the restaurants of London and the states Xavier finds out when he shows up to talk to his love Francesca of five years ago and find his daughter staring at him when she answers the door this is a fast pace moving read that shows there may be a second chance of a love in the story a little girl that needs a daddy and shows him how to love again.
Lori Caprio Tate
Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
When Nicole French writes the first book in a series she starts off with a bang. The Silver Spoon Series is based on Franscesa Zola who we met in the Rose Gold Series. I loved her character and was anticipating her book series. She has so much spunk and sass she is a true heroine and the hero Xavier is proving to be soon worthy, if not a little bit of a pompous man. I can’t wait to watch him grovel and see how he makes up for all the mistakes he makes.
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