It’s no secret at all how much I love Laura Florand’s books. I’ve raved about it often here on the blog. I have to thank Chachic @ Chachic’s Book Nook for putting this wonderfully talented author on my reading radar. I was so excited when I read that she would be organizing an event to celebrate Laura Florand and her amazing books. It has been a great week indeed, reading guest posts from authors and bloggers alike who’ve found comfort, joy, and love in her books. I know the week-long event is coming to an end soon but I can’t let it pass without having to share why I love her books.
When I first read The Chocolate Thief, although not my favorite in the series (because that would be The Chocolate Touch and The Chocolate Temptation), I remembered really enjoying reading it and thinking that it was really something different and I mean that in the most positive way. I never thought this series would mean so much to me but now I can’t imagine never getting to read these books. And so as I gush about it, let me try and explain to you why I love Laura Florand’s books and why I think you would really love them too.
1. Paris and other picturesque places in France. I’ve never been to France but I’ve always dreamed to traveling there. Reading about it as the setting of Laura’s books made the places feel more alive inside my head. I love that the settings in her books are like characters in the books themselves. These settings play an important role in the stories and they play it very well.
2. Chocolates and pastries. I admit wholeheartedly that I have a very sweet tooth. I’d probably pick chocolates and pastries over every other food. They’re a category all their own in my diet. And gosh, the way they’re described in Laura’s books, it’s enough to make you want to buy something sweet once you’ve start reading the books. I love how Laura makes use of these wonderful food from the gods in communicating emotions to her readers. The metaphors are just really spot-on so you get this picture of the perfect dessert and the feels from that perfect romantic moment.
3. The Heroes. How long before a reader falls for one of Laura’s heroes? How about the first three pages where you first meet him? And that might even be too long. It might be love at first sight or not but the characters of these heroes will just grab you and never let go, even after you’ve turned that last page. They’re talented, driven, passionate, dedicated and that’s just with their respective arts. When it comes to romance and the women they fall in love with, well, let’s just say they’re all those things I’ve already mentioned and then some… or more… much, much more. But what I really, really love about Laura’s heroes and what I think really sets her books apart from the others is that she’s able to write about these amazing men who, while still having that alpha thing going on, can still feel vulnerable, and hurt, and unsure, and a complete softy. These do not take away from their strong personalities but actually endear them to readers more.
Continue reading Amour et Florand: 10 Things I Love About Laura Florand’s Books