She hated him.
Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart.
But he didn’t hate her.
Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.
But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.
He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love?
The story in a nutshell:
Sarah Lin hates Patrick Chevalier. She’s been working under him as an intern for close to six months and while she’s glad to get the internship of a lifetime at such a prestigious establishment and work closely with Luc and Patrick, most of the times, she doesn’t even know if she gets anything right. Plus, she can’t help but notice how perfect Patrick is, in his appearance, in the talent he has for pastry-making. She also can’t help but notice that Patrick never, ever notices her at all. Nothing about her seems special enough to be noticed. But she will soon discover that not everything is as it seemed and the lack of notice from Patrick may in fact be just a cover to how much ‘noticing’ he has been doing ever since he took Sarah Lin in to become an intern.
What worked for me?
To be short and succinct, everthing! ❤
To be more particular, let me count the ways:
- I love great sexual tension in a story. All that pent-up passion and emotions, you just know that sometime soon something’s got to give. All that pressure has to go somewhere and you just want to be there when it finally happens.
- I love the conflicts that make this book, this story what it is: Patrick, with his always ready smile, ease of movement, and seemingly care-free and always relaxed attitude that in truth, hides his fears beneath; Sarah, with her need for perfection in every aspect of her life but seemingly lacks the personal confidence to see the amazing things she has already accomplished. Both their fears causing both of them to not communicate properly, which would have solved plenty of their misunderstandings with each other. Gosh, Laura Florand just did an amazing job developing and resolving these conflicts.
- I love that, more than anything, the story was centered completely around Patrick and Sarah. Yes, there were some scenes with other characters such as Luc and the rest of kitchen staff but majority of the book is about the two main characters. And I love how this focus gives a really in-depth understanding of who they are and what makes them click. I particularly like the quiet moments, the mundane things they do like eating breakfast together, walking alongside Seine with each other, cuddling, or just staying in watching movies together.
What did not work for me?
Not a single thing.
My over-all take on it?
This is another book perfection for me and one of my top favorites from Laura Florand. I can’t wait to re-read this one soon. Patrick and Sarah are now one of my favorite couples in book-dom! 🙂 I seriously adore them. If you haven’t read any of Laura’s books yet, you’re missing out on so much goodness and great writing.
About the Author:
Laura Florand is the international bestselling author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, etc). Her books have been translated into seven languages, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Four of her past five books have been recommended reads by Dear Author and two have been Sizzling Book Club Picks by Smart B*, Trashy Books.
Laura was born in a small town in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early. After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking in New Zealand and Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman. You can find out quite a bit more about those crazy adventures in her memoir, Blame It on Paris. She is now a lecturer in Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, that means she studies and teaches French language and culture, rather than romance. Fortunately, French culture includes French chocolate, research to which she is very dedicated. You can catch some glimpses of that research in the books, on her blog, and on her Facebook site, where you are welcome to join her and other readers!
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