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Top Ten Tuesday (31): Top Ten Books for YA and Contemporary Romance Newbies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

I’m going to do a split version for this week and do a top five for YA books and another top five for Contemporary Romance books. So here we go…

Top Five Books for YA Newbies…

 

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JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. My general belief is that everybody should read this book at least once in his/her life. 🙂 It’s an amazingly woven, poignant, and powerful story. Here’s my attempt to REVIEW this.

 

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FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. If you need an initiation to the YA genre, you’ve got to try Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.

 

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SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I love the plot and character development in this one. It was great being with Emily in her journey of discoveries.

 

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THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is a historical fantasy variation of YA, whose story presents sides that you will have a hard time choosing over. Here’s my REVIEW.

 

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THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. This is actually the 2nd book in The Queen’s Thief series and my favorite. But I would still recommend reading the series in order to get that full impact of MWT’s genius.

 

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Amour et Florand: 10 Things I Love About Laura Florand’s Books

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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.

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Thirsty Thursday (4): Lust-inducing quote from a favorite male character

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Thirsty Thursday is a weekly feature, hosted by Nikki & Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers, where we discuss all things swoon-worthy: from quotes, book covers, book boyfriends, and even that worth-the-wait book kiss.

 

 

chocolate temptationMale Character: Patrick Chevalier

Book: The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand

Swoon Quality: This quote just screams desire and passion as well as commitment and what person wouldn’t want these from a partner, right?

“Well, merde,” he said softly. “How long did you say it would take me to work out all those sexual fantasies on your body, Sarah? Over fifty years?” He took her arm. “I guess we have plenty of time to figure it out.”

 

Why: All those myriad of emotions that Patrick feels for Sarah–desire, passion, astonishment, pride, respect, love–were just a joy to read about. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Laura Florand’s heroes. They’re tough but they all have their soft centers. I just love reading about Patrick and Sarah and Patrick’s one of my favorite heroes from the Amour et Chocolat series.

 

That’s it for me for this week’s edition. What are some lust-inducing quotes from your favorite male character?

Don’t forget to check out Nikki’s and Keira’s picks this week here. My good friend Lorn @ Pakwanstripes is also doing this feature.

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday (35): ONCE UPON A ROSE by Laura Florand

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

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ONCE UPON A ROSE

by Laura Florand

Release Date: August  2014

She stole his roses.

Fleeing the spotlight, burnt-out indie rock star Zeina—“Belle”—Dubois seeks refuge in the south of France. That old, half-forgotten stone house and rose-covered acres her father left her in a valley of roses seems like a good place to soothe a wounded heart. She certainly doesn’t expect the most dangerous threat to her heart to pounce on her as soon as she sets foot on the land.

He wants them back.

Matt didn’t mean to growl at her quite that loud. But—his roses! She can’t have his roses. Even if she does have all those curls and green eyes and, and, and…what was he growling about again?

Or maybe he just wants her.

When an enemy invades his valley and threatens his home, heart, and livelihood, Matthieu Rosier really knows only one way to defend himself.

It might involve kissing.

And that might be just the start.

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Review: THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION by Laura Florand

chocolate temptationTitle: The Chocolate Temptation
Author: Laura Florand
Series: Amour et Chocolat #6
Publication Date: January 15, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | TBD

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?

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Quote-tastic Monday (8): THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION by Laura Florand

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

Everyone’s welcome to join in. Authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier!

Just grab the button and toss up your post 🙂 

Don’t have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

 

THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION

by Laura Florand

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Review: SUN-KISSED by Laura Florand

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Author: Laura Florand
Series: Snow Queen #2; Amour et Chocolat #7
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo

They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn’t let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They’d been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course…

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He’d transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He’d raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him…

They’d been friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?

Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?

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Review: THE CHOCOLATE ROSE by Laura Florand

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Book Info:

Title: The Chocolate Rose
Author: Laura Florand
Series: La Vie en Roses #1; Amour et Chocolate #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Release Date: December 26, 2013
Source: eBook copy from Kobo

Book Blurb:

Her father’s worst enemy…

Top chef Gabriel Delange never forgave his old nemesis Pierre Manon for all the other chef had cost him.

One stolen rose…

And he most certainly couldn’t stand the sight of his own most famous dessert, the legendary Rose, claimed as Pierre’s own on the cover of his new cookbook.

A substitute victim…

But even Gabriel could hardly go through with a lawsuit when he learned the older chef had just had a stroke. Especially not when Pierre had one very cute daughter willing to be Gabriel’s victim instead.

Jolie Manon…

As a child, Jo had seen her family torn apart by her top chef father’s obsession with his work. She had given years of her own adult life to trying to pull him out of depression, after he lost a star. Now a food writer, she might be fascinated with a chef’s work, but she knew how to guard her heart. She would never allow another chef into her life.

Unless he blackmailed her into it…

Welcome to the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls, where fountains play in ancient stone villages, and where even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart…

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: New-to-me Authors I’ve Read in 2013. 2013 was a great year for me as a reader, I’ve discovered new genres that I’m beginning to enjoy and of course, I’ve discovered great new authors. Here’s a rundown of my Top Ten.

 

 

 

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#10   Cheryl McIntyre

Before Now is one of the books that have really resonated in me, not because I’ve experienced the same things the characters have (I haven’t) but because Cheryl McIntyre’s writing made them so alive and real.

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#9       Lauren Layne

I’m so happy to have discovered her Love, Sex, & Stiletto series. It’s fun, sexy, and full of romance.

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#8       Katie McGarry 

I’ve only read Daring You To but it already turned me into a believer. I look forward to reading more of her work. I haven’t read Crash Into You yet (I know, it’s a crime.) but by the looks of all those starred reviews, I’m guessing I’m looking forward to an amazing read.

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#7       Stephanie Perkins

I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much. It was such a refreshing reading experience for me. And Cricket Bell is one of my favorite characters for 2013. And her new books comes out 2014, which is so far away.

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#6       Veronica Roth

I haven’t read Allegiant yet and with all the spoilers of the ending that I’ve read and heard about, it will be some time before I pick up that third book. But I’m still glad that I’ve read the first two books. They’re great reads.

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#5       Gayle Forman  

Oh, Gayle Forman. If I Stay broke my heart. But Where She Went just about killed me. I love these two books so much. I liked Just One Day enough and I haven’t read Just One Year yet but her first two books are enough to make me and keep me as a fan. 

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#4       Kate Meader

I discovered Kate Meader late in the year and also because she just recently released her books. I love her writing style, at times funny, romantic, and heartwarming. 

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#3       Mary Ann Rivers

Her debut release was a novella and her second release was a short story that was part of an anthology. Her full-length novel, Live, comes out in 2014. But no matter the format or the length, Mary Ann Rivers’ stories are forces to be reckoned with. Both of them are such great stories with great writing. 

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#2       Rainbow Rowell

I think I can’t gush enough about Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Those two books are so different and yet so alike in the sense that you have great characters, a hit-my-heart-with-a-bullet-why-don’t-you storylines, and just really awesome writing. I’ll have to read Attachments soon before Landline comes out next year.

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#1        Laura Florand

I love Laura Florand. Her books are decadent. So for those of you who haven’t tried out her writing yet, indulge yourself with romance, chocolate, Paris, and fabulous writing.

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There you go. What about you, guys? What are your picks for the week?

Thursday Quotables (3)

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted at Bookshelf Fantasies. You choose a quote from your latest book read for the week. It can be a quote that made smile or laugh, had you crying, or just interesting in general.

This week, I quote from Laura Florand‘s, The Chocolate Rose.

And now—she had reached one of those slim hands of hers into him and closed it around his heart.

And she just held it there. How was he supposed to move around, continue to live calmly and strongly, while someone was squeezing his heart like that? He was afraid if he got up too fast from the café table or walked too quickly and outpaced her, it would get ripped right out of his body.

And it was hard to walk as slowly as she did. He supposed she had a nice long stride for someone her size. But he was used to consuming his day in a blur of speed.

Now he was getting ridiculous. She couldn’t literally rip his heart right out of his body if he made the wrong move.

 

 

17787183I’ll confess that I skipped this book and jumped straight to The Chocolate Touch after reading The Chocolate Kiss because I was so eager to read Dominique’s story. And now, while waiting for my copy of Laura Florand’s latest literary concoction, I started reading the book that I had skipped. And as always, Laura Florand’s writing leaves me breathless. She doesn’t shy away from making her heroes emotional at times, with their thoughts and in their words. And Gabriel Delange was no exception.

 

I love the quote above because the imagery it creates for me is so powerful and so wonderful especially in the context of the story.

 

What do you guys think about this quote?