Oh my. The Chocolate Heart was so intense! I've mentioned that I read the series out of order, beginning with the first book, then skipping to The Chocolate Temptation (book six), then I read Sun-Kissed (book seven) then went back and read two through five. With all my hopping around, I've noticed that the series definitely gets more intense as you go from books two through five. The Chocolate Temptation was a bit less intense for me, but I think that was due to Patrick Chevalier's deceptively easy-going manner. I should also note that much of this story runs concurrent to The Chocolate Temptation, and it was very cool to see some of the same events happening through Luc Leroi's darker perception.
Anyway, back to The Chocolate Heart! I really liked it. Like The Chocolate Touch, it was a harder read. The writing is still beyond gorgeous and I just love revisiting Laura Florand's Paris and her intense, emotionally draining men. What made it difficult was what also made it very good: Summer and Luc were profoundly damaged by their childhoods, slow to believe that they each held value to the other, and very, very slow to open up. Yes, it was frustrating to have those blocks between Luc and Summer, but I also felt it was true to their character and good of Florand to not make it "easy" for the sake of the reader.
I honestly don't know what I can say at this point without becoming even more redundant. The entire series is a gorgeous experience. It's full of passion and angst and sexy and romance. Funny moments, sad moments, heartbreaking moments and moments so beautiful, so beautifully expressed that I'm brought to tears. It's been a wonderful experience. If you're looking for intense and beautiful, Amour et Chocolate is definitely the series to read.
Her eyes flickered to his with a flash of pure hunger.
Yes! Triumph licked him, thorough hot licks of her mouth on his skin. Oh, yes, I can make you hunger for me.
And then her smile turned her whole beautiful, luminous, delicate face into something so impossibly wonderful that his hands- his hands- almost shook with the need to grab it to him, to crush it to him, and never let it get away.
"You're so beautiful." Water streamed off him, that lean body of his all wild, taut muscle, his face burned clean of anything but passion.
He kept saying that as if she really was. She slipped her hands up those slick shoulders. "Let go,"she whispered. "Lose control."
His body shook in hard, long spasms that drove him deeper into her. "Hold me while I do," he whispered. "Hold me together. Don't let me go."
So she wrapped her arms around him as hard as she could and held on.
And he let all the wildness out.
"I could kiss you until there's nothing left of you," he whispered.
Where the words should have woken that visceral fear of being reduced to nothing in someone else's life, instead an image grew of herself: golden, strong, glowing in his arms like a precious star. "No, you can't."
His thumb traced over her lips. "Don't underestimate how long I can kiss you."
A soft smile, almost as contained as one of his, full of an astonishing amount of confidence. "Don't underestimate how long I can last."
Luc gave that tiny,contained grin of his and admitted: "I wouldn't mind having a fountain built to me. And"--his voice got all funny again--"I have a really powerful vision of you with four black-haired kids in lavender fields." He took a deep breath and watched her.
She got all funny. As if her whole being had disappeared into a burst of butterflies, fluttering upward, outward. It felt dizzying and tickling and terrifying and lovely.
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- Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (12 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1978664745
- ISBN-13: 978-1978664746
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
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