Publication date: May 5th 2015
My rating: 4 stars
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Some crushes aren’t meant to be
When her older brother’s best friend left to join the Foreign Legion, eighteen-year-old Célie moved on to make a life for herself as a Paris chocolatier. Now, five years later, the last thing she needs is another man to mess up her happiness.
Let alone the same man.
But five years in the Foreign Legion is a long time for a man to grow up, and a long time to be away from the woman he loves.
Especially when he did it all for her.
Half strangers, more than friends, and maybe, if Joss Castel has his way, a second chance…
When Célie and Joss were teenagers Célie feel in love with him, but he seemed to only look at her as his best friend’s little sister, someone to look out for. But they became close, the brightest part of each other’s day, and just when Célie thought Joss’ feelings had changed to something romantic he left without a word, and joined the Foreign Legion gutting Célie’s heart in the process.
Now five years later, Joss has shown up again in Célie’s life, proclaiming that he went away to become a better man all for her, and Célie is livid and just about every other emotion in the book because, hello!! FIVE years without a word!
It was all she could do not to just climb into his lap, bury her head in his chest and hold on tight. Why did you leave me, you bastard? Oh, thank God you’re home.
Joss was in love with Célie, too, back when they were teenagers, but what kind of life could he offer Célie, the brilliant, best thing in his life when he just lost his job?
“Celie.” He closed his eyes a moment. “The way you look at me.” –He opened his eyes, holding hers with that beautiful, beautiful hazel green. “Célie. You know I’m just a man, right?”—“Made of clay,” Joss said, his mouth turning down. “I’m not good enough for the way you look at me.”
Célie thought they could escape the poverty ridden neighborhood they grew up in and become something better, together.
Both Célie and Joss have a lot of conflicting emotions to work through: confusion, anger, hurt, but also longing, passion, and love. Laura Florand brilliantly captures their powerful emotions, and makes you feel them profoundly. I did appreciate the dollop of humor, and sexy banter she added to lighten things up every once in a while, too:
He smiled. “Kiss me or kill me, sweetheart? Which one do you want?”
So she kissed him because…well, he really was that infuriating. A woman had to do something. Killing him out here in public like this would get her arrested.
I was thrilled that Célie didn’t want to kill Joss all the time and that all those pent up feelings of longing on both sides could finally be explored and satisfied, and let me tell you it was utterly HOT!
Laura Florand once again worked her writing magic and created an emotional, sexy and fun romance! Be prepared to swoon and sigh while reading! Loved the extra time with Dominque and Jaime, too! They were beyond adorable together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Her books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website:
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