Chocolate Thief, The

Laura Florand
ParisBreathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it's a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. . .ChocolateMelting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there's something much more delectable on the table. . .Stolen PleasureWhether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter? Praise for Laura Florand and her novels"Charming and laugh-out-loud funny."--New York Times bestselling author Deborah Smith"Readers will be happy to live vicariously in Laura's French fairytale."-Booklist"Frothy, French confection of a novel."--Publishers Weekly"Both sensual and sweet. . .a story that melts in your mouth!" -USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway


Reviewed: 2020-10-06

This was a struggle to get through and with all the struggles I still was unable to finish the book. Unfortunately there was no amount of chocolate that could have saved this one. The only thing that I liked about this book is that the author incorporated some French Language into the text. Other than that, there are no other redeeming qualities about this novel. In short, I do not recommend this book. I went into this not knowing much about the book or the author but had hopes of finding a happy feeling contemporary romance. That isn't what I received and therefore I am disappointed.

The two main characters, Cade Corey and Sylvain Marquis, were not likeable people at all. Cade Corey is a top executive at her Grandfather's company Corey Chocolate located in the United States. They are a mass produced chocolate company that is widely popular throughout the country. The impression that I received from the context of the way the company was described is comparable to Hershey Chocolate. The way that the author wrote the character of Sylvain, she has him keep claiming he is someone that is shy and has been hurt by woman in the past. Yet, his character is displayed as being arrogant, dismissive and snobbish. When the relationship between Cade and Sylvain begins to build (so to speak) the two end up having a sexual relationship which does not involve any protection and both characters don't seem to mind or take any precautions moving forward. One comment that Cade says about the matter is to the extent of: She is not worried about the unprotected sex because she is on the pill. ((Unprotected sex will not stop diseases or fully prevent pregnancy. Please everyone, practice safe sex!!)) This is a horrible attitude to convey through a woman character and is not one that I recommend women look up to.

The author attempts to execute this relationship as hate-to-love chemistry. It is not executed well. Also, another thing that I didn't appreciate at all was the writing style. The author uses run on sentences as much as she uses air to breathe. If that wasn't bad enough, the sentence structures were incoherent. Here are two examples of actual text from the novel:

Despite her own desires to sink into a simpler, sweeter world of artisan chocolate, she had assumed her responsibilities with no instant of rebellion, unlike her sister, Jaime, who had pretty much refuse them from the get-go and set off to save the world from big, bad capitalists like her sister.

In the street outside her building, a car the size of a shoebox nipped by, far too fast for a lane so short and so narrow. Sunday morning it might be, but the steering wheel for a car clearly acted like coffee on Parisian drivers. A gangly young man crouched, tightening in-line skates on his feet, unsmiling, focused on his own world. An older man, maybe someone with a family, came out of the bakery with a white paper bag in one hand and a white box dangling by its string from a finger on the other.

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