Amour Et Chocolate #2

The Chocolate Kiss - Laura Florand

Have it ever happened to you guys, start reading a book, immediately having issues with it, consider DNF it... and in the end finding yourself in love with it?


Well, that's what happened with me.

I found the beginning more than awkward _being currently reading the following volume, I have to say that that seems to be the rule with this series _, for me it was borderline idiotic: Magalie's reactions were a little over the top considering which century we are in... and I wasn't crazy with the instant attraction. Not when you consider what happens when they first meet...

However, and this is were things started becoming hazy, Magalie actions end up having a reason to exist. Who Knew?? Well, besides the author, that is. o_O


For someone who just recently found a semblance of home, Magalie is determined to hold her own against Philipe Lyonnais, a world renowned chocolatier who decided that "Magalie's street", was just the street for his store... suffice to say that Magalie and her aunts are less than pleased with the situation.

Although for completely different reasons... *cough*


What happens next is a battle of sugar (Macaroons versus hot chocolate) between Philipe and Magalie amid numerous metaphors of princes/ princesses/ witches/ peasants and other fairy tale elements. With two stubborn main characters, the battle is definitely on to see which of them resists longer to sweet temptations.


With a touch of magical realism, Philipe and Magalie's receipts gain a life of their own (fans of the book "Garden Spells" will be right at home with it), influencing all of those who eat or drink their concoctions.

One of the funnier parts in the book is Philipe's fear that Magalie's "hot chaude" will turn him into a frog. LOL


Magalie's aunts were also priceless with their advices and their utter admiration that their niece would actually want something to do with a man. She didn't learn that with them! I think they compare it to finding out that their niece is actually an unicorn! :D


 The Chocolate Kiss has a bit of a Rapunzel retelling to it, but in a more realistic way, this story deals with its effects. So accordingly, one might say that this Rapunzel suffers a bit of social anxiety.

Behind her polished exterior, Magalie hides her heart way up in her tower and hopes for things that will never change..

As for the so-called Prince, he suffers from a severe case of sticking his nose where it doesn't belong _just because the door to the tower is open, that doesn't give him the right to walk all over the place!_ luckily for him, his heart was in the right place.

In the end, this was another charming novel by the author, who once again makes me want to pack my bags and get lost in France.

Well not lost. I hate getting lost...a map would be good...

Or a GPS. -_-

Also my French is really rusty...


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