Summer Corey, heir to the Corey hotel fortune, has been given a hotel. She doesn’t want it but in order for her kids to receive the technology they need her father has bribed her. He gave her a Parisian hotel to run for three months in exchange for the satellite her school children so badly need. It also allows her to be in a place where her father can throw potential husbands her way.
Luc Leroi is chef pâtissier in her hotel and he reigns supreme. He is a perfectionist and owns the world around him. When Summer stumbles into the hotel and mistakes him for a bellboy he vows that she will never mistake him for anything but what he is, again. He will show her he is the best at what he does and the best for her.
In about fifteen more minutes he would set before her a golden heart held gently in a dark hand, and her eyes would light like a child’s, and her mouth would melt as she looked from it to him. That would be how he started, training her, until she couldn’t even hear his name without melting, without wanting.
Too bad Summer doesn’t eat sweets and that is the one perfect thing Luc can do. Luc will not rest until he can get it right and she sees him in each creation he lovingly crafts for her.
Summer is a very interesting character and one I have not run across in Ms. Florand’s books. She comes off spoiled, unlikable and at times very fake. She has this smile that she bestows on everyone but that’s just it, everyone gets it. There is nothing real or genuine about it. She was a character that was hard to wrap myself around and I started out thinking she was unworthy of a hero like Luc. She wouldn’t eat all the beautiful creations he made just for her! She had to be a cold monster! But then slowly, so slowly, the story plays out and we see there is so much more to Summer. She is desperate for real, honest emotion from someone.
“I just- you weren’t looking at me,” she said and bit her lip too late to catch the words back.
No, you weren’t looking at me. “I’m looking at you now.”
Luc is the first person that has tried to work himself under the shell Summer has wrapped herself in, a shell that is a product of people constantly telling her how spoiled and unworthy she is.
When the pair finally give into the inevitability of a relationship things do not get much easier. Even the sexual side of their relationship while smoking hot and so sensual, doesn’t go well at first.
She gasped, and he took advantage of the parting of her lips instantly, rubbing them softer and more open with his, tasting her with his tongue as if they had kissed a hundred times, as if he owned her mouth.
It takes them several times to get things right and it is all based upon miscommunications. Summer wants Luc to lose control for her, something he never, ever does, and Luc wants to stay in control so everything will be just perfect for her. They both want the same thing but they struggle with how to find it neither one realizing the answer is so simple.
For most of the book Summer is focused on making it through each day so she can mark it off on her countdown to return to her island. All she wants to do is be away from the source of her misery, Paris and her inattentive family. I knew there was going to be trouble when Daddy dearest showed up and offered Summer the communications technology she needs if she would just leave and be far away from Luc. The fallout from this scene made my chest hurt and it wasn’t because things went how I expected. I wanted to yell at all participants but I knew it had to play out.
I haven’t talked much about Luc because he was a typical Florand hero- perfect. Or at least perfect to me. He was fierce, passionate and so giving of every ounce of emotion he had in him. Ms. Florand warned readers that he is darker than Dom or Sylvain and he was but it did not detract from the pull to him. He was so stubborn but not for a minute did I doubt his feelings for Summer and what he was after.
As usual, my review for one of these books cannot possibly scratch the surface of the emotions Ms. Florand wrings from the reader. This is the most angsty of all her Amour et Chocolat books and no surprise, I think it is the best. Considering she was already an autobuy for me, I am not sure where this puts her. lol If you haven’t been reading this series, well you should. Each book can read as a standalone but I think you will get more out of them if you start from the beginning. Well, what are you waiting for?? Go read them! 😉 Final grade- A-
Note: There is one more book listed for this series and can we hope it is Patrick, Luc’s sous-chef?
“But since you’ve got it so desperately bad…go after her yourself, merde, and I won’t.”
“I am,” Luc said between gritted teeth. “Unlike you, I want her to know my name first.
Patrick gave that some thought and finally shook his head. “Well, that’s fucking fastidious. But isn’t that just like you?”