A new series by Laura Florand?? Wooo-hooo! Sign me up! I recently reviewed the first book in another new series she has started and while I liked it, I think I noted it was missing some of that awesome angst I have come to adore from her. All for You made up for it, in spades! This book was a total win, for me.
Imagine my excitement when I learned the heroine, Célie, is the head chocolatier for Dom Richard, one of my favorite heroes (ok so I might love them all but he is super special) from Ms. Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series. I adored him and Jaime so to see them in this book and to see the progression of their romance was icing on the cake.
Célie came from a poverty stricken life but the one person she could always count on was Joss. Joss waited for her every day when she was done with work, he walked her home and made sure she was safe. So the day Joss up and left to join the Foreign Legion, in her mind, was the day her life changed for the worse. It ended up being the catalyst to push her to become a better chef but she still felt the betrayal.
“He left me! That’s all. He fucking left me there, so that he could go make himself into a better person. Yeah. So fuck you, Dom. Go marry your girlfriend instead of playing around with this I-need-to-be-good-enough shit and leave me alone!”
Joss left Célie so he could be better for her. He wanted to present himself to her as a man worthy of the special woman she was. So instead of talking it through with her, he abandoned her thinking it would be for their own good. He intended to come back and show her how worthy he was but Célie couldn’t wait around for him. She left and made her own way in life. Now Joss is back and Célie is overwhelmed with feelings. She is thrilled to see him alive but still so very angry with him for leaving.
I’m bigger now. I’m stronger. I’m genuinely tough enough to handle any asshole you might ever encounter. So—I’m ready. Can’t you see that?
Joss and Célie are so at odds with what they want for each other it is difficult to know which one I wanted to pound over the head more. Joss makes all the decisions like he is thinking for his little woman. He does not allow Célie input and does some of the dumbest things all in the name of loving her and thinking he knows what is best. Célie was so burned by Joss leaving that she doesn’t see how she can possibly trust him with her future or her heart. She would have happily taken him as he was and he cannot understand why he didn’t see they could have become better together instead of doing it all apart.
Laura Florand has me by he feels when I read these books. I often find myself clutching at my heart because it hurts so bad but in such a wonderful way. These two love each other and want to be together but neither of them seems to listen to what they other is saying. It takes some dramatic actions before they finally see each other and finally understand where the other person is coming from.
I love these books. I could read them all day. The combination of the chocolate, the romance and the angst, it hits all my buttons. Plus, like I mentioned above I was able to read more about Dom and Jaime. This book was a win for me. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series and if I will get more glimpses of old couple. I’m thrilled if that will be the case. Final grade- B+
Dom and Jaime met her at the top of them, shifting from that spot in the glass walls where they must have watched the whole thing. Jaime shook her head with some bemusement. “It’s fascinating how little you guys care about what your customers think.”
Oh, yeah, Célie had kind of forgotten about all the customers watching that scene.
Dom gave that sharp, tear-someone’s-throat-out grin of his. “They’ll come back.”