It is no secret I am a big fan of Laura Florand’s work. She has a tone about her writing that captivates me and pulls me in to each story she has written. I was especially excited to get a chance to read Sun-Kissed because it almost combines the two series she writes. The hero is Mack Corey, Cade and Jaime Corey’s father (Chocolate Thief and Chocolate Touch), and the heroine is Anne Winters, Kurt’s mother (Snow Kissed). In a way to combine the two Ms. Florand has set it up where they two families are neighbors at their vacation homes. For decades the two have been friends and share a walk each morning. But now Mack wants more.
Anne is known as the Ice Queen or the Snow Queen, no one or no thing touches her. Even when she was sent to prison for insider trading instead of pleading with the jury for leniency she basically gave them the middle finger and walked out with her head held high. Since her messy divorce she will let nothing get to her.
She didn’t do this. Trust in another person to hold her, keep her.
Mack Corey has been a friend for so many years and when he pushes for more Anne feels backed into a corner. Her whole life has been spent boxing away feelings and she doesn’t want to bring them out now. But she sees her son happy and she sees so many other happy couples that she thinks it just might be worth a shot.
What I liked so much about Mack and Anne as a couple is that they started out as friends. The have a long, solid history that set a foundation for something romantic so that when Mack came calling it wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be to let him in. They are sweet together and give the reader a couple of happy sigh moments.
“I mean, twenty years, Anne. If you want to knee me in the groin or slap me or say yes, if we have good sex, or crappy sex, or no sex, any way this can go, I’ll still be on that beach tomorrow. Won’t you?
She sighed very heavily. “Of course I will, you idiot.”
My favorite part of Sun-Kissed is the setting. The first 50% or so of the book is set at Jaime and Dom’s wedding. Since Dom has always been my favorite hero from Ms. Florand’s books, it was awesome to see him again. Then out came Luc and Summer with a special surprise. And then Patrick and Sarah. By this time I was almost giddy with happiness. Sun-Kissed was almost like a big epilogue for all of these couples I loved so much. It is not often you get 50% of a book acting as a glimpse into what past characters are doing and I loved it. My one issues is still the focus on Kurt and Kai and how they can’t have children. I want them to be happy and while it seemed they were happy there were times when I thought the lack of children or pregnancy was talked about too much.
Overall, this was a sweet book and it was wonderful to revisit some of my favorite characters. Ms. Florand combined sweet and sexy into one book. Anyone who is a fan of the Amour et Chocolat series especially, should read this one. Final grade- B-
“Is that band helping you sexually harass me?”