Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts own the chocolate store called La Maison des Sorcieres. They are thought to be witches but are really just simple chocolate makers. They are widely known for their weekly displays that sit for a day or so and then are taken down for everyone to eat.
Philippe Lyonnais is a world-famous pastry maker and comes from many generations of the same. He has chosen the perfect place for his new store, it just happens to be down the street from Magalie’s shop. When Magalie confronts Philippe about the store he is confused and not sympathetic to her issues sparking Magalie’s anger and thus beginning the “war” between the two sweet makers.
The Chocolate Kiss is a super cute and fun book. The back and forth between Magalie and Philippe is fantastic. Both Magalie and Philippe refuse to partake in the other’s offerings causing them to go above and beyond in the temptation area. The pair have a small battle going on that involves employees and patrons of both their shops alike. Each time a woman comes into her shop Magalie stirs in a funny yet desperate wish for a man and sends them Philippe’s way. For his part, Philippe goes out of his mind to create the perfect treat for Magalie. Over and over he tries to tempt her with what he has made.
Magalie is just a small chocolat chaud maker so she isn’t as hilarious about it but Philippe is world-famous for his marcarons and cannot understand how or why Magalie is able to resist him/them. There is no shortage of ego in Philippe.
He couldn’t believe she had rejected one of his macarons. He had offered it to her fresh from his own hand. Not just his recipe, but made personally by him. And she had refused it.
His Desir. Apricot kissed by pistachio, with the secret little square of pistachio praline hidden inside, like a G-spot. Well, he didn’t call it le point Gin his marketing brochures, but whenever he created, he knew what he was doing: every pastry had to have its orgasm, its culmination of bliss that hit like a complete surprise. That made the eyes of those who bit into it shiver closed with delight.
Even though he is cocky and arrogant, Philippe is still very likable. It was easy to see that he was head over heels for Magalie and couldn’t quite figure out how to win her over. When he moves his shop close to Magalie’s he is convinced it will only make her business more popular not take customers away, he never had any intention to harm her.
The Chocolate Kiss is a contemporary novel but the underlying theme of magic is still there. I don’t think there was actual magic being performed but the way it was played into the story gave the feel of it being there. At one point, Philippe pours all his desires into a perfect treat for Magalie and part of that treat is nipped by a local dog. The dog then runs out the door to find the closest animal to him to get busy with. The outrage Magalie shows is quite hysterical especially when she confronts Philippe and he is equally outraged that she let a dog eat his creation.
When the pair finally gives in to trying each of the other’s work, the scene is so sensual and wonderful. I sighed how Magalie wishes love on Philippe and when he takes a drink he feels the love wish but says he is unchanged. He is unchanged because he is already so in love with her. Their coming together was a fun scene too because it sure didn’t lack any hotness!
The Chocolate Kiss is fun, descriptive, lovely and I can honestly say I enjoyed every page of this delightful novel. Final grade- B
“Magalie.” Her name was almost a whisper, it was so soft, so enticing.
She wriggled her body down to the sidewalk and away from him, plying elbows to drive him back. “Cardiovascular and all that,” she muttered.
“I don’t think you need to worry about your heart rate slowing down, Magalie,” he said, wielding that unforgivably pointed truth like a skewer to hold her in place.
She twisted away from it, trying to come up with a riposte. “I’ve got to finish my run.” Pathetic.
“Magalie.” Her name caught at her as she turned and took her first step. She glanced back. His muscles were all coiled, his body full of that menacing stillness just before the spring. “If you run, you damn well better feel like a zebra every step of the way.”