Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it’s a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line…
Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there’s something much more delectable on the table…
Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter?
Reading The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand was a beautiful tour for my eyes and taste buds. Even if you don’t like chocolate, know nothing about the French language, or ever dream of handsome Frenchmen, you will fall in love with it all by the time you finish this story. I love how she is so detail-oriented with her descriptions of the makings of chocolate (from the descriptions of the tools used, the French words sprinkled throughout, to the descriptions of the types of chocolate). I love how she uses chocolate as a medium for a sensual way for the two main characters to meet. The storyline takes you into the world and behind the scenes of exquisitely made chocolates with a very handsome and Parisian tour guide. You want to find a way to fly to Paris to venture down the city streets, and walk into all the cafes and shops that lead to all that is good and pure (chocolate, that is).
On one end of the equation is Sylvain Marquis—a dedicated, detail-oriented Parisian chocolate artist who not only has a large distaste for American business people but also is very protective of his masterpieces and “art”. On the other end of the equation, business woman and part-owner of an American family chocolate dynasty is Cade Corey who is set to immerse herself in to the Parisian lifestyle and chocolate world if that what it takes to get what she has set out for; which of course is Sylvain’s signature on a contract. You become enrobed in the flavors and textures of their relationship that start out with no trust and very rocky but moves into becoming something so much more as each sees past their own stereotyping of being French or American.
I wanted to read this book while sitting at French café eating Sylvain’s chocolates. Sadly, I could not. Laura Florand takes the reader to the most interesting places in a world that most people don’t really know a lot about. But she does it in a way that makes you hunger for more information while loving the characters and all their eccentricities. My hunger for more, more, more, kept my interest piqued and washed over me with a beautiful sensual combination of descriptions of Sylvain and Cady’s growing, burgeoning relationship and the beauty and art of all things chocolate.