cover image The Chocolate Heart

The Chocolate Heart

Laura Florand. Kensington, $14 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-7582-8634-5

Florand outdoes herself with this exquisite confection. Luc Leroi, a driven perfectionist, is legendary, even among his fellow Parisian chocolatiers, for his creative desserts, decadent pastries, and delicious bonbons. Summer Corey, cousin to Cade (The Chocolate Thief) and Jamie (The Chocolate Touch), immediately falls for Luc’s dark looks, but is wary of hoping for anything more than a meaningless fling. Wealthy Summer has been given plenty of material goods but is starving for affection. Luc is only too happy to provide it, but both of them have so much baggage that misunderstandings abound. Naturally, Luc works around their troubles by creating mouthwatering desserts that will tempt Summer to stay with him forever. This contemporary romance is as painstakingly crafted and decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one little taste. (Dec.)