Isn’t it great when your friends read and love the same books that you do? I was thrilled when my very good friend Holly of Book Harbinger agreed to do a guest post for Amour et Florand.
Please give Holly a warm welcome to Amour et Florand, as she presents The Chocolat Awards!
Hi, all! I’m excited to be here. When Chachic asked me to participate in her Amour et Florand week I didn’t even hesitate to respond with a resounding yes. I’m currently on hiatus from my own blog (Book Harbinger) but I couldn’t pass up a chance to talk about one of my favorite contemporary romance series, Amour et Chocolat. I started the series last summer and read everything of Florand’s that I could get my hands on, chocolate-related or not. And while it may have been the charming cover, the endearing title, or the cute premise of The Chocolate Thief that initially drew me in, I found the series to be a perfectly-balanced combination of sweet and bitter and decadence and depth. Now I return to the Chocolat novels just as much for the nuanced characters and the deftly written scenes as I do for the luxurious descriptions of chocolate and the smoking hot smexy times.
For my post today I chose to revisit the standout characters and scenes of the series and select awards for my favorites. Without further ado, I present The Chocolat Awards:
Favorite female protagonist: Jaime from The Chocolate Touch. I loved seeing her transform from broken to whole and fragile to strong both inside and out.
Favorite male protagonist: Dominique from The Chocolate Touch. I connected to his soft, at times socially awkward center and swooned over his bad boy, leather-wearing biker outer shell.
Favorite other character(s): Magalie’s aunts from The Chocolate Kiss. Tough and practical in their own ways, Aja and Genevieve compliment each other well and make a strong support team for Magalie.
Loveliest couple: No surprises here! – my two favorite people – Dominique and Jaime from The Chocolate Touch. They are vulnerable and scarred and perfect for saving one other.
Steamiest scene: So difficult to choose! One of the most memorable for me is Sylvain and Cade (The Chocolate Thief) on the stairs. You know you remember it…
Funniest scene: When Cade crashes Sylvain’s chocolate-making workshop in her bad sweats disguise. (The Chocolate Thief)
Most magical chocolate shop: No contest here – the magical window displays and bewitched chocolat chaud of La Maison des Sorcieres (The Witches’ House) in The Chocolate Kiss. The magic realism in this book was truly enchanting. I want to drink one of Magalie’s wish-filled cups of hot chocolate.
Most idyllic setting: The flowers, fountains, and sun of Provence in The Chocolate Rose. (Visiting southern France is on my bucket list, for sure!)
Most salivating French cuisine scene: When Sylvain and his girl “friend” and Cade happen to choose the same Parisian café for dinner in The Chocolate Thief.
Most romantic chocolate-tasting scene: When Jolie tastes Gabriel’s famed chocolate rose and finds something besides the rich ganache filling inside. (The Chocolate Rose)
Most sensual chocolate-making+more scene: Magalie and Philippe in the kitchen of La Maison des Sorcieres (The Chocolate Kiss)… and a myriad of others. *blushes*
Book most likely to induce you to run to your nearest patisserie as soon as possible: The Chocolate Kiss (For Philippe-like French macarons! If only I could find a decent one in my neck of the woods. Add ‘Visit Laduree’ to bucket list? Check.)
Do you agree or disagree with my selections? Who are your favorite Amour et Chocolat heroes and heroines? Which scenes are the sexiest or have the most delectable chocolate-tasting moments? I know that I overlooked some excellent ones. I can’t wait to relive your favorite moments of the series.
Thanks for having me, Chachic!
Merci, Holly! It’s always nice to have you over here. Such a clever topic. I would have to think about what my selections for these awards will be.
Here are some Amour et Florand posts in other blogs:
pakwanstripes: Laura and the Five Senses
From Cover to Cover: Five Things I love About Laura Florand’s Books