For me, The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand was one of those books. So much so that although I got it from the library, I’m searching for a copy for my keeper shelf. It was a delicious read — not just because it was about one of my favorite foods, either *g*. No, it was the byplay between the hero and heroine, the author’s choice of words, her descriptions — a whole host of things that made this book memorable weeks after I’d read it.
It’s hard to explain why this book was like one of those dark chocolates with a delicious truffle center. There’s a reason I don’t review books for a living *wry grin*. But here’s a scene that might convey what I mean:
The waiter reappeared with Christophe’s coffee and her apricot juice. Sylvain shook his head at the juice. “How do you get away with consuming so much sugar?”
“I tried to order milk,” Cade said defensively. “They wouldn’t sell it to me.”
Sylvain raised his eyebrows and went over to the bar. Cade saw him exchange a few casual words with the man behind it, then push two minuscule coins across the counter in exchange for a small carton of milk. He came back and set it down in front of her without a word.
When she closed her hand around it, she had a sensation strangely similar to when she closed her hand around her talisman Cory Bar — as if she held something that made her feel special, cherished.
She really had to get a grip.
He had used tu when he spoke to her, she realized. Tu, like a stamp of ownership, while Christophe had to use vous.
Tu and milk and the bitter, bitter chocolate. She smiled a little, fingering the corner of the milk carton.
Sylvain sat down with them without being asked, took the small, slim cylinder of a glass that had been provided with the bottle of apricot juice and poured the milk into it, then slid the glass into her hand. Cade stared at it, feeling once again like a cat. Which would make him — what? — her owner, if he was pouring out milk for her?
Under the small table, his leg crowded hers.
Funny how she knew so absolutely it was his and not Christophe’s. She wished she could think he was doing it on purpose. But the fact was, it was a tiny table. Where else was his leg supposed to go?
And a little later on in the same scene:
“Tu as aimé ton chocolat?” Sylvain asked her.
She shivered all over, with pleasure and darkness. “It was very good,” she said slowly. “But it was very bitter.”
“Would you want another one after eating the first?”
I think I would take anything you gave me. Her eyes held his a moment. Then she forced herself to look away. “As a customer? Perhaps one, at the right moment. But then I would want something a little sweeter.”
Sylvain…. Yum. Words can’t describe this man, so I won’t even try. Suffice it to say if you like chocolate and romance, then this is the book for you :)
And here’s my reading list for January:
- The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
- Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
- The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
- The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
- Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh
- How to Dazzle a Duke by Claudia Dain
- Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfours
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
- Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
- So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev
- The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
- Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
- The Lost Girl by Sandu Mandanna
- Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Enclave by Ann Aguirre
- Warped by Maurissa Guibord
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- MeruPuri 1, 2 & 3 by Matsuri Hino
- The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash
- Alive by Tadashi Kawashima
- The Record of a Fallen Vampire by Kyo Shirodaira