A Michelin two-star chef at twenty-eight, Violette Lenoir could handle anything, including a cocky burglar who broke into her restaurant in the middle of the night.
Or so she thought.
Elite counterterrorist operative Chase “Smith” had been through things that made Hell Week look easy. But nothing had prepared him for a leather-clad blonde who held him at bay at knifepoint and dared him to take her on.
Now if only saving the world didn’t require he ruin her life.
Two people who thought they could handle anything now have to take on each other.
It’s a battle neither one expected. But with their futures on the line, they have nothing to lose…but their hearts.
Warning: This book contains one arrogant Navy SEAL, nights of Paris passion, and a woman who wants to have it all.
I was wondering when Laura Florand would make a female head chef, and I was glad to meet Michelin two star chef Violette Lenoir. Violette’s tough but that’s because she’s always struggling for respect and only wants to be taken seriously as woman head chef in a kitchen mainly full of men. But then she meets Chase “Smith”
Chase Smith is my favourite in the book. That man is cocky. Face palming cocky. He just refuses to be defeated. Sometimes his arrogance becomes too much for me, but I like how he uses that to stow away all those horrible things he’s seen in his career. Similar to Jos, Laura gives him a certain quiet fierceness and alertness that she aptly brings out only when it is needed. I love how Chase’s seriousness in dire situations beautifully contrasts his arrogant, funny side. Chase convinced me that Laura can make military men. I think she should continue to write about military men too, not just perfumers and chocolatiers.
Chase Me is a different Laura Florand book, in terms of writing style and characters. This is Laura trying out something new. I didn’t like the cover that much and the first six chapters actually slowed me down. But overall, I liked the book. I also love the last couple of chapters, I read it like I was seeing small scenes in a movie that faded in and out. I loved the action scenes and if she writes a romance-action book, I would gladly read it. For me, it’s not one of her best, it is still worth the read.
My favourite quote:
“Except sometimes,” she said. “Sometimes you’re like old pajamas.”
Wait, What? ‘Uh–”
“Like I can be comfortable with you. no matter how tired or how battered, or how wounded I feel.”
Received a copy from the author for an honest review.
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Laura Florand is the international bestselling author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, etc). Her books have appeared in ten languages, been nominated for Reviewers Choice Best Book of the Year, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Four of her past five books have been recommended reads by Dear Author and two have been Sizzling Book Club Picks by Smart B*, Trashy Books.
Laura was born in a small town in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early. After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking in New Zealand and Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman. You can find out quite a bit more about those crazy adventures in her memoir, Blame It on Paris. She is now a lecturer in Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, that means she studies and teaches French language and culture, rather than romance. Fortunately, French culture includes French chocolate, research to which she is very dedicated. You can catch some glimpses of that research in the books, on her blog, and on her Facebook site, where you are welcome to join her and other readers!