Review: All for You by Laura Florand

Title: All for You (Paris Nights #1)
Author: Laura Florand
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

Some crushes aren’t meant to be

When her older brother’s best friend left to join the Foreign Legion, eighteen-year-old Célie moved on to make a life for herself as a Paris chocolatier. Now, five years later, the last thing she needs is another man to mess up her happiness.

Let alone the same man.

But five years in the Foreign Legion is a long time for a man to grow up, and a long time to be away from the woman he loves.

Especially when he did it all for her.

Half strangers, more than friends, and maybe, if Joss Castel has his way, a second chance…

MY THOUGHTS

Do you like beautiful writing? Do you love romances full of heart? Do you enjoy character driven stories? Do you prefer books that concentrate on feelings and characters’ growth rather than entertain readers with angst and action?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you should read Laura Florand’s books.

I’ve told this not once, but it’s worth repeating: Laura Florand’s writing is gorgeous. It’s so visceral and tactile. One of her books A Wish Upon Jasmine featured a perfumer heroine and I was drowned in scents while reading that story. The main character in All for You Celie was a chocolatier and I almost could taste chocolate she made. I’m always on sensation overload while reading this author’s books.

The romance between Celie and Joss was realistic and very touching. Yet again the author brought to life complex interesting and real characters. It was impossible not to care for them.

Laura Florand’s books are probably not for everyone. On the surface there is very little happening. You won’t find a lot of action or suspense in her books. Just two people dealing with their problems trying to sort their feelings and falling in love. I love this about her stories.

I also love that her books are low on drama. There is obviously some kind of conflict and obstacles that characters need to overcome in all of her books but her characters deal with them in mature and realistic way without unnecessary angst.

Despite having all Florand’s trademark traits All for You hasn’t won my heart. I didn’t fall in love with it the way I did with her La Vie en Roses series. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly went wrong. After some reflections I think it was absence of family in both Celie and Joss’s lives. I have a soft spot for positive family representation in books. One of the reasons I love Laura Florand’s La vie en Roses series so much is Rosier family. Big supportive and loving family. I missed this here.

Also it was harder for me to connect with Joss than with other Florand’s heroes. “A man who doesn’t believe he deserve his girl” is not a concept I enjoy.

While All for You hadn’t become my favorite book by Laura Florand it was a very enjoyable read. And I’m looking forward to read new stories by this author.

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10 Comments on “Review: All for You by Laura Florand

  1. You’re one of several bloggers I’ve seen mention Florand’s books and I really need to check them out. They sound like I’ll either love them or hate them and I’m not sure which. They are such interesting sounding books which I will hopefully enjoy as they’re less about drama and more immersive. Either way you’ve got me intrigued so next time I come across one of her books I may have to treat myself.

  2. gah I was reading the chocolate thief a few years ago but did not get to finish it and now I want to pick it back up again. I did really LOVE the writing and I don’t mind that very little happens because the character development is wonderful

  3. I agree that I definitely found it harder to connect with and LOVE this story compared to Florand’s other works. I reallyyyy enjoyed the other two books in this series, though, so definitely pick those up! Wonderful review, dear!

  4. I actually like a book sometimes with not a lot of drama. This sounds like a nice book. Great review!

  5. Ohh I love her, too, Ksenia! I think it was Jasprit and Rachel who got me into her books. Lol. I haven’t read any of hers in a long time though. Might just give this one a go.

  6. I just started reading her books last week and I’m completely in love with her writing, Ksenia. I actually love the focus is on the characters, because she makes them so engaging. And yes! I love the lack of overly angsty story lines! This one sounds just as good! I will definitely be trying it out when I wrap up the Chocolate thief books for sure.
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