Wednesday, February 1, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "A Crown of Bitter Orange"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, royal pick, A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
Publisher: AOS Publishing (January 24, 2017)
Series: La Vie en Roses, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Childhood friends. 
Tristan Rosier might have asked Malorie Monsard to marry him when he was five years old, but things had only gone downhill from there. She’d spent the rest of their lives ignoring him, abandoning him, and destroying his perfumes. Now she was back, to wreak who knew what havoc on his life.

Lifelong enemies. 
Tristan might choose to dismiss the generations-long enmity between their two families, but Malorie didn’t have that privilege. Like all the other privileges wealthy, gorgeous Tristan took for granted that she couldn’t. But if she was going to restore her family company to glory, she might just need his help.

Or the perfect match? 
They’d known each other all their lives. Could these childhood friends and lifelong enemies ever uncross their stars and find happily ever after?

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Reviews of Florand's Previous Novels:

Snow-Kissed (#1) -- Kame
Sun-Kissed (#2) -- Pat

The Chocolate Thief (#1) -- Pat
Chocolate Touch (#4) -- Kame + Pat
Shadowed Heart (#5.5) -- Pat

Once Upon a Rose (#1) -- Pat
A Wish Upon a Jasmine (#2) -- Pat

All For You (#1) -- Pat

Pat's Review:

Ms. Florand's first series was centered in Paris following the lives of chocolatiers. The books were rich in beautiful love stories and chocolate. The La Vie en Roses series is centered in Grasse, France and the perfume industry. The scenes are mesmerizing, and of course, the love stories sizzling and very romantic.

Malorie Monsard grew up in Grasse, alongside the well respected perfumers and Resistance heroes, the Rosiers. The Monsard family was not so respected. Her grandfather had collaborated with the Nazis, in turn causing several deaths of townspeople and has suffered the shame of his actions. Malorie grew up knowing everyone looked down on the Monsards.

Tristan Rosier has been in love with Malorie since he was five, dropping crayons, pencils and anything to get her attention. He even asked her to marry him! He could never sit still, or hold back emotions, and he just wanted to prove to her "he was smart too, even if he couldn't fit his brains the right way into the school box." All grown up and a respected perfumer, he is thrilled to see Malorie back in town. But it seems she is still carrying that chip on her shoulder.

Malorie's plan is to restore Le Maison de Monsard to its original glory and to try and bring her family name back from the brink. What is amazing to her is that Tristan seems to be there to help at every turn, as are his cousins. Why? That is a question only Tristan can give her the answer to.

A beautiful love story where you can almost smell the orange blossoms coming from the pages. Tristan is loyal, loving and funny. Malorie tries to push him away, but he won't move. I highly recommend this novel for another trip to Ms. Florand's beautiful France.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

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Thanks for the review, Pat!

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on February 23rd for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


Until Next Time,


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