New Release: A WISH UPON JASMINE by Laura Florand

THE ULTIMATE FANTASY ESCAPE IN LAURA FLORAND’S A WISH UPON JASMINE

Book 2 La Vie en Roses – on sale August 2015
“Silky and addictive.”RT Book Reviews





Laura Florand, bestselling author of The Chocolate Kiss combines lush description, smart dialogue, provocative sensuality, and the perfume of love itself in A Wish Upon Jasmine, an irresistibly lush novel that is an ode to the scents and pleasures of the south of France and the beauty of falling in love.

Ruthless. That was what they said about Damien Rosier. Handsome. Wealthy. Powerful. Merciless. No one messed with his family, because to do so they would have to get through him. No one thought he had a heart. Not even the woman he gave his to.

Cynical. That was what they said about Jasmin Bianchi. A top perfumer of her generation, Jess had achieved  commercial success by growing a protective shell over a tender heart. The one time she cracked it open to let Damien in, he crushed it—after a night of unbelievable passion.

Lovers. That one magical night couldn’t survive the harsh light of dawn. When Jess woke up to discover the man in bed beside her had stolen her company, she fled.

Enemies. Now she’s come to the south of France with a threat to his family heritage. If he wants to reclaim both it and the woman who walked away from him, he’s going to have to fight as dirty as only Damien can.

But Jess knows how to fight dirty, too. And these days, she has nothing left to lose.

Certainly not her heart.

Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕ (5 steaming cups! or bottles of Jess made to order scents!)

Review: *I .. like..dead* I have no words except, how feasible is it for me to move to France, like at  this moment.  Which is not doable (Darn it!) And so I just immersed myself in this book to the point that I feel soaked in the scent of Jasmine and just imbibe that lushness that is so apparent in Laura Florand's latest offering, A Wish Upon Jasmine.  This is the second book in the La Vie en Roses series, about a family of perfumers set in Grasse, the Rosiers.  A hardy lot, courageous, ambitious, honorable and this is just the grandparents. The five heirs to the kingdom as they say doesn't fall far from the tree.  We first met this indomitable family in the first book, Once Upon a Rose (which you should also read, I might add and this time immerse yourself in the scent of roses) which introduced the five male cousins, close as brothers, all with a role to play and all struggling to fill in those shoes in the name of family.  A Wish Upon Jasmine starts off differently,  for this time our protagonists have met, fell in love or lust depending on whose perspective and felt betrayed by one another.  They meet again six months later.  This time Jess Bianchin has inherited a piece of the family history of the Rosiers which Damien, the family business warrior, the wish bringer is tasked to take back.  But when they meet, its the same feeling again but this time around distrust abounds.  Can they fulfil each others wish for happiness during the Jasmine harvest?
Again, no words, this book is all feels, all emotions and the heat level is *starts the A/c*. 
The qualities that make Laura Florand's books stand is still there, lyrical prose, the palpable love for the region, that indomitable spirit of her characters.  But the flaws of Jess and Damien are more apparent so there would be moments that resonate as real.  Because in real life, we do make mistakes, we let insecurities about ourselves take a hold of us and make decisions based on it.  Jess and Damien are like that but they learned to make adjustments, they take chances and they make themselves vulnerable for each other, all for love.  Its a definite must read for both fans and contemporary romance readers

PS: This series takes elements of certain fairy tales and incorporates it in the books. Once Upon A Rose is Goldilocks and a Bear (yes just one) I give you one guess about this book (bringer of wishes!)

PRAISE FOR LAURA FLORAND’S NOVELS:

“Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!” – Library Journal Starred Review

“(Florand) captures the nature of love, its fierce, soul-warming necessity, in a way that will make you as happy as the finest bonbon could.” – Eloisa James, The Barnes & Noble Review, a Best Book of 2013 selection

“Florand outdoes herself with this exquisite confection… painstakingly crafted and decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one little taste.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Adorable, charming, whimsical.” – Smexy Books 

“Florand serves up a mouth-watering tale of slow-burning passion and combustible consummation that’s as perfectly crafted as the hero’s surprisingly complex confections and as silky and addictive as the heroine’s dark chocolat chaud.”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, TOP PICK!, RT Seal of Excellence, RT Reviewers Choice nomination Best Book of 2013

“A delectable summer bonbon.” – NPR Books

“This is one of the cleverest, most persuasive enemies-to-lovers stories I’ve read in a long time.” – Dear Author, RECOMMENDED READ


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Her international bestselling books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. 

After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: www.lauraflorand.com.   

More Praise for Laura Florand’s Novels

“The battle of pastries is an erotic subtext for their love affair, and every bit as decadent.” – Publishers Weekly 

“All the elements of [Florand’s] successful recipe for reading pleasure—headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful desserts, and sultry situations—come together in another deliciously entertaining offering.” BOOKLIST

“Full of whimsical charm, great dialogue and what turns into a very sexy romance. The author weaves the food these two create into their romance so well… a truly charming book. Highly recommend.” – USAToday.com  

“Sweet, sexy, and all around delicious. I’m addicted. I can’t wait for the next book.” – Nalini Singh, NYT bestselling author

A WISH UPON JASMINE
by Laura Florand
September 2015 / Ebook & Trade Paperback / Original / Fiction
$4.99 ebook / 978-1-943168-02-6 / $14.99 trade / 978-1-943168-03-3
Author Residence: Durham, NC

For review copies or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact:

laura@lauraflorand.com

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