Book Review 11: Once Upon A Rose by Laura Florand

Title: Once Upon A RoseOnceUpon_Cover3_2
Author: Laura Florand
Release Date: January 26, 2015 (ebook)

Coming at last is the launch of the much-awaited new series! Book 1 of the Vie en Roses series, Matt Rosier’s story, is ONCE UPON A ROSE. This series takes us to the heart of one of the great, old fragrance families in that famous fragrance region in the south of France, where valleys are full of roses and jasmine, lavender and olives grow on the hills, and one family, the Rosiers, has been establishing power since the Renaissance and is not at all interested in giving any of that power up.

Excerpt

The scent of roses reached her from Matt’s hand, mixed with the apples of her shampoo, and she closed her eyes against a wave of hunger. It didn’t help. Closing her eyes meant that all she could do was feel—his hand shifting in her hair, his breath brushing over her lips, the cool shade of the street after the sun of the fields, and the press of a knocker against her back. The silence of the stone seemed to hold her safe in it. A gentle echo sounded of someone walking down another cobblestone street below. She wanted him to talk again, into her darkness.

“Are you going to kiss me?” Layla whispered.

“Yes.” Just that one deep vibration of his voice through her, while his hand sank deep enough to cup her skull at last, cushioning it from the hard door as his mouth closed over hers.

Rating: 5/5

Review:Matthieu Rosier owns the valley of roses that is the heart of Rosier S.A. He thinks of the valley as his valley and that it would forever be his. Layla is a singer/song writer who doesn’t have any music in her and decides to leave her responsibilities to check out an inheritance. Unfortunately, this inheritance turns out to be a part of Matt’s valley, and that’s where the trouble begins.

At first I thought the book was going to be an all out war for the inherited property with rose petals flying all over the place (it does happen but with non-deadly consequences), but Laura Florand does a wonderful job of weaving a satisfying resolution that does justice to both Matt and Layla. She takes the reader on a journey through a valley of roses filled with history that continues to haunt the present and shapes the future. That much can be expected when there are two warring ancient relatives who seem to defy the laws of aging and who have the most influence on the young ones.

Once Upon A Rose combines the search for identity and romance, family history and politics notwithstanding. It is a very entertaining read that will surely make the reader wish to be harvesting roses with the Rosier clan. There are three more Rosiers to watch out for (see the novella A Rose in Winter for Raoul and Allegra’s story), and I’m already looking forward to what Laura Florand will do with them.

Disclaimer: I received an eGalley from the author/publisher for an honest review.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lorn (pakwanstripes)
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 08:49:56

    Its the flying rose petals fight that I love 😀

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  2. Camille
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 19:40:37

    Another favorite of mine from Laura Florand.. Seriously, Matt and Layla are just too cute! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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