Book Review 15: All For You (Book 1, Paris Hearts) by Laura Florand

Title: All For Youimage

Author:Laura Florand

Release Date: April 20, 2015

Buy Links: Amazon / B&N / Kindle / Kobo

Three young women trying to make their way in the most romantic city on Earth must learn how to open their hearts to love. 

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…

Rating: 5/5

Review: After “Once Upon A Rose” came out, I was expecting Laura Florand’s next book to be a part of the La Vie en Roses series. It was a pleasant surprise when “All For You” turned out to be for a new series called “Paris Hearts.” This new series will be about three women learning how to open their hearts to love as they make their way in Paris.

“All For You” is the story of Célie and Joss who both dream of leaving their banlieu and becoming better versions of themselves except that they had different ideas of achieving their dreams that leaves one of them heartbroken. In the five years that Joss had been with the Foreign Legion, Célie had transformed herself from a teenager working in a bakery in the banlieu into an independent woman working as the chef chocolatier in one of the best chocolateries in Paris. Joss’ sudden reappearance in her life angers her and threatens the independence she had worked so hard to attain.

What I liked about “All For You” is that both Célie’s and Joss’ perspectives were clearly defined so it was easy to understand where they were both coming from. Joss had a valid reason for leaving Célie, Célie had a right to get mad at him, and I was completely engrossed with how they resolved their issues (and also how Joss managed to stay alive after Célie’s numerous threats on his life). I also enjoyed/pitied Dom (that’s the Dominique Richard of The Chocolate Touch) whose scenes were very funny and sweet (Jaime’s really lucky to have him) – seriously, the guy doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

Like every well-written and interesting book, “All For You” seems like a very quick read that makes the reader want more. I don’t know when the next “Paris Hearts” book is coming out but I’m definitely looking forward to this series as well.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author for an honest review.

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