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Honeymoon In Paris: Charlotte Summers # 2 by Juliette Sobanet with Excerpt

Today I have a book review that is all the delights of Paris and more, please be sure to read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where 2 lucky winners will get a kindle copy of the title.  Also, don’t forget to check the other  tour stops to see what other people had to say about the book, and read different excerpts!!

Book Review: 

The second installment of the Charlotte Summers series takes us back to Charlotte: all of the misadventures of Sleeping With Paris ended with her engagement to half-naked French Hottie Luc Olivier.  Quickly we move into the whirlwind engagement as she toasts her friends with champagne in the back of the limo as they speed to the ceremony.  Here Sobanet provides a quick outline with background information for those who hadn’t read the first book (I hadn’t) yet there is more than enough information to not feel lost as the story whips past further on.

Charlotte and Luc are married, but life has many curves: an ex-wife who won’t disappear, a young step-daughter, Luc’s refusal to address the many questions that arise, and the fallout from a tabloid spread featuring Charlotte and her two best friends, all sans the men they are committed to.  Add to that the natural reserve that Luc’s family have about their rapid courtship closely followed by the aforementioned tabloid story, and the resurfacing of issues and people from Luc’s past who had only caused heartbreak and you have several different levels of conflict and misunderstanding popping up everywhere.

Marriage isn’t easy: when you add in two people who are guarded about their past and then add in the cultural norms: exaggerated or not, and you have a series of events that can bring even the most logical and considered (and Charlotte is neither) woman to a crisis.  Self-inflicted or not, Charlotte’s  focus on all that could be wrong lead her into some dangerous and potentially deadly situations.

Fun and light, this is ultimately a romance with a happy ending, even if the path is uneven.  Filled with lovely description, the friendship between Charlotte and her bff’s is well-written, and her scenes with her new step-daughter are touching.  A few devious moments when her interior bad girl takes hold lead to laughs and the romantic moments are pure delight.

Honeymoon In Paris: Charlotte Summers # 2 by Juliette Sobanet with Excerpt

Title: Honeymoon In Paris
Author: Juliette Sobanet
Published by: Montlake Romance
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 246
Rated: four-stars
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About the Book:

The sassy heroine of Sleeping with Paris is back! And this time, chocolate-covered French wedding bells are in the air . . .

It’s only been a month since Charlotte Summers reunited with her sexy French boyfriend, Luc Olivier, and he has already made her the proposal of a lifetime: a mad dash to the altar in the fairytale town of Annecy. Without hesitation, Charlotte says au revoir to single life and oui to a lifetime of chocolate in bed with Luc. She’s madly in love, and Luc is clearly the one, so what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot . . .

On the heels of their drama-filled nuptials in the French Alps, Luc whisks Charlotte away to Paris for a luxurious honeymoon. But just as they are settling into a sheet-ripping, chocolate-induced haze, a surprise appearance by Luc’s drop-dead gorgeous ex-wife brings the festivities to a dead halt. Luc never told Charlotte that his ex was a famous French actress, or that she was still in love with him. Add to that Charlotte’s new role as step-mom to Luc’s tantrum-throwing daughter, a humiliating debacle in the French tabloids, and the threat of losing her coveted position at the language school—and Charlotte fears she may have tied the French knot a little too quickly.

Determined to keep her independence and her sanity, Charlotte seeks out a position at Bella magazine’s new France office while working on a sassy guidebook to French marriage. But The sassy heroine of Sleeping with Paris is back! And this time, chocolate-covered French wedding bells are in the air . . .

It’s only been a month since Charlotte Summers reunited with her sexy French boyfriend, Luc Olivier, and he has already made her the proposal of a lifetime: a mad dash to the altar in the fairytale town of Annecy. Without hesitation, Charlotte says au revoir to single life and oui to a lifetime of chocolate in bed with Luc. She’s madly in love, and Luc is clearly the one, so what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot . . .

On the heels of their drama-filled nuptials in the French Alps, Luc whisks Charlotte away to Paris for a luxurious honeymoon. But just as they are settling into a sheet-ripping, chocolate-induced haze, a surprise appearance by Luc’s drop-dead gorgeous ex-wife brings the festivities to a dead halt. Luc never told Charlotte that his ex was a famous French actress, or that she was still in love with him. Add to that Charlotte’s new role as step-mom to Luc’s tantrum-throwing daughter, a humiliating debacle in the French tabloids, and the threat of losing her coveted position at the language school—and Charlotte fears she may have tied the French knot a little too quickly.

Determined to keep her independence and her sanity, Charlotte seeks out a position at Bella magazine’s new France office while working on a sassy guidebook to French marriage. But when Luc’s secret past threatens Charlotte’s career and their future together, Charlotte must take matters into her own hands. Armed with chocolate, French wine, and a few fabulous girlfriends by her side, Charlotte navigates the tricky waters of marriage, secrets, ex-wives, and a demanding career all in a foreign country where she quickly realizes, she never truly learned the rules.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Excerpt:

Later that night, after Luc had fallen asleep and my chocolate haze was beginning to wear off, I lay awake thinking about what Luc had said to me over dinner. That the truths I was searching for would come to light. That in keeping secrets from me, he was only trying to protect me. And that I needed to have faith in him—and just wait it out.

While I believed Luc had only good intentions, I also wasn’t one to sit around and wait for the shit to hit the fan. And by the anger that boiled over in him every time I mentioned Vincent Boucher’s name, I could only assume that whatever was going on behind the scenes between Luc, Vincent, and Luc’s father, was big . . . and potentially dangerous.

Now that I would be spending quite a bit of time in close proximity with Vincent, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to do a little investigation of my own. And maybe, whatever I found out would actually help Luc—and help me to be able to place all of my trust in him once again.

In the meantime, since there was no way this confused head of mine was going to allow me to sleep, I fetched the Paris journal from my purse and crept out to the living room to write the introduction to the most life-altering chapter in my guidebook: “Le Fondant au Chocolat and What It Can Do for Your Marriage.”

In a previous chapter, we’ve already discussed the point that hot sex doesn’t fix everything (yes, even if your husband is an incredibly sensual French lover). Well, tonight I discovered something that doesn’t fix everything per se, but it comes pretty damn close:

Le fondant au chocolat.

In case you’ve never tried this magnificent dessert, allow me to elaborate.

First you have a moist, warm, gooey piece of chocolate cake (not American chocolate cake—I’m talking chocolate cake à la française, which automatically makes it a rich, chocolaty culinary masterpiece). Typically this magnificent cake is in a circular shape, but any shape will do.

Now, for the best part: inside the best piece of cake you’ve ever tasted, you will find an explosion of melted dark chocolate. Not just a little bit, either—think molten lava in chocolate form overflowing from the center of the cake.

This dessert is literally a volcano of chocolate, and it will sweep away all of your marriage troubles (guaranteed to work for at least one evening, and possibly more, depending on the severity of your marriage issues).

The heavenly fondant au chocolat may very well be the key to surviving a rocky start to your marriage (French or otherwise).

I recommend eating this decadent, sinful dessert with your husband anytime you want to spice up the pleasure level in your relationship, and especially if you are at odds with each other.

The magic of le fondant au chocolat is that in just one little cake, you will find peace, romance, and orgasms without all the work.

Happy indulging!

Excerpted from HONEYMOON IN PARIS by Juliette Sobanet (December 2013). Reprinted with permission from Montlake Romance.

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About Juliette Sobanet

Juliette Sobanet earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, living and studying in both Lyon and Paris. She worked as a French professor before turning a new page in her career, penning romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. She is the author of Sleeping with Paris, Kissed in Paris, Midnight Train to Paris, Dancing with Paris, and the upcoming Honeymoon in Paris. Today she lives with her husband and two cats in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing and dreaming about her next trip to France.