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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit




Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit
Genre:
 Young Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: February 1, 2014
Publisher: Spellbound Books

Can life really turn on a dime,
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”.

But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.

Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.

Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?


Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit was such a cute story. Who hasn't fantasized about meeting the man of their dreams on some far off romantic place like Paris? This was an easy book to lose yourself in. It was fun to run with Chloe and Jean-Paul through Paris. I felt like I was there with them at times. The author's writing carries you away with her characters. With all the talk of pastries, I was hungry a lot while I read, and there are no REAL pastry shops here. Not any good ones anyway.

I'm not sure why Chloe didn't kick Matt to the curb quicker. He should have been out the door long before the "The Worst Night of Her Life" happened. I love her strength though. She stuck to her guns and didn't let him push her into doing things she didn't want to do. Major props to Chloe.

Jean-Paul was cute, funny, and such the gentleman. He knew how to have fun and give Chloe the perfect Paris adventure.

There was such and innocence to this book, and I loved it. Sweet and clean romances like this are probably my favorite kinds of romances to read.

Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Dear Diary:

I have a confession to make: I’ve become a total idiot over French pastries.

They’re my new favorite food.

My new-found edible souvenir.

My new favorite sin.

Drizzled chocolate, sugar-dusted raspberries, flaky crusts with perfect crimped edges. I’ll have to run a marathon when I get back home to New York just to burn off my new five pounds. French beignets are the worst temptation. Those yeasty chocolate-filled pastries call to me the way Prada handbags call to my mother from Fifth Avenue.

Dunkin Donuts—so yesterday.

Climbing the Eiffel tower, running through miles of hallways at the Louvre Museum, gourmet lunches on the Seine River . . . yes, those are all must-sees . . . if you don’t mind vertigo-dizzying heights and enough paintings to saturate your brain for the rest of your life.

But once I discovered La Patisserie, the rest of Paris became a mere backdrop for my guilty pleasure. What’s a girl to do? 

author
Kimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family.

Kimberley has won many awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.

She once stayed in a haunted castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, eaten in numerous French cafes, ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

She adores all baked goodies; brownies, ├ęclairs, donuts, tarts, and pie, and makes a lot of chocolate chip cookies while revising.

Kimberley is, of course, hard at work on her next novel(s).

To learn more about Kimberley Montpetit and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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