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 something of his. If he wants to reclaim both his family heritage 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.
Upon finishing almost every Laura Florand book I’ve ever read, I have one overwhelming desire: to abandon my life and move to France, gorge myself on chocolate and run through fields of fragrant flowers in the French countryside. Florand writes such vivid descriptions of the French locations that are the setting for her heartbreakingly romantic stories. While reading A Wish Upon Jasmine, I could almost smell the jasmine flowers and other scents that play such an important role in Florand’s latest romance.
Jasmin Bianchi is an American perfumer who inherits a defunct perfume building in Grasse, France. After two recent and devastating losses, Jasmin or Jess, travels to France to claim her inheritance, hoping to reignite her dreams. Of course, she runs into Damien Rosier as soon as she sets foot in her new shop. Damien is responsible for one of her devastating losses, having bought out a small business venture that Jess was undertaking (the death of her father is the second loss). But there is more, Damien and Jess had become lovers one night, making his acquisition of her company a much more personal loss.
There is such pain and hurt between Damien and Jess when they meet again. Jess believes that Damien used her for one night, and Damien carries such hurt because Jess left his bed stealthily in the wee hours of the morning. Damien is also upset that his aunt left a portion of the Rosier family property to an outsider. However, the attraction between the two is still there - and colors their every interaction. And neither can stay away from the other.
Damien is the money man of the Rosier family perfume business. He makes sure the company is profitable and makes all the tough decisions. He is seen as hard and impenetrable, the man who gets things dones. And Jess can’t help but see him that way as well. However, Damien desperately wants her to see beyond his hard shell to the man who feels so much for her in his hidden-away heart. Meanwhile, Jess has trouble believing that she is good enough for someone of Damien’s stature and trouble believing that anyone could stay with her permanently.
As usual, the conflict in A Wish Upon Jasmine is mostly internal - the characters and their insecurities are the obstacle that both must overcome. Jess needs to believe in herself and Damien needs to believe that Jess believes in him. Their journey is filled with perfumes, as Jess attempts to create him a signature scent, picking jasmine as it is harvest time for the Rosiers and fun with the Rosier family (who are wonderful).
Like many Florand heroes, Damien is arrogant yet wonderfully vulnerable. He wants to be his family’s touchstone, but also wants people to see that there is more to him. He falls hard and fast for Jess and needs to be her everything. And (and this might be my favorite part of him) also, he has quite the way with words, one of the dirtiest talkers of all of Florand’s heroes. For much of the book, Damien uses these dirty words to seduce Jasmin - and eventually follows through on all of his very naughty promises (one type against a tree, apparently he has a bit of an exhibitionist streak).
A Wish Upon Jasmine is a romance for the ages. Jess and Damien have to battle themselves to find the strength to let love in, but the journey is breathtaking (in more than one way). While A Wish Upon Jasmine is part of the La Vie en Roses series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, start the series in order and fall in love with all of the Rosiers.
Laura Florand: http://lauraflorand.com/
Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author.