REVIEW by Peggy Randall-Martin
When I tell you that once I started reading “Kissed in Paris” I couldn’t put it down, it’s a reality not a cliché! The lead-in is creative and snappy, and the story continues to build from page to page - through to the last word on the last page. Juliette Sobanet’s characters don’t just exist – they live! Her descriptions of the French countryside, each back street and café take the reader on a colorful Parisian journey.
This is not just another love story – it’s wrapped in unpredictable intrigue and mystery. Chloe has only her instincts to go on and who she should trust – if anyone – is one of her biggest trials as she follows the only person who might be able to save her across France. But has she chosen the wrong savior or was she chosen by an unknown swarthy conman before she boarded the plane in Washington DC for Paris? The only way to know is to read the book!
This is the only book in Sobanet’s “Paris” series that I have read, and I wished Chloe & Julien had lived on in a sequel. There is a break down between the lead-in and the first chapter that is a bit confusing. Chloe’s reason for traveling to Paris gets lost and I read back a few pages to see if I had missed something. But don’t let that discourage you – buy the book – pop the cork on a bottle of wine (preferably French), get a block of your favorite cheese and a baguette of French bread if you can find one(!) or chocolate filled croissants. Then settle back in your favorite chair and put life as you know it on hold, as you begin to read “Kissed In Paris.”
From my patio, I could smell the melted cheese and chocolate on the streets of Annecy … I envisioned a vineyard outside of Lyon and the scent of lavender and rosemary was real … if only for a moment … “Kissed in Paris,” by Juliette Sobanet is the best way to travel to Paris without a passport.
“You are in Paris, the City of Love. You must not be so controlled. Here, have another glass. I promise you, it will not hurt.”
When 29-year-old event planner Chloe Turner wakes up penniless and without a passport in the Plaza Athénée Hotel in Paris, she only has a few fleeting memories of Claude, the suave French man who convinced her to have that extra glass of wine before taking all of her possessions and slipping out the door. As the overly organized, go-to gal for her three drama queen younger sisters, her anxiety-ridden father, and her needy clients, Chloe is normally prepared for every disaster that comes her way. But with her wedding to her straight-laced, lawyer fiancé back in DC only days away and a French con-man on the loose with her engagement ring, this is one catastrophe she never could have planned for.
As Chloe tries to figure out a way home, she runs into an even bigger problem—the police are after her due to suspicious activity now tied to her bank account. Chloe's only hope at retrieving her passport and clearing her name lies in thehands of a rugged, undercover agent named Julien who has a few secrets of his own. As Chloe follows this mysterious, and—although she doesn't want to admit it—sexy French man on a wild chase through the sun-kissed countryside of France, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed and has to decide if the perfectly ordered life she’s built for herself back home is really what she wants after all.