Monday, November 18, 2013

Book review of J'Adore Paris by Isabelle Lafleche


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J'Adore Paris
J'adore Paris by Isabelle Lafleche is the second book featuring chic Parisian lawyer Catherine Lambert, but it is not necessary to have read book one J'adore New York: A Novel of Haute Couture and the Corner Office beforehand. Having survived the cut-throat life of New York Catherine returns to her beloved Paris to take on a new job as corporate lawyer for fashion house Christian Dior. The beginning of the book is very upbeat and dreamy. Catherine is on a high to be back in Paris, in love and moving into her boyfriend’s apartment and excited about her new role at Christian Dior. The descriptions of life in Paris as seen through Catherine’s New York eyes are brilliant and vibrant especially the café scenes.

As she settles into her new life, it isn’t long before things get a bit more down to earth. Her boyfriend becomes jealous, her work in the counterfeiting department is much more hands on and frankly dangerous than she had imagined and apart from her trusty assistant Rikash, it is difficult to know who is on her side, both at home and at work.

I loved the character of Rikash, gay and glittery, but always there for Catherine no matter what is thrown at them. He was born to be in the world of fashion and is having a ball at Paris Christian Dior. Catherine is strong and feisty but also a little vulnerable, but together with Rikash they have the team chemistry, strength and technical know how to tackle anything. I had no idea the life of a corporate lawyer could be so exciting and the world of counterfeiting so dangerous. 

This was a fast paced read with plenty of adrenalin pumping moments perfectly offset with the romance of Paris and the glamour of the fashion world.

J'adore Paris is published by Harper Collins and available in ebook format and J'adore New York: A Novel of Haute Couture and the Corner Office is published by Harper Weekend and available in paperback and ebook.  Links to Amazon below.