Book Review: Honeymoon in Paris, by Juliette Sobanet, Interview + Giveaway

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About Honeymoon in Paris

Honeymoon in ParisThe 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 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.

And Juliette has come to visit the blog and answer a few burning questions!

What is your favourite place to visit in France?

I have many, but my top favorite and the place closest to my heart will always be Lyon. It’s a gorgeous city two hours south of Paris by train, and I was fortunate enough to study abroad there in college. I’ve been back many times since to visit my host family and friends, and each time I set foot in that beautiful city, I feel like I’m home. It’s a smaller, more manageable city than Paris (don’t get me wrong though, I love Paris!), and the food is to die for. I definitely recommend making a stop in Lyon if you travel to France. Charlotte and Luc just happen to call Lyon home in Honeymoon in Paris as well!

What was your first inspiration for Charlotte?

My initial inspiration for Charlotte’s character stemmed from my year living and studying in Paris. I thought it would be fun to take a girl who’d been burned one too many times in love and make her dead set on not falling in love in the most romantic city in the world. I did use inspiration from some of my own personal relationship disasters of course, and from those of my girlfriends as well, to come up with a few of the debacles that happen to Charlotte along her journey.

Do you have a favourite character in the book?

I always love writing Lexi’s character because she’s so sassy and funny, and she’s never afraid to share a piece of her mind! She’s also kind of a mess in her love life, and I think for that, we can all relate to her to some extent.

Without giving away too much, had you planned for Luc’s story arc from the beginning of the first book?

No, I hadn’t ever planned on a sequel when I began writing Sleeping with Paris, so it wasn’t until I was plotting out Honeymoon in Paris that I decided where Luc’s story arc would go. I realized that in the first book, we didn’t actually learn a ton about Luc, so that gave me a lot of room to play with his storyline in the second book. This of course opened up to many exciting secrets and disasters for Charlotte to deal with!

What are you working on right now, and what’s next to be released?

I’m currently writing a series of novellas called Confessions of a City Girl which will begin releasing in early 2014. I also have a novella coming out with Amazon’s new StoryFront program on January 22nd. It’s called One Night in Paris, and here’s a little bit about the story:

When Manhattan attorney Ella Carlyle gets a call that her beloved grandmother is dying, she rushes to Paris to be by her side, against the wishes of her overbearing boyfriend. Ella would do anything for her grandmother and jumps at the chance to fulfill her dying wish. But things take a mystical turn when Ella is transported to a swinging Parisian jazz club full of alluring strangers…in the year 1927! As the clock runs out on her one night in the City of Lights, Ella will attempt to rewrite the past—and perhaps her own destiny as well.

Thank you so much for having me, Alyssa!

And thank you for being with us! I can’t wait to read all that you have coming out soon!

And now, for my review!

I read Sleeping With Paris sometime last year (or perhaps earlier, I can’t quite recall, as I’ve read it several times now), and when I heard there was a sequel, I was delighted. I wanted to know more about Charlotte, and her handsome man Luc. And I was not disappointed by Honeymoon in Paris. In fact, I devoured the book.

This time around, Charlotte is married, but Luc is not all that he’s seemed to be. He’s keeping secrets, being evasive, and I started to wonder if perhaps she’d made a poor choice in marrying so quickly. The book was a whirlwind of drama: young actresses, corrupt businessmen, handsome actors, paparazzi, devoted and determined friends, and a dark secret that Charlotte stumbles into. It definitely kept me reading.

I also loved the return of some of the secondary characters from the first book, especially Fiona and Lexi, Charlotte’s best friends. They’re each so different from Charlotte, and bring their own colour to the book.

I’m hoping that Ms. Sobanet will continue on with this series, and perhaps write a book about the handsome Nicolas? Pretty please? :)

Juliette SobanetAbout the Author
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 ParisMidnight Train to Paris, Dancing with Paris, and Honeymoon in Paris. Today she lives in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing and dreaming about her next trip to France.

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Review: Dancing With Paris, by Juliette Sobanet

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Having just finished Juliette Sobanet’s last book, Midnight Train to Paris, and enjoyed it very much, I couldn’t wait to dig into this one. And I was delighted to find out that, like the former, Dancing With Paris was a time-travel romance. (I’m not a huge fan of time-travel romances in general, with the exception of Outlander and The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I am always glad to find one that is well-written and intriguing.)

Naturally what caught my attention was that the book is set in Paris–or at least, the past is. Claudia Davis travels back from present-day San Diego into 1950s Paris, via a ruby necklace and a mysterious woman. Once there, she finds that she’s become a dancer named Ruby Kerrigan, and Ruby is wanted for murder. What Claudia doesn’t realize at first is that Ruby has had to prostitute herself, and has done so with several men. Not only does she have to find the murderer, but she has to sort out her love life…and she only has five days.

The twists and turns had me guessing, and I only put this book down under duress (work, sleep), wanting to know what would happen next. I loved the setting, the vivid picture Ms. Sobanet paints of the Parisian cabaret, and of Paris in general. It was a bit like watching a film. Her mix of suspense and romance is just right, and I look forward to reading her next book! (By the way, if you have some francophile tendencies like I do, you’ll enjoy her previous books as well, all contemporary romances set in Paris.)

Dancing With ParisAbout the book:

In Paris, a past life promises a second chance at love.

Straitlaced marriage therapist Claudia Davis had a plan—and it definitely did not involve getting pregnant from a one-night stand or falling for a gorgeous French actor. She thinks her life can’t possibly get more complicated. But when Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret—and the number-one suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow dancer. As past lives go, it’s a doozy…especially when an encounter with a handsome and mysterious French doctor ignites a fire in Claudia’s sinfully beautiful new body.

But time, for all its twists and turns, is not on her side: Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer, clear Ruby’s name, and return to the twenty-first century. To do so, she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

Buy the book! It’s published by Amazon Publishing/Montlake Romance: http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00B4EJA5W

ISBN-10: 1477805915
ISBN-13: 978-1477805916

Juliette SobanetAbout the Author

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 ParisMidnight 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.

Website: www.juliettesobanet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJulietteSobanet
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulietteSobanet

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Book Review Quickie: Kissed in Paris

Kissed in ParisKissed in Paris by Juliette Sobanet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh how I enjoyed this book!

I was able to indulge my love of Paris, my need for a good caper, and a mysterious Frenchman.

I highly, highly recommend this book. It was a quick read for me, but that’s because I couldn’t put it down.

The blurb (from Amazon.com):
“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 the hands 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.