Honeymoon in Paris
About the book (City of Love, Book 3)
The sassy heroine of Sleeping with Paris is back!
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.
inspiration for HONEYMOON in paris
When I signed my first book deal, I was under contract to write a 4th Paris book, and I immediately knew what I wanted that book to be—Charlotte’s sequel! I realized that in Sleeping with Paris I hadn’t gone too in depth on Luc’s backstory, so there was a lot to explore there. By this point in my writing career, I had already written my first time travel murder mystery, Dancing with Paris, and I learned that I absolutely loved writing in this genre, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to write the sequel to Sleeping with Paris without bringing in a spicy mystery to solve.
The book begins with Charlotte and Luc getting married in the magical town of Annecy, which is one of my most favorite places in the world. I first traveled there when I was a grad student in France, and it was love at first sight. There are castles and cobblestone streets and snowcapped mountains and crystal blue waters—it’s a little slice of heaven on Earth. Chloe and Julien spend some time in Annecy in Kissed in Paris, and if you’re reading closely, you’ll notice a guest appearance by Charlotte in Chloe’s story, and a bit of crossover in characters from the two books. Just as Chloe has to do some investigating to find out who Julien really is in Kissed in Paris, Charlotte has to do some digging to get to the bottom of Luc’s secrets.
After the two lovebirds have a decadent yet disastrous honeymoon in Paris, most of Charlotte’s escapades in this book unfold in the city of Lyon. Lyon is my second home. I studied abroad there, and then I moved back to Lyon with my two giant cats several years later. It is a magnificent city, and the perfect backdrop for Charlotte’s adventures as a new French wife to unfold. Some of the characters who appear in the book are loosely based off my circle of friends in Lyon, and the fondant au chocolat that Charlotte eats at the Paul Bocuse restaurant, Le Nord, is just as orgasmic in real life as Charlotte describes it to be in the book. Trust me, I have done my research.