Discretion (The Dumonts, #1)
From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a delicious saga of wealth, luxury, and scandal—and the wicked secrets of success behind an envied family dynasty.The Riviera means indulgence—if you’ve got money. For Sadie Reynolds, a down-on-her-luck student, the Riviera means dingy hostels and back streets. When a wrong turn puts her in jeopardy, the last thing she expects is to be saved by the most handsome stranger she’s ever locked eyes with. When she later wakes up in a luxury suite with a Mediterranean view, she’s in the tender care of her rescuer: Olivier Dumont, France’s most eligible bachelor, billionaire hotelier, and heir to the Dumont fashion fortune.Olivier also owns his reputation for scandal. But Sadie is unlike any woman he’s ever met. Her humble persona and wild innocence promise real passion. He’s promising Sadie something too: anything she wants. From Bordeaux to Cannes to Paris, Sadie’s past in America is swept away and replaced with a fantasy too good to be true.Pulled into Olivier’s orbit of wealth, glamour, and excess, Sadie discovers that the Dumont dynasty comes with a legacy of wicked secrets. And Olivier’s secrets may be the most damning of all…

Discretion (The Dumonts, #1) Details

TitleDiscretion (The Dumonts, #1)
Author
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
ISBN-139781542008532
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Adult, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Audiobook

Discretion (The Dumonts, #1) Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up four, dancing stars on olalaaaaa French Riviera, hot, sexy, mysterious, deep family matters, dirty schemes, power games stars!I have to confess, I love KH books! I admitted thousand times after reading her EIT series, she won my heart so when I start to read any of her books, it’s difficult task for me to keep my objectivity! But luckily these days I’m a little picky and looking for some meaningful, deep, life changing romance stories. My picky and critical approach helped me to j 3.5 rounded up four, dancing stars on olalaaaaa French Riviera, hot, sexy, mysterious, deep family matters, dirty schemes, power games stars!I have to confess, I love KH books! I admitted thousand times after reading her EIT series, she won my heart so when I start to read any of her books, it’s difficult task for me to keep my objectivity! But luckily these days I’m a little picky and looking for some meaningful, deep, life changing romance stories. My picky and critical approach helped me to judge impartially. And surprise, surprise!!! At first 100 pages, I was about to give only 2 stars to this book. There was nothing wrong with the character. Our hero, Oliver seems like a dreamy book boyfriend! He is suffering from a burden, keeping a big secret from his family, he’s rich, Alpha, kind, protective, making unbelievable and quite impressive gestures. And Sadie, our heroine, sweet but a little insecure (which is normal because her last boyfriend cheated on her and now she’s flirting with a man who has a bad reputation as womanizer) but she is also risk-taker, adventurous, responsible (taking care of her mother who is suffering from bipolar), smart, easy going person. But the part they fell for each other was too fast and a little bit dramatic and unrealistic for me! I found some parts with full of cliches!I still had questions why Oliver fell for her so hard since the first time he saw her. He was faking relationships for 10 years and he finally found a real, genuine, beautiful woman but still in one week, they started a sensational, steamy relationship so welllll, it was a little over-exaggerated, reminded me of telenovelas, soft Harlequin romance books! But after their fast-falling, we start to learn more about Oliver, his family dynamics, his irritated cousins and evil uncle’s leverage on him. So with the thriller, action parts, family secrets, the book turned into a page turner.Most of the dynamics and relationship formula between hero and heroine also reminded me of the KH`s previous book “My life in Shambles”, rich and famous hero, sweet, ordinary, young girl, chasing her dreams, recently broken up from her boyfriend, family issues, father’s passing away, telling his son that he is proud of him! But this book is more triggering, surprising and full of action.I liked the last parts and actions of both Sadie and Oliver who stand for each other. Sadie was threatened several times by Oliver’s malicious cousin Pascal but she was brave, smart, tough and ready to fight for her love. I also loved Oliver’s behavior to protect her, his honesty about his past, his nobility to learn from his mistakes and do whatever it takes to be with his love of his life. For a long time I had hard time to love a book’s hero and heroine at the same time! But KH did good job to make me love them. So second half book made me change my opinions and raise my points. There were still unanswered questions. So we need to wait for the other “Dumonts book”( I don’t know the pilot but I think it will be about Oliver’s brother, I also like sister Seraphine so much. I think she also deserved her own book, too) to get answers we need! I hope it doesn’t take too long!
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  • Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
    January 1, 1970
    It's LIVE! https://amzn.to/31n14SMRead it for FREE with Kindle Unlimited I fell in love in Paris. Olivier was living the typical playboy lifestyle. The heir apparent to a fashion house that rivals Chanel, he's a leading hotelier who happens to have a lot of secrets. Secrets that prevent him from fulfilling his dreams. Secrets that hold him back from true happiness. But something about Sadie has him willing to take a chance, risking it all for the potential for more. Sadie is a college student b It's LIVE! https://amzn.to/31n14SMRead it for FREE with Kindle Unlimited I fell in love in Paris. Olivier was living the typical playboy lifestyle. The heir apparent to a fashion house that rivals Chanel, he's a leading hotelier who happens to have a lot of secrets. Secrets that prevent him from fulfilling his dreams. Secrets that hold him back from true happiness. But something about Sadie has him willing to take a chance, risking it all for the potential for more. Sadie is a college student backpacking through Europe. On the night she's leaving to catch a train to Spain, she's about to be mugged (or worse) when a gorgeous stranger saves her. He even steps it up a notch by taking her to the hospital and then putting her up in a hotel. She's moving up since all she's known for months is the hostel life. But who is this guy? Hot or not, what does he want from her?For me, this story was all about Olivier. Sadie was just a supporting character and I wasn't all that interested in anything to do with her unless it directly related to something about him. Sorry, not sorry. It's just that Olivier was larger than life and yet ever so humble. He was family-oriented, warm, generous, loving, and extremely hot. From the first moment between him and Sadie, he stole the show. My heart went out to him when it became apparent that he was struggling with something from his past. Although I personally think his secret was lame AF, I don't know what it is to be in the spotlight or have to live up to not only my loved ones expectations, but to have what I do effect a brand's reputation. While I think the secret should have been something more fatalistic, other than that bit of a let down, everything else about this story fed my soul.As the first book of a new series, I can honestly say I'm sold on continuing with it. I love the idea of the good Dumonts versus the bad ones. I'm a greedy girl for wanting the next book to be Olivier's as well and I'm hoping to have this wish fulfilled. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the romance of France to life and making me fall in love with this hero and I want more!Check out the full review HEREBlog | FB | Twitter | IG | Tumblr | Pinterest | BookBub
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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    I will always love anything Karina Halle writes!!! Love and adore her writing and this read didn't disappoint. Not my favorite from her, but I throughly enjoyed this one. Who wouldn't love falling in love in Paris!!! Oliver and Sadie take us on a ride of finding happiness. Definitely grab this if you are looking for a sweet, easy, and enjoyable read!!!
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Karina Halle so it'll come as no surprise that I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, it just did not work for me. I'm pretty devestated to admit it but I just didn't enjoy it. I never felt the magic between Olivier and Sadie. Of course I felt the sexual chemistry but I never bought into the rushed insta-love, I never got what made Sadie THE ONE for Olivier. I also found the drama so completely Over The Top. It was all just too crazy to be believed. It simp I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Karina Halle so it'll come as no surprise that I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, it just did not work for me. I'm pretty devestated to admit it but I just didn't enjoy it. I never felt the magic between Olivier and Sadie. Of course I felt the sexual chemistry but I never bought into the rushed insta-love, I never got what made Sadie THE ONE for Olivier. I also found the drama so completely Over The Top. It was all just too crazy to be believed. It simply didn't feel like Karina Halle to me and I felt both disconnected and indifferent the entire time. I'm heartbroken over it honestly as I'm ALWAYS swept away in her stories, captivated by the fierce romance and the captivating storylines. I just didn't feel any of that with Discretion. Im so unaccustomed to NOT enjoying this author's books that I'm planning to reread it soon in the hopes that maybe my perspective will change, maybe it was me rather than the book. Karina Halle is a personal favorite author of mine so it breaks my heart to not have enjoyed this book.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars.This one simply wasn't for me!!!I am a big fan of Karina Halle's work (have read 18 books to date) but I struggled with this one quite a bit and also found it fairly unsatisfying in general.It was more than a case of not really "feeling" the connection between Olivier and Sadie- other than maybe their sexual chemistry that is. They were just such an unlikely couple in my opinion. Also, I want to point out..... this story was beyond incredulous!!!!And I am not joking here!!!......I simply 2 stars.This one simply wasn't for me!!!I am a big fan of Karina Halle's work (have read 18 books to date) but I struggled with this one quite a bit and also found it fairly unsatisfying in general.It was more than a case of not really "feeling" the connection between Olivier and Sadie- other than maybe their sexual chemistry that is. They were just such an unlikely couple in my opinion. Also, I want to point out..... this story was beyond incredulous!!!!And I am not joking here!!!......I simply couldn't wrap my head around most of it- especially the ending. It felt really disjointed and didn't make any sense to me.....Why would Olivier essentially turn a blind eye and run away from his problems with his family??Maybe the next book in this series will have all the answers????I can only hope so....very telling was the author's acknowledgements - where she states "this book was the hardest I've ever had to write." She talks about being sick and also suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder):I couldn’t conjure up the will to care about anything, let alone my characters or the book. The spark was gone. There was no joy to be found. And it wasn’t this book . . . it was everything. It didn’t matter if I wrote something else or nothing at all; I just couldn’t conjure up the mental energy or the will to do it. Every time I tried, a brick wall came down in my mind, and I had no strength to fight my way over it. I stopped caring, and I needed so deeply to care. Yet, somehow, I kept going. Kept trying to climb over that wall or dig under it or pick my way through it. It must have worked, because, eventually, the book got finished.......I would definitely like to read the next one, mainly to see if Karina can manage to pull it all together (this wild and crazy storyline)- especially now that I found out that it is about Seraphine (Olivier's sister). ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
    January 1, 1970
    Ten years ago Olivier Dumont made a mistake that changed the course of his family’s dynamic. Still living with the guilt and the reminder from time to time, Olivier knows that the time is going to come soon when he’s going to have to answer to his indiscretion. But for now, life goes on and he’s more than okay with it. When he meets a woman that was in need of rescuing, life as Olivier knows it is about to change.Sadie Reynolds has spent the past few weeks backpacking across Europe on her own. Ten years ago Olivier Dumont made a mistake that changed the course of his family’s dynamic. Still living with the guilt and the reminder from time to time, Olivier knows that the time is going to come soon when he’s going to have to answer to his indiscretion. But for now, life goes on and he’s more than okay with it. When he meets a woman that was in need of rescuing, life as Olivier knows it is about to change.Sadie Reynolds has spent the past few weeks backpacking across Europe on her own. Thanks to the actions of her now ex boyfriend and what was supposed to be a couple's trip, Sadie now has to enjoy the scenery on her own and reevaluate her plans. But when she encounters a sexy Frenchman who became her savior, those plans went out the window and she entered the glamorous world of the Dumont Family but little does she know, she’s in for one hell of a ride. I can’t express this enough and say how much I loved the backdrop of this story. It was romantic, visually stunning, and you really felt as if you were there in person. Karina Halle did an amazing job with making you feel as though you were a part of the scenery and I really loved that. But as much as I adored that, I did have a major issue with the secret once I knew what it was. The drama was unnecessary for that kind of secret and Olivier was too weak IMO. I wanted him to take charge and be the leader I know he could’ve been but that never happened. Aside from that, I enjoyed the suspense part of the story and I'm eager to see what’s going to happen with the other family members because there's a LOT of drama going on! If you’re looking for a sexy new drama filled series, then you should give this one a try.
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* When it comes to romance novels, Karina Halle is definitely one of my go-to authors and she once again didn’t disappoint me. Discretion is a great romantic suspense novel and I devoured the novel in about two sittings. Sadie and Olivier were amazing main characters and I grew fond of both of them very quickly. The only reason I’m not giving this five out of five stars is that I think the suspense part of the novel w *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* When it comes to romance novels, Karina Halle is definitely one of my go-to authors and she once again didn’t disappoint me. Discretion is a great romantic suspense novel and I devoured the novel in about two sittings. Sadie and Olivier were amazing main characters and I grew fond of both of them very quickly. The only reason I’m not giving this five out of five stars is that I think the suspense part of the novel was lacking a bit. Most of the things that happened were very predictable and didn’t shock me at all which is why the novel just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat as much as I’d hoped it would. Nevertheless, Discretion was a great book and I can’t wait to read the sequel which comes out later this year!instagram || my blog || twitter
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 'Mon lapin' Stars!ARC provided by the publisher via via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Karina Halle, as many of you already know, is one of my favorite authors, especially when it comes to a deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Now, she comes with a new series which happens to focus a bit more on the suspense inside of a very wealthy and very famous French family. The theme surely intrigued me and I dived right in!So, Discretion is the first installment in Karina’s The Dumonts 3.5 'Mon lapin' Stars!ARC provided by the publisher via via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Karina Halle, as many of you already know, is one of my favorite authors, especially when it comes to a deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Now, she comes with a new series which happens to focus a bit more on the suspense inside of a very wealthy and very famous French family. The theme surely intrigued me and I dived right in!So, Discretion is the first installment in Karina’s The Dumonts series and it’s the love story between Olivier Dumont and Sadie Reynolds. These two meet when Oliver saves Sadie from a pretty dangerous situation and their lust for each other is instant after that. They start a very intense affair that happens to be explosive, in secret and with lots of secrets mixed in it. These two people are from very different worlds. Will Olivier and Sadie’s relationship survive it all? Find out reading Discretion! I want to consume this man, and I want him to consume me.I want to feel this part of him before we say goodbye and the fairy tale ends and my old life begins again. I want Olivier before it’s too late. One thing I am always happy about when it comes to Karina’s books is that they are oh-so-freaking-sexy! I mean, Olivier and Sadie connect almost instantly and their chemistry is smoking hawt. I enjoyed reading how France’s most eligible bachelor falls in love with a poor American college student who is backpacking through Europe. These two fall in love pretty quickly (maybe too quickly for my taste..) but not everything is hearts and flowers. One side of Olivier’s family is decided to make him pay for his past and that is when drama appears. If that interests you, I am sure you will enjoy this novel quite a lot! I love her, and that has changed my whole world at a time when my whole world has just changed.It makes me realize the lengths I will go to protect us, to keep her safe. Therefore, my rating for Discretion is 3.5 STARS because I found it to be a good introduction to Karina’s new series that I am sure will be full of scandal, suspense and sexiness! Yes, I do have to say this is not my favorite novel from hers (it took me a while to connect with the couple and the whole storyline) but her writing is always amazing, the chemistry between the couple was mind-blowing and I am definitely curious to read the next book after all that teasing about the next couple!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    4 ⭐'s Almost nothing's better than a poor girl having a rich man come to her rescue and that's exactly what Olivier does for Sadie when she almost gets mugged. After a bad situation, Sadie's decided to finish off her European vacation even going as far as staying in hostels to get by. When she almost gets mugged, she sprains her ankle and Olivier offers to set her up at his hotel so she can heal. It doesn't take long before they take things to the next level and while that was all fine and dandy 4 ⭐'s Almost nothing's better than a poor girl having a rich man come to her rescue and that's exactly what Olivier does for Sadie when she almost gets mugged. After a bad situation, Sadie's decided to finish off her European vacation even going as far as staying in hostels to get by. When she almost gets mugged, she sprains her ankle and Olivier offers to set her up at his hotel so she can heal. It doesn't take long before they take things to the next level and while that was all fine and dandy, there's a whole back story that's anything but. Olivier's Uncle and family are pretty heartless and Olivier is just bidding his time before a deal he accepted with his Uncle comes to fruition. His cousins, one in particular, starts causing all kinds of trouble. Sadie was pretty strong but she can only go so far. Their relationship is definitely tested but I loved how they made it through. I enjoyed getting to know Olivier's sister, Seraphine, and brother, Renaud. Serpahine's book is up next with a certain someone we get to know a little. (Disarm coming out November 19th) However, we don't get to know his brother that much. Hopefully, that will change with the next book. Overall this is a great story and wonderful start to a series.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to author for providing this copy through Netgalley.I have mixed feelings regarding this book. The heroine was painted like strong but sometimes I felt like she was too nervous, too downplaying herself ( when a man gives you a compliment, don't downplay yourself, girl!), too bad organized to be strong character for me... I think it's me...Hero was amazing person: thoughtful, caring, faithful, alpha male, protective, hot! But I don't get why he let his bad side of family blackmail him for Thanks to author for providing this copy through Netgalley.I have mixed feelings regarding this book. The heroine was painted like strong but sometimes I felt like she was too nervous, too downplaying herself ( when a man gives you a compliment, don't downplay yourself, girl!), too bad organized to be strong character for me... I think it's me...Hero was amazing person: thoughtful, caring, faithful, alpha male, protective, hot! But I don't get why he let his bad side of family blackmail him for more than 10 years!!! It wasn't a twist for me, I kind of expected how they played him...Cannot wait for more books from this series! Loved hot french language, beautiful sights of French Riviera!Safe read: no OP scenes, faithful to each other from first day.
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  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    Very good Romance with a bit of drama and suspenseI liked the thorough background and build up of the characters and storyline as well as the romance between the two main characters. This starts out with a foreward ten years prior where the main character Olivier Dumont, a young rich playboy does something terrible that his uncle finds out about but Olivier doesn’t want the rest of his family, especially his father to know. He seems afraid of his uncle like he is some sort of Mob boss or fearsom Very good Romance with a bit of drama and suspenseI liked the thorough background and build up of the characters and storyline as well as the romance between the two main characters. This starts out with a foreward ten years prior where the main character Olivier Dumont, a young rich playboy does something terrible that his uncle finds out about but Olivier doesn’t want the rest of his family, especially his father to know. He seems afraid of his uncle like he is some sort of Mob boss or fearsome guy, so he agrees to sign some sort of contract for his uncles silence.Forward ten years and Olivier rescues a girl, Sadie, from a mugging. Sadie is backpacking through Europe on her own after being finding out her ex was cheating on her. She is nearly broke and has hurt her ankle. Olivier takes her to the hospital and since she missed her train, he puts her up at one of the hotels he runs for his family’s business. The budding romance between Olivier and Sadie is set against the background of France and Olivier’s family issues as the time to make a decision on the contract he signed ten years ago is nearly over. His uncle is pressuring him and he is feeling guilty. The book was very good, but some of the problems in the book seemed blown out of proportion in my opinion. It seemed like the uncle’s blackmail on Olivier was sort of weak and if I were the guy I would have just told my father and family. The uncle was also saying it would destroy the company reputation, but in this day and age that also seems pretty weak. Though I won’t give away any spoilers, but think everyone knows that in this day and age, unless the company is fraudulent or stealing from its investors then not much from one family members personal life can destroy the reputation of a multinational company.Other than that, I think the book was good. It seems like it is set up for a possible sequel and I would read another because both the writing and the storytelling are good and inventive.ARC generously provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
    January 1, 1970
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I've been meaning to try a Karina Halle book for some time now and I enjoy her writing style. I will definitely be trying more of her books. In Discretion, the characters were good, the story kept me engaged and I love the poor girl/rich guy trope. The only reason I liked, but not loved this story was because the blackmail against the hero just felt weak, and it made the hero come off really weak. That's a struggle for me since I like my big strong heroes. Now, the things we learned towards the I've been meaning to try a Karina Halle book for some time now and I enjoy her writing style. I will definitely be trying more of her books. In Discretion, the characters were good, the story kept me engaged and I love the poor girl/rich guy trope. The only reason I liked, but not loved this story was because the blackmail against the hero just felt weak, and it made the hero come off really weak. That's a struggle for me since I like my big strong heroes. Now, the things we learned towards the end? That made sense to fear the consequences. While this is a standalone, there is more to come in the series and that overall plot did not get satisfied in this book and will continue on to Seraphine's book.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARSI'm always super excited when Karina has a new series for us!. This centers around Olivier Dumont, who runs the hotel side of the Dumont empire and Sadie is a poor student from US .When Olivier comes into her life unexpectedly, he offers to change it for the time she remains in Europe. I really enjoy it, and I liked the characters a lot!There is a great banter and chemistry between them!The plot was intrigued and there was suspense too!“Oh, mon lapin,” he whispers, kissing me softly, “yo 4 STARSI'm always super excited when Karina has a new series for us!. This centers around Olivier Dumont, who runs the hotel side of the Dumont empire and Sadie is a poor student from US .When Olivier comes into her life unexpectedly, he offers to change it for the time she remains in Europe. I really enjoy it, and I liked the characters a lot!There is a great banter and chemistry between them!The plot was intrigued and there was suspense too!“Oh, mon lapin,” he whispers, kissing me softly, “you are the only thing that’s good and pure and real in my whole life.”I'm excited for the next book in the series!    
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  • Jade Violet
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read a Karina Halle book before and I usually don't go for soft romances. I also know from reviews that for some this book fell short. But, all in all, I actually really loved Discretion, in that type of way where you can see the hiccups made by the author but forgive them and go on. I also know I might be prejudiced as the first part of this book takes place on the French Riviera at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc which I've stayed at and have wonderful memories of. So all of that section I've never read a Karina Halle book before and I usually don't go for soft romances. I also know from reviews that for some this book fell short. But, all in all, I actually really loved Discretion, in that type of way where you can see the hiccups made by the author but forgive them and go on. I also know I might be prejudiced as the first part of this book takes place on the French Riviera at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc which I've stayed at and have wonderful memories of. So all of that section was very vivid and life like for me and I immensely enjoyed reading it as the backdrop for these two getting to know each other.It starts with Sadie - an American college student backpacking her way through Europe about to leave Cannes to catch a train to her next destination. But she never makes it to the train station after being followed, attacked and mugged, only for a car to come to a halt and somebody to come to her rescue. And that somebody would be Olivier Dumont - 30 years old, hot as sin, billionaire hotelier and part of the Dumont family and heir to the Dumont family fashion house:"You buy a Chanel to show the world you’ve made it. You buy a Dumont to show yourself you’ve made it."Olivier immediately takes it upon himself to help out the poor college student, first by taking her to the hospital to get her fixed up and then giving her accommodations in his hotel. His is a world of models, social climbers and people who are attracted to him because of what his name is. But with Sadie, who he instantly feels an affection for, there is no recognition, no gold digging and when she does google him and find out who she's dealing with, there is absolutely no change in her. He is simply Olivier - the gorgeous guy who rescued her and spends the first few days with her while she recovers from her injuries. For Olivier this is like catnip and the first time he's felt liked just for himself and his attraction to her runs deep also."I don’t think I’ve ever met any girl so stubborn before, though that’s probably part of the reason why I’m so taken with Sadie. As callous as it sounds, I’m used to snapping my fingers and having a lineup of women at the ready, so the fact that now she knows who I am and still needs extra convincing to stay makes her an even more enticing challenge"Yes, it's true, they fall fast but I would say it was insta-lust before love for each other in the south of France but that didn't really bother me either - it's hard not to down there when you meet someone who you connect with so I was able to swallow that. The rest of the book takes place back in Paris with his highly dysfunctional family - half good and half absolutely horrible. In the prologue, Olivier has been caught 10 years prior by his uncle in a compromising position and signed something that is now back to haunt him with a deadline counting down quickly. This is held over his head the entire story, even with his relationship with Sadie. Was it a strong enough threat for Olivier to have given up so much in his lifetime? For me, I would say no, I was expecting more. For Olivier, coming from only good and being an honorable guy I suppose the author felt that the shame of it being made public was enough to hold him in check. That still didn't totally wash for me.(view spoiler)[I think the sheer evil of his uncle Gautier and his ties to organized crime and the mafia would've been much more convincing a reason had they been utilized properly (hide spoiler)]Either way, from the moment they get to Paris the story moves from a mere love story to a little more suspense, who's zooming who and betrayal, blackmail, power dynamics and action. Sadie and Olivier are still very much the center point but the other facets are a good 50% of the rest of the storyline after their initial 'honeymoon' period.BUT for all the little pieces that didn't quite live up or fit into place , I'm still gonna be a total mush and four**** star this because I absolutely fell in love with Olivier and would quote him to the high heavens if this wasn't already too long as it is!!!P.S. - the pieces left untied I hazard to guess come to fruition in book 2 - Seraphine's (Olivier's sister) book....
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  • Sandra Cortez
    January 1, 1970
    So freaking good!! This was a very early draft, I’ll post my rating when I get that final draft in my hands but it gave me some crazy good S&N car chasing vibes.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    * A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley * OMG!!! I absolutely LOVED this book. Discretion is the first book I have read by Karina Halle and it won't be my last!!! I don't know what has taken me so long to pick up her books. I have many sitting on my kindle.This book had a little bit of everything in it, there was romance, humor, heartache and suspenseful drama. I loved the characters we met in this story. Although she did give us some that I didn't like so much, but t * A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley * OMG!!! I absolutely LOVED this book. Discretion is the first book I have read by Karina Halle and it won't be my last!!! I don't know what has taken me so long to pick up her books. I have many sitting on my kindle.This book had a little bit of everything in it, there was romance, humor, heartache and suspenseful drama. I loved the characters we met in this story. Although she did give us some that I didn't like so much, but that's what adds the tension and drama to the story. I thought the flow and pace of this story was perfect. The secrets were revealed at the perfect time. Just when the reader is getting comfortable the author springs something new on us.This book held my attention all the way through. It was a fairly quick read but that is only because I didn't want to stop reading once I started.I really hope we get other books with some of the side characters we met in this story. I think Seraphine really needs to tell her story as well. I also believe that her getting her own story would also wrap up some of this storyline better. No this isn't a cliffhanger and Olivier and Sadie's story is wrapped up in the end of the book, but there were some questions I was left with that I think another book (for Seraphine) would help clear everything up for me.I would 100% recommend this book to all Karina Halle fans. If you love a great romance novel with some edge of your seat drama, then this is the book to read.
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  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick, exciting, and thrilling 'mafia'-esque romance read.I loved the individual characters of Sadie and Olivier and their chemistry was dynamic. It may have been quick and on par with an insta-love but I was all about it in this instance. This novel would be good as a standalone but also was a good introductory novel for the series. It left me wanting to know more about the stories of the other characters in the Dumont family but also left me wanting to know the future of the Dumont This was a quick, exciting, and thrilling 'mafia'-esque romance read.I loved the individual characters of Sadie and Olivier and their chemistry was dynamic. It may have been quick and on par with an insta-love but I was all about it in this instance. This novel would be good as a standalone but also was a good introductory novel for the series. It left me wanting to know more about the stories of the other characters in the Dumont family but also left me wanting to know the future of the Dumont empire. I have questions and I will need to read the future books for the answers. This would be the perfect book to read on a vacation or during the summer as it gives you all of the vacation vibes of being on holiday in a faraway place. ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Maria11
    January 1, 1970
    Meh... this barely held my attention. It started off so good then nose dived quickly. Olivier’s wrong doing to me didn’t not seem like the ultimate betrayal that it was made out to be. It left me rubbing my head going: Really! That’s it?!? Then all the bad stuff that the uncle and cousin did and there is no closure or thought of revenge. Made no sense what so ever. This read was a total waste of time.Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 - 3 stars. I have to admit, requesting this arc was somewhat influenced by the cover, that guy just had some appeal and when I read the blurb it was definitely interesting. I mostly enjoy Karina Halle’s books but this one was a bit of a miss for me and I will try and explain why.The Dumont family were alluring French designers and hoteliers. They were a rich and entitled set of two sides, one side of inscrupulous types and another side with some integrity. Olivier was a rescuer with a great 2.5 - 3 stars. I have to admit, requesting this arc was somewhat influenced by the cover, that guy just had some appeal and when I read the blurb it was definitely interesting. I mostly enjoy Karina Halle’s books but this one was a bit of a miss for me and I will try and explain why.The Dumont family were alluring French designers and hoteliers. They were a rich and entitled set of two sides, one side of inscrupulous types and another side with some integrity. Olivier was a rescuer with a great accent when Sadie needed a knight. Their meeting had all the potential and promise. I really liked how they were from opposite sides of the track.I could buy into their insta-attraction for a time but I didn’t buy into the emotional attachment that ensued rather quickly. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy or feel their connection when reading their physical relationship. I felt outside of the situation and not drawn in. I struggled to connect with either Olivier or Sadie on an individual level and so I felt separate from them as characters, with neither love nor hate.What I did appreciate was the suspenseful element to the storyline although I do feel even that went a little far sometimes with the evil side of the family.I think this will appeal to those seeking a quick, hot romantic suspense but unfortunately this wasn’t to my taste. Nevertheless, I know that Karina Halle is likely to write another book or series that will be.Thank you to Montlake Romance and netgalley for the early review copy.You can find this review on A Take From Two Cities Blog here.
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  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    January 1, 1970
    One can never go wrong with a a Karina Halle book.I really enjoyed Discretion. I mean, what's not there to enjoy it? A whirlwind romance that is sweet, steamy and oh so dreamy!When someone utters the word France, I get giddy with excitement.When I read that Oliver and Sadie's story was going to be set in the beautiful Côte d'Azur and the most romantic place on earth Paris, I knew this book had romance written all over it!I really enjoyed this book. The secondary characters also really piqued my One can never go wrong with a a Karina Halle book.I really enjoyed Discretion. I mean, what's not there to enjoy it? A whirlwind romance that is sweet, steamy and oh so dreamy!When someone utters the word France, I get giddy with excitement.When I read that Oliver and Sadie's story was going to be set in the beautiful Côte d'Azur and the most romantic place on earth Paris, I knew this book had romance written all over it!I really enjoyed this book. The secondary characters also really piqued my interest so I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this series.Grab this book and let Oliver sweep you off your feet!For an excerpt, Click Link below:https://sentrancedjem.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Alexandrea Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    DNF'd, sadly. Might re-visit later on. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**"Our lives are made up of nothing but moments. But I want to live in every moment with her."Karina Halle is my most read author with a total of 35 books. So it is obvious that I am a big fan of her writing. I was pretty excited about Discretion, because I love romance books that focus on family dynasties. There is just something about the intriguing family dynamics plus all the secrets and scandals. I had very high expectations and lo **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**"Our lives are made up of nothing but moments. But I want to live in every moment with her."Karina Halle is my most read author with a total of 35 books. So it is obvious that I am a big fan of her writing. I was pretty excited about Discretion, because I love romance books that focus on family dynasties. There is just something about the intriguing family dynamics plus all the secrets and scandals. I had very high expectations and loved how Olivier and Sadie met. It was during a very scary and horrible incident and thankfully Olivier was at the right place at the right time. He was a gentleman and did all the right things. Sadie is very self-aware and has a great head on her shoulders. She is very practical and I really liked her. However, the story just didn't pick up and I just couldn't fully connect to the characters. I also didn't think Sadie and Olivier spent enough time to grow a strong bond as a couple. There was a lot of very hot and steamy sex that I loved. But I wanted more from the plot and more focus on the secrets/scandals. I just had a very hard time believing in this couple's relationship. Towards the end I ended up liking Olivier less because of some of the decisions he made. He wasn't a go-getter as I expected and him giving up on certain things disappointed me. The suspense towards the end was refreshing and I enjoyed it a lot. I think it was a great addition to the story, and I can't wait to see how it will continue on into the next book. I hope it will focus on Olivier's sister Seraphine, because I really loved her. She is very strong and dedicated and I want to know what is going to happen next in regards to the Dumont Dynasty. Even though this wasn't my favorite KH book, I think this series still has a lot of potential and I look forward to the next book.
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  • Radd Reader
    January 1, 1970
    “I will always follow you.” CharactersOlivier (30, heir to the Dumont empire in France): Olivier has deviated from the family dynasty by becoming a hotelier. The story opens 10 years ago with Olivier admitting that he has done something that has put him in a corner he can't escape. His uncle has accused him of "breaking the bonds of family" and Olivier has to strike a deal with his horrible uncle. What has he done??? 🤔 I have an idea. What has he agreed to???? 🤔 I have an idea. Fast forward 10 “I will always follow you.” CharactersOlivier (30, heir to the Dumont empire in France): Olivier has deviated from the family dynasty by becoming a hotelier. The story opens 10 years ago with Olivier admitting that he has done something that has put him in a corner he can't escape. His uncle has accused him of "breaking the bonds of family" and Olivier has to strike a deal with his horrible uncle. What has he done??? 🤔 I have an idea. What has he agreed to???? 🤔 I have an idea. Fast forward 10 years and Olivier is still feeling the repercussions of his actions a decade ago. ”But my sister and father don’t know the truth. They don’t know what I did; they don’t know what I signed.” First impression of Oliver: His uncle is clearly a bad dude and I already know I want Olivier to get revenge on this guy. Sadie (23, student in America): Sadie was ready for a great European adventure with her boyfriend, until things took an unexpected turn of events. Now, alone on The French Rivieria and low on money, she has to revise her original plan. She's resourceful and frugal and has a new, solid plan......until another expected turn of events. Sadie is not afraid to say what she thinks and has a bit of snarkiness. First impression of Sadie: She’s a bit down on her luck and after the latest event she really, really needs a break. I’m crossing my fingers her luck will change. 🤞The Story:Olivier literally comes to Sadie's rescue and convinces her to change her plans and accept his help. Sparks fly and the more time they spend together the stronger their bond grows. Throw in a little drama with the Hero's family and a French setting and you have the story of Olivier and Sadie. "You’ve already missed your train. You’re going to need to take it easy for the next few days with your ankle, and I hardly think you should travel in your condition. So why not make things easier on your health and your heart by just staying here?” My Thoughts:Well, I started out really loving Olivier and Sadie. Who doesn’t love a hero who rides in on his white horse and rescues the damsel in distress?? 🤷‍♀️ Especially when the hero is an extremely wealthy, sexy as hell Frenchman. Ooh la la!! Once these two get together there are some serious sparks ⚡️⚡️ that fly. They certainly like their bedroom time. 🔥. As I mentioned above, Olivier did something in his past that his uncle is blackmailing him for. I had my suspicions, but honestly I didn’t think what he did was a blackmailing offense. I KNEW there had to be more to the story. So, imagine my disappointment when the truth was revealed and yup....it’s exactly what I thought. An offense that clearly doesn’t warrant blackmailing because a gazillion people in the world are guilty of something similar. So what a letdown. Wah wah 😏Then, just as the truth is revealed and Olivier has to make his big decision, all is settled off page. So this big buildup of the showdown between Olivier and his uncle ends up with zero being written about it. In the end, Olivier caves and that’s pretty much all we know. Olivier didn’t fight his uncle and gave him exactly what he wanted. WHAT??? 😤😡. What happened to my strong hero who rescued a girl in the beginning of the story?? Did he lose his spine?? My strong, sexy, lovable hero took a bit of a nosedive for me and I lost some respect for him. ”I’m out of the picture. I lost. My father is dead. I have no control over the company. They set me up, and they won.” Wow. Way to give up dude. 😏😠I was still hanging on by a thread (yes, I almost DNF’d because I was so irritated with the hero) but I sojourned on....somehow my hero would redeem himself. Right?? But then what happened? My hero plummeted into unredeemable status when he ran away and left someone else to handle the fallout with the uncle. 😳 OMG. I was furious that he just ran off into the sunset with his girl and left a trail of crap behind to be addressed by someone else. 🤬🤬. I will admit, at the point the hero caved and gave in to his uncle’s demands is the point I started heavily skimming the book. It was either shut the book and DNF or skim to get through and finish. It was a struggle and I honestly didn’t get any satisfaction in skimming. There are quite a few unresolved issues with other members of the family that I’m guessing will be resolved in a future book or two. I’m guessing Olivier’s sister will get her own love story and these open issues will be addressed in her book. However, that’s a guess and at this point all I know is that this book had some holes. So the unanswered issues coupled with a hero who went from a 10 to a 0, caused enough dissatisfaction and frustration that I just can’t give it a high rating. The authors acknowledgement indicates she had some personal issues that she battled while writing a portion of this book and maybe that contributed to some of the issues in this story. I’m not sure. I will say I’ve read other books by this author that I have loved, but sadly this one was a miss for me. The only reason I’m rounding up to 3 stars (yes, I was going to give it 2.5 ☹️) is because I loved the French setting and the male narrator for the audio version had an incredibly sexy accent that was drool worthy.- POV: dual- H likable? Yes in the beginning. A big fat NO at the end. - h likable? Yes, although her running home and not being completely truthful about why irritated me. - h virgin? No- First time they kiss: 26%- First time they sleep together: 28%- OW/OM drama? No- H/h cheat? No- Steamy? Yes- Did I skip pages? Yes- Big secrets? Yes. Olivier reveals his past secret to Sadie at 68%- Did I cry? No - Cliffhanger? Technically no, but there are some unresolved issues at the end of the book. - How it ends: Olivier & Sadie ride off into the sunset and there is an epilogue for them. - Recommend? Not reallyQuotes“Combined with her round face, full cheeks, and, well, large, somewhat pointy ears, she reminds me of a pet rabbit I had growing up, before the cook slaughtered it for dinner one evening. I loved that damn bunny.”“I know merci and bonjour and ‘Zut alors! I have missed one,’” she says in a ridiculous accent. “That last part is from The Little Mermaid.” 🧜‍♀️“My flight was bargain-basement bin. I’m probably seated on the toilet.”"I spilled coffee on my favorite shirt once, and that never came out. I still wore it because I couldn’t afford to buy another one, so for weeks it looked like someone had shit on me.”"Never ignore trauma. It will only traumatize you from the inside out."“All this time, all these years, I’ve been looking for someone who would set my world on fire and make me new again. It was him all along.”“He’s a snake on two legs,”“She’s everything to me, and without her, I don’t think I could get to my feet again.”
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t even really know what to say. I was so excited about this one because I’ve been wanting to read Halle’s writing for a while. Maybe I shouldn’t have started with this book. I didn’t get the romance and I thought the plot here was pretty weak to carry a whole book.Our characters were okay, but they didn’t really feel more than one dimensional. While I did feel the chemistry, I couldn’t really believe anything else about their relationship. When did it turn into more than a vacation fling? I don’t even really know what to say. I was so excited about this one because I’ve been wanting to read Halle’s writing for a while. Maybe I shouldn’t have started with this book. I didn’t get the romance and I thought the plot here was pretty weak to carry a whole book.Our characters were okay, but they didn’t really feel more than one dimensional. While I did feel the chemistry, I couldn’t really believe anything else about their relationship. When did it turn into more than a vacation fling? I couldn’t tell you. From beginning to end I never really saw their relationship as anything other than sex. Like I said before, the plot of Olivier’s past mistake was a bit weak. I don’t know if he was seriously afraid of being portrayed differently to the world or he was just really a weak guy overall. He was already seen as a rich playboy. What more harm could come to his image honestly.All in all, I didn’t really enjoy this one. Maybe if I go back and read some of her previous works, then I will fall in love with her books. While the next book is about his sister and sounds really interesting, I’m on the fence on if I’m going to continue with this series. Well, I have until November to figure that out. ✨I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Spoiler Whore-Momoa
    January 1, 1970
    The author has stated that the book is over the top with the dramatics and I was fine with that. What I needed was a better connection to h and H and I didn't get that.
  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    My first thought when I picked up Discretion by Karina Halle was "Wow, that cover is stunning". So, yes, I am shallow. But, the story sounds interesting: billionaire French playboy meets poor American student. Also, the setting sounded stellar: The French Riviera! Karina Halle has certainly caught my attention from the start!Olivier, our hero, has one seriously dysfunctional family. They are greedy, secretive, and cruel to each other frequently. He is beholden to some in his family due to some My first thought when I picked up Discretion by Karina Halle was "Wow, that cover is stunning". So, yes, I am shallow. But, the story sounds interesting: billionaire French playboy meets poor American student. Also, the setting sounded stellar: The French Riviera! Karina Halle has certainly caught my attention from the start!Olivier, our hero, has one seriously dysfunctional family. They are greedy, secretive, and cruel to each other frequently. He is beholden to some in his family due to some information he doesn't want shared. I struggled with this a bit because it felt a bit weak. I think Olivier could have handled it differently and it wouldn't have been such a big deal. But, that's totally just my opinion! Sadie, our heroine, is backpacking in Europe and dealing with her own issues. She was relatable in many ways. She is young, undecided about some things in her life, wanting to explore and find herself. Its all very common for college age kids (except many of them don't get to leave the country and travel). She is freshly single and there certainly is instant chemistry between her and Olivier. Beyond the chemistry, I am not sure I totally understood their relationship. I didn't FEEL it. I can't quite put my finger on why, but something about these two didn't feel believable.Discretion has some suspense to it as well which was satisfying. What I loved most was the way Karina Halle created such a beautiful setting. Discretion doesn't just take place in the Riviera, the Riviera is a part of the story in each beautiful description. If you like soap opera type families, gorgeous settings, and a touch of suspense, you will enjoy Discretion by Karina Halle!    POV: dual 1st   Tears: no   Trope: billionaire, dysfunctional family   Triggers: none   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: [spoiler]no[/spoiler]   HEA: [spoiler]yes[/spoiler] [rating-report]authors like Corinne Michaels, KA Linde, Jamie McGuire...then you will probably like Discretion by Karina Halle!  Discretion by Karina Halle
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***4 Stars*** This was a smexy, sweet and fun read with a huge blast of insta-love, a good dose of familial strife and a slew of characters that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and left me making grabby hands for the next book in the series.I really liked Olivier and Sadie. Olivier has been raised in privilege. He can have anything he wants with a simple flick of his wrist and has no issue taking advantage of it, especially if keeps people at arms length. But underneath ***4 Stars*** This was a smexy, sweet and fun read with a huge blast of insta-love, a good dose of familial strife and a slew of characters that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and left me making grabby hands for the next book in the series.I really liked Olivier and Sadie. Olivier has been raised in privilege. He can have anything he wants with a simple flick of his wrist and has no issue taking advantage of it, especially if keeps people at arms length. But underneath it all is a man who is sweet, charming and, while confident, isn’t arrogant ~ at least not with those he calls his own ~ and will do anything for those he calls his own. Sadie is stubborn, sweet, snarky, caring and hard working. Her life hasn’t been easy and having the rug pulled out from under her in a foreign country has raised her guard in more ways than one, and though she may take a bit to take things at face value, once she does she is all in.Their journey to their HEA was a fun one, though, as I stated earlier, the insta was strong in this one, but I didn’t mind. Considering how Olivier and Sadie first collided and where they both were emotionally and mentally at the time...well, I got it. And they did take the time to get to know each other beyond the physical. And speaking of physical, it was smexy as all get out. These two were on fire! The bumps in the road weren’t unexpected, but I do love where they were at when the book ended.This was a fun read and part of it has to do with the secondary/soon to be primary characters we meet. Seraphine, Blaise and Pascal all caught my interest and I want to know a lot more about them, especially Pascal. And as for the series arc, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how it all plays out, because something tells me that there is a lot more going on than we know.~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThe first book in Karina Halle’s Dumont series is romantic, dramatic and super sexy with an intriguing, suspenseful twist. Taking us to France, and an exclusive world of wealth, privilege, power, greed and hidden secrets, we are introduced to the Dumont family for the beginning of a dramatic family saga that had me completely captivated.Sadie Reynolds is a struggling American student backpacking around Europe. She started the trip with her boyfriend, but is finishing it as a single woman 4 starsThe first book in Karina Halle’s Dumont series is romantic, dramatic and super sexy with an intriguing, suspenseful twist. Taking us to France, and an exclusive world of wealth, privilege, power, greed and hidden secrets, we are introduced to the Dumont family for the beginning of a dramatic family saga that had me completely captivated.Sadie Reynolds is a struggling American student backpacking around Europe. She started the trip with her boyfriend, but is finishing it as a single woman after her relationship fell apart, and she’s navigating the back streets of the French Riviera when she runs into trouble. She is rescued by a gorgeous stranger who turns out to be a millionaire hotel mogul from one of the most exclusive families in Paris. Heir to a fashion empire, Olivier Dumont is one of the most bachelors in France, and her personal knight in shining armour.Olivier is well aware of his reputation as a player, and he owns it. He has dated models and celebrities, avoiding relationships and living in the moment, but from the moment he picks up an injured American tourist and whisks her away to one of his hostels, he is captivated. Sadie is unlike anybody he has ever met – real and unpretentious, and with no clue about his celebrity or strange family dynamics, and he is drawn to her in a way he never has been with anybody else. And amidst the luxurious backdrop of the French Riviera, their chemistry sparks a wildly passionate love affair that flips both of their worlds upside down. “Are you trying to, I don’t know, seduce me?”I regret it the moment I say it.He breaks into a devastating grin, the kind that could steal my breath away and never give it back. “Do you want me to seduce you?” he asks, running his long fingers down the length of his jaw, like he’s now considering it.“No,” I say quickly.I’m pretty sure I’m lying.“Good,” he says, still smiling. I see a hint of pink tongue as he bites his lip. “Because, believe me … you wouldn’t be able to handle it.” Karina’s books usually contain a healthy dose of steamy time… this book is hotter. Seriously. Between Olivier’s confidence, sexy moves and filthy mouth (complete with French accent), and Sadie’s willingness to embrace all that he has to offer, and give it right back, the chemistry between these two is off the charts! You can feel the connection between them, which very quickly develops beyond just the physical, and they fall hard, fast and completely, and I loved watching it happen! Our lives are made up of nothing but moments.But I want to live in every moment with her. But as Sadie is swept up into Olivier’s world, she also learns about his complicated family politics full of greed, secrets and vicious blackmail, and he is caught right in the middle of it all. And as much as Olivier tries to protect her, when Sadie is dragged into it, it will put the new lovers to the test in ways they never expected. “You are the only thing that’s good and pure and real in my whole life.” Oh, I love this love story! It’s super romantic and really fast moving, but it works! You can feel everything happening between Sadie and Olivier, and it gives you that heart-pounding, tingly anticipation feeling that I love about reading romance, and I was in a world of swoon. “Look at you, being all romantic.”“I’m always romantic,” he says, kissing my neck. “Because it’s impossible to be anything but a lovestruck slave around you.” This book has a different feel to it than what I usually expect from Karina’s writing. It doesn’t have that edge that I associate with her books and felt a bit more generic than her usual writing style. But I think this series will have a different sort of feel overall. The intensity of the romance and the family drama is extreme, but it feels intentional, creating this decadent, powerful and passionate world, and I really enjoyed losing myself in it. And Sadie’s down-to-earth nature balances it out really nicely. Though talking of extreme, I did think that the reason behind the blackmail and the resulting consequences were a bit OTT, but it works to bring intrigue to the story and set up the next book nicely, so I just went with it. This is a really great read. The characters are likable, the romance is hot and heavy, the setting is wonderfully described, and the drama/suspense adds a great twist to things. It’s a really strong start to the series, and I’m excited for more. 4 stars!An Advanced Reader Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Myla
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars
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