Friday, August 9, 2019

Discretion by Karina Halle - ARC Review

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…

Olivier is French and part of the book is set in France. 

So, sign me up.


Olivier meets Sadie when he rescues her from an attacker and finds it appealing that she does not know who he, he is a Dumont and one of the most well-known and richest men in France. This allows for her to experience the most expensive parts of France, the best hotels, cars and experiences...which was also fun for the reader.

Ignoring that he is French (ok, I can't, I admit it) he is also incredibly appealing, and you like him, and you believe in the attraction between them, even though they are from very different worlds.

There is a bit of a suspense element, some secrets that he has with his family and some things that happen that, possibly, need some explanation and leave you with questions, although as this is the 1st in the series, I am guessing that this will all be dealt with by the last story in the series.

I also liked that, while this is the 1st in the series, you didn't feel like it spent too much time introducing other characters who will be the focus of future books.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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