Monday, September 9, 2019

Discretion by Karina Halle


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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
2.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Olivier comes from a loving family. However, he also comes from a family that is so wealthy, that greed within his extended family is prevalent. With a mistake he made when he was very young, Olivier has been living under a cloud since then. Despite his success as a hotelier, he knows that his family's true business – clothing and fashion – is something that he will never truly want. Olivier isn't sure of anything he wants. He whines a lot of the story.

Sadie is a roaming student who has found herself wandering alone, rather than with her boyfriend. Even though she isn't the most experienced traveler, she wants to continue on with her adventure, despite her cheating boyfriend. I really enjoyed her outlook on things. But when Sadie finds herself in danger, when those little hairs stick up and she realizes that it might have been a mistake to travel alone.

When danger brings Sadie into Olivier's circle, neither of them realize how much they will grow to mean to each other. They also don't realize that Olivier's family is even more dangerous than her original situation.

This book was not a great romance. Sadie started out a strong female character and after she hurt her ankle, her personality change threw me. She became less the woman who began the book and more a star-struck young adult character who can't figure out how to think for herself.

Olivier was supposed to be this worldly man who owns his own business, but he really came off as someone who was so sheltered, that he didn't really understand the world. It felt that this book was more about people finding themselves and in that, maybe figuring out where they fit into the world. I think this would have been more successful as a mystery rather than a romance. The family mystery gave the story a more dangerous feel to it and made the story much more interesting. I do hope that in the next installments, we find out answers to some of the questions that were left hanging in book one, but this is in no way a cliffhanger.



Karina Halle, a former travel writer and music journalist, is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as fifty other wild and romantic reads. She, her husband, and their adopted pit bull live in a rain forest on an island off British Columbia, where they operate a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats. In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Discretion (The Dumonts #1) by Karina Halle to read and review.

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