Friday, August 09, 2019


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…

Release Date: August 6, 2019
Montlake Romance
The Dumonts #1
Romantic Suspense
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki's Review:

Nothing says romance and sexy times like a whirlwind romance in Europe. I was so excited that this book took place in France!

I really liked both of the characters. Olivier and Sadie were both likeable people. Their characters were thoroughly developed, and the dialogue between them was always entertaining.

The two things that made my eye twitch in this book really stole something from the story. The reasons behind Olivier being blackmailed by his uncle were ridiculous. I couldn’t figure out why he thought the information his uncle was lording over his head was all that destructive. 

The other thing that bothered me was the fact that there was zero conflict between the hero and heroine. There wasn’t any tension that was building to that climatic moment. They just fell in lust and then love, and then they lived happily ever after. Honestly, it was disappointing. I liked these two so much, but I wanted them to have to work for it. Don’t get me wrong, I need a definite HEA in my romance, but I also like the road to their happiness to be a bit bumpy. 

This was an ok read, but because of those two things mentioned above, it just fell a bit short for me. 

Rating: 2.5 Stars (C+)

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