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.
Discretion, a full-length contemporary standalone romance by Karina Halle is Live!
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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Discretion by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3 out of 5 ‘I really wanted to like this’ Stars
As a huge Karina Halle fan, I truly wanted to like this. I had super high hopes going into it, but it just fell flat -splat!
It’s the same old story of poor girl meets an uber-rich, handsome guy and they fall in love but people from either side of girl or boy get in the way of their happily ever after. I feel like this premise has been done time and time again and after a while, it’s just meh. The story was super predictable and the main characters, Olivier and Sadie, lacked…I don’t know….they just lacked. They lacked depth and personality. Olivier–I couldn’t see what was so dazzling about him. There wasn’t much description towards his looks that I could see him in my mind’s eye- and if there was description it obviously didn’t resonate with me because I couldn’t for the life of me picture this guy. His personality was alright. Nice guy. Not at all what you would think a multi-million dollar hotelier would act like.
And Sadie. Her character has been done so many times. Super naive. Young, inexperienced. Blah blah blah. I couldn’t picture her either if I’m being honest. They were just faceless characters and I went through the motions of reading their story. At about 50% into the story, I was ready for it to be over. I didn’t see what was so special about Sadie that had Olivier so enthralled with her. I get that she wasn’t after or impressed by his money, and she was “different” from all the other girls he was with BUT she was from Seattle, Washington and he was from France. He dated models and actresses. She lives in a trailer park. Of course, they are super different and worlds apart. They were also several years apart in age….he was like 30 years old and she was like 23 or 24 years old. Very different stages in life.
Anyway…so if I’m so negative about most of the story, how did it get 3 stars you’re wondering. It got three stars because I truly believe there was a lot of thought and effort into this story. I’m not going to totally down the author for her efforts. This particular story just did not do it for ME. That’s it. And I know this is the first in the Dumont series but I have no intention of reading the rest of this series mainly because I’m not really interested to find out what happens. I have no interest in any of the secondary characters and really I don’t want to know how it turns out for the main characters either. I’m just not that invested. None of the secondary characters sparked the “ooo I can’t wait to read their story” spark.
Also, this book does NOT end on a cliffhanger but gives you the impression that it will continue in the second installment. Whether it be with a second couple and the previous main characters in the background or another full story about the previous main characters. Either way, it’s a no go for me.
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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