REVIEW: Discretion (The Dumonts, #1) by Karina Halle

Title: Discretion
The Dumonts
Karina Halle
Publication Date: 
August 6, 2019
Netgalley/Social Butterfly
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Add It: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

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…


I really like Karina Halle’s books and the stories she puts out into the world. Unfortunately, not all books can be winners, and this one fell short for me. I hate saying that, but I have to be honest.

I struggled to like this book. I had a really hard time connecting to the characters and their story. It was crazy because one moment Olivier is saving Sadie, and the next moment Sadie is his one. It was very insta-lovey, which I usually can get on board with, but this one was a little too cliché for me. One thing that did save this book for me was the pacing and the suspense element in this book. I felt like the story moved along well and didn’t drag too much.

I was intrigued enough by this first book to keep going with this mysterious family. I loved getting to know the secondary characters and I can’t wait to figure out who the next book will be about.

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

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