Discretion

Discretion

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...

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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4 ⭐'s

    Almost nothing's better than a poor girl having a rich man come to her rescue and that's exactly what Olivier does for Sadie when she almost gets mugged.

    After a bad situation, Sadie's decided to finish off her European vacation even going as far as staying in hostels to get by. When she almost gets mugged, she sprains her ankle and Olivier offers to set her up at his hotel so she can heal.

    It doesn't take long before they take things to the next level and while that was all fine and dandy

    4 ⭐'s

    Almost nothing's better than a poor girl having a rich man come to her rescue and that's exactly what Olivier does for Sadie when she almost gets mugged.

    After a bad situation, Sadie's decided to finish off her European vacation even going as far as staying in hostels to get by. When she almost gets mugged, she sprains her ankle and Olivier offers to set her up at his hotel so she can heal.

    It doesn't take long before they take things to the next level and while that was all fine and dandy, there's a whole back story that's anything but.

    Olivier's Uncle and family are pretty heartless and Olivier is just bidding his time before a deal he accepted with his Uncle comes to fruition.

    His cousins, one in particular, starts causing all kinds of trouble. Sadie was pretty strong but she can only go so far. Their relationship is definitely tested but I loved how they made it through.

    I enjoyed getting to know Olivier's sister, Seraphine, and brother, Renaud. Serpahine's book is up next with a certain someone we get to know a little. (

    coming out November 19th) However, we don't get to know his brother that much. Hopefully, that will change with the next book.

    Overall this is a great story and wonderful start to a series.

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    I will always love anything Karina Halle writes!!! Love and adore her writing and this read didn't disappoint. Not my favorite from her, but I throughly enjoyed this one. Who wouldn't love falling in love in Paris!!! Oliver and Sadie take us on a ride of finding happiness. Definitely grab this if you are looking for a sweet, easy, and enjoyable read!!!

    I will always love anything Karina Halle writes!!! Love and adore her writing and this read didn't disappoint. Not my favorite from her, but I throughly enjoyed this one. Who wouldn't love falling in love in Paris!!! Oliver and Sadie take us on a ride of finding happiness. Definitely grab this if you are looking for a sweet, easy, and enjoyable read!!!

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    3.5 rounded up four, dancing stars on olalaaaaa French Riviera, hot, sexy, mysterious, deep family matters, dirty schemes, power games stars!

    I have to confess, I love KH books! I admitted thousand times after reading her EIT series, she won my heart so when I start to read any of her books, it’s difficult task for me to keep my objectivity! But luckily these days I’m a little picky and looking for some meaningful, deep, life changing romance stories. My picky and critical approach he

    3.5 rounded up four, dancing stars on olalaaaaa French Riviera, hot, sexy, mysterious, deep family matters, dirty schemes, power games stars!

    I have to confess, I love KH books! I admitted thousand times after reading her EIT series, she won my heart so when I start to read any of her books, it’s difficult task for me to keep my objectivity! But luckily these days I’m a little picky and looking for some meaningful, deep, life changing romance stories. My picky and critical approach helped me to judge impartially.

    And surprise, surprise!!! At first 100 pages, I was about to give only 2 stars to this book. There was nothing wrong with the character. Our hero, Oliver seems like a dreamy book boyfriend! He is suffering from a burden, keeping a big secret from his family, he’s rich, Alpha, kind, protective, making unbelievable and quite impressive gestures.

    And Sadie, our heroine, sweet but a little insecure (which is normal because her last boyfriend cheated on her and now she’s flirting with a man who has a bad reputation as womanizer) but she is also risk-taker, adventurous, responsible (taking care of her mother who is suffering from bipolar), smart, easy going person. But the part they fell for each other was too fast and a little bit dramatic and unrealistic for me! I found some parts with full of cliches!

    I still had questions why Oliver fell for her so hard since the first time he saw her. He was faking relationships for 10 years and he finally found a real, genuine, beautiful woman but still in one week, they started a sensational, steamy relationship so welllll, it was a little over-exaggerated, reminded me of telenovelas, soft Harlequin romance books!

    But after their fast-falling, we start to learn more about Oliver, his family dynamics, his irritated cousins and evil uncle’s leverage on him. So with the thriller, action parts, family secrets, the book turned into a page turner.

    Most of the dynamics and relationship formula between hero and heroine also reminded me of the KH`s previous book “My life in Shambles”, rich and famous hero, sweet, ordinary, young girl, chasing her dreams, recently broken up from her boyfriend, family issues, father’s passing away, telling his son that he is proud of him! But this book is more triggering, surprising and full of action.

    I liked the last parts and actions of both Sadie and Oliver who stand for each other. Sadie was threatened several times by Oliver’s malicious cousin Pascal but she was brave, smart, tough and ready to fight for her love. I also loved Oliver’s behavior to protect her, his honesty about his past, his nobility to learn from his mistakes and do whatever it takes to be with his love of his life.

    For a long time I had hard time to love a book’s hero and heroine at the same time! But KH did good job to make me love them.

    So second half book made me change my opinions and raise my points. There were still unanswered questions. So we need to wait for the other “Dumonts book”( I don’t know the pilot but I think it will be about Oliver’s brother, I also like sister Seraphine so much. I think she also deserved her own book, too) to get answers we need! I hope it doesn’t take too long!

  • Anna

    Thanks to author for providing this copy through Netgalley.

    I have mixed feelings regarding this book. The heroine was painted like strong but sometimes I felt like she was too nervous, too downplaying herself ( when a man gives you a compliment, don't downplay yourself, girl!), too bad organized to be strong character for me... I think it's me...

    Hero was amazing person: thoughtful, caring, faithful, alpha male, protective, hot! But I don't get why he let his bad side of family

    Thanks to author for providing this copy through Netgalley.

    I have mixed feelings regarding this book. The heroine was painted like strong but sometimes I felt like she was too nervous, too downplaying herself ( when a man gives you a compliment, don't downplay yourself, girl!), too bad organized to be strong character for me... I think it's me...

    Hero was amazing person: thoughtful, caring, faithful, alpha male, protective, hot! But I don't get why he let his bad side of family blackmail him for more than 10 years!!! It wasn't a twist for me, I kind of expected how they played him...

    Cannot wait for more books from this series! Loved hot french language, beautiful sights of French Riviera!

    Safe read: no OP scenes, faithful to each other from first day.

  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    Ten years ago Olivier Dumont made a mistake that changed the course of his family’s dynamic. Still living with the guilt and the reminder from time to time, Olivier knows that the time is going to come soon when he’s going to have to answer to his indiscretion. But for now, life goes on and he’s more than okay with it. When he meets a woman that was in need of rescuing, life as Olivier knows it is about to change.

    Sadie Reynolds has spent the past few weeks backpacking across Europe on her own. Thanks to t

    Ten years ago Olivier Dumont made a mistake that changed the course of his family’s dynamic. Still living with the guilt and the reminder from time to time, Olivier knows that the time is going to come soon when he’s going to have to answer to his indiscretion. But for now, life goes on and he’s more than okay with it. When he meets a woman that was in need of rescuing, life as Olivier knows it is about to change.

    Sadie Reynolds has spent the past few weeks backpacking across Europe on her own. Thanks to the actions of her now ex boyfriend and what was supposed to be a couple's trip, Sadie now has to enjoy the scenery on her own and reevaluate her plans. But when she encounters a sexy Frenchman who became her savior, those plans went out the window and she entered the glamorous world of the Dumont Family but little does she know, she’s in for one hell of a ride.

    I can’t express this enough and say how much I loved the backdrop of this story. It was romantic, visually stunning, and you really felt as if you were there in person. Karina Halle did an amazing job with making you feel as though you were a part of the scenery and I really loved that. But as much as I adored that, I did have a major issue with the secret once I knew what it was. The drama was unnecessary for that kind of secret and Olivier was too weak IMO. I wanted him to take charge and be the leader I know he could’ve been but that never happened.

    Aside from that, I enjoyed the suspense part of the story and I'm eager to see what’s going to happen with the other family members because there's a LOT of drama going on! If you’re looking for a sexy new drama filled series, then you should give this one a try.

  • Nina

    When it comes to romance novels, Karina Halle is definitely one of my go-to authors and she once again didn’t disappoint me.

    is a great romantic suspense novel and I devoured the novel in about two sittings. Sadie and Olivier were amazing main characters and I grew fond of both of them very quickly. The only reason I’m not giving this five out of five stars is that I think the suspense part of the novel was lacking a bit.

    When it comes to romance novels, Karina Halle is definitely one of my go-to authors and she once again didn’t disappoint me.

    is a great romantic suspense novel and I devoured the novel in about two sittings. Sadie and Olivier were amazing main characters and I grew fond of both of them very quickly. The only reason I’m not giving this five out of five stars is that I think the suspense part of the novel was lacking a bit. Most of the things that happened were very predictable and didn’t shock me at all which is why the novel just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat as much as I’d hoped it would.

    Nevertheless,

    was a great book and I can’t wait to read the sequel which comes out later this year!

  • Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

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    Olivier was living the typical playboy lifestyle. The heir apparent to a fashion house that rivals Chanel, he's a leading hotelier who happens to have a lot of secrets. Secrets that prevent him from fulfilling his dreams. Secrets that hold him back from true happiness. But something about Sadie has him willing to take a chance, risking it all for the potential for more. Sadie is a college student backpacking through Europe. On the night shUnlimited

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    Olivier was living the typical playboy lifestyle. The heir apparent to a fashion house that rivals Chanel, he's a leading hotelier who happens to have a lot of secrets. Secrets that prevent him from fulfilling his dreams. Secrets that hold him back from true happiness. But something about Sadie has him willing to take a chance, risking it all for the potential for more. Sadie is a college student backpacking through Europe. On the night she's leaving to catch a train to Spain, she's about to be mugged (or worse) when a gorgeous stranger saves her. He even steps it up a notch by taking her to the hospital and then putting her up in a hotel. She's moving up since all she's known for months is the hostel life. But who is this guy? Hot or not, what does he want from her?

    For me, this story was all about Olivier. Sadie was just a supporting character and I wasn't all that interested in anything to do with her unless it directly related to something about him. Sorry, not sorry. It's just that Olivier was larger than life and yet ever so humble. He was family-oriented, warm, generous, loving, and extremely hot. From the first moment between him and Sadie, he stole the show. My heart went out to him when it became apparent that he was struggling with something from his past. Although I personally think his secret was lame AF, I don't know what it is to be in the spotlight or have to live up to not only my loved ones expectations, but to have what I do effect a brand's reputation. While I think the secret should have been something more fatalistic, other than that bit of a let down, everything else about this story fed my soul.

    As the first book of a new series, I can honestly say I'm sold on continuing with it. I love the idea of the good Dumonts versus the bad ones. I'm a greedy girl for wanting the next book to be Olivier's as well and I'm hoping to have this wish fulfilled. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the romance of France to life and making me fall in love with this hero and I want more!

    Check out the full review

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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    Karina Halle, as many of you already know, is one of my favorite authors, especially when it comes to a deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Now, she comes with a new series which happens to focus a bit more on the suspense inside of a very wealthy and very famous French family. The theme surely intrigued me and I dived right in!

    So,

    is the firstStars!ARC

    Karina Halle, as many of you already know, is one of my favorite authors, especially when it comes to a deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Now, she comes with a new series which happens to focus a bit more on the suspense inside of a very wealthy and very famous French family. The theme surely intrigued me and I dived right in!

    So,

    is the first installment in Karina’s

    series and it’s the love story between Olivier Dumont and Sadie Reynolds. These two meet when Oliver saves Sadie from a pretty dangerous situation and their lust for each other is instant after that. They start a very intense affair that happens to be explosive, in secret and with lots of secrets mixed in it. These two people are from very different worlds. Will Olivier and Sadie’s relationship survive it all? Find out reading

    !

    One thing I am always happy about when it comes to Karina’s books is that they are oh-so-freaking-sexy! I mean, Olivier and Sadie connect almost instantly and their chemistry is smoking hawt. I enjoyed reading how France’s most eligible bachelor falls in love with a poor American college student who is backpacking through Europe. These two fall in love pretty quickly (maybe too quickly for my taste..) but not everything is hearts and flowers. One side of Olivier’s family is decided to make him pay for his past and that is when drama appears. If that interests you, I am sure you will enjoy this novel quite a lot!

    Therefore, my rating for

    is 3.5 STARS because I found it to be a good introduction to Karina’s new series that I am sure will be full of scandal, suspense and sexiness! Yes, I do have to say this is not my favorite novel from hers (it took me a while to connect with the couple and the whole storyline) but her writing is always amazing, the chemistry between the couple was mind-blowing and I am definitely curious to read the next book after all that teasing about the next couple!

  • Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Karina Halle so it'll come as no surprise that I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, it just did not work for me. I'm pretty devestated to admit it but I just didn't enjoy it. I never felt the magic between Olivier and Sadie. Of course I felt the sexual chemistry but I never bought into the rushed insta-love, I never got what made Sadie THE ONE for Olivier. I also found the drama so completely Over The Top. It was all just too crazy to be believed. It simp

    I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Karina Halle so it'll come as no surprise that I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, it just did not work for me. I'm pretty devestated to admit it but I just didn't enjoy it. I never felt the magic between Olivier and Sadie. Of course I felt the sexual chemistry but I never bought into the rushed insta-love, I never got what made Sadie THE ONE for Olivier. I also found the drama so completely Over The Top. It was all just too crazy to be believed. It simply didn't feel like Karina Halle to me and I felt both disconnected and indifferent the entire time. I'm heartbroken over it honestly as I'm ALWAYS swept away in her stories, captivated by the fierce romance and the captivating storylines. I just didn't feel any of that with Discretion. Im so unaccustomed to NOT enjoying this author's books that I'm planning to reread it soon in the hopes that maybe my perspective will change, maybe it was me rather than the book. Karina Halle is a personal favorite author of mine so it breaks my heart to not have enjoyed this book.

  • Carol

    2 stars.

    This one simply wasn't for me!!!

    I am a big fan of Karina Halle's work (have read 18 books to date) but I struggled with this one quite a bit and I also found it fairly unsatisfying in general.

    It was more than a case of not really "feeling" the connection between Olivier and Sadie- other than maybe their sexual chemistry that is. They were just such an unlikely couple in my opinion.

    Also, I want to point out..... this story was beyond incredulous!!!!

    And I am

    2 stars.

    This one simply wasn't for me!!!

    I am a big fan of Karina Halle's work (have read 18 books to date) but I struggled with this one quite a bit and I also found it fairly unsatisfying in general.

    It was more than a case of not really "feeling" the connection between Olivier and Sadie- other than maybe their sexual chemistry that is. They were just such an unlikely couple in my opinion.

    Also, I want to point out..... this story was beyond incredulous!!!!

    And I am not joking here!!!......

    I simply couldn't wrap my head around most of it- especially the ending. It felt really disjointed and didn't make

    sense to me.....

    Why would Olivier essentially turn a blind eye and run away from his problems with his family??

    Maybe the next book in this series will have all the answers????

    I can only hope so....very telling was the author's acknowledgements - where she states "this book was the hardest I've ever had to write."

    She talks about being sick and also suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder):

    I would definitely like to read the next one, mainly to see if Karina can manage to pull it all together (this wild and crazy storyline)- especially now that I found out that it is about Seraphine (Olivier's sister).

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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