Discretion (The Dumont’s, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Discretion (The Dumonts, #1)

Discretion by Karina Halle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good Romance with a bit of drama and suspense

I liked the thorough background and build up of the characters and storyline as well as the romance between the two main characters. This starts out with a foreward ten years prior where the main character Olivier Dumont, a young rich playboy does something terrible that his uncle finds out about but Olivier doesn’t want the rest of his family, especially his father to know. He seems afraid of his uncle like he is some sort of Mob boss or fearsome guy, so he agrees to sign some sort of contract for his uncles silence.

Forward ten years and Olivier rescues a girl, Sadie, from a mugging. Sadie is backpacking through Europe on her own after being finding out her ex was cheating on her. She is nearly broke and has hurt her ankle. Olivier takes her to the hospital and since she missed her train, he puts her up at one of the hotels he runs for his family’s business.

The budding romance between Olivier and Sadie is set against the background of France and Olivier’s family issues as the time to make a decision on the contract he signed ten years ago is nearly over. His uncle is pressuring him and he is feeling guilty. The book was very good, but some of the problems in the book seemed blown out of proportion in my opinion. It seemed like the uncle’s blackmail on Olivier was sort of weak and if I were the guy I would have just told my father and family.

The uncle was also saying it would destroy the company reputation, but in this day and age that also seems pretty weak. Though I won’t give away any spoilers, but think everyone knows that in this day and age, unless the company is fraudulent or stealing from its investors then not much from one family members personal life can destroy the reputation of a multinational company.

Other than that, I think the book was good. It seems like it is set up for a possible sequel and I would read another because both the writing and the storytelling are good and inventive.

ARC generously provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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