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(The Dumonts #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 ratings  ·  377 reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 j
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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I fell in love in Paris. 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 b
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 ...more
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 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
 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.
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 'Mon lapin' Stars!
ARC provided by the publisher via via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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, Discretion is the first installment in Karina’s The Dumonts
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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

Discretion 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 w
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!!!

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Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I've been meaning to try a Karina Halle book for some time now and I enjoy her writing style. I will definitely be trying more of her books. In Discretion, the characters were good, the story kept me engaged and I love the poor girl/rich guy trope.

The only reason I liked, but not loved this story was because the blackmail against the hero just felt weak, and it made the hero come off really weak. That's a struggle for me since I like my big strong heroes.

Now, the things we learned towards the
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Very good Romance with a bit of drama and suspense

ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

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 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 li
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I'm always super excited when Karina has a new series for us!. This centers around Olivier Dumont, who runs the hotel side of the Dumont empire and Sadie is a poor student from US .When Olivier comes into her life unexpectedly, he offers to change it for the time she remains in Europe.

I really enjoy it, and I liked the characters a lot!There is a great banter and chemistry between them!
The plot was intrigued and there was suspense too!

“Oh, mon lapin,” he whispers, kissing me softly, “yo
Jade Violet
I've never read a Karina Halle book before and I usually don't go for soft romances. I also know from reviews that for some this book fell short. But, all in all, I actually really loved Discretion, in that type of way where you can see the hiccups made by the author but forgive them and go on. I also know I might be prejudiced as the first part of this book takes place on the French Riviera at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc which I've stayed at and have wonderful memories of. So all of that section ...more
Sandra Cortez
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
So freaking good!! This was a very early draft, I’ll post my rating when I get that final draft in my hands but it gave me some crazy good S&N car chasing vibes.
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley *

OMG!!! I absolutely LOVED this book. Discretion is the first book I have read by Karina Halle and it won't be my last!!! I don't know what has taken me so long to pick up her books. I have many sitting on my kindle.

This book had a little bit of everything in it, there was romance, humor, heartache and suspenseful drama. I loved the characters we met in this story. Although she did give us some that I didn't like so much, but t
Alexandrea Jarvis
DNF'd, sadly. Might re-visit later on.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
***4 Stars***

This was a smexy, sweet and fun read with a huge blast of insta-love, a good dose of familial strife and a slew of characters that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and left me making grabby hands for the next book in the series.

I really liked Olivier and Sadie. Olivier has been raised in privilege. He can have anything he wants with a simple flick of his wrist and has no issue taking advantage of it, especially if keeps people at arms length. But underneath
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh... this barely held my attention. It started off so good then nose dived quickly. Olivier’s wrong doing to me didn’t not seem like the ultimate betrayal that it was made out to be. It left me rubbing my head going: Really! That’s it?!? Then all the bad stuff that the uncle and cousin did and there is no closure or thought of revenge. Made no sense what so ever. This read was a total waste of time.

Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

The first book in Karina Halle’s Dumont series is romantic, dramatic and super sexy with an intriguing, suspenseful twist. Taking us to France, and an exclusive world of wealth, privilege, power, greed and hidden secrets, we are introduced to the Dumont family for the beginning of a dramatic family saga that had me completely captivated.

Sadie Reynolds is a struggling American student backpacking around Europe. She started the trip with her boyfriend, but is finishing it as a single woman
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula
I adore Karina Halle's magical storytelling ability as with each of her stories I get swept away by the romance, passion between her characters and the absolutey gorgeous emotional connection between them. The feels alone always have me addicted by the first chapter. I felt this exact way when reading Discretion as Olivier and Sadie have a whirlwind romance filled with steamy sex and secrets that had me addicted from their first glimpse of one another!

Without giving away any spoilers when the my
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"Our lives are made up of nothing but moments. But I want to live in every moment with her."

Karina Halle is my most read author with a total of 35 books. So it is obvious that I am a big fan of her writing. I was pretty excited about Discretion, because I love romance books that focus on family dynasties. There is just something about the intriguing family dynamics plus all the secrets and scandals. I had very high expectations and lo
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

My first thought when I picked up Discretion by Karina Halle was "Wow, that cover is stunning". So, yes, I am shallow. But, the story sounds interesting: billionaire French playboy meets poor American student. Also, the setting sounded stellar: The French Riviera! Karina Halle has certainly caught my attention from the start!

Olivier, our hero, has one seriously dysfunctional family. They are greedy, secretive, and cruel to each other frequently. He is beholden to some in his family due to some
Kayla Brunson
I don’t even really know what to say. I was so excited about this one because I’ve been wanting to read Halle’s writing for a while. Maybe I shouldn’t have started with this book. I didn’t get the romance and I thought the plot here was pretty weak to carry a whole book.

Our characters were okay, but they didn’t really feel more than one dimensional. While I did feel the chemistry, I couldn’t really believe anything else about their relationship. When did it turn into more than a vacation fling?
First Impressions...
I was hoping for a steamy, Dynasty-like romance and that’s exactly what I got! I absolutely loved DISCRETION! Sadie and Olivier were fantastic, their chemistry was phenomenal, and the steam in this book was intense!!! Loved every single minute of it and I’m super excited to see where this series goes!

This Book In 5 Words:
Addictive. Sexy. Thrilling. Dramatic. Intense.

What Did I Like:
- The characters! I loved Sadie and Olivier! I loved how down-to-earth and determined Sad
Naughty Mom Story Time
4.5 Stars ⭐

Discretion was such a romantic story. No matter the family drama build up there was or threats they faced the love and passion that quickly and so easily formed between Olivier and Sadie never wavered. And with a backdrop like France? How more romantic could it get?? 🥰

Olivier Dumont is from a well known family in France. Producing products along the lines of Chanel and the like, they are highly respected and their products sought after. But behind the scenes the family has had a seri
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
"That’s what love does to you.
It wakes you up. It makes you real."

With every published book, I fall in love with Karina’s writing even more. And Discretion just has deepened my admiration for this author. With the storyline set in France, interesting characters brought together by a coincidence and the danger lurking from the sidelines, this book gave me everything I’m looking for in a good romance- beautiful love story, suspense and a bit of thrill.

Sadie Reynolds is just a poor student curren
LianaReads blog
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Can I firstly say how much I love this cover??
I enjoyed this book so much! I always loved The French Riviera and reading about a multicultural love story set in there it was the perfect read for me at the moment.
I love how down to earth is Sadie and how she choose to enjoy her time with Olivier, her hero rescue after an attempted rubber.
They both have a past, a heartbreaking one even, but they also choose to live their life and not be deterred by old habits or scandals.
Because he's
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

A sweet and sexy story of two people who randomly meet during what could have been a horrific event, and find comfort, passion and hope in one another.

Sadie Reynolds is just trying to get by.
Finish her European vacation tour, alone.
Find enough money to keep her fed.
Try not to get robbed in the process.
The last point doesn't work out too well for her, but it is how she meets Oliver Dumont.

Where Sadie is far from set financially, Oliver is dripping in wealth, as part of the Dumont fashi
Romance Schmomance (Malia)

It has been a long time since I've read a book by Karina and I know a lot in the romance community that absolutely adore her books. Once I saw that she was coming out with a new series, I couldn't wait to give  Discretion a try.

For the most part I was really enjoying the majority of the book, Olivier is caught in the cross hairs when it comes to his rather dysfunctional family. And don't even get me started on his crazy cousin, Pascal, that guy has a few screws loose. Throughout the entire book
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Karina Halle is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as 50 other wild and romantic reads. Visit to learn more
Karina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of win ...more
“Our lives are made up of nothing but moments.
But I want to live in every moment with her.”
“All this time, all these years, I’ve been looking for someone who would set my world on fire and make me new again.
It was him all along.”
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