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“I finished Island Affair with a big smile on my face. I can’t decide what I adored more: Luis and Sara’s love story; their relationships with their complicated and difficult and loving famil ...more
Fake charming firefighter fiancée, a cute social media influencer suffering from eating disorder join a cruise trip with the girl’s entire family who are successful members of society with impressive interrogation skills and intimidating manners and let’s add fake fiancée’s crowded, ...more
You know how in every chick-lit book in the early 2000s, the heroine was the PA to some ball-busting bitch in marketing?
I think social media influencer is the new go-to career for the floundering modern woman.
I think I enjoyed this book...enough. I had a good time while listening to the audiobook and never felt bored of it but when I think about it, in hindsight, there wasn't anything about it that I particularly LOVED. The chemistry was there but there was such an huge unbalance in communication where Sara gave and laid her soul bare but Luiz really didn't reciprocate that it kind of got...tiring at one point. Especially since both of ...more
I didn’t care so much for the implausibly rushed meet cute, awkward pacing & dialogue, or the heroine’s story. This was an enjoyable summer romance, but not sure if I’ll continue with the series.
I liked this with major caveats. I love Oliveras's writing, but some aspects of the storyline detracted from my overall enjoyment.
- LOVED the family dynamics, especially Luis's Cuban relatives ...more
ARC provided by Kensington Books and Priscilla Oliveras via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given.
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"I'm not saying no to you.."
"More like to the sane voice in my head telling me there are a hundred reasons why this is a terrible idea, and only one that makes it right."
05-26: I don't read much in the way of standard romance or 'love stories,' so when I came across this title and it happened to center around a culture that is n ...more
Contemporary romance. Diverse story. Fake boyfriend troupe.
A romantic Caribbean escape for Sara and fake boyfriend Luis. Add in lots of family from both sides to stir interests and problems while the two dance around each other. Filled with Latinx culture and romance conflicts.
Some depth with Sara recovering from an eating disorder and her mother from cancer.
HEA with lots of family potential for the next romance.
Narrated by Carmen Vine who did a wonderful j ...more
A rather typical and overall familiar romance.
Once more, while I enjoy reading romance and watching rom-coms, I was not at all surprised by this book. Everything felt very formulaic.
We are hit with a case of insta-lust/maybe love? Basically, the two main leads are instantly drawn to each other. And I mean that's fine, since they are both apparently very attractive, super friendly people, that happens I suppose. But then after all this build-up and rather entertaining foreplay, we ge ...more
Fans of family driven, slow burn insta romances might enjoy this. Despite the sizzling chemistry I wasn't impressed.
By chapter 4, I had already known this wasn't for me. I just wasn't interested in Sara or Luis fake fiancee storyline nor relationship, and just became bored by the content. "Island Affair" can definitely be a hit or miss for readers and this was surely a miss for me.
This is such a feel-good, witty, charming, and entertaining book with lots of family drama. I loved it from start to end. All ...more
Sara was an easy character to cheer for, while Luis couldn’t have been more perfect. What a sweet guy! Truly a night in shining armor who swooped in to save the day.
I think it was a little longer than it could have been and wished there was a little less filler, but I did enjoy learning more about Key We ...more
Blurb: Sara is going on vacation with her family and needs a fake boyfriend fast. She doesn’t want to stress out her mother, who is recovering from cancer. Luis just so happens to be in the right place at the right time and has the week off from work. So, they decide to embark on a fake dating relationship, but little do t ...more
While this was a cute and fluffy read, I didn’t particularly care for it. I felt that the “insta-love” at the beginning was way too cheesy and cringeworthy. I don’t know anyone who on a vacation sees some random person and is like be my fake boyfriend. Just didn’t seem realistic, and on the first day they already have feelings for each other? No thanks.
I did like the drama of the families and how both Luis and Sara had some family ...more
I dived into this book thinking it would have been a nice read with a fake fiancé trope but it surprised me because it was so much more.
Island Affair is also a story of self acceptance and forgiveness, mixed up perfectly with a lot of laugh, attraction and the hot sun of The Keys.
Luis, a firefighter, and Sara, a social influences, meet at the Key West airport by accident.
After he has overheard her disastrous phone call with her boyfriend who has stood her up for her family holiday he decides
See, THIS is why I have to write DNF reviews bc otherwise I’m like huh, I must just not have been in the mood when there actually was a REASON. 1) I don’t read books about eating disorders because TRIGGER and after the first time forgot that was a big part of the book and 2) I liked Luis from page 1 but couldn’t see past Sara’s initial superficial start in the book and 3) Sara’s relating to Luis’ heritage via memories of her Latinx NANNY was just su ...more
The Island Affair is an absolute treat of a romance! It takes a classic romance trope- fake relationship!- infuses it with depth, heart and humor, and nests it in the lush, steamy setting of Key West, Florida.
-The main characters! Both leads felt three dimensional, with nuanced backstories that deepened the story without distracting from the romance and fun.
Sarah is a social me ...more
Luis is also looking for a distraction as he's been forced in to a week long vacation after a bad car accident sets him back in to a dark place he thought he'd shoved behind him years a ...more