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Island Affair

(Keys to Love #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  3,730 ratings  ·  956 reviews
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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
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, feel-good, let’s go to the Winchester hmm I mean Caribbean cruise, have a nice cold Cuba Libre and wait for this all to blow over book! (Yeap, you got me, I’m watching Shaun of the dead for 246th time!)

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,
Apr 05, 2020 added it
Shelves: romance, dnf
This writing style was not for me. It was too repetitive and the set up of the fake dating was too quick for me to suspend my disbelief. DNF’d at 15%.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Edit: getting a copy from the pub whee *camps outside mailbox*

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.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This one took me a while to get into. The writing is cute but cheesy and I loved the setting of Key West (wish I were there now) but the romance dragged too much in the middle for me! The hero is SO closed off, which would’ve been fine but he makes the heroine open up while he doesn’t. I wish I could’ve loved it more but am I am VERY excited that this will be a series! Hopefully Enrique is next 👀
Jasmine Guillory
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one day: what a delightful vacation book, whether you’re actually on vacation or you just want to pretend you’re on one. I really liked both main characters a lot — I cared about them and understood their struggles, and I cheered for them to come together. They both have big complicated families and I LOVE books about big complicated families, and if you do too, you’ll love this one — I really understood the hows and whys of each of their problems with their families, but I never do ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3 stars

An enjoyable read. A little bit cheesy. With a lovely island setting and a summary vibe.

*Thanks to NetGally for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.*
✨ A ✨
how I even made it through this book is a mystery
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars-- can I just say how lovely it was to read a book filled with people who were just so nice? This is a book filled with nice people (with some glaring exceptions that are a bit cartoony, but just roll with it) who I wanted to see be happy in life. The family conflicts were great & I was rooting for the main characters. I will give TWs for ED & substance abuse, which I think are mostly handled with care, but of course, YMMV there. My biggest drawback was related to authorial voice in the ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: discussion of: eating disorder, cheating, car crash and death

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
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I loved the sense of place, the main characters’ chemistry, and the Navarro’s Cuban-American family dynamics. I just can’t get enough Latinx in my romance novels!
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.
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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
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Both sweet and steamy, Island Affair is a fun and romantic read set in Key West. A social media influencer and a firefighter are both dealing with some serious issues in their personal lives and with family. Sara and Luis think they can help each other, and soon he's playing the part of her boyfriend in a game of make believe. But the more they learn the more difficult it becomes to stay just friends. The serious issues aren't downplayed, but they also don't take away from the romance. This is t ...more
Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

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
menna hafez
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington publishing for providing me with an ARC.
DNF 20%
I am felling frustrated that i can't read more of this novel, i tried so hard to continue but i can't.
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

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
Cindy ✩☽♔
Rating ~2.5

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
Ms. Woc Reader
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won this in a Bookish First giveaway and was sucked in buy the gorgeous cover. While it made for some pretty bookstagram photos I just couldn't get into this story. It required some suspension of belief that I just wasn't able to give and while the beginning was fast paced the middle was quite stagnant.

Fans of family driven, slow burn insta romances might enjoy this. Despite the sizzling chemistry I wasn't impressed.
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I don't know, I just wasn't into it..

Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

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.

Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
Luis Navarro, a firefighter paramedic and dive captain with Key West Fire Department, is given a forced time off for a week to clear his head and is not at all happy about it. He meets Sara Vance, a social media influencer and blogger and when her unreliable boyfriend Ric does not show up for the Vance family vacation she hires Luis to play the part of her smitten fiancé.

This is such a feel-good, witty, charming, and entertaining book with lots of family drama. I loved it from start to end. All
Jamie Beck
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Island Affair is a perfect, romantic Caribbean escape. Much like a warm ocean breeze, Pricilla Oliveras’s beautiful take on the beloved fake fiancé trope sweeps readers into a heartfelt story about two people who fall in love while helping each other overcome substantial personal obstacles. The author has a real talent for weaving serious topics like eating disorders into the story without overwhelming the romance. Both the Navarro and Vance families are dynamic and sympathetic, even with their ...more
Hannah Bradley
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This one was just the escape I needed. Key West in the summertime? Yes please. Though predictable, it was a cute page turner. I love the fake dating trope and Oliveras navigated it so well. ⁣

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
Brook Obsessed
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A transportive and charming fake dating trope where opposites attract and familial issues prevail. A relaxing romp through Key West about finding love and healing broken bonds.

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
Angela Staudt
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley

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

Kate Olson
Jan 28, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF x 2 - first time the audio, 2nd time paper.

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
♡ Kim ♡
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Predictable, but cute! 3.5 stars
Tomes And Textiles
I really loved that this took place in Florida, specifically in the Keys, and spoke to the snowbird/local dynamic. It was very, very slow burn romance and it's "closed door," so keep that in mind when picking this one up. Taking place in a week with a fake dating scenario, I did enjoy this quick, summer romance. ...more
Charlie Marie
Many thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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 Good

-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
Sara Vance, a white social media influencer, finds out the man she's been dating is no longer coming to her family's vacation and needs a substitute fast. Thankfully stern and sexy firefighter Luis Navarro is on the scene at the Key West airport tarmac as she finds out, and she stumbles right into his broad chest.

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
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PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latinx culture with readers. She and her work have earned praise from the Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, Publishers W ...more

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