by Karina Halle


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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 expects is to be saved by the most handsome stranger she’s ever locked eyes with. When she later wakes up in a luxury suite with a Mediterranean view, she’s in the tender care of her rescuer: Olivier Dumont, France’s most eligible bachelor, billionaire hotelier, and heir to the Dumont fashion fortune.

Olivier also owns his reputation for scandal. But Sadie is unlike any woman he’s ever met. Her humble persona and wild innocence promise real passion. He’s promising Sadie something too: anything she wants. From Bordeaux to Cannes to Paris, Sadie’s past in America is swept away and replaced with a fantasy too good to be true.

Pulled into Olivier’s orbit of wealth, glamour, and excess, Sadie discovers that the Dumont dynasty comes with a legacy of wicked secrets. And Olivier’s secrets may be the most damning of all…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542008532
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Dumonts Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 271,579
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karina Halle, a former travel writer and music journalist, 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 fifty other wild and romantic reads. She, her husband, and their adopted pit bull live in a rain forest on an island off British Columbia, where they operate a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats. In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com/books.

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Discretion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
wendm_ccbh 16 days ago
dis·cre·tion - The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information Filled with suspense and intrigue from the very first page, Discretion is the first book in a brand new series by Karina Halle. Sadie Reynolds is an American college student backpacking through Europe. She broke up with her cheating ex and her funds are low. Now, Sadie is off to her next destination–Spain. However, on her way to the train station, Sadie gets mugged and is soon saved by a very handsome Frenchman named Olivier. Olivier Dumont comes from riches whilst Sadie barely has even a dollar to her name. Two opposites from two different worlds embark on a whirlwind affair filled with passion and lust. With time, feelings begin to blossom between them and Olivier brings her into his lavish life... but at the same time he needs to keep her safe from his vile and manipulative uncle and cousin. The Dumont name is very prestigious in France. The description sets the tone accurately "a delicious saga of wealth, luxury, and scandal—and the wicked secrets of success behind an envied family dynasty." Olivier is hiding a secret that could not only shatter his relationship with Sadie but bring shame to his family. Though low on the angst, it is not a big deal because I have a feeling Disarm, book 2 will bring it. Overall, Discretion was romantic, sexy, and sweet with a stunning location at its center. You'll definitely be on the edge of your seat wanting more. I know I am!
Anonymous 4 days ago
This book just didn't click with me. It didn't have the full character development and connection I normally find in a Karine Halle book. I also wasn't a big fan of the insta love. I do plan on reading the next in the series, because it does show promise.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Great start to a new series!! I loved this book. As per usual with this author, great storyline, chemistry and steaminess!!! Oliver is swoon worthy and Sadie is a great, strong female lead. I am hoping Seraphine gets a book and gets back what is rightfully hers.
Anonymous 11 days ago
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.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 14 days ago
3.75 stars--DISCRETION is the first instalment in Karina Halle’s contemporary, adult THE DUMONTS erotic, romance series focusing on the wealthy Dumont family of France. This is thirty year old, eldest son Olivier Dumont, and twenty-three year old, American college student Sadie Reynolds’ story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Sadie and Olivier) DISCRETION follows the building romance between thirty year old, eldest son Olivier Dumont, and twenty-three year old, American college student Sadie Reynolds. Sadie Reynolds found herself alone in Europe after discovering her boyfriend Tom had cheated back home. By herself, struggling to make ends meet, Sadie will come face to face with her future following an attempted robbery wherein our heroine is rescued by the man with whom she will fall in love. Enter billionaire hotelier and heir to the Dumont fashion house of France, Olivier Dumont. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Olivier and Sadie, and the potential fall-out as the dysfunctional Dumont family forces Sadie to run to protect the man that she loves. Sadie Reynolds was on vacation in Europe with her boyfriend when her best friend called to say she discovered Sadie’s man had been having an affair. Alone, and without support, Sadie travels from hostel to hostel until someone attacks leaving Sadie injured, and in need of help. Olivier Dumont hides a secret that is about to implode his well-organized world, a secret that will affect his relationship with our story line heroine- the woman with whom he is hoping to spend the rest of his life. A scandal that could potentially split the House of Dumont; a blackmail scheme that could have easily been nipped in the bud years before is about to come to fruition and upend Olivier’s life. The relationship between Sadie and Olivier is one of immediate attraction but Sadie struggles with the difference between the haves (Dumonts) and the have-nots (Sadie). When Olivier offers Sadie the opportunity to remain in France until it is time to go home, Sadie jumps at the chance only to discover that all is not well within the Dumont dynasty. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Olivier’s sister Seraphine and brother Renaud, as well as their father Ludovic Dumont; Uncle Gautier, and Olivier’s cousins Pascal and Blaise. DISCRETION is a story of family, betrayal, power and control. The premise is intriguing and entertaining; the characters are colorful, energetic and dynamic; the romance is steamy and hot. DISCRETION is a dramatic and interesting tale but several scenarios were not quite believable, and could have been dealt with in other ways.
savannahsbooklist 14 days ago
Discretion is the first book in The Dumonts, a new series by author Karina Halle. This series is all about family drama, hidden secrets, and wealthy lifestyles -- and did I mention the book is set in the French Riviera? Talk about an escape for this suburban housewife and mama. Sadie is traveling in Europe alone (as in she broke up with her cheating boyfriend during their European vacation). He was providing the funds for their trip so she's basically slumming her way through Europe until her return flight to the US. Unfortunately, low funds mean sketchier parts of town and she falls victim to an attempted mugging. Olivier Dumont is a wealthy hotel mogul who's never short of money or women. He happens to be in the right place at the right time, rescues Sadie from her attacker, and then insists on taking care of her. Their attraction and chemistry is apparent instantly but their love story quickly becomes tainted with blackmail, backstabbing family members, deceit, and danger -- all of which threaten to ruin Sadie and Olivier's relationship. Discretion is filled with emotion, passionate romance, suspense, intrigue, and lies. This book captured my heart and my attention and wouldn't let go until I'd finished the last page. I still have some secrets to figure out, which is just one of the many reasons I'm already looking forward to the next book in the Dumont series.
Deb_from_Oz 14 days ago
This book is more romantic suspense with emphasis on the suspense than Karina normal stories and I must say that I loved it. Sadie Reynolds is a student back packing her way through Europe and she has finally made her way to the Riviera. When she is attacked in a dark alley a man comes to her rescue. That man is Olivier Dumont, billionaire hotelier, and heir to the Dumont fashion fortune. They start an affair after Olivier decides he is willing to risk his secrets coming out to keep her. Will they have a chance at a future or will they be destroyed by all the family secrets he has been keeping
Bookishly_Nerdy 15 days ago
But the chemistry between Olivier and Sadie was off the charts and the connection was amazing. I just kind of wish that there was a little more development on the relationship as a whole. The development, for me, was a little rushed. I would have loved another chapter or two on the relationship. I think it would have added a lot to the book but not having it didn’t detract from the book. Discretion is about more than Olivier and Sadie’s relationship though. It’s also about familial relationships. Olivier Dumont was not very clean-cut. His family, albeit extended family, was mixed up in all sorts of crimes and ne’rdowell things. His immediate family much less so. But because the Dumonts had built an empire, the entire family was involved. And that became a problem when half the family was working to overtake the other half. Karina Halle describes the Dumont family as having two halves, a light and a dark side. And that dichotomy rings true throughout the entire book. Discretion was a work of art in that sense. The Dumonts were trying to save their business and Olivier was being blocked by an old mistake. He had been trying to overcome his past and especially with Sadie but his uncle kept pushing him back.
Michele-G 15 days ago
3 1/2 stars Right off the bat, I felt like the cover of Discretion hit it out of the park. I also enjoyed the location where the book took place. You can never go wrong when you're in France, whether in real life or a fictional escape via a well-written book. Also, let's just say that Olivier's use of the French language was definitely not a hardship either. Sadie was definitely a lucky lady. The plot line went from the classic boy meets girl/boy falls in love with girl to a more twisty and mysterious who dunnit type vibe. I definitely felt a little kickback here and there where I wasn't quite sure how Sadie fit into Olivier's life once they were back in Paris and questioned why she stayed. Of course, I know it all fit into the storyline. I feel like things still felt incomplete for me as the book wrapped up and I assume it is because it will be a continuing series. I look forward to reading the next book, which I noticed will be about Olivier's sister, Seraphine. Even though in my opinion, this wasn't the best book I've read by Ms. Halle, it is still worth reading and I'm hopeful that the series will continue to strengthen with the next book. I think there is strong potential with the storyline. Thank you to NetGalley & Montlake Romance for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
GingyT 15 days ago
Olivier Dumont. If you've read this book, you definitely want him for your own. I know I do. He's a suave, caring, hot Frenchman that sweeps Sadie, an American college tourist, off her feet when he saves her from a mugging. What starts for Sadie as a quick holiday romance with a local quickly turns into something more serious when Olivier's powerful and mysterious extended family starts to interfer. But just like the Dumont's, there is more to this story than meets the eye. I loved the instant connection between Sadie and Olivier. Their chemistry is off the charts hot, hot, hot! The only downside is that the story felt rushed in parts, but it really didn't bother me because there's a continuation to the Dumont family saga with Olivier's sister Seraphine's story next. 4 stars.
Towrin Zaman 15 days ago
So, there’s a reason I should never wait too long to post a review for a book. I read this one a little more than a week ago and the details are already fuzzy in my head. But in my defense, this one has less to do with my memory and more to do with the story. The book wasn’t half as interesting as the blurb made it out to be. First things first. I didn’t feel the romance at all. It was a case of insta-love. But I could forgive insta-love if the build-up from there is written well. Sure, there’s a lot of sex between the main characters. But there was more sex than actual talking and connecting. I’d have loved something simmering within before they actually started doing the dirty. But nothing like that. It goes from zero to hundred pretty fast. There’s a part where the heroine decides at the last moment to stay back and spend some more time with the hero, a big effing decision. But the way she goes ahead with it, and the way the hero reacts? They might as well have decided to stay back at home instead of going to a party. I did not feel any excitement. If you want to sell the story of a girl being taken on the ride of her life and make some big decisions for the sake of a guy within a few days of meeting him, you don’t rush it like that. You gotta make every moment between the couple count. But it was too rushed. The whole premise kind of felt stupid to me. How the hero is forced to give up everything because of one ‘discretion’. The prologue made it out to be a momentous thing. But when the whole thing came out, I just found the whole reason stupid. I felt incredulous at the series of things that kept happening. The plot was predictable, suspense element was dull, and villains unconvincing. And that ending just came off as a cop-out. There was no real resolution or closure. I think ultimately, the story lacked any real meat. There was nothing new about the setup. So it all had to come down to the writing. But the author let me down. I’ve read her books before and I know she can do much better. That’s a big reason I requested the ARC. But this was a forgettable fare by her. Another series I don’t think I’ll continue with.
queenzany 15 days ago
Discretion is a tangled web of twist turns and oh the Parisien delights, OMG! just delightful and full of deliciousness that will make you quiver with joy. Then leave your jaw hanging wide open with all the sinfulness and drama that takes place.
rodeorocks13 16 days ago
I'm giving this one five steamy stars. I love how Karina can write a story based in another country and make you feel like your actually there. She is descriptive when creating these places so much so that you can actually picture them. It's one of the the things the always draws me to her books. I also love how the story seems like just a typical romance at the beginning but quickly heats up and turns dark, especially in the second half of the novel. There is a lot of steamy romance in discretion but also dark family drama. The characters Karina creates really make the story what it is. If she hadn't made each character so different, even within the families, this story wouldn't be as good. The only thing I would have like differently is the amount of sex scenes. I would have liked a little less of the story taken up by them and more of Sadie and Oliver's story and the drama that follows them. Overall I loved Discretion and recommend it to other romance fans who like their books to be a bit more on steamy side.
Ambur 16 days ago
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 Sadie was, but most of all, I loved that throughout DISCRETION she was always willing to take a chance and she was absolutely always there for those that she loved. And Olivier....*dreamy sigh* boy was he wonderful! I loved how right away we were able to see beneath his public persona. He was thoughtful, kind, doting, and I especially loved how he opened up to Sadie and showed her his true colours. Both characters were fairly closed off, so one of my favourite parts of their relationship was seeing them open up and seeing how their banter and chemistry evolved throughout the story. - The romance...the steam...oh my! I'm going to be one of the first to admit that I like steam in my romance. I'm okay without it, but I will admit that I do prefer my romances on the steamier end and DISCRETION had so much glorious steam! It was sexy, fun, and I loved every single second of it! - The drama and story! I know drama isn't for everyone, but personally I love it when I go into a story knowing that it'll be there and DISCRETION doesn't hide it's drama at all. Right from the description, we know that this is going to be part of a dramatic series, and let me tell you, it certainly is! I absolutely love dramatic TV shows, so I found this book to be super addictive and NEEDED to know what was going to happen...now I'm eagerly waiting for book two, DISARM! ;) - The cover!!!! *heart eyes* I don't normally factor covers into reviews at all, but I just have to comment to say that I've been smitten with this cover since the moment I saw it. ;) What Didn't I Like: - Nothing! I went into this book expecting it to be dramatic and thus slightly unrealistic, so I was 100% super, duper ready for it! While I didn't like some of the characters as people...they were fantastic as villains in this story. :P Star Rating: ★★★★★ Read If You Like: Steamy contemporary romances where the characters have phenomenal chemistry that blossoms into something deeper! High-stake dramas! Billionaire romances! Overall, I loved DISCRETION! I thought that it was an absolutely amazing story and I had so much fun reading it! I loved that it was romantic, sexy, and extremely dramatic all rolled into one epic package, and once I started, I was hooked and I didn't want to put it down! Highly, highly recommend this to anyone who loves steamy romances, too!
xraychick1986 16 days ago
I'm a bit at odds as where my feelings are with this story. While on the one hand, I enjoyed some parts, but on the other I was disappointed. I did like how the story started off. It had some action, was intense, and had steamy sexy scenes. I even liked the bit of suspense/mystery that had been thrown in...until it fell flat and nothing came of it. Why? I don't know. Perhaps she'll "solve" it in the next book. I didn't care for the insta-lust/love with no real development of their relationship. Sadie was an alright lead. She was sweet, practical, self-aware, and had a good head on her shoulders. I liked her courage in following her heart, even going so far as to protect Olivier at one point. Olivier was also an alright lead. He was charming, protective, and a gentleman. I liked that he wanted to help Sadie from the get go and wooed her. His drama (the prologue and hinted at throughout the story) was a bit silly, dragged out, and just thrown in there for the sake of having some drama. I felt it could've been resolved faster and better. All in all, this was just an alright read for me. I think it'll be one of those that I won't recall much about now that I've finished reading. Will I read the next one (Seraphine's story) in the series? Perhaps. She intrigued me. I suppose it'll all depend on my mood. Thank you NetGalley for this copy. This is my honest review.
MBurton 16 days ago
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 end? That made sense to fear the consequences. While this is a standalone, there is more to come in the series and that overall plot did not get satisfied in this book and will continue on to Seraphine's book.