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Discretion

The Dumonts, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lane, Summer Morton
Series: The Dumonts Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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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…

©2019 Karina Halle (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Danielle
  • 29-08-2019

Fire on fire

This book was incredible in the physical read through, but the audiobook is a whole extra level. The narration, particularly of Olivier, is absolutely delightful. HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Amber Smith
  • 19-08-2019

That French Accent

I loved this book so much! I need the next one now! Both of the narrators were amazing! Karina was amazing yet again!

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  • Stephanie
  • 21-10-2019

Strong start

Discretion has a strong start. A chance encounter brings billionaire Olivier Dumont and college student Sadie Reynolds together outside of Paris. The Dumont family is known for their handbags, perfume, haute couture. Sadie is backpacking through Europe alone after breaking up with her boyfriend mid way through their trip. Sadie is smart and sassy but also kind and sweet. Oliver originally comes off aloof and a bit snobby.

As I said, the story had a strong start. There is definitely chemistry between Sadie and Oliver but there are too many things happening. Too many questions and coincidences. The story kind of fell flat for me.

“The sooner I get on that train, the sooner I can go back to being a backpacker. That’s who I really am. I’m poor. I’m a struggling student."

I will say that narrators John Lane and Summer Morton do an amazing job of telling the story! John's french accent is HOT! Summer brings out the sweetness and emotion in Sadie.

I am a fan of Karina Halle and I will continue to enjoy her books. This one was just not quite for me. I will absolutely read Disarm, part two of the Dumonts duet. I am hopeful that the story will get a bit stronger.

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  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 24-08-2019

Well put together

Good book.
Not to be a spoiler, but I was hoping the old man would fake his own death in order to out his brother's blackmail. Ending left enough for at least one sequel.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 26-02-2020

Discretion

A chance encounter that turns into a whirlwind romance. This was not what I was expecting but once we got to know Olivier and his dysfunctional family we realize he has some skeletons in the closet and there are reasons for everything.

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  • O_ryan
  • 31-01-2020

loved!

Absolutely loved the narration and the story was really good I love the chemistry between the two characters

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  • Mom Seeks Smut
  • 15-01-2020

John Lane’s voice is sexy butter

Well 🙊 Karina Halle knocked it out of the park with this story. I absolutely loved EVERY 👏🏼SINGLE👏🏼THING👏🏼 about this story.

First. I read this story via audiobook. I have never listened to narrator John Lane before and his voice is like sexy butter. Just this smooth, beautiful sounds coming out of my earbuds that I never wanted to stop. Sweet lawd. I could have him read me the obituaries and I’d be sweating.

Olivier was this rich, powerful man that had everything to look forward to and was never above anyone. However, being apart of the powerhouse that is the Dumont family game and fortune there are many things that are lost on him. That is until he meets American tourist Sadie and rescues her from an awful situation. Together they bring out the absolute best in each other. I loved that this couple never turned on the other or had this horrible situation that drew them apart and they had to find their way back to each other. From day one, both are unwavering in their faithfulness in the other. It’s immediately this fantastically strong relationship that must fight thru and prove to everyone around them they cannot be broken.

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  • Joanna J
  • 10-08-2019

I loved both narrators!

I was hooked from the very beginning of this beautiful, romantic story. Sadie is backpacking across Europe with her boyfriend when an unexpected breakup occurs. She is a strong, brave female that continues on her adventure alone. A series of unfortunate events for Olivier leads him into Sadie’s path at just the right time. Olivier and Sadie had an attraction that was instant and their love story flowed with ease. The romance of Sadie and Olivier, the side characters you love and hate, and the air of mystery untwined into the story makes it hard to stop reading. I loved the happily ever after.
This is my first from both narrators and I loved them. They switched character dialogue with ease and always held my attention. I loved John Lane’s French accent and I didn’t cringe when he spoke with a feminine voice. Summer Morton portrayed Sadie perfectly.

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  • D2niteowl
  • 10-08-2019

I almost Shattered my phone!!

I love love and love at first sight is the best. Olivier knew immediately that he loved Sadie. He knew immediately that he had to have her.
I didn't love how he could not see the forest for the trees. I don't like how he let himself be blackmailed over stupidity. I thought that by the end of the book he would come to his senses. I was so upset I wanted to throw my phone across the room! (I'm listening on my phone). Olivier made me so upset giving away his legacy like that!! Then he left his sister. I can not!!! So clearly any book that could evoke that much emotion is worth the read. Maybe Seraphine saves the company? I'm not sure I want to put myself through the emotion of reading the next book. I may not have a phone left. I wonder if the oldest brother was blackmailed too? What if all of the shares were actually left to Renault? Hmmm🤔 I have so may questions. I may have to bite the bullet.

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