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Island Affair: A Fun Summer Love Story (Keys to Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, Booktrib, & Smexy Books Most Anticipated Romances of 2020
Frolic Book of the Week
“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 families, or the setting of Key West, which sounded so beautiful I wanted to jump on a plane. I can't wait to read more by Priscilla Oliveras!”
—New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory
USA Today bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras launches a new romantic comedy series set in Key West, Florida and filled with humor, Latinx culture, and fun family dynamics perfect for summer beach reading…
Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida family vacation, Sara recruits Luis Navarro—a firefighter paramedic and dive captain willing to play the part of her smitten fiancé . . .
Luis’s big Cuban familia has been in Key West for generations, and his quiet strength feeds off the island’s laidback style. Though guarded after a deep betrayal, he’ll always help someone in need—especially a spunky beauty with a surprising knowledge of Spanish curse words. Soon, he and Sara have memorized their “how we met” story and are immersed in family dinners, bike tours, private snorkeling trips . . . sharing secrets, and slow, melting kisses. But when it’s time for Sara to return home, will their fake relationship fade like the stunning sunset . . . or blossom into something beautiful?
“A captivating love story.”
—Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author
“Priscilla Oliveras writes about families and love with warmth and charm. If you love nuanced characters and big emotions, read her books.”
—HelenKay Dimon, author of The Secret She Keeps
“Don’t miss this lovely beginning to Priscilla Oliveras’s new series. Can’t wait to take my next trip!”
—Jamie Beck, USA Today bestselling author
--Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author "Island Affair is a perfect, romantic Caribbean escape. Much like a warm ocean breeze, Priscilla 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. Don't miss this lovely beginning to Priscilla Oliveras's new series. Can't wait to take my next trip!
--Jamie Beck, USA Today bestselling author "Priscilla Oliveras writes about families and love with warmth and charm. If you love nuanced characters and big emotions, read Island Affair.
--HelenKay Dimon, author of The Secret She Keeps
Praise for Priscilla Oliveras's Matched to Perfection series
"Moving familial relationships and splashes of Puerto Rican culture round out this splendid contemporary."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "Oliveras takes all the right steps in this sweet romance . . . Packed with emotion, humor, and memorable characters."
--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW "Well written and full of fun, welcoming characters. Readers will laugh and cry and be uplifted."
--RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B07TT3P2DM
- Publisher : Zebra Books (28 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1677 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 362,575 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Priscilla Oliveras’ writing is so vivid and descriptive that you can feel the sun on your face, the sand between your toes and all the delicious food references will have your mouth watering. Honestly I was ready to pack my bags and jet off! Island Affair had me in the mood to dance and enjoy the rich Latinx culture of South Florida 💃🏻
I loved the Spanish which flowed throughout, it added a richness to the setting & authenticity to Luis’ character. The strong family focus, in addition to all the family drama and Luis and Sara’s personal issues, added depth to these characters and made them more relatable. There was sizzling chemistry with great banter between Luis and Sara and while there was a bit of steam it was mostly fade to black. I didn’t have an issue with them falling for each other quickly as I’m a huge believer in that initial & undeniable spark.... plus holiday romances are totally a thing right?!?
An epilogue would’ve been nice though as the ending felt slightly rushed and I think Luis needed to do a bit more grovelling but overall I enjoyed this fun, flirty & sweet romance and I look forward to reading the rest the series!
The concept is great - fake relationship tropes are some of my faves, but there was just something about this book that didn't completely grip me.
I loved the family dynamics in this book. Sara's reconnection with her parents and older siblings was lovely to read, and I adored Luis' big, loving family - I wish there had been more of them! Sara and Luis also had amazing chemistry which was fantastic, but it took so long for it to go anywhere and I was frustrated at the 'fade to black' scene when. they did finally turn their relationship physical!
I didn't like that certain topics covered in this book were discussed again and again in a repetitive way. Sara's eating disorder was constantly mentioned and at times it felt forced - like it wasn't really critical to the scene. I personally haven't had experience with eating disorders, so I am not the person to comment on this topic really, but I just felt like it was not always adding anything to the plot.
I also didn't like that Sara bared her secrets to Luis early on in the story, but we didn't find out his secrets until near the end. This frustrated me because his history was talked about a lot, but we never really knew the backstory which again made it feel kind of forced.
The other thing that I didn't like was the quick ending. I would have loved an epilogue to get more on what Sara and Luis' relationship looked like post vacation.
I will say that I did read this while I wasn't feeling 100% which might explain some of my views.
This book definitely isn't a bad one, but I may have just read it in the wrong frame of mind.
I will look out for the next book in this series however, especially if it means I can read more about the Navarro family!
Huge thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I think I loved absolutely everything about this book, except that it was closed door. Made me sad - we get all the way there, she perfectly describes their amazing kissing and foreplay leading up to the action we are anticipating the whole way through... and then it cuts to "after." With all of her amazing descriptions, she really could have made that part something special, but decided to go the closed door route (and just hints of other romps) - that is really my only complaint here, but everything else was absolutely perfect.
The chemistry between Luis and Sara is off the charts from the first couple of pages and it just intensifies as we go through. The issues they each have with their families that go WAY back are ones that we take into ourselves as the reader and really and truly feel, and luckily when the characters have to face the conflicts with the families and with each other, it is not long and drawn out and is not a tear-jerker, but it all works out in the end - as we always hope it will in these books - the HEA!
I absolutely loved this one and I'm glad I read it and didn't go the audiobook route (I listened to the sample and don't know the narrator, and with the sample wasn't crazy about her voice). I have book 2 also and plan to read it any day now! Can't wait to get into Anchored Hearts!
Also - where do I find myself a super-hot, sweet, doting and loving firefighter like Luis Navarro?!
Once I got over that, I found the story slow and basically uninteresting: the "obstacles" were small and quickly overcome. There was chemistry between H/h but the story was largely uninteresting. And there were lots of repetition which an editor should have caught.
I bought this because it was recommended by an author whose books I liked: I've learned my lesson!! No more buying based on this kind of recommendation. Fool me once...
Sara is meeting her family for a vacation in Key West to celebrate her mother’s victory over cancer. Despite Sara’s social media influencer career taking off, she feels like her family of doctors don’t see her as successful. Her boyfriend decides to bail on her for the trip after she’s already landed in Key West and along comes sexy fireman Luis Navarro. Sara asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for the week so that her mother won’t stress during their relaxing vacation. Luis and his family have lived on Key West for generations. He’s a good guy who happens to have a week of mandated time off from work, so he agrees to help Sara out of kindness.
I’m a sucker for fake relationship romances and this one was wonderful. Sara and Luis spend time together enjoying Cuban food, dancing, and exploring the island. The more he gets to know her, the harder it is to be the nice guy there just as a friend. Luis also has his own heart-breaking baggage causing him to keep his heart guarded. Can Sara break down his wall? And does he want her to? As they continue to lie and pretend in front of her family, the lines begin to blur, especially when he calls her carino and caresses her hips or when she tugs on his belt loops to bring him closer. I’m sure you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Luis and Sara’s island romance story.
TW: eating disorder, reference to tragic car accident