G. Bianco, 2019
Looking for a little tropical romance to spice up your bookshelf? Priscilla Oliveras’s new novel will do just the trick! Coming out April 28th, Island Affair kicks off Oliveras’s new Key of Love Series with a fake-dating plot and undeniable chemistry set in Key West, Florida.
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 fiancée. 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 island romance last or fade with the stunning sunset?
Luis and Sara’s plot to fool their families is equal parts funny and endearing. Their love story is hot, steamy, and overall everything you could want in an island romance! But Luis and Sara both have secrets they’re hiding. Luis’s past has caused a rift to form between him and his brother and, instead of healing himself, focuses on helping other people. Sara had always felt like the black sheep of the family and longs for a different kind of relationship with them along with their approval. Through their fake-dating scheme, both Luis and Sara help each other bridge the gaps in their family relationships and find forgiveness for both their families and themselves.
In addition to the plot, all of the descriptions of the locations throughout the novel will make any reader swoon. It made me feel like I was vacationing in Key West along with the Vances. The food, the sights, and the tourists attractions made me want to hop on a plane to Florida immediately!
This novel shows the true power of family and love. As someone who is very close to her family, I found the spotlight and emphasis of family vacations, big family dinners, and not being able to hide much from your nosy relatives very relatable!
If you’re looking for a book that will help you escape from reality, feel like you’re part of a dysfunctional family, or if you’re just looking for a steamy, summery beach read, then you have to grab a copy of this book! I cannot wait to see what the Navarro Family gets up to next and explore more of Key West in the future!
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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