- File Size: 1057 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (April 28, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TT3P2DM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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—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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Let me start by saying I am usually not a fan of fake relationship. The lying, the deceptions, the cringing I do while I'm reading and am waiting for the big reveal, all of that is usually a big no-no. However, I just went with it, and it worked here. The set up for Luis and Sara is really quick and we are almost immediately in their fake relationship. Would you do it yourself? Probably not, and for readers who can't get past that, this may be a problem. But for me, these two have instant attraction and it makes it easy to just go along with it. Throughout they are both working together on how to be as honest as possible, with the best possible intentions towards their families and each other, and I think that's what sold me. While each character wonders what will happen at the end of the week, they also allow themselves to fully be in their "relationship" and see how it goes. And look! They try to communicate, really try to get to know one another (and not just for the 20 questions with the parents). Suspend your belief and just enjoy. The big reveal was also handled perfectly for me, clean, quick, no big drag out, and wrap it up to get to our HEA.
Only one bed! Forced proximity appears and it works and is as sexy as it should be. This is part of their set up as a fake couple and they each just deal with it. Like adults. And then when it's hot, it's hot. A win for this trope. Sexy times are not explicitly on the page but this still felt plenty hot.
Luis and Sara individually are interesting characters. Luis is both the strong and silent type, and the caretaker, which fits his firefighter persona. Sara is a social media influencer, and it's presented as a job, more about advertising, travel writing, how we learn information during the digital age, instead of just a random thing someone does on the internet. I liked the way Sara's job was handled, a lot. We also have the push pull of whether her medical field family understands or accepts her career, which I think plays to the readers, too. Really well done. Each character has some tough stuff in their individual history. These are addressed with the message of how long are you going to let your past and whatever mistakes you've made or hurt you've felt, stop you from enjoying today and moving forward into your future. Words we can all live by and learn from.
Family is centered here: blood, found, community. It's all here. Misunderstandings, how to communicate, how to keep those ties that really matter while not losing yourself. I love the families in Oliveras' stories. They lend a great deal of authenticity and heart to every one of her stories and every one of her characters within. I would love to be at one of the family dinners.
Key West comes alive, the story is filled with all the brilliant colors and music and food. I've never been and now this anti-heat, don't love Florida bugs, girl can't wait to go some day. The beach is calling. And if you need a beach read, this fits in every possible way.
I enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
As the week progresses, Sara and Luis fight their growing attraction, as the fake becomes real, and each uses the other person to help them overcome their own demons.
This is an engaging, enjoyable story, with an emphasis on family and food. I am still lusting after the Cuban sandwich described in the book! I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing this book.
I liked the way Luis and Sara each dealt with their family issues and generally did a great job communicating with each other. This was a hair too "insta-love," and I feel like it ended a little abruptly - my Kindle version had an excerpt from another book at the end and was showing 6% left in the book when it ended, so I was caught a little off guard. It was a good ending, though!
I will probably check out the sequels when they're released, especially Anamaria's book.