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Disarm by Karina Halle
Series: The Dumonts #2
Published by Montlake Romance on November 19, 2019
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
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Karina Halle, the New York Times bestselling author of Discretion, lifts the veil off a privileged family dynasty to reveal a wealth of secrets and dangerous obsessions.
Seraphine Dumont seems to have it all: she’s gorgeous, brilliant, and part of one of France’s most illustrious dynasties. But underneath the facade, Seraphine struggles to hold it all together. Besides grieving her adoptive father’s suspicious and sudden death, she also shares a tenuous role in the family business with Blaise, her in-name-only cousin. As tumultuous as their history is, he may be the only member of the deceptive Dumont family she can trust.
Seraphine is a temptation Blaise can’t resist. The torch he’s carried for years still burns. It’s his secret—a quiet obsession just out of reach. Until his brother demands that he spy on the increasingly cagey Seraphine, whom their father considers a dispensable Dumont outlier. But the more Blaise watches her and the closer he gets, the more he sees Seraphine may have every right to be suspicious. And she could be the next one in danger—from his own family.
As blood runs hot and hearts give in, Seraphine and Blaise have only each other. But can their love survive the secrets they’re about to uncover?
“You have me,” I say emphatically, holding her head in place, searching deep in her eyes, looking for a sign that she understands. “Even if you don’t want me, you have me.”
When I first read the blurb for this book I was hesitant. I have cousin’s who are related to me by adoption. Then I sat back and thought, well this isn’t really any different than the “stepbrother” romance books. I never really got into those, but I was never really against them. In the case of Seraphine & Blaise, they were related by adoption, but they never grew up around each other. I don’t know if that makes it better in your eyes, but there it is.
This series has a very “Dynasty” feel to it, I loved that show (both reboots). There is secrets, lots of scandal, and a whole bunch of betrayal to keep you warm at night. The soap opera feel to this makes getting consumed in the story all the better. The slow burn romance with a side of romantic suspense is my favorite part of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Blaise is this story. He was the thee part of the story that I loved the most. He is dedicated, and solid, and so protective. I swooned hard over him. Seraphine is exactly who she says she is. She’s so strong and determined. These two together are perfect.
While I get this make make you a bit uncomfortable if you are not into “taboo” romance, you should try it. It’s a great story with so many layers. I’m glad I moved past my initial hesitancy and read it anyways.