Contemporary Romance

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

April 28, 2020
Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Key West “fake-dating” romance take me away! Island Affair is a beautiful tour of Key West as seen thru the eyes of our couple as they navigate falling for each other while deceiving their respective families in a fake relationship. Always one of my favorite tropes, they get to act like they are madly in love, when they cannot help but actually fall in love.

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Sara Vance lands in Key West just to find out her expected boyfriend is skipping out on the planned family vacation. Thinking that she must be in a relationship to soothe her mother’s rehabilitation from cancer, she needs a new guy and fast. Enter our hot local firefighter Luis Navarro. Luis is a Key West native and just happens to be hanging around the airport pondering how he will spend his forced week off from the squad. Problem solved for the both of them – fake it til you make it thru the week!

There are other concurrent story lines – Sara is a media influencer recovering from an eating disorder and Luis is struggling with painfully memories of lives lost – both personally and in the hazards of his line of work. Mix in various parental and sibling drama and it makes for a lot of twists on top of the fake/not fake romance. Luis is my favorite — strong, loyal, and a calming guide for all the other characters – except for one brother (queue the sibling drama.) Sara is sweet but a little overly dramatic regarding her family’s perception of her. I am hoping that Oliveras’ next installment in this series (Keys to Love) will provide some more Navarro Cuban cultural family dynamic.

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Happenstance puts them together. Time spent on their Key West Island Affair has them falling into their Happy Ever After. This was my first read from Priscilla Oliveras and it won’t be the last. I genuinely enjoyed Island Affair – for the romance and the reminders to all that Key West has to offer. Planning my next trip soon and will be bringing this delightful vacation read as a tour guide.

Thanks so much to Bookishfirst and Priscilla Oliveras for this book in exchange for an honest review.


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