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    I'm a little bit in love

    Sara Vance, a sought-after social media influencer in a bind, and Luis Navarro, a firefighter going through a tough time and harboring a massive chip on his shoulder, are as different as can be, but when Sara's flaky boyfriend ditches her in Key West during arguably her family's most important vacation ever, it's Luis to the rescue. A lifetime of growing up under the shadow of her parents and much older brother and sister - all of whom are doctors - has left Sara a little gun-shy when it comes to people's expectations. Considered the black sheep of the family, Sara has chosen to pursue a career in social media and has fought valiantly against the eating disorder she developed in high school. Now her boyfriend's no-show threatens to ruin the vacation meant to force Sara's mom, who just recovered from cancer, into blissful relaxation. Enter Luis. After seeing a distraught Sara at the airport, Luis excepts her crazy proposition to step in as her faux boyfriend for the week-long vacation. Luis has his own baggage, including an on-going feud with his youngest brother that began with a betrayal and the inability to move on from that fateful day when his fiance perished in a car accident. When his boss suggests (read: forces) Luis to take a week off to get his head on straight after a tough job, Luis assumes that his forced holiday will end in boredom. He never intended to play the knight in shining armor but that's just what he does. He agrees to pose as Sara's boyfriend for the duration of her stay, but juggling nosy parents, meddling siblings, and outright lies is easier said than done and Sara and Luis find themselves wondering if one week will really be enough for a lifetime. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more! The story was as cute and sweet and funny as you'd expect a rom-com to be. The characters are dynamic and fleshed out, each with their own struggles and obstacles to overcome. Although they fight it for a good chunk of the book, their chemistry is undeniable and it's incredibly sweet how they interact with one another. I initially thought that this would be a slightly cliche story where the male lead comes to the female lead's rescue because she can't save herself and then just fixes everything. I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn't really the case. True, Sara does desperately need Luis' help and, true, Luis forces her to step outside her comfort zone to build relationships with her family. But ultimately the relationship is far from one sided. Sara encourages Luis to mend bridges in his own family and overcome his past to make way for his future. This was a fun and heartwarming read that I would highly recommended both for it's delightful characters and beautiful setting. *ARC generously provided by BookishFirst, Kensington Publishing, and the lovely Priscilla Oliveras in exchange for an honest review
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    Really enjoyed the family dynamic and Key West

    One of my favorite romance tropes is the fake boyfriend/fiance, so I was super excited to read Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras. The story started out very fast with Sara getting a call from her boyfriend, while she’s at the airport, that he won’t be coming for the week that she had planned with her family to celebrate her mother’s cancer remission. Sara starts freaking out because the rest of her family is type A and she knows they are expecting a perfect version of Sara. In steps firefighter Luis, who just happens to have the week off from the fire department because he’s going through some things and needs to get his act together. They are physically attracted to each other, and Luis is referred to as looking like Vin Diesel, so that was a plus for me. Luis has a huge white knight complex so he agrees to pose as Sara’s boyfriend for the week. They have some time to kill before the rest of the family so they decide to take a tour of Key West and get to know each other. This is one of the ways that Oliveras really shines, in her descriptions of the city and the people. I’ve never really wanted to go to Florida after seeing way too many articles about the crazy things that people do down there (Google: Florida Man or Flakka, the zombie drug!), but after reading the descriptions I wouldn’t say no to taking a trip down there. The other way that Oliveras really shows her writing skills is by the family dynamic in both families. I ended up enjoying Island Affair more for the way sibling rivalry was realistically portrayed and to see the loving ways both families came together. As for their chemistry, it was hot, but the love scenes were just alright. They didn’t leave me with the desire to go see what my husband was up to. ;) But I am perfectly fine with that because I would rather have a story in a romance then just a lot of sex. And even though they meet and fall madly in love in a week, which some readers may find totally unrealistic, I’m cool with that too. This is a work of fiction, so anything goes! If you’re looking for a fun romantic read or a good beach read definitely get yourself a copy of Island Affair.
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    Rated 3.5 Stars

    Island Affair is cute and sweet. I loved that family played a major role in it and that it dealt with heavier topics. While I found it enjoyable it didn't fully work for me, the repetition among other things took away from my overall enjoyment. That said I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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    Fun Escape Romance

    Based on the familiar trope of stand-in date, Island Affair is a perfect tropical escape from reality. You’ll root for Luis and Sara as they discover one week in Key West can change everything. Luis is a "hunky" firefighter. Sara is a social media influencer with a secret in her past. When Sara is stood up on her family vacation by her current boyfriend, Luis is there to rescue her. He stands-in as her boyfriend to allow Sara to save face with her family. I enjoyed this lighthearted tropical twist on a familiar story. The characters were likable and relatable and the pacing of the narrative was quick enough that I was able to read the book in a day. At times the Spanish in the book seemed arbitrary and more for affect than was necessary, though I did enjoy when mami would speak it in full sentences and when Sara would speak it, as well. Overall, this is a perfect steamy escape of a read.
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    Meet Your Next Book Boyfriend

    Once upon a time I was fortunate enough to live in the Florida Keys. The slow pace, afternoons spent in blue water, staring up at bluer skies and taste of fresh key lime pie will never leave me. Alas, I did not have a sexy Cuban-American firefighter as part of my time spent there. Which is a good thing, because I was in 4th grade at the time. However this book has me wanting to throw caution to the wind, pack my bags and book a ticket in hopes of finding my new favorite book boyfriend, Luis. In him the author has written the perfect male lead. Alpha yet sensitive, responsible and thoughtful, yet a little tortured. A family man through and through with a body worthy of being Mr. July in the charity firefighter calendars that are apparently a thing but no one ever tries to sell me. Oh and there is a really good storyline with some excellent chemistry without needing to cheapen it with overly graphic sex details. There is literally nothing I would change about this book. Five hundred stars.
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