ROMANCE

Island Affair

Zebra: Kensington. Apr. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781420150179. pap. $15.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Social media influencer Sara Vance’s boyfriend stands her up after she arrives in Key West for a family vacation, so she recruits a local firefighter, Luis Navarro, to play the part. The only complication is that they have to make sure to avoid Luis’s family and friends as they’re playing lovebirds around town. Sara and Luis have some real chemistry together, and there are some sexy moments throughout the story, although not very explicit. However, there are some very serious topics addressed in the story that may be a surprise to readers expecting a light story, and a heaping dose of melodrama to add some last-minute tension for the hero and heroine.
VERDICT Readers who love the “fake dating” trope or romances with a backdrop of family drama will enjoy this one. Content warnings for discussions of eating disorders, cancer, and loss.

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