Karina Halle's Disarm ARC Review - ClaryNathanWill
Thank you to Karina Halle, Montlake Romance, and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy of Disarm, the second book in The Dumont trilogy. With help from Montlake Romance, I am available to provide an exclusive excerpt, author interview, and a rafflecopter interview if you stick around until the end of the review. This story is totally in the vein of Karina’s past romantic suspense novels. She is an amazing author, one of my faves so I am always excited to review for her regularly. Check out the Goodreads synopsis below… “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?” Check out my more detailed thoughts… Characters: Seraphine and Blaise are the main characters in Karina’s latest installment in the Dumont series. Having met them in the previous book I had thought I had made up my mind about who these characters were, but in true Karina fashion, she made me second guess the conclusions I had drawn. Seraphine is a Dumont in name alone, having been adopted by the family as a young orphan of Indian descent from London. She is an outsider, and many Dumonts have never and will not ever see her as a true member of the family. This deeply affects every move she makes, and she sure is very calculating. Blaise is Seraphine’s cousin, and being from the evil branch of the family I had already discounted him. What Disarm eloquently displays is that Blaise has many sides to him and that he is truly an outsider as well. Setting: You cannot beat Karina’s books set all over Europe. The Dumonts transports readers to a lush Parisian setting. Pacing: Karina always paces her books extremely well. Romance: Seraphine and Blaise as I described above are both outsiders within their larger family. It was this fact that made them perfect for one another, in a world that pitted itself against them. Seraphine and Blaise only have each other to lean on, and they both have such a rich history of finding solace in each other. There is the taboo element of this romance, they have been in fact raised as cousins. They are not blood-related, instead they are the perfect example of even when you fall in love with the worst possible person, that loves finds a way. If I haven’t convinced you yet check out this excerpt… Montlake has kindly provided an exclusive interview with Karina… If you want to keep in touch with Karina, follow her below… Facebook: Amazon: Instagram: Join her Reader Group: Stay up to date with Karina by signing up for her newsletter here: Thank you to Karina and her team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. And be sure to enter the giveaway below! a Rafflecopter giveaway