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Sought After Social Media Influencer Sara Vance, In Recovery From An Eating Disorder, Is Coming Into Her Own, With A Potential Career Expansion On The Horizon Despite The Good News, Her Successful Siblings And Their Perfect Spouses Have A Way Of Making Her Feel Like The Odd One Out So, When Her Unreliable Boyfriend Is A No Show For A Florida Family Vacation, Sara Recruits Luis Navarro A Firefighter Paramedic And Dive Captain Willing To Play The Part Of Her Smitten FiancLuis S Big Cuban Familia Has Been In Key West For Generations, And His Quiet Strength Feeds Off The Island S Laidback Style Though Guarded After A Deep Betrayal, He Ll Always Help Someone In Need Especially A Spunky Beauty With A Surprising Knowledge Of Spanish Curse Words Soon, He And Sara Have Memorized Their How We Met Story And Are Immersed In Family Dinners, Bike Tours, Private Snorkeling Trips Sharing Secrets, And Slow, Melting Kisses But When It S Time For Sara To Return Home, Will Their Island Romance Last Or Fade With The Stunning Sunset CW view spoiler heroine s mom is in cancer remission breast cancer heroine has eating disorder mix of bulimia and binge eating, with a propensity for over exercising discussion of someone dying from brain aneurysm discussion of someone dying from drunk driving hide spoiler I liked this with major caveats I love Oliveras s writing, but some aspects of the storyline detracted from my overall enjoyment Pluses LOVED the family dynamics, especially Luis s Cuban relatives and commun CW view spoiler heroine s mom is in cancer remission breast cancer heroine has eating disorder mix of bulimia and binge eating, with a propensity for over exercising discussion of someone dying from brain aneurysm discussion of someone dying from drunk driving hide spoiler I liked this with major caveats I love Oliveras s writing, but some aspects of the storyline detracted from my overall enjoyment Pluses LOVED the family dynamics, especially Luis s Cuban relatives and community Their banter, their nosiness, their unflinching support Easily my favorite part of the book I even appreciated Sara stense family dynamics and her feelings of ostracization e.g., that she doesn t meet their standards for success The Key West setting is spectacular and practically a third character in the love story I want to visit not in the near future, of course But I can dream Also, I was SO HUNGRY the entire time and upset that I wasn t eating what the characters were eating Look, is the super quick fake relationship agreement between strangers premise unrealistic and telenovela ish Yes, but I loved it It was cute, y all You have to buy into it and enjoy the ride Minuses I dislike Evil Ex backstories there are some exceptions to this rule but it s fairly consistent in my reading I REALLY freaking hate Evil Ex backstories when said Evil Ex 1 cheats on the hero with his brother early on in the relationship the brother claims that he doesn t realize she was dating the hero at the time , 2 makes another pass at the brother after her engagement, 3 when refused, drives away angrily and drunk brother doesn t stop her , 4 gets into a car crash, 5 confesses her infidelity to the hero on her hospital deathbed, and 6 is responsible for the six year estrangement between the hero and his brother There was no way in hell that I d ever enjoy this backstory, even if it was executed well I squirmed the entire time The woman s dead I felt no need to hear about her treachery crimes six years after the incident I feel super unsure about the eating disorder rep I m way out of my depth on this one I can t tell if it was good or bad, and I don t want to discuss my preliminary thoughts both positive and negative as I m so unqualified I ll be on the lookout for a review by someone who knowsSara s condition Sara and Luis both have major issues to work through, but the breakdown of who confesses to who is unequal Sara opens up waythan Luis his issues are mostly worked out by himself It feels uneven and unfair She s the one who spills her entire heart and troubles He does, too but not enough Not even close to how much Sara opens up to Luis This complaint isn t limited to this book, but I am so tired of how recent romance novels end super quickly after the apology making up I need , damn it At least give me an epilogue I need proof that these two kids will make it Argh I guess the combination of these factors make it 3 stars I liked ISLAND AFFAIR, just didn t love it I am looking forward to upcoming books as I loved the setting I presume Luis s siblings will be the protagonists His sister is the best YMMV as the writing is excellent and the overall relationship is flirty fun Note there are no open door sex scenes There is sexy foreplay but it fades to black before getting too explicit.Disclaimer I received a free e ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Entertaining, feel good, let s go to the Winchester hmm I mean Caribbean cruise, have a nice cold Cuba Libre and wait for this all to blow over book Yeap, you got me, I m watching Shaun of the dead for 246th time Fake charming firefighter fianc e, a cute social media influencer suffering from eating disorder join a cruise trip with the girl s entire family who are successful members of society with impressive interrogation skills and intimidating manners and let s add fake fianc e s crowded, Entertaining, feel good, let s go to the Winchester hmm I mean Caribbean cruise, have a nice cold Cuba Libre and wait for this all to blow over book Yeap, you got me, I m watching Shaun of the dead for 246th time Fake charming firefighter fianc e, a cute social media influencer suffering from eating disorder join a cruise trip with the girl s entire family who are successful members of society with impressive interrogation skills and intimidating manners and let s add fake fianc e s crowded, noisy, prying but also lovely, genuine, friendly Cuban family to the equation Did you get interested I certainly did Luis take one week forced leave from his work, after a big argument with his brother, storms out from his office and bumps into Sara having a volatile argument with her boyfriend on the phone who stands her up for meeting with her family at their cruise trip Sara s mother recovering from big C which means she doesn t needstress in her life by worryingabout her daughter s love interest and her siblings are already judgmental about her occupation they don t consider instagram influencer as a real job and her past relationships and now she has to face them alone Luis is concerned about her breakdown and as they resume their conversation, Sara comes with an offer to help them both Mostly for herself, because Luis can do anything to spend his time for his one week leave She offers him acting like her fianc e in exchange she ll make donation for firefighters foundation At first she offered him money but you may imagine our too proud and good hearted hero rejected it So they shake hands and start their pretending relationship as you may imagine, it turns into a real one The strengths of the story Couple s sweet, hot chemistry, witty bantersMeeting with Navarro Luis big family Family The sequel about to come with another family member Romantic, sweet escapades, secret kissesThe author s way to handle such an important health issue eating disorder realistically without over dramatization Both characters past demons and the way they slowly destroy the barriers and come clean about the secrets.The weaknesses of the story The beginning was too fast and the way of starting their fake relationship was too coincidental Luis acted like stubborn and immature at the ending parts and his beef with his brother was a little illogical He is not the one to be blamed And I agree Sara s sister at one point he had to grovelfor winning Sara s heart back Overall Sweet, cute chic lit and great escapade for your lock down days 3.5 stars rolling up to 4 It could be 3 starred Switzerland reading but Navarro family members already stole my heart Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington to share this entertaining ARC in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter This writing style was not for me It was too repetitive and the set up of the fake dating was too quick for me to suspend my disbelief DNF d at 15%. You know how in every chick lit book in the early 2000s, the heroine was the PA to some ball busting bitch in marketing I think social media influencer is the new go to career for the floundering modern woman.