The Plot (from Goodreads):
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 fiancé . . .
Luis’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 fake relationship fade like the stunning sunset . . . or blossom into something beautiful?
I loved this adorable island escape! I bought Island Affair at Powell’s while on vacation, and it was the perfect thing to get me through the depressing stage of returning to work after time off.
Sara and Luis were two adorable characters with great chemistry. The fake boyfriend trope is one of my favorites, and Island Affair was no exception. I loved watching both Sara and Luis figure out how to navigate their complicated families, but the real magic was in their time spent one-on-one.
We know that Sara is in recovery from an eating disorder from the book description. I thought it was written about in a very tasteful manner–the story focuses on how the tricks she has learned to remain in recovery have made her stronger.
I really enjoyed learning about the Cuban history and culture of Key West. The setting was perfect for the story, too. I’ve never been to Key West, but now I’m dying to go (and also eat some Cuban food)! I’m also extremely excited to dive into Anchored Hearts, the second book in the series.