Wednesday, February 26, 2020

REVIEW: Disavow by Karina Halle


I must admit that I was skeptical that Pascal could be redeemed in Disavow because Karina Halle did such a great job of making him a really unlikeable character in the previous two novels in this series. But Karina did what she does best--she made a believer out of me. She somehow turned him from the absolute worst to a sympathetic character and I'm going to say that creating a character like Gabrielle to transform him was crucial to me liking him. I honestly cannot even believe I'm writing the words "like him" when it comes to Pascal but here I am, writing it (I think the ending really helped get me there). The addition of a strong, albeit maybe a little delusional (only because what she thought she was capable seemed so unreasonable) Gabrielle kept Pascal on his toes and managed to soften him from most hated to actually understandable or at the very least, less horrible, in relation to his terrible past.



From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes a seductive novel of riches, romance, and redemption.
In the Dumont fashion empire, no heir has a reputation as decadent, arrogant, and ruthless as that of Pascal Dumont. Every transgression, an indecent pleasure. Every woman, a conquest. And none is more challenging than his new personal assistant, Gabrielle Caron. She’s defiant, alluring, and a mystery Pascal can’t wait to solve.
A former family servant and daughter of the head maid, Gabrielle’s returned as suddenly as she left eight years ago. No longer an awkward teen, the ethereal young beauty has amassed a wealth of resolve. She’ll need it. In hire to the devilishly charming scion, she’s come back for one reason only. And she dare not whisper why.
But as the nights grow more intimate at the Dumont maison, Gabrielle realizes that the last man she believed in is the one man she can trust with her secrets. For Pascal, falling in love means more than his own redemption. It could mean saving Gabrielle’s very life as they confront a dark and scandalous past…together.

Disavow was a really great way to end this over the top, soap opera-ish series. It demonized the right person and brought closure to this messed up family and their significant others. I thoroughly enjoyed this escape into this world and am eager to see where Karina Halle takes us next.

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