Audiobook Review: Disarm by Karina Halle


Note: There will be spoilers for the first book “Discretion.” Both books are standalone novels, but reading “Discretion” first will add to your enjoyment of “Disarm.”

A romantic thriller where the protagonists are ill-equipped to save the day, “Disarm” unveils the diabolical secrets of a privileged French family that can rival the Borgias in their notoriety.Meet the Dumonts. For several generations their name rivals Chanel and Hermes when it comes to fashion, Lucien Barrière when it comes to luxury hotels and Moet & Chandon when it comes to wine.

Currently, the maison was in disarray. With the sudden death of Ludovic Dumont, the family’s patriarch, the Dumonts were in a state of flux. The two older children of Ludovic had gone to California where they are expanding the Dumont fortune.

Left in France are the other half of the Dumonts – Ludovic’s brother Gautier, who now had the majority stocks of the company which he got via a subtle hostile takeover, his two sons Pascal and Blaise, and Seraphine, the adopted daughter of Ludovic who believed that her father was murdered.

But, no one would believe her. So, taking matters on her own hand, Seraphine did some sleuthing on her own and found a few things that are questionable. So, she hired a private investigator which put Seraphine in the direct line of fire of shady characters.

Finding herself in danger, she had to trust someone or die. Her only choice was Blaise, whom she had a history. Their relationship as cousins since she was adopted had been tumultuous. And her knight in tarnished armor (instead of a shining one) was more complicated than she thought.

But before they could pursue whatever they were discovering about each other, they have to save their own lives first or they would not have any future.

As a romantic thriller “Disarm” gives you a different kind of adrenaline rush, the kind that reminded me of John Le Carre’s novels wherein the hero hurt and made mistakes. Though the pacing is not slow, it is not fast either like “The Fast and the Furious.” Halle feeds the story slowly, allowing readers to savor it before giving the punchline, thus the timing is perfect.

Narrators John Lane and Zara Hampton-Brown voiced Blaise and Seraphine perfectly. I love it that Lane gave Blaise that sexy French accent. Hampton-Brown was incredible as Seraphine. The English accent inner voice and the French accent for the speaking voice gave me clear indications of when Seraphine was in her head or when she is speaking with someone.

Disarm” is Rated M for Mature due to violence and some sexual content.

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A romantic thriller where the protagonists are ill-equipped to save the day, “Disarm” unveils the diabolical secrets of a privileged French family that can rival the Borgias in their notoriety.

Title: Disarm

Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Montlake

Unabridged Audiobook
Narrated by: John Lane, Zara Hampton-Brown
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Release date: November 19, 2019
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio


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?