3 starsPanty MelterRomantic Suspense

The Sapphire Affair (Jewel #1) by Lauren Blakely

The Sapphire Affair Book Cover The Sapphire Affair
Jewel Duet #1
Lauren Blakely
Montlake Romance
July 12, 2016

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.

But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs…

★✩★✩★✩NOT A STANDALONE★✩★✩★✩

➦This is a first part of the Jewel series, a two book installment by Lauren Blakely. It’s a fun, fast-paced and sexy read that will transport you into a tropical paradise. There is enough suspense in this novel that will keep you interested throughout the book.

➦Jake and Steph, our tho main characters, meet under interesting circumstances and team up in order to solve a case of missing money. There are re-con missions, stake outs, safe cracking and lock picking.

➦This is definitely a case of insta-lust because Jake and Steph are all over each other the minute they meet. They do, however, decide to remain professional and strictly platonic while on the job and the sexual tension is palpable while they try so hard to keep their hands to themselves. They do end up growing to know each other better and getting one step closer to trusting. But trust is not easy to come with these two.

❤I enjoyed the plot but naturally I wanted more naughty times. The hero is former Armer Intelligence and I expected him to be more of a dirty talker, I guess. I also wish he shared more about himself to the heroine, it seemed like he didn’t open up much at all. It was kind of hard to fall for him. But there’s a second book coming and I’m confident that Lauren Blakely will make me fall head over heels for Jake.

I liked the book, I just didn’t love it. It needed either more steam or more angst or more James Bond stuff. lol I’m eager to find out what happens next (there was a cliffy at the end) and looking forward to the second book in the series.