★✩★✩★✩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.