Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Sapphire Affair (Jewel #1) by Lauren Blakely: ARC Review


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…

Releases: July 12, 2016

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About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Review by Yvette:

It’s not often that I sit and read an entire book in one sitting but, from the moment I started The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely, I refused to put down the book until I finished. Not only does this book have a smoking hot romance (as per usual with Lauren Blakely), but the narrative is an action-packed thrill ride, guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. There's danger. There's mystery. There's suspense. Did I mention the smoking hot romance? The Sapphire Affair is a high-stakes, adventure-filled romance that starts with a bang and keeps you on your toes until the very last sentence.

With a bounty hunter for a hero and an adventurer for a heroine (seriously, that’s her job), it’s not surprising that The Sapphire Affair is Lauren Blakely’s most exhilarating story to date. We first meet protagonist, Jake Harlowe, in the midst of his job as a recovery specialist – a job that requires careful planning, a bit of luck, and lot of ingenuity. Juggling his hazardous job with acting as a substitute parent for his younger siblings doesn’t leave Jake much time to form romantic connections, yet his one rule is to keep his professional and romantic lives separate. It’s therefore fortuitous that he has no idea that the woman who catches his eye on his latest job happens to be the stepdaughter of his target. When Jake meets Steph Anderson, she’s simply a gorgeous woman in a bar with whom he shares flirtatious banter and incredibly potent chemistry.

When Steph inevitably becomes entangled in Jake’s investigation, professional and personal lines are blurred, and the sexual tension between them escalates to uncontrollable proportions. Their romance is a temptation, a teasing push-and-pull that’s as riveting as the case they’re attempting to unravel. As this novel can attest, no one writes a love scene quite like Lauren Blakely. It's not just sex between her characters (or foreplay, as it may be), it's a physical and emotional intimacy – one that's the result of all-consuming kisses, a worshipping of bodies, and a desire for the characters to memorize each other through taste, touch, and feel. Jake and Steph’s romance may be a slow burn, but the buildup is just as satisfying as the payoff.

As part one of a two-part series, The Sapphire Affair is designed to whet your appetite and entice you to return for more. While I feel as though I've been thoroughly acquainted with Jake and Steph, this book only scratches the surface of their budding romance and of their ongoing investigation. By the end of the book, I was left with an impatient need to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle, which is admittedly part of the fun. After finishing The Sapphire Affair, I can guarantee you'll be dying to delve right into The Sapphire Heist.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I finished this last night....boy is it good. I'm dying to know how this plays out.