Title: The Sapphire Affair
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…
Author: Lauren Blakely
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: July 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Mmmm, tropical paradise meets heist, meets adventure, meets some serious lust. Just what the doctor ordered.
Right off the bat we’re pulled into a cute little game of truth or dare with the main characters, Jake and Steph. But right when it has the potential to get all hot and steamy, we’re thrown in the past to see how they met and what the game was really all about. The story flows “smooth as butta”, and my fingers couldn’t keep up with how fast I was turning the pages to keep it going. The point of view changes between the two, but not in a crazy way of trying to keep track of who said what.
Jake is former military turned bounty hunter who has been hired to recover money/items that have been “moved” by a former CEO (it’s a tongue twister, but you’ll understand when you read this). Said CEO is in the Cayman Islands, so guess where Jake needs to go? Yep, you guessed it. While doing a little recon at the local watering hole, he meets a beautiful girl who he instantly couldn’t take his eyes, or his mouth, off of. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Steph is trying to rebuild her business after her ex-boyfriend tried to ruin her. Thanks to her mom, she was able to regroup and get back on her feet, revamping her new business. But while at a lunch meeting with her mom, she’s informed that her ex-stepfather may have started a new business with the money her mom “should” have gotten back from him in the divorce (obviously there is more to this, so just read this for more details). Turns out Steph was already planning on going to the Cayman Islands to run a couple of diving tours, so speaking to the stepdad and asking him to return her moms money shouldn’t be too hard, right?
Sigh…that was really hard setting up. I’m pretty sure I messed up somewhere in there, but like I said, read this and you’ll understand…lol.
I’m pretty sure you can put a picture of Jake and Steph in a book under “lust at first sight”. These two can’t seem to get enough of each other, despite the fact that they know very little of each other. I mean, Steph doesn’t even give Jake her real name when they first meet, sending him on a “scavenger” hunt to find her again. But needless to say, keeping these two away from each other wasn’t gonna happen. Besides, she IS the stepdaughter of the very person Jake is running recon on. I’m really happy that the author didn’t keep their true identity from each for very long in this. In fact, I’m happy that they end up helping each other with “the mission”. I just wish we had a little more steam to go with all of the mystery and suspense, you know what I mean?
All in all, this is a good read and I’m looking forward to continuing this series.