Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

Book Description

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.…
AVAILABLE: July 12, 2016

Jewel Series
The Sapphire Affair (Book 1)
The Sapphire Heist (Book 2) *Available August 16
Bounty Hunter Jake Harlowe is down in the Cayman Islands searching for $10 million dollars that was stolen from a hedge-fund by the company's ex-CEO.  It is believed that the ex-CEO smuggled the money out of the country by buying up expensive art, then transporting it to the islands.  Jake thinks is going to be a simple job: find the art, bring the ex-CEO down, and bring the money back to the swindled hedge-fund.  What he doesn't expect, and the last thing he needs, is to meet a beautiful woman in a bar.
Steph Anderson went down to the Cayman Islands for two reasons.  One, to build back her adventure tour business after her ex-boyfriend tried to ruin her reputation, and to see if her ex-stepfather stole money from his old company.  What she doesn't expect is to meet a sexy man in a bar.  
Once Jake and Steph learn about their shared goal to find the missing money, they decide to work together.  They also agree to ignore their sizzling hot chemistry.  But working so close to someone that you want to get naked can get a little complicated (... and hot)!!
The Sapphire Affair has everything you could look for in a Lauren Blakely story.  Sexy, ex-military bounty hunter, a strong, beautiful woman, missing money, sexy-hot chemistry, and possible betrayal.  This is a great summer read and a great start to the Jewel series.  I can't wait to read the rest of their story in The Sapphire Heist (available Aug. 16).
Continue reading for an excerpt of The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely.
EXCERPT
She cut him off, slicing her hand through the air. “No. No. No. And more no. Did you not hear me? The sex-toy mistress practically clung to me, and then I was very nearly subjected to a discussion of Eli’s predilections.” She dragged a hand through her hair in frustration. “I did not find the bowlful of diamonds, so we’ll have to go back again, and my champagne buzz is nearly gone, so I could really use a Cherry Popsicle.”
“Is that code for a ruby-encrusted—”
“No. There’s a bar along the beach that serves frozen cherry margaritas and they’re called Cherry Popsicles because they’re made around a frozen block of cherry ice, and when you get to the end you can suck on the Popsicle in the middle of it, and if I do not get one stat, my brain will be permanently branded with images of my stepfather’s fiancĂ©e holding that thing,” she said, gesturing wildly at the black pouch.
“Fair enough. To the Cherry Popsicle purveyor we go. Do they have ice cream? I do love a good ice-cream cone.”
“I’ll find you ice cream, Jake.”
“By the way, what’s a bandage dress? Is that like a dress made out of Band Aids?”
She heaved a sigh. “No. It’s a style. It’s very clingy and tight, but the fabric is sturdy,” she said, stopping to point to her breasts as if to show how a bandage dress would hug her curves.
He cleared his throat, and when she looked up, she saw him looking down.
At her boobs.
“I forgot. You’re a boob starer. Didn’t mean to tempt you, since you’re trying to stay on the wagon.”
He held up his hands in mock surrender. “One, you say that like it’s a bad thing. Two, you have fantastic breasts. And three, do you blame me? You were waving your hands in front of them. I had no choice but to stare at them.”
RATING: 4.5 out of 5
**I received an ARC through Netgalley and InkSlinger PR in exchange for a honest review.**

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