Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

Rating: Three stars
Series: Jewel #1
Date published: July 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…

If you know anything about me, you know I love Lauren Blakely books so much. I've read every single book she's published and she's a one-click author for me. When I first heard about The Sapphire Affair, I was thrilled. I love it when romance is mixed in with bounty hunters and criminals. What I didn't expect was to feel so underwhelmed by The Sapphire Affair. Don't get me wrong, I did like it. I just didn't love it.

I don't know why, but I had such a hard time connecting with the characters. I feel like this is the type of book that would have benefited from being in first person POV, rather than third person POV like it is. I also had an issue with this turning into a serial. It's such a quick read and I don't feel like it should've been split like it was. Serials leave a bad taste in my mouth. They never end in a way that feels complete and I think that also hindered my enjoyment of The Sapphire Affair.

That being said, The Sapphire Affair is still a good read. I loved the setting. The beautiful island setting was my favorite part of the book. I liked how Steph and Jake meet and have a connection, only to find out they want similar things. I loved that they teamed up to investigate, rather than them just doing it on their own ends. The romance between them was nicely written.

I will definitely be checking out part two of Steph and Jake's story.

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