Add a glint of suspense and sparkle of chemistry and you get an entertaining, sweet and sexy romance.
“Hey. You found your sexy fisherman… and you found my favorite mermaind.”
“We did find each other.”
Steph Anderson didn’t go to the Caymans just to lead a diving expedition, she went to learn the truth about her stepfather. She never imagined she would end up meeting, helping and falling for a sexy artifact retriever who was looking for the jewels her stepfather supposedly stole. But can she truly trust a man she barely knows? Especially when so much money is involved and all evidence points at Jake being the thief?
Jake Harlowe had sworn off relationships for good, he especially didn’t mix business with pleasure. But after a sizzling night with a woman he’s genuinely connected with though, he can’t help but want more. Especially when she can also help him crack the Sapphire Affair he’s working on even though she’s not convinced who the real bad guy is.
“This woman drove him wild. She was a pistol, a fiery, sexy, determined, tenacious woman who made him crazy, and who he wanted fiercely.”
Their attraction is undeniable but as all clues keep leading to dead ends and other players seem to also in the run for the jewels, trust between Jake and Steph seems to wane when it’s the only thing that will help them succeed.
Lauren Blakely picks up the sultry and engaging Sapphire Affair story right where it was left off, having not just the mystery of the diamond’s whereabouts unsolved but also who can truly be trusted. Even though Jake and Steph have made some progress on all fronts, they still don’t know where or who has the diamonds and they definitely don’t know each other well, but getting to figure out both was certainly fun.
“I know already that the water calms you. I know the sunshine is like some kind of magic to you.”
While getting to know one another they had fun and sexy times, and tried to crack the case of the missing gems. They’re both very likeable characters, Steph wasn’t just feisty and sweet, she always wanted to see the good in people and Jake is witty and sharp, and love for his family was completely endearing and he knew how to deliver a good apology!
“Cats can be @ssh*les.”
“There should be a greeting card for that. Sorry I behaved like a cat.”
“I acted like a cat as well… I want to try again and not be cats.”
Their chemistry was sizzling
“This, Steph. This isn’t a lie,” he said in a growl, in her ear. “I know,” she said, gasping as he drove into her. “This is the truth. The way we fit like this.”
and threatened to distract and derail them from their main objective but even as I thought I had it figured out, there were some twists thrown in and I was just as stumped as they were.
The Sapphire Heist is book #2 in the Jewel duet by Lauren Blakely. It is a fun, sweet and sexy romance with twists and turns. I enjoyed reading Jake and Steph’s story and I hope it is not the last we get of them. Yes, Lauren totally hinted at a ruby affair which I hope we get. Told from both points of view that ends with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *