Monday, September 12, 2016

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

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…


I've heard amazing things about author Lauren Blakely, so when the opportunity arose for me to read one of her books, I totally jumped on it. Unfortunately, it didn't go how I thought that it would. 

The story line was okay with this one but I think my biggest issue was with the characters themselves. Don't get me wrong, I loved Steph and Jake. Oh, how I loved Jake. But I didn't enjoy them together. Steph is this amazingly strong woman who has been put through hell with a previous relationship and I admired her determination to get what she wanted business-wise. And Jake ... well ... he's this good-looking who hunts down stolen stuff and he's tough as nails. 

Maybe I'm just looking for the hard and soft combination between love interests, I don't know. But I do know that I didn't feel any sizzle between Steph and Jake. The words were there on the pages letting me know that there was this amazing chemistry between the two but I just didn't buy it. It just didn't feel like that when I was reading it. 

The story was okay ... some of the situations that the two main characters found themselves in was intriguing and I found myself wanting to like them because of what they were going through but I just couldn't. I wanted that strong bond to form and for me to get all swoony when they were together but for me, I just couldn't get it. I know that I keep talking about Steph and Jake and their interactions but sometimes, I think that the success of a romance novel lies within the chemistry and this just didn't toot my whistle. 

I don't know if I will write off Blakely all together. I'll probably give her another shot, this book wasn't terrible, it was pretty good but it just missed the mark with the characters for me. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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