The Sapphire Affair

Lauren Blakely
The Sapphire Affair
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Brilliance Audio
Release Date
July 2016
Book 1 of Jewel
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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…

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Aug 01, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
4 "Who Do You Trust" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration!

It's been a while since I've read (or listened) to a Lauren Blakely title. Ms. Blakely is well known for her dirty talking, hot heroes and sexy and steamy romances. THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR marks a new turn for Ms. Blakely segueing into one of my favorite romance sub-genres: romantic suspense.

Jake Harlowe is a well known experienced "retrieval expert." From a one of a kind Stradivarius to jewels and artwork, he's one of the best to track down your stolen treasures. His latest job finds him in the tropical paradise of the Cayman Islands where everything starts off as usual until he realizes that the hot woman (Steph Anderson) he met at the bar the night before is actually somehow tied to his latest mark (a former CEO who is suspected of having defrauded his shareholders).

Steph Anderson is conducting her own personal investigation. Though she refuses to believe it, it seems her stepfather who raised her (and who recently divorced her mother) may have been less than truthful in his business enterprise, resulting in her mother's current economic struggles. Though hard to believe, she owes it to her mother to investigate, but when she discovers she may not be the only one who is currently watching her stepfather, she doesn't know who to trust.

Can Jake and Steph figure out a way to be allies both in their investigation of Steph's stepfather and in their personal lives? Or are they right to have their doubts about each other? Moreover, when a large batch of priceless jewels is involved, there might be a whole cast of other characters that can impact the end result. So watch out!

Sebastian York, as always, delivers a hot and sexy rendition of THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR. Excelling at portraying smart talking, hot heroes, Mr. York is the perfect narrator to bring Jake to life. Mr. York also renders a slightly higher pitched voice for Steph that is easily distinguishable from Jake's, making listening seamless without the need to rely on dialogue tags.

All in all, I think THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is a decent start to a romantic suspense story. However, I was a bit surprised that the story ends in a romantic cliffhanger. Please note that to get Steph's and Jake's full story you will also need to listen to book 2, The Sapphire Heist. This caught me a bit off guard because while it's not unusual for romantic suspense titles to have an overarching suspense arc that may carry over several books or even the entire series, typically the romance between the main hero and heroine is resolved in each book with subsequent titles highlighting the romance between other couples. So I think this fact is worth noting, so you are not caught off guard. However, having commenced Steph's and Jake's story in THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR, you will definitely be eager to listen to The Sapphire Heist next.
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