RELEASE DAY PROMO & ARC REVIEW – The Sapphire Affair (Jewel #1) by Lauren Blakely

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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…

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There is a reason Lauren Blakely is my number 2 most read author. She consistently delivers well written stories with likeable characters and swoon-worthy romance. The elements of scandal, suspense and steamy chemistry made The Sapphire Affair quite the entertaining read.

I hung on every word and my mind was constantly assessing the clues as the story unfolded.  There were some suspenseful moments that had my heart racing and my nerves zinging with anticipation. The sexual tension was off the charts and I found it comical and sometimes frustrating as Steph and Jake denied their attraction. I was equal parts fascinated with the clues as I was with the blooming romance.

I adored Jake! He most definitely lived up to my expectation set by his predecessors. Blakely boys are generally known for being charming, passionate, and possessive. But they are are also known for being sensitive, witty and extremely loyal. What more could you want in a swoon worthy book boyfriend!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment of the Jewel series and I am anxious to get my hands on book 2, The Sapphire Heist, which continues Steph and Jake’s adventures.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor.

A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than forty times.

Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers.


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