THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely


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Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart.

The Caymans are a perfect place for Steph to expand her successful Miami adventure tour guide business, and the fact that her stepfather, Eli, lives there is a bonus. Eli is eager to spend time with her, and Steph hopes to encourage him to be a little more generous to her mother, whom he left for his new life—and new fiancee—in the islands after fighting to keep all their assets. Then Steph learns that Eli has likely defrauded the hedge fund he started in the U.S. using her mother’s money. Steph doesn’t want to believe Eli is capable of such callousness—after all, he was a great father, even if he was a terrible husband—but wants to know the truth. Her mission is aided when she meets Jake, a shadowy character who privately recovers stolen items. Jake convinces her they’ll both get more answers if they work together, and the two are clearly attracted to each other, though each has misgivings about becoming a team. The thrill of the chase heightens the sexual and emotional tension between them, and as they edge toward becoming lovers, Steph falls for Jake. So she's unprepared to deal with the hurt and anger she feels when it looks like Eli truly is a cad and even more so when it looks like she’s misplaced her trust in Jake, too.

Blakely tackles a heist novel that’s heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won’t care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more.

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-503-93547-1
Page count: 238pp
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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