The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

Jewel, Book 1

Synopsis: 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…

Review: I’ve heard a lot about the author, but I’ve never read any of her books. So when I saw the translation of one of her series in French, I didn’t hesitate for a long time to discover one of her stories.

Steph’s stepfather and mother are separated. Things didn’t go very well, but when Steph also learns that her father may have embezzled money from the company he worked for and refuses to give back her mother’s money she lent him to start the business, she decides to do something about it. So our heroine goes to the Cayman Islands to find out what Eli is hiding and if he is who people say he is. But she’s not alone, because Eli’s former business partner, Andrew, sent a professional to do the same. And when they meet, even if they don’t know who the other one is, there are sparks. So they’re going to try to work together to find out the truth.

I had a really good time with this novel. I thought we would have the resolution of the case at the end of the book, but things are taking place slowly and I have to say that I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel now to find out what’s going on.

Jake and Steph are two characters that we enjoy following and discovering. They are both determined not to fall for love again and yet they won’t be able to resist it either.