Also by this author: Mister O, Well Hung, The Sexy One, The Hot One
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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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About Lauren Blakely:
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 fifty 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. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter.
Lauren Blakely is one of my very favorite romance authors. I love how each of her books are filled with such unique plots and memorable characters. Not to mention the fact that her romances manage to bring the heat. Anyway, the plot for her new series is one of the most standout concepts that I’ve heard of. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but the story will continue in The Sapphire Heist, which is out in August. I can’t wait to find out if Jake and Steph get the HEA that they both desperately deserve. Though it had some slow moments, I still love the idea of it, and also loved the steamy romance.
Jake was a character who I instantly fell in love with. He’s made so many sacrifices in order to provide for his sisters. Yes, he has to do some rather interesting jobs as a bounty hunter, but it’s all worth it to him in the end. He’s such a selfless and charming dude all around. I just wanted to give him a huge hug honestly. He also has reasons why he doesn’t mix romance with his clients. He was burned by a woman who he fell for in the past who turned out to just be conning him. Now, he finds it difficult to let people in because of that incident. Anyway, I wouldn’t consider him to be my personal favorite Lauren Blakely book boyfriend, but he still definitely managed to make an incredible impression on me.
Steph is similar to Jake in the respect that she also was burned before and is hesitant to jump into a relationship. She’s also just discovered that the only father that she’s ever known is a total con. So clearly this girl has some trust issues, but that’s to be expected to say the least. She’s not my favorite protagonist of Lauren’s because I wasn’t able to fully connect with her on a personal level. However, I still liked her fierce personality.
The romance was totally steamy from the start. Unfortunately, the two don’t meet until around the 20% mark, which bothered me a little bit. I just feel like the beginning was slow and should’ve been marked down at least some. There was certainly insta-love between them once they finally did meet, which never really works for me. All that aside, it still was pretty steamy in general. In the end, it wasn’t my favorite romance, but it worked in some respects.
So ultimately, this was a pretty solid book as a whole. It wasn’t my favorite by Lauren Blakely, but I’m still excited to read the next book in the series. Jake and Steph are both complicated but well developed characters and I can’t wait to see their happy ending! I recommend reading this new romance from an incredible author.