Jul 28, 2016

Book Review: The Sapphire Affair

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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Jake has a job that I always thought would be interesting especially as he usually retrieves objects rather then people.  He gets to go to some rather beautiful places such as Paris and the Cayman Islands which is always a plus but more importantly, this is a job that would keep a person on their toes.   A job like that just asks for a book to be written about it.

Steph also has an interesting profession and a reason not to trust men.  But she is immediately interested when she meets Jake in a dive bar.  Instant combustion.  Should be the perfect formula for a good read.

Unfortunately I didn't find it so.  Most of that has to do with the characters.  I found that their dialogue was stilted and well...unrealistic.  Far too many times, I found myself pulled out of the storyline while pondering if someone would really say that in such a fashion.  This kept me from feeling any build up of tension or from connecting to any of the characters themselves.  

THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is one that I would recommend my readers skip.  While there is some great scenery if that is what you are looking for then you would be better off reading a travelogue.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.



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