by Lauren Blakely
Series: Jewel #2
Narrator: Sebastian York
Length: 5 hours and 54 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Narration: 4.5 cups
Keep your lover close and your enemy closer.
After giving in to a fiery night of passion, island adventurer Steph Anderson and bounty hunter Jake Harlowe are back to square one. With millions in stolen jewels at stake, it s hard for Steph not to question her new partner s true motives no matter how sexy he might be. Jake is hungry for more of Steph, but he can sense her growing mistrust, which only fuels his own doubts. Worse, there s undeniable evidence that someone else is now after the jewels and that they are both in real danger.
Fighting against their magnetic attraction is a distraction these two can t afford. In order to survive, they ll have to pull off one more heist and trust each other with something even more precious than jewels: their hearts.
The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely is the second novel in the Jewel series and concluded Jake and Steph’s story. Once again, I chose to listen as Sebastian York narrated. Blakely delivered a fun romantic suspense with twists and plenty of heat. The Sapphire Heist was an entertaining listen and I hope we get to revisit these characters again.
“How do I know if any of this between us is real? Or just a setup to take the diamonds?”
After the cliffhanger ending I was delighted this story picked up right where Sapphire Affair ended. I desperately needed to know if one of our characters was dirty.
From the tropical setting to the dual perspectives, Blakely hooked me and I became caught up in both the romance and case. She blends romance and suspense wonderfully as she allows the listener to fall in love with the characters and keeps them guessing.
I loved the old PI vibe coming from Jake and how strong and confident Steph was. Their emotions, actions and chemistry felt genuine. We get to experience them both working the case and collaborating as they hunt down the jewels. Each has their own motive for finding them, and I enjoyed the cast of suspects.
The romance was delightful from sweet to deliciously naughty. Their banter and Jake’s mishaps had me rooting for them. Blakely does not wrap the romance up in a bow. Instead she kept it light and realistic. The case of the jewels was unrushed, explained and solved. Blakely left me feeling good about their future. The author left the door open for more cases with this duo and I for one hope we see them again.
Of course, Sebastian York enhanced the tale, particularly with his rendering of Jake. I am always impressed with his female voices; sometimes I almost forget he is male. Both audiobooks are around six hours, making these great for listening while traveling.
A fun, sexy suspense makes the Sapphire Affair and Sapphire Heist the perfect end of summer listen.
Listen to a sample: The Sapphire Heist