The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely

The Sapphire Heist by Lauren BlakelyThe Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely
Series: Jewel #2
Published by Montlake Romance on August 16th 2016
Pages: 196
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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.

Having part 1 but not the second as an ARC didn’t exactly help with the cliffhanger ending, so getting back into the whole story actually took a bit of effort because of the huge time lapse between them.

But I suspect what I’m going to say for this very assured second bit is pretty much what I’ve already said for the first: ‘The Sapphire Heist’ is a thrilling action/adventure, all-inclusive summer blockbuster type movie where the untouchably handsome guy gets the untouchably beautiful girl…as well as the diamonds. The bad guys aren’t so bad as to fall down dead and their comeuppance is to receive a punishment that’s as good as a slap on the wrist. And it all has to take place in some exotic location where dirty money and shady business are the currency for every operation. Let’s not forget the numerous twists, the confusion, the steamy sex (because even that has to be smarmy and perfect too) and the cheesy happy ending where sunsets are actually literal.

My own reservation here simply stems from my neutral stance towards heist movies (because I’ve been known to actually get bored at times!). They’re of the popcorn throwing variety and impossible to take seriously, which I do suspect is the case for these 2 Sapphire books. If I’d hoped for something less jaunty, more serious and more cutting, this certainly isn’t the kind of read for it. But that’s not to say Lauren Blakely doesn’t deliver an excellent poolside read – good for at least a few hours’ worth of entertainment.