InkSlinger PR Presents: The Sapphire Affair + Giveaway

✮✮✮ THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is here! From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely’s new contemporary romance Jewel Novel series, this enemies-to-lovers series is filled with sex, wit, glamour, and high stakes, with a rugged, ex-military, dirty-talking alpha hero! Don’t miss this explosive and passionate series! ✮✮✮

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Lauren Blakely’s THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
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I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt
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July 20th
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July 21st
Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
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July 22nd
Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
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 & THE SAPPHIRE HEIST are being released by Montlake, which is an Amazon publishing company, and will only be available for sale at Amazon. You can download a free Kindle reading app for any smartphone or tablet here: http://amzn.to/1MIyrHi

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ABOUT THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR (Jewel Novel #1):

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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My Thoughts
Lauren Blakely's The Sapphire Affair is a book that truly seems to have it all.
Sun, sand, a handsome and ruggedly witty recovery agent, and a plucky and adventurous leading lady...and even a adventure of sorts.
What this book seems to be missing however, is direction.
First, readers are told that Jake is on the trail of a person.
Then stolen money.
Then diamonds.
Huh?
The questions surrounding this aspect of the story continue to confound until well into 
70% of the story.

Thank God for the love story.
Because, as usual, this is where both Lauren Blakely and her characters shine brightest.
Jake is loving, skilled, protective, and oh so alpha.
And Stephanie...
meets his every sensual volley with an equally erotic one of her own.

Both Stephanie and Jake are intelligent and fun characters that readers can't help being drawn to.  Just as they are drawn to each other.
Everything about them screams Bonnie and Clyde.
 
This novel is well done.  There is no question about that.
The problem though, 
is one faced by many firsts in a series.
The afore mentioned direction and pacing.

Unfortunately for The Sapphire Affair.
The whole book seems dedicated to set up for the next book, The Sapphire Heist.
This would not be a problem if there was more execution spread evenly throughout the course of the entire story on which to build.
Rather than having everything be set up and backstory until the last few delicious chapters, and ending on a cliffhanger.
While this writing style is definitely one that works very well in romance.
It is prone to backfire in the world of romantic suspense.
  
Because this book is part of what appears to a closely related series.
It is the opinion of this reviewer that reading the upcoming Sapphire Heist is a must.



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Author pic - Lauren Blakely    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.  

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