The Sapphire Affair, A Jewel Novel Book 1, Lauren Blakely
The Sapphire Affair, A Jewel Novel Book 1, Lauren BlakelyGenre: Romance,
I loved Lauren’s Seductive Nights trilogy, full of sexy romance and heart stopping drama so I was keen to read this, even though *sigh* I’ve already been turned down for book two which I’d requested before I got this one…..
I feel a little underwhelmed though, I enjoyed the story, but just didn’t love it, it lacked that magic spark that makes a five star read. I found it really slow to start, and given that I was approved for book one but refused book two ( boo, hiss) it was really hard continuing with the story. It does get better though by 30%.
Both Jake and Steph didn’t feel “real” to me for a very long time, I didn’t feel I could know them and so that affected the way I cared about them. I could feel the lust between them, but that was purely a physical reaction, and even that didn’t have the can’t-keep-hands-off-each-other feel that usually goes with this kind of story and is so well done in Lauren’s other stories. Maybe that’ll change in book two. I did get to feel more for them as the story went on.
I was a bit confused by the storyline too at times, especially once they join up – they never discuss who is getting what if they are successful, or what they are planning to do with the haul, and I’d have thought that’s one of the first things they’d want to agree on. Maybe it was there, but if so it was very brief and I missed it? Just seems odd to me to have such a huge question unanswered.
Then there’s stepdad Eli, a rat fink ex and yet he was with her mum for a long while, a great dad to her, and I wasn’t sure where and why he changed? There’s one tiny mention of him cheating on her mum, but after they split its as if he was doing it all the while and I needed to know which version was the real one.
Her mum describes “giving” him the money to start his business, not that it was a loan, and though he’d supposedly embezzled the company he seems to have been a well respected, and very successful person in all the years he was there. I’m wondering why he didn’t just use the money he had honestly as part owner of a very successful company? Maybe I’ve just misread/misunderstood that section but it left me with questions that affected how I saw the plot playing out.
Of course there’s a cliff hanger ending of sorts, but given there’s book two to come I’m pretty sure that will get speedily resolved 😉
As always I do wish the next book was out now or that the tale was all in one book – I just lose the impetus of the story when waiting for months, and when I’m sort of not “in love” with the story sometimes I find it really hard to pick it up again.
Its a good read, well written as we expect from Lauren but somehow for me it just was a bit lacking.
Stars: Three and a half, an Ok goodish read but I’m hoping book two picks up the pace and answers my questions.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher