Series: Jewel #1
Published by Montlake Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Mystery
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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…
I spent a lot of time on islands when I was a kid, and man do I miss it sometimes, nothing like an afternoon rain, weather that never goes over the 80s, and oceans and rainforests for days. So to say that the setting of this book appealed to me might be a little bit on an understatement. Plus this book had a bit of a mystery going on in it, so I was more then ready to dig in and find out who the bad guy was, and what in the heck was going on.
So our book starts out with both our main characters, Steph and Jake getting on the case of Steph’s maybe embezzling stepfather. Steph gets involved for personal reasons, like wanting her mother to get what should have been hers in the divorce rather then basically getting nothing from her stepdad. And Jake, who is a bounty hunter is looking for the information about where this embezzled money could have possibly gone and maybe getting it back. Of course neither of them know about each other, so where they meet, it’s all just attraction, of course until they figure out who the other person is. Can they trust each other? After all they are working for the same goals her, so doesn’t it make sense for them to work together?
These two are fun to read on the page, there is so much great banter and chemistry between them, that it makes the book just fly right by. You can tell something shady is going on with Steph’s stepdad, and don’t even get me started on the seriously hilarious scene where Steph ends up at a party with her stepdad’s future wife talking about things no daughter ever wants to hear.
This was a really fun read for me, the only real downside is that it flies by so quick. I honestly think this book and the next one should have just been one book all together, cause the ending on this one besides being a cliffhanger was kind of abrupt. That being said, I without a doubt want to know what is going to happen next, so I’m excited to see where this story takes us.
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She cut him off, slicing her hand through the air. “No. No. No. And more no. Did you not hear me? The sex-toy mistress practically clung to me, and then I was very nearly subjected to a discussion of Eli’s predilections.” She dragged a hand through her hair in frustration. “I did not find the bowlful of diamonds, so we’ll have to go back again, and my champagne buzz is nearly gone, so I could really use a Cherry Popsicle.”
“Is that code for a ruby-encrusted—”
“No. There’s a bar along the beach that serves frozen cherry margaritas and they’re called Cherry Popsicles because they’re made around a frozen block of cherry ice, and when you get to the end you can suck on the Popsicle in the middle of it, and if I do not get one stat, my brain will be permanently branded with images of my stepfather’s fiancée holding that thing,” she said, gesturing wildly at the black pouch.
“Fair enough. To the Cherry Popsicle purveyor we go. Do they have ice cream? I do love a good ice-cream cone.”
“I’ll find you ice cream, Jake.”
“By the way, what’s a bandage dress? Is that like a dress made out of Band Aids?”
She heaved a sigh. “No. It’s a style. It’s very clingy and tight, but the fabric is sturdy,” she said, stopping to point to her breasts as if to show how a bandage dress would hug her curves.
He cleared his throat, and when she looked up, she saw him looking down.
At her boobs.
“I forgot. You’re a boob starer. Didn’t mean to tempt you, since you’re trying to stay on the wagon.”
He held up his hands in mock surrender. “One, you say that like it’s a bad thing. Two, you have fantastic breasts. And three, do you blame me? You were waving your hands in front of them. I had no choice but to stare at them.”
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