RATING: READ IT
The Sapphire Affair and The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely – Jake Harlowe is a family man. There isn’t anything more important to him than his family. He takes on risky cases so that he can provide for the family that his parents left behind. Steph Anderson loves her mom and has a fierce sense of family loyalty. When she hears that her stepdad, who was always like a father to her, could have done something illegal, she wants to give him the benefit of the doubt. Jake + Steph both end up at the same place at the same time looking for stolen jewels. When they discover they are after the same thing, will they be able to partner up, or will Steph’s family loyalty make her look the other way? This was a great, sexy caper. Love the setting and Steph + Jake were great characters. They both were strong people with strong values driven to find answers at any cost. The story unfolds in two books. They are a fun, quick read.
Last Line by Heather Stone – This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I could really connect with the story. This story does involve drug use and addiction, so if that is something you have a hard time reading about, this may not be the story for you. Reed is a powerful man who has a dark past. Bailey is a recovering addict who is trying to get her life together and ends up with a job at Reed’s club. Bailey challenges Reed on a level that he hasn’t had before. He is used to using women for his pleasure and moving on, but something about Bailey draws him to her. Bailey feels a kindred spirit with Reed and when he is hurting she wants to comfort him. We see a whirlwind romance and Bailey + Reed become addicted to each other, but then they hit a rock bottom that spirals for Bailey. You can feel the power of addiction through the pages and how addicts have to fight for every day. And in the end, an addict has to want to be strong and live for themselves and not someone else. I thought the author did a great job with the story and the struggles of addiction. My only wish would have been for a little bit more description in some places and a little bit more insight to the relationships with the secondary characters that shaped Reed + Bailey into who they were. Overall, I enjoyed this read.
Dirty Talk by SL Scott – Another great read by SL Scott. If you read Sweet Talk (or Models on Top which was the original name), you met Luke who was Danny’s best friend. Luke and Danny have a bromance all their own that lends itself again to this story. The friendship between these two is something to see, and of course, a great side story to the love story that unfolds with Luke + Jane. Luke + Jane were high school and college sweethearts. They knew they were each other’s forever, until they weren’t. Jane walked away when Luke wasn’t ready to commit, thinking he would come after her, but he didn’t. Both were the biggest regrets of their lives. Now two years later, they are working on a movie together. They both want nothing more than to be with each other, but can they move past the pain of their past? This is a really good second chance story. Luke + Jani go through some tough emotions and find what it will truly take to be together. I loved the depth of the characters and the friends surrounding them. Definitely a good read.
Edge of Recovery by Molly E Lee – I went into this book with a thorough hate for Justin who this book is about. In Edge of Chaos he is the villain, but I thought if anyone can make me love the villain, it’s Molly. I was amazed at what a story Justin had to tell. You’re inside the head of an alcoholic and can see how much remorse he has for his actions. Then he meets Charlie and he just wants to be a better man for her. Charlie + Justin both have demons they have battled, but they are coming out on the other side together. This book can be read as a standalone, but you would probably enjoy it a little more if you read the Edge of Chaos first to get an understanding of who Justin really was. I was amazed at who he was inside and I was glad I took the time to read his story. It was a really good read.
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