*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
When Evan Carlson hears that a member of the elusive Sanders family is visiting his bank to have the most valuable diamond in Colorado appraised, he assumes that he won’t be allowed anywhere near the jewel. But when Jacob Sanders arrives, he specifically requests that Evan be present for the secretive meeting, and Evan tries his best to keep his composure around the strikingly handsome man. Jacob comes across as a friendly, assertive guy who is unaffected by his wealth, and Evan feels an immediate attraction.
Invited to visit the Sanders Ranch, Evan discovers a family who cares deeply for each other despite their attempts to keep some of their darker secrets hidden. When one of those unwanted secrets appears out of the blue, Evan and Jacob are thrown together and forced to deal with the chaos. As the two men begin to explore their feelings, they must deal with the realization that the precious jewel has gone missing.
Trying his best to comfort Jacob, Evan agrees to help search for the missing stone or the person who might have stolen it. With fingers being pointed in all directions, Evan tries to keep himself off the list of suspects as he moves forward cautiously. Hoping to save their relationship, Evan joins in the hunt for Colorado’s most infamous jewel.
A debut read for me since the author asked on his social media channel for honest reviews.
I was right from the start really hooked by the cover but also by the blurb.
The blurb was very well revealed, the character had a great depth, here and there were slight bumps but nothing serious. Sometimes a few of the character behaviours made me laugh out loud. 😀 I liked the character, not only the two main character but also the minor character, besides the antagonists and “bad guys”.
Jacob is a handsome fella, described really intriguing:
He was tall with dark brown hair, and a classic look that seemed effortless. He was dressed convervately in jeans and boots, and he looked though he had just spent a carefree day at the ranch.
Everybody is captured by the stone of the Sanders family, the Jewel of Colorado or Blue Stone. The “crime” setting had a nice solution, it had thrilling parts and I admit I didn’t expected the twist in the plot. I at least suspected another person to be the criminal. 🙂
The relationship between Jacob and Evan was fast building, nothing bad but maybe for somebody a bit rushed – for me not, I felt the direct connection between the character.
Even Evan has his doubts first:
He didn’t wanted to allow himself to think about the possibilty that Jacob Sanders wanted to spend time with him, because he knew that would only end in disappointment.
But this isn’t Jacob’s intention and he is slightly irritated by Evan’s hestiation:
The smile quickly dropped from Jacob’s face, and he asked, “Why are you playing hart to get?”
But: the chemistry is to strong and this happens:
Jacob smiled, and started to lean in for what Evan knew would be their first kiss. With a smile on his face, he leaned forward to meet Jacob in the middle, and their lips touched, igniting a flame that would not soon be extinguished.
To be honest: there could have been a bit more focus the next time: we only have one erotic scene, which was hot as hell but… it was only one. 😉 Bummer and a shame, since Jason is really great in writing those scenes. :3 😀
I will definitely read the other books by the author and I would love to review other books too (so I’ll right myself on the ARC distributing list). 🙂
4.5 out of 5 stars.