The Blackstone Affair Series: Raine Miller

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Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. 

When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. 

But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…

I am not sure why it took me so long to read this series! I was immediately drawn in and captivated. I am glad that I had both book 1 and 2 available to read consecutively though so I did not have to wait to see what happened next. I am now anxiously awaiting book 3. 

Ethan Blackstone...sigh...swoon...An alpha male who owns a security company. He is intense, overwhelming, obsessed, possessive, loving, and generous. He has demons in his past and is not used to caring about women. He is used to getting what he wants and taking it if necessary.

Brynne Bennett...Sweet, damaged, scared, living nightmares from her past and facing danger in the present. She secretly craves control and has an intense need to feel safe. 

It all started with a request from a friend and a picture. 

That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn't go back to the man I'd been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl.

These two have an intense, powerful connection. Although Ethan knows that he wants Brynne, she is not sure she can handle him. But he is determined to win her over no matter what it takes. 

My heart pounded harder. I can't do this. He affected me so strangely. I knew myself well enough to realize that Ethan Blackstone was dangerous territory for a girl like me--Great White shark is hungry for lone swimmer in cove--territory.

How did he manage to confuse me so readily? One moment I felt sure I needed to flee Ethan and the next I wanted to be with him again.

"The truth is...You.Are.Mine!"

So there is  a dynamic of chasing, running, hiding, denying, hoping, trying, and finding it hard to hold on. There are dangerous people that might be out to get Brynne. I loved the two of them together. They are sweet and have sweltering hot chemistry. Ethan is so open with his feelings for her and  wants to keep her safe from all of the danger lurking around. But is she really safe if she gives her heart fully to him and he is keeping secrets?

This was a short steamy novella. It was told in Brynne's POV, but Ethan is vocal enough that you can tell what he is feeling most of the time. It ended up breaking my heart and making me want to crash my kindle since it left me wanting more. I am so happy I was armed and ready with book 2...

Thanks to Netgalley and Raine Miller for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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The second part in The Blackstone Affair series! Looming danger. A love worth fighting for. A man who’ll go all in.

Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together. With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and he’ll need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a love-struck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in.

Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

With Ethan everything was fast, intense...combustive.

I kept coming back to the same idea I had when I'd first found out what he was doing. Ethan knows what happened to me and there is no way he could possibly love me now.

This book starts off right after we leave off the dramatic ending of the first one. I have to first say that I love that this one is written with dual POVs and we really get into Ethan's head. 

Ethan and Brynne are both heartbroken, angry, and miserable. Lies and omissions wreak havoc on a relationship. They are horrible apart, but also stubborn. Ethan does the only thing he can think of to make her understand what he did and how he feels so he writes Brynne a heartfelt love letter.

 ...but when I saw how you looked at me, Brynne, I felt something--a connection with you. Things moved inside me and clicked into place. The missing piece of my puzzle? I don't know what it was, I just know it happened to me the night we met...I had to know you, And then had to be with you. To have you look at me and really see me. I know now that I feel in love, I fell in love with a beautiful American girl. You, Brynne.

If you won't see me, I 'll still love you. I'll still love you because you are mine, Mine, Brynne. In my heart you are, and nobody can take that away from me. Not even you.

Brynne is still in danger and Ethan wants nothing more to protect her and be with her. They finally begin to be honest with each other and Brynne's past is revealed. She shares her secrets despite fears of rejection. Ethan still has nightmares but he is still not ready to share. But his reaction to Brynne's past is crucial for their relationship. 

They have natural Dom/Sub tendencies that meet each other's needs. Their relationship and sex scenes are passionate, loving, intense, steamy, and happen very often. They are sweet, loving, and supportive. Although trust and jealousy are big issues with this couple. 

We had come so far, so fast, it was more than a little mad, but like I'd said before, there was no changing our path now. We were speeding down a mountain and weren't  stopping for anything.

"I have no intentions of letting you go....If you come with me you're signing on for all of me, Brynne. I don't know any other way to be with you. It's all in for me. And I want it to be all in for you too."

Despite their building loving relationship, there are still shadows haunting them... Security issues, threats, danger, and fear. All of the issues in this book were not completely resolved, but left off at a good place and did not kill you with a cliff hanger. But there is definitely more in store for Ethan and Brynne. 

I also enjoyed his cousin Ivan and her friend Gabrielle and I look forward to seeing more of them as well in their own series The Rothvale Legacy coming in 2013.

Thanks to Netgalley and Raine Miller for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive.

Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.

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