The Blackstone Affair, Part 2
BY Author Raine Miller
Ethan Blackstone has problems. He's broken the trust of the woman he loves and she's left him because of it. Ethan isn't giving up though--he's determined to get his girl back. Their passion together was explosive, but their secrets are even darker and more frightening. With political threats directed at Brynne, Ethan has no choice but to fight for her, to win her love, and to protect her from the very dangers that could take her away from him forever. He’s willing to risk everything to have Brynne and to keep her safe. He’ll go all in…
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RUN - I mean it, do not walk - RUN to get yourself a copy of this book! Oh wait! First read my review. And then read Naked, part 1 before you read All In, part 2. If you enjoy emotional / erotic romance books (you know, like Sylvia Day and EL James), I have no doubt you will LOVE THIS BOOK!
In Naked, Brynne and Ethan meet and begin in a combustible affair outside of what either had ever experienced. The attraction between the two was instantaneous and though there was this swirling drama around them, they seemed unscathed. Readers thought the story would be ending on a happy note but that wasn't meant to be. Miller left us hanging to see if this couple would persevere.
NOW All In picks up where Naked left off but we hear the continuation of their story from Ethan’s POV. Brynne just found out a secret that he’s kept from her and has walked out on Ethan. He falls apart because he's truly addicted to Brynne and the thought of not being with her drives him crazy. Since he was originally hired to provide for Brynne’s safety, he reconnects on the premise of keeping her safe. Ready to forgive, Brynne accepts him back with some parameters. (It's okay, Brynne, I couldn't resist him either!) It really is very tender how protective Ethan is over Brynne.
It's equally sexy how possessive he is over her. Miller writes some freaking hot sex scenes. I sighed aloud and had to adjust in my chair a few times. But here's what mattered to me - it wasn't just sex. Miller uses the scenes to move the story along and link us to the depth of emotions Ethan is experiencing. His need to possess Brynne is intense and you watch it come out in those intimate moments... well, really in a lot of the book but they're hotter in these scenes. lol!
All In gave readers insight into the male's perspective. Miller created a realistic view inside Ethan's head as he coped with his loss, fears and his own dark past. Readers also see that Ethan is also just a regular guy who needs his father's love, his sister's approval and is baffled by the female mind. Yes, Ethan is possessive and bossy but readers will truly understand what caused this and connect with his character more through the glimpses of vulnerability we are given. Readers come to know Ethan's character instead of Brynne's perspective of him. Miller crafted both Ethan and Brynne with brilliance and this concept of each book being from the other's perspective was genius.
Miller's voice is compelling as she tells the tale of these two unlikely lovers. I am All In for this series. Suspense, mystery, passion - the Blackstone Affair is a highly engaging story. One book isn't enough. Readers will be hungry for more.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks. I'll be watching for Book 3!