Published August 2012
Series: The Blackstone Affair #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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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…
After having read the Fifty Shades Series, finished the two Crossfire novels and tired of waiting for the 3rd to be release, I actually finally signed up on Goodreads to find more books of that genre because I am a sucker for contemporary hot romance. And Naked (The Blackstone Affair) by Raine Miller didn’t have me disappointed.
I started to read this book at 1am in the morning and didn’t stop until I was through with it 3 hours later. It was absolutely captivating. First of all, I liked the setting, which was in London for a change (with the British charme that goes with it), and that made that book feel so down to earth, just like the characters. Ethan Blackstone (Raine Miller’s pendant to the likes of Gideon Cross and Christian Grey) is pictured as someone available, a little raw sometimes, yet definitely sensual, rational and down to earth, which is a pleasant change from the other characters mentioned. And Brynne Bennett, his female counterpart, was also quite easy to identify with. I found Raine Miller’s writing very good, and I liked that the story got to the point straight away, yet giving out enough information to really make you picture each scene in detail. The novel is rather short, but is says everything.
I must say that obviously, there are many common points between Naked, 50 Shades and Crossfire, because the main character is a powerful and handsome guy, usually a control freak, who has a wounded soul to go with it, whereas the female counterpart is somehow shattered too and in need of someone to care for her. Yet, Raine Miller manages to make a totally new story out of it. The emotion and the action were both present, as well as a very nice touch of humour which made me chuckle more than once.
Halfway through the book I kind of expected what would happen at the end, which only got more impatient to read the 2nd part, where I believe the story really takes off. And I am really excited because the second part will be from Ethan’s POV, which is something I wasn’t expecting, but I was certainly hoping to find a novel in that genre written from a male POV. And having read the first few chapters of All In, I must say it is getting hotter and hotter since Ethan is British and his POV is not lacking in wit at all!
Well for now I have to say that this series ranks at the top of my dirty romance books! You should definitely give it a try!
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