I am so excited that my Summer of Series has finally begun! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the first series I chose to read because I practically devoured it (in 2 days!). So without further ado, let me introduce you to The Blackstone Affair by the utterly fabulous Raine Miller.
This series was breathtaking, all-consuming, and had the perfect balance of emotion, feeling, and intensity.
It also had me ready to catch the very next plane to London in hopes that I could find my very own Ethan Blackstone, because let me tell you he will totally steal your heart and win you over about 2 seconds after you meet him. Not to be outdone, Brynne the main lady of the hour, will have you rooting for her, loving her, and feeling so authentically connected to her just as quickly. The Blackstone Affair follows these two dynamic and exceptionally developed characters, as they try to overcome their own trauma laced pasts in hopes of seeing what could happen if they explore the majorly intense connection they share.
What I think I loved about this series the most was that I got to experience everything so fully with both Ethan and Brynne, and I truly got to feel and see their evolution as characters as their relationship progressed. I got to see them at their highest, and I got to enjoy that immense joy and elation right along with them. I felt and saw them at their lowest points, and my heart broke just like theirs did with what they went through in both the past and present. I was also their with them through all the twists and turns and ups and downs that came their way as they tried to make their relationship work.
I loved that this series gives you two extremely authentic, strong willed, and multifaceted characters who had their flaws right along with their strengths. Two people who had experienced darkness, and were still working through that with everything they had. What Ethan and Brynne both individually went through will make your heart go to them, but it will also make them feel very very real to you as you get to know and fall in love with them.
I also had the phenomenal opportunity to experience how hard Brynne and Ethan fell because I fell right along with them, heart first into everything that they were sharing. I got their passion, their heat, and their seriously spark filled relationship. I melted at their words. I swooned with them more times than I could count. I also felt all of the heartbreak that came along with those heart melting moments.
These books are written and developed exceptionally. Raine Miller’s outstanding writing allows you to fall right into the story with Ethan and Brynne. Her writing also makes it possible to become as captivated by Brynne and Ethan as they are by each other, and throughout each book in this series you will become more and more connected to them both. You will feel for them, you will care for them, and you will fight like hell for them and for what they’re fighting for. That extraordinary level of connection to this story and book is all possible because of Raine Miller’s magnificent writing. The world she creates in this series through her incredible storytelling and writing feels wholly real, and the minute you begin these books you will be imagining, feeling, and experiencing everything that enchanting and utterly mesmerizing world has to offer.
I felt every word of these books. I experienced every single thoughtfully crafted and varied emotion weaving its way through these mesmerizing books. I was whole heartedly captivated by these extraordinary characters and their unforgettable story.
The Blackstone Affair was a superbly balanced and beautifully written love story that gives the perfect amount of love and joy, heartbreak and hurt, passion and intensity, and more charm and swoon than you can shake a stick at, as Brynne and Ethan explore the power and beauty of the connection and feelings they share for one another.
Ethan and Brynne, and their story together will blow you away. It’ll leave you in awe with what you get to experience with them. You will love their characters, be rooting for them like crazy along the way, and relishing in all of the fight and determination these two have to be together.
I promise you that this series will consume every part of you. It will steal your heart, and give you so much to feel and experience. It will enrapture you within its magnificence, and you will not want it to end. Ever.
So if you’re ready, keep scrolling below for more on the breathtaking series, The Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller.
**Please be aware that all of the books in the series are featured below. While the synopsis’, quotes, as well as my reviews for each book are as spoiler free as possible, you will probably find out more than you want to about Ethan and Blaire’s story past Naked. So if you’re planning to start this series start with Naked, the first book in the series, and go no further until you finish that amazing book.**
“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.”
The first book in the bestselling Blackstone Affair trilogy! Naked desire. Secret Satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.
Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When successful and charismatic London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking “no” for an answer.
At first, his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship—huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?
Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.
“I have no intentions of letting you go.” I swallowed hard. “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.”
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.
~Eyes Wide Open~
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.
~Rare and precious Things~
The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.
Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstone’s prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship.
Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how “rare” their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.