Monday 3 March 2014

Blog Tour ~~ Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair #4) by Raine Miller

(The Blackstone Affair Book 4)
hosted by: The Book Avenue

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 Blackstones 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.

We both stood there panting, our faces so close, but yet, not touching; him in his tux with the purple brocade vest, me in my vintage inspired lace wedding dress, the sexual tension crackling in the air between us like a raging electrical storm about to go nuclear.

I told Ethan what I wanted.

“I n-need to get ready for you,” I managed on a shaky breath, hoping he understood this was something important to me.

He swallowed hard, making his Adam’s apple flex at his throat. “All right,” he said slowly. “I’ll do the same.”

I looked back to where the glow from the en suite bathroom showed me the way. “Where will you go?” I asked him, feeling slightly guilty about kicking him out, even if for just a short while.

“The adjoining bedroom is also very nice.” He gestured toward a door in the wall to the left of the bed. “These old manor houses always had lord and lady connecting bedrooms so they could meet up for the real important, private stuff that happened in the night.” He drew a finger across the low neckline of my bodice, moving especially slow over the swell of my breasts sitting against the lace of my gown.

“Oh? The important private stuff you say.”

“Undoubtedly, baby. The shagging…is…very…very…very…important.” He gave me soft, seductive kisses between each of the words.

“Which room are we in right now? Lord’s or lady’s?” I asked breathlessly.

He shrugged. “No idea. Don’t care either. I shag and sleep wherever my lady is, and I always will. Pick a room, Mrs. Blackstone.”

I sighed with need and forced myself to take a step backward, creating some distance between our bodies. “Okay…how does this room in fifteen minutes sound?” I stepped backward again, moving closer toward the bathroom door, my eyes never leaving his blues as they tracked my movements.

Those same beautiful blue eyes also glittered at me with all the shuttered heat of a man who would be ravishing me very soon. Please, and thank you.

He gave me the serious Ethan-stare, the one I’d seen many times and was well familiar with—the one raw with male prowess…and the overpowering sexual dominance.

“Like fifteen minutes too fucking long, my beauty.”

ARC received for an honest review
**If you have not read books 1-3 in this series, you will need to do this before reading this book**

More Ethan Blackstone - yes please!  I was excited when I heard that we were going to get more of this sexy dominant man.  Ms Miller story telling has gotten better with each and every book in this series.  I have become invested in the lives of Ethan, Brynne and their soon-to-be baby Peaches.

A lot has happened since we first met Ethan and his beautiful American girl Brynne - it feels like we have known them forever, even though it has really only been about 4 months in their lives.

We begin at their wedding... sigh, just beautiful.  They seem to have found the blissful happiness that we all want in our book couples.  But things start to crash down around them as demons from their past force their way back into their lives.  Ethan is finally dealing with the PTSD that has shaped him since he returned from wall.  People from Brynne's past, who she wants to forget and leave right back there, surface and drag her back into their dramas.

While I really liked this book, I didn't LOVE it like I have with the rest of the series.  I love love love Ethan and Brynne, but I felt that we could have had a bit more depth into this story.  Yes, there were things that needed to be taken care of from the past, but perhaps a bit too much attention went into those parts of the story?  There was plenty of sex, which was hot as always ~ LOVE Mr B and what he says and does with his filthy mouth ~~ but I wanted a bit more story development.

In the end, this felt more like an extended epilogue? But this could just be me.

We finally meet baby Peaches, and I think we could have had more time watching E and B develop as parents and would have loved more of Peaches.

I feel that our characters do get closure to their story, it just left me wanting a little bit.

I adore Ms Miller and her writing, and I will continue reading all that she releases in the future.

Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it's a safe bet she'll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine's stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.


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Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone