Tuesday 15 November 2016

✜ Raine Miller ✜ FILTHY RICH ✜ Blackstone Dynasty #1 ✜

©  Bianca  ✰  Janeane 

• Book #1
in the Blackstone Affair Spin-Off
Blackstone Dynasty Series #1
288  pages

• Release Date:
15 November 2016
Cover-Model: Adam Cowie
Photographer: Specular

Book #2 - Filthy Lies - will be out in February
(James & Winter's book!)

5 Stars

Billionaire Caleb Blackstone lives in the glamorous world of wealth and success, with every material luxury. But the moment he sees Brooke Casterley, none of that matters. Caleb is filled with a raw, undeniable need that he can’t ignorefor a girl who is so completely different from everything and everyone hes ever known.

Only Brooke isn
t looking for love. She knows all too well just how much damage the wrong guy can do. Still, what sane, broke British girl can resist the charms of an incredibly sexy, chivalrous billionaire? What starts as flirtation quickly turns into all-consuming passion. Nothing could have prepared her for the searing heat of Caleb’s touchor just how much she craves him.

Their whirlwind romance is the stuff of high-society fantasy
but for every moment of pleasure, there is a cost. Past mistakes and tragedy shadow them bothand falling for him might be the kind of trouble she cant afford.

Caleb Blackstone.

His life is great. He's filthy rich. He loves his job. He loves uncomplicated one-night stands.
Nothing is missing from his perfect bachelor-life.
Until he sees her.
Brooke Casterley.

I knew it the first time I ever felt the heat of her eyes as they burned me from across the room. I knew it down to in my bones. I was going to marry that lovely, beautiful girl from England, and she would be mine.

He's instantly fascinated. She's beautiful, strong, smart, funny, sad...
He knew the moment he met her that she'll be the future Mrs. Blacktone.
But of course it's not as easy as that.
Brooke's been hurt pretty badly in her past relationship. Both emotionally and physically.
She doesn't really trust that Caleb is as great as he appears.

And then there's the fact that Brooke's and Caleb's lives are connected in a small way.
Brooke grew up on Blackstone Island. As the granddaughter of the lady who ran the Blackstone family household.
But Caleb hasn't been on the Island for years, and after his dad died recently, his mom wants to sell the house. The house that meant so much to his dad and him.

 Caleb doesn't want to seem too stalkerish. That's why he hires Brooke to redesign his Boston apartment.
And of course all of her 'stay-strong' promises fly right out this million-dollar-view-window once she's in that apartment with him.

What will happen with Brooke & Caleb?
Will there be a HEA?
Or will there be a horrible Cliffy?

I'm not telling you that of course ☺



Amazing Story!

I loved it from the prologue all the way through to the end.
The whole Boston and Blackstone Island atmosphere is so beautifully comfortable somehow.
I just loved everything about the story without even including the main characters.

I loved Brooke's place of work - her co-worker: super-gay Eduardo. Adorably hilarious.
The ferry-ride into Boston and the talks with Herman.
Caleb's brother Lucas. Caleb's best friend James and his sister - who is Caleb's PA - who will probably get her own story with Lucas one day. ☺ Same with Caleb's buddie James and Caleb's sister Winter.
If this were a movie, I would say they had the most perfect casting director, script-writer and location-scout!

And now Brooke and Caleb.
The perfect match.
They just belong together. And we just want to fast-forward to their Happy End. But of course it's not as easy as that.
I loved how 'I-will-never-get-serious-with-one-girl' bachelor Caleb is so insta in love with Brooke. Totally adorable.
And Brooke. She's just as charmed. But of course she wants things to go slow, she has to be careful. She doesn't want to get hurt again.

Some problems are still left to overcome for the new couple - like sad pasts, family and exes, the paparazzi et cetera....but keep on reading...they'll get there. ☺
I especially love the end of the book!
Can't wait for more in this great new series!!!

FILTHY RICH was such a beautiful and adorable love story. Run to your nearest amazon to find out how Brooke & Caleb will fight for their HEA!!!

If I had to name some things I didn't like. Hm...maybe only Caleb's mega insta-love. Usually it's the guys who have to be convinced that they're in love, but here it's the other way around. And all this insta-loving makes Caleb appear a tiny little bit mushy. Too soft. He doesn't come across as this mega, dominant, alpha male. Also the way he always asks her: Do you really like it? So unsure and unsexy :/ BUT - doesn't mean that he's all super-soft and ewww. I still loved him!!!
And then the writing. I didn't like some parts of it. Maybe Raine was trying too hard to make Brooke british. Sometimes it worked and sometimes really not. Also, there were way too many I AMs and YOU AREs. I hate that. It's totally okay to use it to underline what someone says, but just to make someone appear more british or no idea what... Please use I'M and YOU'RE  - it totally breaks up my reading flow☺!!!

ARC received from author for an honest review

Ethan who??? There is another Blackstone in town and he has left Ethan in his wake.

From the first word to the last, I thoroughly enjoyed Filthy Rich.

Caleb Blackstone - sigh, what a guy!  From billionaire playboy (sorta kinda) to being completely smitten at one glance.  I loved that for once it was not the girl in insta-love with the guy.  Caleb falls fast for interior designer Brooke, and though she is also smitten, she is the one to slow things down.

I love love love the destinations in this book, from downtown Boston to the quieter life on Blackstone Island, I could smell the sea air, feel the vibe of downtown Boston.

I loved Brooke's friends and family - especially her work colleague Eduardo.  He's a scream!

Caleb and Brooke have some hurdles to overcome to get to their HEA, but even with these, Filthy Rich is a relatively angst free story.  Their relationship is like the little engine that could - I think I can I think I can - until they get to their happy.

For me though, at times the conversation felt a little bit stilted, the jump between having contracted words and not in the same sentence sometimes make things feel clunky.  I am not sure if it was the trying to get Brooke's british-ness to come through or what it was.

There are some great secondary characters that I really hope we get more of in the future, especially Caleb's brothers and sisters.

I can't wait to see what Ms Miller brings us next.


if you haven't read the amazing #Blackstone series...START NOW!!!!!!
 Book #1

Stalk Raine on:

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 former teacher, she's now writing sexy romance stories full time. She has a handsome prince of a husband, two brilliant sons, and two bouncy Italian Greyhounds 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.