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- Print Length: 532 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (December 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2013
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H5SDPL6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Blackstone Affair Collection: Naked, All In, and Eyes Wide Open Kindle Edition
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I will say that I really enjoyed this series and looking forward to reading the 4th book next. I can see what all the fuss is about when people talk about Ethan Blackstone!
Here are my individual reviews:
So a few weeks ago I came across a picture of a list of the best book boyfriends and the more hearts beside their name the better they were, well Ethan Blackstone’s name was on this list and there were like a million stars next to his name. I didn’t know who he was but I knew with an endorsement like that (especially when he had considerably more hearts than some of my all-time favs!) I just had to see what this Ethan Blackstone was all about! Well after finishing this first book in the series, I have to say, now I know what all the hearts were for!! Ethan was awesome! He wasn’t just your typical good looking, controlling, powerful billionaire he was actually very much like a real dude and I found it very easy to fall for him. He was definitely all of those things I just said but he had this other side to him where he was brutally honest (okay except for that one thing…), wore his heart on his sleeve and was playful. He definitely went after what he wanted and didn’t really take no for an answer he didn’t go about it in a jerky way and when he messed up or crossed a line he was quick to apologize (and he meant it). I mean how can you not fall in love with him with lines like this:
“What did you bring me from your shopping? I hope it’s a sweet,” he said, reaching for the Boots bag. “I like Jolly Ranchers. Cherry is my favorite-“
Adorable! And I loved this little twist, this normalcy, that the author gave his character. It was a refreshing change for a book in this genre. This book was quick and really served to set up the start of their relationship and hint at some of the secrets and darker things that are lurking from their pasts as well as some current dangers that I think will play big into the rest of the series, or at the very least the next book. This book did end with a cliffhanger but luckily the other books are out so there’s no waiting to see what happens next and the way things left off I am very excited to see what’s next.
I thought this book was well written and set the stage for the rest of the series. I loved Ethan and Brynne and despite the fast pace of their relationship I felt their connection and I loved them together. I loved their conversations and the easy way they had about them, the dialogue was very fun and realistic, it was super cute and also super-hot! Now that Ethan Blackstone is on my radar I’m looking forward to spending a little more time with him and his “American girl”!
I’m off to start the next book, but I’ll leave you with this part that made me laugh:
“If I told you any more, I’d have to kill you, ad that would just blow my promise all to $h!t.”
“What promise?” I asked innocently.
“That I’m not a serial killer.” He said as he popped a piece of steak into his beautiful mouth and started chewing.
“Thank the gods! The idea of eating a plate of beef with a serial killer would have totally killed this date for me.”
If you thought Ethan was great after reading Naked, then just wait until you read All In! This book was a real treat because unlike book 1 it was told entirely from Ethan’s POV and I LOVED that! I thought he was the perfect mix of rich, powerful alpha and a normal dude after reading the first book and that thought was validated even more after spending a whole book inside his head. I loved seeing his jealousy and possessiveness and his alpha ways balanced with his goofier, normal side and I especially liked when those two sides collided. Like when Brynne got a text from someone who Ethan was convinced wanted to sleep with her and Ethan wanted to send a threatening text back signed ‘Ethan w/ a big knife’ Ha! So hilarious, especially when he found out who that person really was. There were so many moments like that where I was either grinning or laughing because of his inner musings, the author really captured his personality perfectly in this book.
This book picks up right where Naked left off, with Ethan reeling from Brynne’s reaction and trying to figure out how to make it right. The poor guy was a mess, I loved when he went to visit his dad though. Seeing Ethan with his family throughout this book was super sweet. His dad is pretty cool. As badly as I felt for Ethan, there were also comical moments as well as he tried to think up different schemes to win Brynne back. My favorite was him trying to use his lion fish for this purpose:
“She loved you, Simba. Maybe if I tell her that you are pining and off your feed she’ll come back.” So I was talking to fish now. How in the hell had I got to this lowly point?
How can you not love that? I don’t know whether it’s Brynne or Ethan who narrates the 3rd book, but I’m secretly hoping it’s Ethan (or at least a switch between the two!). In the first book we got a bit of what happened in Brynne’s past and not much at all about Ethan’s demons, but in this book both are fully uncovered and I loved how supportive they were of the other. They may be a little messed up individually, but together they just work. It’s not perfect, there is jealousy and misunderstanding but it’s not drawn out and they deal with things in a believable manner. The danger to Brynne heats up a bit and we get to see Ethan struggle to keep his head in the game while he’s stretched so thin with his work and with his feelings for Brynne starting to cloud his judgment. The events of this book are building up and I think the next book is going to be action packed, or at least I hope it will be!
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to continuing on the series! This book didn’t really end with a cliffhanger like the first book did but there’s still so much story left, I’m excited to see what’s in store next for Brynne & Ethan’s relationship! Based on the cover of the 3rd book I think I have a pretty good idea of where things are heading and I can’t wait!
“It happens that way sometimes. You find the one for you and that’s all there is to it.”
Eyes Wide Open
“Are you real?” he whispered, brushing up my face with the back of his fingers in a cherishing caress. “Because I’ll want you forever.”
What an exciting installment in Brynne and Ethan’s love story! This book picks up right where All In leaves off and is flat out from that point on. Much to my delight we continue to get Ethan’s POV in this book, in fact this book is narrated by both Brynne and Ethan. I really enjoyed getting into Ethan’s head in the last book so I was glad to see that we got more of that in this book. I really liked how it switched back and forth throughout, it really helped round out the story and with so much going on for them it was the perfect time to combine viewpoints.
This book really took their relationship to new heights and continued to test them at every turn. There were some misunderstandings and some angst but I loved how committed they were to each other and how they worked through their issues. They both grew a lot in this book and I really loved how they used their trials and tribulations as a means to strengthen their bond and commitment to one another. There were plenty of things that happened in this book that would have torn a couple apart, but Brynne and Ethan fought with everything they had to keep their relationship alive.
The danger and threats that had been building over the past two books really heat up in this book and I found myself holding my breath and I got further in the book because I was worried that things would be hitting he fan soon. I really liked having this added layer of suspense woven in to the overall story of their journey. Some things were a little predictable but there were a few things that caught me off guard and really ratcheted up the danger and kept me on the edge of my seat!
One thing I really loved in this book was seeing a more playful side of Ethan as they spent time with this sister and her family. Seeing him with his niece was the sweetest thing ever and I loved that we got to see this side of him. To me he’s always been the perfect balance of rich, powerful alpha and sweet loving normal guy and seeing this side of him was totally swoonworthy! With all of the serious stuff going on, I loved that the author was able to pepper in these lighter moments and give Ethan some humorous moments to balance it all out. It’s definitely easy to fall in love with him!
I really enjoyed this book, I think it was my favorite of the series so far and I am really looking forward to reading what I presume is the conclusion of Brynne and Ethan’s story in Rare and Precious Things!
“They are looking at you, but my eyes have really only been opened since you came into my world. You gave me everything. You made me really want to see what was around me, for the first time in my adult life. You made me want you. You made me want… a life. You were my greatest gift of all, Ethan James Blackstone.”
“As you were for me, my beautiful American girl.”
Are now one of my fav book couples. Absolutely love this series! Why I waited soo long to read this, idk! But I'm really glad I did now. This series just sucked me in and I couldn't get enough. Bryn is so sassy, smart,beautiful, and very stubborn at times! LoL and Ethan is just pure Alpha male! SOO HOT!!
And so very excited there's another's book coming out every soon! That will end this series and more then sure it will be Epic! THANK THANK YOU! Raine! For giving us such a beautiful , erotic at times story! Aaamazing!
American girl, British guy - falls for the girl instantaneously. Good plot, but needed more action something to make the reader not put the book down. Disappointed that I paid so much for a book I really couldn't get into.