Title: Naked (The Blackstone Affair ~ Book 1)
Author: Raine Miller | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Author Spotlight
Publication Date: August 25 2012
Publisher: Raine Miller Romance
Length: 208 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: I am not in love with it, but I also don't hate it. It works for the book I think.
Point of View: 1st person, following Brynne
My Rating: 4 Stars
I have a question for you. Can you have too many dominating, sexy, hot, alpha men? The answer to that question would be a big fat giant, HELL NO.
And do they get much more alpha than Ethan Blackstone? That again would be be a big fat giant, HELL NO. The man literally oozes sex from every one of his pores. He is the kind of man that when he enters the room, every single person takes notice. This would also include the straight men, because you simply must notice Ethan. But, as always he is ultimately soft at his core. Yes, he can be controlling and likes to dominate every situation, but he can also be kind, gentle and loving. Isn't this exactly why we fall for guys like Ethan?
Now, with my little Ethan lovefest out of the way let us talk about the actual story. Naked is a really quick read as it comes in at just over 200 pages. However, even with it's lack of size I must say I was captivated from the moment I started. So much is packed into the pages, and I never felt myself get bored with what I was reading. There is plenty of action, suspense, romance and lots and lots of steam. Holy hades is it hot in here for anybody else? Nothing is vulgar or out of place though, even though they fall pretty quickly for each other you know they are both very much feeling emotions for each other. This makes their interactions even more special.
I know there are a lot of comments out there about The Blackstone Affair being compared to other well known erotic trilogies. I will admit yes, there is a hint of some of the same characteristics that are displayed with Ethan... but is that really down to imitation or rather it being a characteristic of a person of this type of character? There can be comparisons made to every single book we read to other books that we read because nothing is truly original now is it? But the bottom line must come down to one thing. Was the story entertaining? This time the answer to that question is a big fat giant, HELL YES.
I warn you now, there is a cliffhanger but thankfully for us the second instalment in the series, All In, has already been released. In fact the third book, Eyes Wide Open is set to be published on May 14th so feel free to start this series without any fear of the dreaded cliffhanger. Again, this was a highly enjoyable, fast paced story that will leave you begging for more... Ethan.