“Još jedna inačica 50 nijansi sive. :D”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Tried to copy 50 Shades. That series wasn't great, but at least it had a plot. This series doesn't even come close to that.”see full review » see other reviews »
“The set up
Brynne Bennett is an American graduate student attending school in London and she's also a part-time photographic model. Ethan Blackstone owns his own security firm and attends a gallery showing where a nude portrait of Brynne is on display. He not only buys the portrait but determines to have the model, too. What he doesn't let on is her father had asked him to secretly watch out for her. This isn't what he had in mind.
Ethan is über Alpha male and is all over Brynne before she can breathe. She's a fairly bright young woman, independent and with her own support network. At first she keeps him at arm's length but that lasts about a hot minute. In her defense, he's the kind of man you WANT inside that space. But he's never heard of boundaries and Brynne juggles when and where to set them. Both have pasts that define them but they're unwilling to share the circumstances.
Sorry, but I'm struggling to be succinct. I downloaded the book at a time when I wasn't on overload for this trope. Now that I am, I was doing quite a bit of foot dragging about starting this book. Oddly, I cannot say I didn't enjoy it. I didn't love it but I certainly was entertained by it, largely because I just liked Brynne and Ethan. Yes, he's way too overwhelming but it's not about dominating or controlling her. He fell hard and wants to protect her. As the story progresses, we learn that might not be a bad thing. And, she's got submissive instincts when it comes to him. Brynne has damage from her past but she's made the best of her life and is in control of it...well, for now. The sex is steamy and plentiful so be prepared.
It's a short story that I would have finished in one sitting if not for life showing up. There's no pretense here. It's about a man who loves a woman who needs that kind of love right now. It's not real complicated but it ends with a cliffhanger. I thought I was prepared for it and could resist but dammit, I'm reading the second book right now. I'm rating this 3.5 stars.
(I received an ARC from NetGalley)”
“Tried to copy 50 Shades. That series wasn't great, but at least it had a plot. This series doesn't even come close to that.”Amanda A wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Još jedna inačica 50 nijansi sive. :D”Elöise wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I purchased a copy after hearing some of my friends rave about it. I didn't read a lot of the reviews, but nothing really stood out that warned me away from this either, except for the typical "if you loved 50SoG/Bared to You you will love this" phrase. Now that I have read it, I can see what all the fuss was about. Some reviewers claim this book has BDSM undertones or they just throw the word BDSM around whenever the hero is a dominating figure. In this book, Ethan Blackstone doesn't have "a Red Room of Pain", no dungeon, he doesn't frequent "clubs", he's never had a submissive, and he doesn't live the lifestyle. He's just very knowledgeable about how to draw certain responses from the women he's with. He likes his sex rough when he's worked up, but he's also capable of being very sweet, tender and in control. So don't worry that kinky sex, cuffs, blindfolds, Yes Sirs, ropes or anal plugs will make an appearance in any of the three books. They don't.
Ethan was flawed, but not to the point that he had difficulty functioning within a relationship. He was a former war hero turned security specialist to the rich and famous as well as foreign dignitaries and the Royal family. There were no throngs of past conquests *cough* exes parading through the book to heighten the angst and drama, and he never hurt Brynne physically. Brynne was not the lip-biting, childish heroine either. She had a job she took seriously as well as her studies, and she wasn't a naive dimwit. In short, I loved that the hero wasn't your typical rich, spoilt socialite, but he was someone who made it his job to keep others safe, and he had a family he got along with and adored. Together this couple had chemistry in spades, and if you love a lot of hot, sweaty sex, you will definitely get that in this book (and the rest of the trilogy too).
Another thing I enjoyed about this story was the suspense that was sort of the catalyst for it all. I was intrigued, and that was one of the other reasons I kept on reading. Told in Brynne's first person POV, you get a good feeling for her character very quickly. It took some getting used to, but it lent the story a haunting and vulnerable quality. The story moves pretty quickly, from their first meeting to their first (of many) sexual encounters before we find ourselves at the end. It was sexy as hell, but it also felt very rushed. As if the intention of all that sex and sweet words was to force us into feeling enough for the characters just in time for the shoe to drop. I hate to disappoint, but I was neither surprised nor did I feel inclined to side with Brynne.
Overall, I enjoyed this first installment. And since it is a series, there's no room to really judge the plot or the character arc/development. This will definitely be an ongoing process for the both of them, so I look forward to seeing how they will develop. Would I recommend this? Yes.
My final rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 ”
“A domineering alpha hero with a British accent and a spunky American heroine, figure out the rules of their relationship. I liked that Ethan pursued Brynne, and he wasn't creepy about it. He did invade her privacy one or twice but they discussed the issue and he never did it again. Before they started a relationship they got to know eachother and the liked eachother. Ethan was not a brooding jerk that kept messing with Brynne's head, he clearly told her what he wanted from her. They were good together and good for eachother.
Left off on a cliffhanger, can't wait to read next book.”
“I posle Greja, Grej, iako se on sada zove Ethan! Jel ova prica slucajno ili namerno lici na '50 nijansi'? Sta reci o samoj prici - pa vec vidjeno (procitano), ali dobro procitacemo i ovu trilogiju do kraja pa cemo videti.”Ljiljana M wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mislim da je do hrvatskog prijevoda, ali opet, falilo mi je ono nešto, možda kad pročitam i ostala dva nastavka budem boljeg mišljenja..”Helly wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
NAKED is very much about setting up the romance and having that questioned by the end. ~ Under the Covers
It was the premise of this story that really made me want to read it. An American art student in London. A successful businessman. See the picture coming together already? If you haven’t guessed it already, this series is along the same lines as 50 Shades and Crossfire. It’s been getting a lot of buzz lately so I wanted to try it out. I’m a sucker for tortured souls and I wanted to know what the story was behind Brynne Bennett and Ethan Blackstone.
NAKED is a very fast read. It’s short and I blazed through it within an hour. That being said, the romance happens VERY fast. Ethan is a very compelling man and isn’t the type to take no for an answer. Brynne doesn’t push Ethan away either. She is intrigued by him and that fire burns brightly throughout the entire book. So while I can accept their attraction for one another, I did feel as if the “I love yous” came on really quickly.
As I mentioned, I was eager to know more about their dark pasts and readers don’t really get that much details on what that is yet. NAKED is very much about setting up the romance and having that questioned by the end. There is a cliff hanger that made me swear and run to grab the next book in the series. The Blackstone Affair definitely feels more like a serial than a series because the books feel so short in comparison to others and the story continues right where the other left off. Therefore, I highly suggest you read the series in order.
While I liked Ethan in this book, I felt a little different to Brynne’s character. I was waiting for the big reveal and the one we get in the end, I could see a mile coming but was not what I was looking for to understand Brynne a little better. I’m hoping that the next book, written from Ethan’s POV gives greater insight into the characters and their problems.
*ARC provided by Netgalley
“LOVE this book!!! I highly recommend! I love Ethan Blackstone!!”Mick Loves Books wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book definitely kept my interest. It was a little harsher in language than I prefer but the plot was good and kept me reading more. There is something about the male character that isn't flowing for me though and I'm not sure if its because I just don't think his character is believable for his profession and past or what it is. It's a good series though and I will continue. ”Christina E wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No