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“OUTSTANDING!! I am loving this series! Cannot wait to read book 3!”Mickala Murphy wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't really like this book as much as the first one. I didn't care for Ethan's POV in the book. Once again, I found it hard to understand his character. There were times when I just found it unbelievable that a "hard" man could be that soft or express his feelings as much as he did. Just contradictory for my taste. And the storyline in this book just didn't really stir much emotion out of me. I could take this story or leave it. It didn't suck me in. ”Christina E wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First things first... when I started All In I had no idea whatsoever that it was told from Ethan's point of view. Now, those that know me will know that I love nothing more than a book being told from the male perspective. And for that perspective to be Mr. Ethan Blackstone. Well, let us just say there was a bit of squealing involved before I could actually start the book properly.
"And even if you hate me for what I did, I'll still love you. If you won't see me, I'll still love you. I'll still love you because you are mine. Mine, Brynne. In my heart you are, and nobody can take that away from me. Not even you."
And did Ethan disappoint? Absolutely not. He was everything I had hoped he would be. It was great to be in his head to see how he dealt with his feelings of love, his feelings toward his family, and of course jealousy. To say Ethan has a jealous streak is a huge understatement, but did we expect anything less from him? Of course not.
It was also refreshing to see that Ethan has a funny side. He had me cracking up with laughter on more than one occasion. There is a point in the book when Brynne is having a really rough day, and ends up taking it out on Ethan. She keeps changing her mind about if she is wanting to go over to his house, and the conversation he has with himself is simply hilarious. Who knew Ethan could be so funny...
"Then I drove over to get my snaked-haired, sharp-tongued, unpredictable, and very perplexing girlfriend, like the besotted sap that I very much was."
Of course the steam is back and in full effect. Honestly, the chemistry between Ethan and Brynne is electrifying. These two could set a whole house on fire with even a simple look shared between them. But, it is not all about the sex. I love that Ethan is 100% honest with Brynne. He promised her at the start of this book that good or bad he would tell her everything, and he very much keeps his word. Even if he wants to hide all the bad away from her to protect her, he still lets her know what kind of danger he thinks she is in.
"I wanted to make love to her....slowly. I could just picture her gorgeous body stretched out naked for me to pleasure in every way I could manage it. All mine. For me alone. Brynne made me feel everything"
As it was with the first book in the series, Naked, this is a quick, fast paced read. There is still plenty of action and suspense to keep the pages turning. It is a tad bit larger than book one, but not by much. I wouldn't necessarily say this ends on a cliffhanger... but obviously as there is another book in the series due out soon the story is far from over. It was a good stopping point in my opinion, and it didn't make me want to curse the author. Plus, Eyes Wide Open is due out on May 14th, so not really long to go at all. I simply can't wait for more Ethan.
"I have no intentions of letting you go." I swallowed hard. "If you come with me you're signing on for all of me, Brynne. I don't know any other way to be with you. It's all in for me. And I want it to be all in for you too."
Rainy Day Reads
“The Blackstone Affair Part 2
Raine Miller Romance
ARC provided by NetGalley
What It's All About ...
After Ethan broken Brynne's trust, alone and afraid to have lost the woman he loves, he finds that he's unwilling to live without her and by all means he has to get her back.
Their passion breaks all boundaries and soon they are back together, now without any lies between them, but danger is following behind Brynne and he will do everything to protect the woman he loves, he's All Inn on it.
When I started this series I thought that this story would be like many others, two people falling in love, a story with a great passion, a beautiful dominating alpha male, whatever, just another book following the trail of today's hottest erotica trends.
Now I see how mistaken I was because M. Miller wrote her story in a way that the reader gets sucked in the moment he turns the first chapter and there's no turning back. When you think it's slowing down, there you go again up the roller-coaster, what a ride.
And So It Starts ...
"My hand throbbed along with my heartbeat. All I could do was breathe at the now sealed doors of the lift that was taking her away from me."
And here we go .... Part 2 picks up Ethan and Brynne angry and separated, fact that leaves Ethan crazy, out of his mind. He picks up a bottle, runs to Dad, and pours out his heart in a confessional tone.
Ethan is a character so well elaborated and touching the extreme, so strong most of the time and so weak without Brynne, but always putting his heart out and going not the half way but all the way towards Brynne.
His desperation is a real pain that we feel through his words and what comes to mind is probably what I felt when he states ... "My Brynne had left me for the second time. The first time she did it in stealth in the middle of the night because she was terrorized by a bad dream. This time she just turned and walked away from me without looking back. I could see it in her face, and it wasn't fear that made her leave. It was utter devastation at the betrayal to find I had kept the truth from her. I had broken her trust. I'd wagered too high and lost." ... pain in my heart for this man, so sad. Really, M. Miller created the perfect man.
There are certain details that struck me as simply beautiful in this coming day and age, the letter that Ethan writes is in the least a declaration of love and the most sign that he belongs to her, showing the confidence that all can be worked out with trust and communication.
I loved how Raine Miller shows us that all is acceptable when coming to our hearts desire.
After a period of loneliness Brynne comes to her senses and accepting the white flag of peace she shows that she's also lost without Ethan. For some strong character she possesses, the weak spots shine out with her uncertainties and fears. In my opinion, she leans on to Ethan and overcomes the "ghosts" with the knowledge that he will protect her and take care of everything.
This book is all about the coming together of wills and heart, the acceptance that lies won't do, to move forward together, overcome the troubles and hang on for the drive.
Now, the chemistry between Ethan and Brynne is hotter than ever and here I think M. Miller did a fine job.
Sometimes the words used to describe an extreme sex scene doesn't sound good and instead of picturing a beautiful thing, it simply feels wrong. Here it was not the case, far from it.
The words were sometimes naughty, shocking but well spoken in the moment, and all had a right feeling to it.
Down the road comes trouble and again we're left hanging on a cliff, promises of more things to come and the author is doing a fine job with this three books, I'm just starving for the next one, check out the cover,
and if you haven't yet read The Blackstone Affair, you're missing out !
Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together. With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and he’ll need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a love-struck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in.
Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.
All In was a hot, steamy, sexy read with an engaging and very enjoyable plot. It does have its similarities to 50 Shades"ish" story line but I found All In's characters more likable...you'd pretty much have to remove the bondage of 50 Shades to make them comparable. I did find Ethan's jealousy/possessiveness and repetition a little overwhelming but in the end it didn't distract from the heart of the story. It was also a pleasant change having the story told from the male's view point. All In was an easy read, provided a great story and kept me engaged in the out coming.
This copy of All In was given to me by Atria Books in exchange for a honest review.”
“segundas partes nunca fuern buenas y esta es la mejor manera de creer en eso
esta segunda parte no me gusto ( realmente no se si fue por el estado de animo que tuve al leerla) pero no paso nada en todo el libro ( bueno sexo si hubo y mucho)”
“Really hoping there is a third in the series. Also really thought the fish story at the end was cute. ”Cant stop reading in California wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an enjoyable continuation of Ethan and Brynne's story. It was nice to read a story with Ethan as the speaker and seeing the development of their relationship from his point of view. I think I have an idea where Miller is going with the story and the characters, but can't commit to a theory until I begin reading the the third story.”MandyLou wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it please give me more Ethan now!!”Rachel K wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No