“Good sequel, we shall see what will be the end.”see full review » see other reviews »
Didn’t Like It
“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 »
“I was looking forward to Ethan's point of view but was sadly disappointed. His musings were more along the lines of a sex obsessed college boy instead of the seasoned, mature thirty-two year old business owner he was supposed to be.
It was pleasing to hear that he truly loved Brynne but his preoccupation with sex and control diminished the relationship. What saved the story for me was his final acknowledgement that he, too, must have trust issues if he was going to think the worst every time Brynne didn't answer the phone and it might be time for him to deal with his obvious PTSD.
In spite of my issues, the story does hook you and, yes, I'm rolling right into the next book. ”
“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
“Priča se nastavlja, ovog puta iz Ethanovog kuta gledanja. Sve bi to stalo u jednu knjigu, ovo cjepkanje je nepotrebno, ali valjda kad je autorica dobila pozitivne kritike na prvi dio priče, odlučila je pisati dalje.”Elöise wrote this review Thursday, June 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“All In picks up right where Naked left off. In case you were wondering, these books don't stand alone and should be read in order. This time, the story is told from Ethan's first person POV. Since I usually get frustrated with one-sided storytelling, I definitely appreciated getting both of their POVs. Also, Ethan's telling isn't a rehash of the first book in his words (another thing to be thankful for).
Ethan continues his pursuit to make Brynne believe how special she is to him, how much he loves her and wants to see her safe. She, on the other hand, still struggles with the ugliness of her past and feeling unworthy of him. When he lays all his cards on the table, she knows she has to tell him what happened to her six years ago, and why she's so messed up. Hearing the gory details doesn't change anything for him, so they forge ahead. We get a few more insights into the horrors that Ethan had endured during captivity, his nightmares are back but blending past and present, the mystery surrounding the deaths of Brynne's attackers continues to swirl, and the passion burns hotter than ever between Ethan and Brynne. As usual the sex scenes are sinfully sexy. If Ethan's dirty-talk doesn't turn you on, you must not have a pulse.
I did have a few hang-ups with book two. For one, there were times Ethan sounded British, then he'd sound like an American. Could Brynne's colloquialisms have rubbed off on him in just two plus weeks? Perhaps. Second, I didn't agree with the way Brynne handled the male posturing between Paul and Ethan by getting angry with Ethan for his behavior while allowing Paul to just stand there and smirk like a loon.
Overall, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first mainly because it came across as filler, mostly with a lot of fluff - a little dialogue, sex, a little dialogue, sex, sex, dialogue - lather, rinse, repeat. And Ethan suddenly sounded a lot less sexy and more like a desperate man waxing poetic which was kind of a turn off.
Final rating: 3
Disclaimer: My thanks to Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for providing a review copy via NetGalley.”
“I wasn't impressed..”Helly wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked the first book but this sequel was horrible. Ethan's POV was juvenile, he was jealous all the time for no reason. Brynne told him she loved him and did nothing to warrant his irrational mistrust. Ethan is supposed to be a man in his 30s, but his internal monologue reals like he's 16.
The plot was almost non existent. Nothing was happening until the last few pages. I will not be reading the third book. This book had such a different feel and voice from the previous one, like a different author wrote it. ”
“Good sequel, we shall see what will be the end.”Ljiljana M wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
In my hopes of learning more and adding depth to Ethan’s character, I got a one-dimensional storyline that lacked an emotional draw. ~ Under the Covers
In the second book of the Blackstone Affair, ALL IN takes a different approach, so different that it felt like a totally different series in terms of writing style. This book is from Ethan’s POV and it turned out to be vastly different than my expectations. From the first book, I took away several things: I thought Ethan was sexy and dominant. I thought getting Ethan’s POV would mean readers would get a deeper insight into his mind and his own personal struggles. And I thought that this book would make me love him more.
Getting to read Ethan’s POV changed how I saw him. He seemed a little too whiny in the beginning, pining for Brynne until he seemed wholly consumed by it and nothing else. While romantic, it also felt a little too forced because Brynne and Ethan fall in love so quickly in the first book that the challenges they are facing now seem too soon and too unrealistic for me to really invest in it fully. While I could push that aside for the time being as I continued to read, there was another thing that disappointed me about this book.
I thought we would get greater insight into Ethan’s mind. While Miller does provide readers with a series of flashbacks that are a twisted combination of Brynne and Ethan’s current predicaments and Ethan’s traumatic experiences from his time in the military, I didn’t get that emotional pull that I got from the first book. I totally missed the charismatic and dominant side of Ethan and got annoyed by the constant phrasing of “my girl” as if he was a teenage boy, staking claim on his first love. In my hopes of learning more and adding depth to Ethan’s character, I got a one-dimensional storyline that lacked an emotional draw.
I had hoped for something more edgy and dark. While the suspense aspect of the book wasn’t bad, I kept thinking how different this book felt to me as I had just jumped from reading book one, NAKED straight into this one. I’ll be jumping into book three, EYES WIDE OPEN and doing exactly that, keeping an open mind, hoping this one floors me as it did the first book.
*ARC provided by Publisher
“OUTSTANDING!! I am loving this series! Cannot wait to read book 3!”Mick Loves Books wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( 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 Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No