by Raine MillerPublished by: Raine Miller Romance Publish Date: August 25, 2012 Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance Series: The Blackstone Affair #1 Source: E-ARC provided by author for honest review My Rating: Blurb From Goodreads:
Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…
Romance readers, if you need a quick, hot read, grab a copy of Naked and start reading. This erotic romance lured me in and left me wanting more.
Brynne is a graduate student living in London and she models for photographers to make extra money. It becomes clear that Brynne is trying to overcome her past, but she still has issues she needs to work through. Ethan is a businessman, he owns and runs a security company and is busy preparing for the London Olympics. However, when he see’s a picture of Bryne, he makes time to get to know this beautiful young woman. As much as Ethan wants to get closer to Brynne, he keeps some important secrets hidden from her. And everyone knows that when revealed, secrets can have devastating results.
I really like Brynne, she has been through tough times but she has done a great job at pulling her life back together. She loves art and I love the way art and photography play a role in this book. Ethan is an interesting character, he is very determined and high-handed. When he sees something he wants, he resolves to make it his. He can be so single-minded that he can’t always see the big picture and therefore makes mistakes. The couple fall into a relationship pretty quickly and from the beginning their relationship is full of highs and lows.
Naked is a short read, and therefore everything happens quickly. Ethan and Brynne develop their relationship fast, they resolve problems pretty quickly, and we briefly get to meet the secondary characters. Part of me really liked the fact that the characters didn’t drag issues out forever, but I could have used a little bit more development throughout the book. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this first installment of the story. I understand the basic background of the characters and the setting, and I even understand why and where the conflicts come from. The romance is there throughout the book, Ethan has to pursue Brynne and even though their relationship begins quickly, the way it develops is believable. Also, the sex scenes are incredibly hot, which only adds to the appeal of the book.
Naked is a promising start to a new erotic romance series. I do have to warn readers though, the ending is dramatic. It is the type of ending that I had a feeling was coming, but it still took me by surprise and left me wanting more from the story. Thankfully, there is more to be revealed in future installments in The Blackstone Affair series and I can’t wait to see what comes next for Brynne and Ethan.
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