All In (The Blackstone Affair #2)
by: Raine Miller
★★★★ 4 StarsBlurb: 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.
There’s really not much to say about All In. I did enjoy it more than Naked perhaps because Brynne finally comes to her senses and there are no more secrets between Ethan and Brynne. Oh, and probably because it is in Ethan’s POV. If you thought you loved him in Naked. Just you wait. He’ll be knocking your knickers off in no time. Props to Raine Miller for capturing a British male mind so well.
We learn the main reason Brynne ran in the end of Naked was mostly from shame. Not only was she embarrassed by her past she also holds guilt over what happened to her. Add to that, the thought of Ethan seeing her humiliation on film and she bolted without knowing that her father did not fully disclose the situation to Ethan either. Kind of ironic Ethan keeping secrets from Brynne and Brynne’s father also trying to look out for her keeps secrets from Ethan. Of course when Ethan finds out the truth her flips. How could her protect her without knowing the seriousness of what happened to her. He basically lays down the law with her father and claims Brynne and her problems/safety as his own. Being inside Ethan’s head just makes this scene and many more like it beyond comparison.
Through much of the story there is a cloud of fear hanging over the characters. They are all on the look out for potential danger but never know where when or even how to expect it. When Brynne receives threatening and suspicious text messages Ethan thrusts her under his wing and barely lets her catch her breath. Of course right in the end is when the excitement really begins. They are attending an fancy gala featuring the painting Brynne had been working on for her degree when all hell breaks loose. The two get away unscathed, along with the other party-goers and rush off to a visit with Ethan’s sister. Then the worst thing happens. It ends. Luckily this time I have Eyes Wide Open right her so this cliff-hanger can kiss my butt.
All In was a great continuation of the Blackstone Series.