Book Review May 10th
Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1)
by: Raine Miller
★★★★ 4 StarsBrynne 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…
I'm going to agree with fans in that David Gandy is Ethan Blackstone... Once I saw his picture in connection with the series, he's who I constantly saw in my mind and what a ride it's been.
Naked revolves around the introduction of one Mr. Ethan Blackstone. There’s more to the story of course but trust me he deserves a 200 page Introduction.
Who is Ethan Blackstone? He’s an arrogant, cocky, dominating British, drool worthy man with a panty dropping smile. And he will rock your flippin’ socks off. Let’s just say Ethan is a very sexual man and he has enough of Brynn’s ass-prints left on his desk, from some dirty office shagging to prove it. He is 100% Alpha male, all the time.
“I knew myself well enough to realize that Ethan Blackstone was dangerous territory for a girl like me— Great White shark is hungry for lone swimmer in cove— territory.”-Brynne
Aside from Mr. Blackstone, the story is actually told from the POV of Brynne Bennett. Brynne is an American art student studying in England whilst trying to hide away from some unknown event in her past. Even in the end we don’t know exactly what happened and why she ran away. Even in her POV it’s as if we get more of an inside look into Ethan than Brynne. Albeit this only makes the entire story mysterious and urge you to continue the tale of these two scarred lovers.
“He was, if nothing, brutally honest. He was dominating, sure. But I liked that. It took the pressure off of me in a sector of my life where I held little confidence. I wanted him, I just didn't know if he would want me once he knew my whole story.”-Brynne
Ethan currently owns his own security business where he secures the safety of many British royalty members. It is this past that aligns him with Brynne’s father. Brynne’s father who still lives in the states asks Ethan to look after his baby girl. Ethan is rather hesitant with his current work revolving around securing the Olympics, no small feat, but when he gets a peak at Brynn in a photo sent by her father, well, let’s just say the rest is history.
Ethan immediately goes alpha male and without even having met or been introduced to Brynne he wants her, as his. Brynne does some nude modeling on the side and it help pays her bills while she is in school. Ethan just so happens to show up at one of these events and from there he inserts himself into Brynne’s life. Her past has left many scars and though Brynne is hesitant at first and unsure of Ethan’s intentions, the two begin a whirlwind courtship with a few secrets threatening to tear them apart.
Inevitably there comes a point where Brynn learns the truth about Ethan’s looking out for her. Having not told her of his connection to her father and secretly guarding her she feels betrayed and runs. Definite cliff-hanger. I’ll admit the book definitely flew by. The pacing is very fast but easy to follow through and when the end comes you’ll absolutely want to have All In Part 2 nearby. This was my second time reading Naked and I was still not disappointed. The story of Brynne and Ethan was just as wonderful the second time around.