Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3)
by Raine Miller
The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive.
Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?
Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.
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My very good friend Jena B. has agreed to be my guest reviewer for this book. It’s not that I don’t want to review it, it’s just that I have been EXTREMELY busy with making the trailer and traveling and end of the school year…Well you get my drift.
So here is Jena’s take of Eyes Wide Open.
A personal disclaimer: I would like to say that I don’t normally review books. It’s not that I don’t want to support the author or help other readers decide whether or not a book is worth the read. It’s just not my thing – writing. I’m a designer not a writer. But having read all three books in this series by Raine Miller I felt that I should at least give it a shot. If you will be looking for spoilers you won’t find any here.
First let me say that what I’m about to tell you about this book in no way reflects any personal bias towards Raine Miller even though I happen to have become friends with her. This is 100% unbiased. With that said I’ll begin. J
Eyes Wide Open. Aptly titled since I could not put this book down. My Eyes were Wide Open until I finished the very last page – very few books draw me in to that level of commitment but boy did this book do that.
Just like with All In we pick up right were the previous book left off. It was nice to see more of Ethan’s family and to see another side of him. Still fiercely protective of his girl, but a lighter side is seen especially with his adorable niece. Those of you that have read Raine’s other books – His Perfect Passion and The Undoing of a Libertine – got the little “easter egg” references throughout this book to those characters such as the portrait of Sir Jeremy and his Georgina and the estate where Darius and Marianne lived plus some other touches. I personally like when books link to each other even if that link is very tiny.
Anyone who read All In would probably have a good guess as to what is ailing Brynne – I’m not telling if you haven’t read either yet. To say that I was surprised – not so much. Kind of figured it out a bit before reading EWO.
I really like the relationship between Ethan and Brynne. Even though they haven’t really been together that long I feel that they really do have a good relationship. Does Ethan get a little “cave manish” at times when it comes to Brynne, especially about her modeling – yes but Brynne is no shrining violet and she can stand her ground with her man, unlike some other heroines I’ve read in the past. I think they need those push and pull moments between them to make this a real relationship. I think that is what makes them strong. Did I want to strangle Ethan when he had nightmares and wouldn’t share with Brynne – yes. But I think now in hindsight I can get why. After everything that Brynne has had to go through Ethan didn’t want to burden her with his baggage.
The tragic moment that was bound to happen. I knew from reading the book blurb where this was going instead of what the obvious route could have been. I think by having this scenario play out made Brynne a stronger character.
And then the moment came where we finally see what the threat to Brynne was. Again I kind of picked up the who but not necessarily the exact why. Did that make the story any less exciting – absolutely not. One of the reasons I couldn’t put the book down. I had to see how it ended. So I would be extremely tired the next day at work – so worth it. The ending was perfect in my opinion. I was very happy for Ethan and Brynne by the end.
Overall I think this was Raine’s best book so far. The sex was hotter and the bond between them was even stronger. I think having the book released in May instead of the initial 2012 date was the best move. I think that it probably gave Raine the ability to really flesh this story out.
If you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend reading her two historical novels – His Perfect Passion and The Undoing of a Libertine. ~ Jena B.
Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it’s a safe bet she’ll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine’s stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.
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