TOP 30 Books and Series of 2014 – #8

NOWHERE BUY HERE by Renée Carlino

A Chicago reporter in her mid-twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. From the outside, her life seems charmed. She has a handsome, long-term boyfriend and a budding journalism career at a popular Chicago newspaper. But in reality, her relationship is going nowhere, and she’s quickly losing motivation for what she once believed was her dream job. When her boyfriend dumps her unceremoniously, Kate loses all hope of finding love.

With no living family and few friends, Kate confides in her boss. Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, he gives Kate the opportunity to jumpstart her career. The assignment: to interview the famously reclusive R.J. Lawson, a wealthy tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as a Napa Valley vintner. The week takes an unexpected turn, however, when Lawson refuses to divulge any information. Desperate for a lead, Kate turns to Jamie, a vineyard hand who shows her the romance of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. But his connection to Lawson is ambiguous, and when Jamie disappears before the end of the week, Kate is left to investigate another story: the truth behind the man who stole her heart.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18280662-nowhere-but-here

Teaser by Hang Le
Renee is one of my go to authors and I absolutely ADORED Sweet Thing and Sweet Little Thing. I just knew I was going to be sucked it…and I was!! This book did not disappoint and went far about my expectations. I thought there would never be anyone who could overtake my heart after my sweet Will. I was proven wrong by Jamie.

Kate Corbin has been in a slump, a bad place, since the passing of her friend and second mom – Rose. She is a writer for a Chicago paper and her friends found the perfect opportunity for her to get away and maybe find herself again, in Napa, California. Kate is concerned to be given such an important story – but she takes it all in stride and pushes herself outside of her personal limits. When she gets there, the man she was to interview kinda blows her off…right into the hands of the jack of all trades – Jamie.

I can’t really tell you much more about the story, without giving away plot points, but lets just say that once you pick up this book you won’t want to put it down.

Jamie and Kate together are magical. The electricity between the two of them could start a forest fire. I had a small smile on my face while reading – almost the entire book.

Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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THE BLACKSTONE AFFAIR by Raine Miller

Ethan Blackstone was my first official book boyfriend — and there is nobody like your very first. What’s not to love. A filthy, flirty mouth. A brit whose accent melts you on the spot. Bright blue eyes and dark hair, making this ruggedly handsome security officer a classic heart throb. Fiercely loyal and protective of his American girl, who knocks this eternal bachelor on his arse. 🙂 Even though Rare and Precious Things was the last of The Blackstone Affair books this year, you never forget your first love and Ethan will always hold a special place in my heart.
If you haven’t read The Blackstone Affair (including the historical prequels), you are so missing out. 
https://www.goodreads.com/series/86087-the-blackstone-affair

The Blackstone Affair is set in London on the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games. Elite private security agent, Ethan Blackstone buys a nude portrait of American art student, Brynne Bennett and finds his world rocked to its core.

Each historical story has its own hero and heroine.
 
The contemporary series, The Blackstone Affair and Rothvale Legacy must be read in order and focus on repeating couples.

 

Reading Order for Raine Miller Romance Reads

NAKED (The Blackstone Affair #1)
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…
ALL IN (Blackstone Affair #2)

The second part in The Blackstone Affair series! Looming danger. A love worth fighting for. A man who’ll go all in.

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.

Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

THE PASSION OF DARIUS (A Blackstone Affair Historical Prequel #1)
Somerset, 1837
‘Ti amo, mia cara’
The fine art of persuasion.
Darius Rourke and his burning passion for a woman. The gentle Marianne…as beautiful as she is mysterious.

When presented with an opportunity to make her his bride, Darius takes it, and knows Marianne will finally belong only to him. Or will she?
Marianne carries a secret. Something she believes will prevent her from ever being worthy to be loved by any man—even the masterful Darius, despite the fact he captivates her utterly.
A look… A caress… A kiss… A brooding sensuality. A lushly passionate tale of lovers entangled in the discovery of each other’s sins and secrets. As Darius and Marianne embark upon a journey together, they will find that learning to command is just as important as learning to surrender.

A man who knows what he wants…
A woman who needs him in order to know her worth…
‘Ti amo, mia cara’  




THE UNDOING OF A LIBERTINE (A Blackstone Affair Historical Prequel #2)

A Libertine… Jeremy Greymont certainly qualifies. ‘Sex rough and women loose’ is his credo-one he’s always taken very seriously, with no deference whatsoever to the society into which he’s been born. He’s been perfectly content milling along through life on an existence of courtesans and fine Scotch whisky…that is until his grandfather lets him know he’s out of time, and his station in life comes with duties attached. Jeremy must produce an heir-posthaste. 
Lucky for him, the lovely Georgina is the perfect answer to his predicament and intrigues him like no other woman before her. Jeremy can’t wait to make her his lady, and begin working on creating that heir he needs so badly. He’s even willing to tone down his preference for the wild romps he’s always enjoyed in the bed chamber, just for her sake. There will be plenty of time to teach his innocent bride all about that after the wedding, right? No, not even close. 
Georgina’s demons trump Jeremy’s in so many ways. A brutal assault has left her wounded and vowing she can be wife to no man-not even Jeremy Greymont. What is a libertine to do? 
“Georgina…I am so entangled in thoughts of you I could not find my way out if ever I desired.” JEREMY GREYMONT



 EYES WIDE OPEN (Blackstone Affair #3)

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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RARE AND PRECIOUS THINGS (Blackstone Affair #4)
Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship. Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how “rare” their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.
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NEIL AND ELAINA

THE ROTHVALE LEGACY

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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