Monday, March 3, 2014

Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


Title: RARE AND PRECIOUS THINGS
(The Blackstone Affair Book 4)
RAINE MILLER






The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.

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.







“What are we doing on the beach?” I asked, as he led me along the cool sand under my bare feet.

“Having our date. Trust me, baby. This is something I have all planned out for us.”

“I bet you do. I am well aware that when you say date you really mean sex—”

My words were lost as we rounded a turn in the beach path and came out onto the shore. The waves lapped at the sand with the soothing sounds of water moving against earth. A sliver of moon glowed up over the water, but the real beauty was the many glass jars lit up with tea lights set out on the soft sand of the beach. What seemed like hundreds of them flickering away around a pallet of blankets and pillows. Off to one side, sat a bucket of iced drinks and what appeared to be little dessert cakes on a tray with some fresh fruit.

“It’s beautiful, Ethan.” I could hardly speak as I realized what he’d done. “How did you do…all of this?”

He led us onto the blankets and drew me down to sit beside him. “It was my idea,” he began, “but I needed some help to pull it off. Franco got it organized while we were at the party.”

I looked around behind us, imaging if the caretaker for our villa was lurking in the dark hoping for a glimpse.

“I know what you’re thinking, but you don’t have to worry, baby, Franco is not in the bushes watching, trust me.”

I laughed nervously. “Well, if Franco is in the bushes somewhere, I am predicting he’s gonna get one hell of a show.”

“Now that’s what I like to hear. My girl accepting the idea of a hot beach shag,” he whispered teasingly against my ear, his tongue flicking out for a lick along the shell. “You like my surprise.”

My body came instantly alive, needing him so badly. Ethan could get me hot with just the simplest look or touch. He reached up and worked on the messy knot holding up my hair and unpinned it. He was getting good at figuring out my hair. It made me smile to watch him as he found the pins and pulled them, knowing how he’d be fisting my hair in handfuls and using it to dominate when we were deep into the sex.

“You’re smiling,” he murmured as he worked over my hair.

“I just love to watch you doing simple things.”

My hair fell free. “This is not a simple thing to me,” he whispered, fingering through the tangled length with both hands. His gaze grew smoky as he focused on my lips. “It’s everything.”



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.







OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


NAKED (BOOK 1)
Goodreads | Amazon US | B&N | Kobo 

ALL IN (BOOK 2)

EYES WIDE OPEN (BOOK 3)


CHERRY GIRL (BOOK 3.5)
Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone




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Review by Georgette

First let me start off by saying how much I adore Raine Miller...she is so wonderful and her writing has intrigued me from the start!

I received Rare and Precious Things as an ARC for an honest review.

I can't imagine ever writing a bad review for Raine and I won't here either. I was, however, a little put off by the first 35% of the book. I felt the entire beginning of the book was nothing but sex. It was actually a little bit hard for me to continue reading. But because of my love for this author, I pushed through. And I was glad I did.

The next chapter in Brynne and Ethan's story was bittersweet in many ways. Brynne was finally able to put past demons behind her and Ethan finally sought the help he needed.

I loved way they lead up to the birth of Baby Blackstone. (no, we will not be revealing the sex!) 

I'm going to give this book 3.5 stars. It upsets me to do so but as I said before, more than 1/2 this book wound up just being about the sex between Brynne and Ethan and I needed more of a story.

Raine, I will be reading more from you and cannot wait to see what comes next!


Review by Cristin

3.5 Stars. Well this book starts off right where the last one ends and most of the story isn't story. ..it's sex. Now, I love Ethan and his sexy ways and I love this series, BUT, I was really struggling to get through parts of the book. Some were just too sugary or repetitive or wordy. A regular epilogue would have been just fine. That said, there were very special moments, loose ends were tied up and healing happened. Our Ethan, Brynne and their little one have a fairytale ending. I am looking forward to what Raine Miller has in store for us next.
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