ALL IN (THE BLACKSTONE AFFAIR #2)
Author: Raine Miller
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: ARC (Copy for honest review)
Publisher: Altria Books
Release Date: Reissue June 25, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: I am going to receive a lot of dissension for this review, but I must be completely honest… I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the first. The story, told through the male protagonists POV, felt inauthentic and forced. The inner thoughts came across more like a woman trying to sound like a man, than an actual strong successful male trying to protect his damsel. This weak story was filled with lots of nothing and truthfully, I could have dumped it, but I was curious to find out where it was going. Unfortunately, that turned out to be nowhere.
SYNOPSIS: 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 LOWDOWN: When you have a male character that leads the reader through a story via his POV, the writer has an obligation to the character to make sure he sounds authentic. At the very least, he should sound like a man. And even though I liked that he was a little soft around the edges by declaring his undying love for his mate, I found him equally irritating. He would become irate and irrational when his girl went for a jog because there was a potential threat, yet his inner monologue sounded more like a whiny teenage girl. I would quote it, but this was an advanced proof and I am unsure if it stayed in the print version.
Beyond his weak voice, the story was equally feeble. The tale picks up where the last one leaves off and I instantly remembered what I had read so long ago. My excitement however, got the better of me, because I found myself becoming distracted by the reuniting of the story, never realizing that this phantom threat that will follow the characters till the end, is a smoke screen for nothing. This book was filler between the first story and the finale. Besides the hot sex and the sweet proclamations of love, there wasn’t much of anything. I found myself becoming bored and asking, more than once, when the drama was going to kick in. But don’t fret, it did… kind of, but not until the very end.
Now you are probably wondering why I gave it three stars if I don’t have anything nice to say. Well, the answer is simple: the bad wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t enough. I like the setting (London) I loved the relationship ups and downs, but more than anything, I loved the scene between the love-sick lead and his father. I thought it was sweet and honest, probably the only truly authentic and realistic part in the entire book. I also appreciated the peripheral characters and the brewing spin-off that will undoubtedly follow.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Luckily it was a quick read and I have every intention of continuing with the final installment (I think) which I already have in my possession. So if you read the first and loved it, I say read it, but don’t expect fireworks or maddening drama that will have you twitching in your seat, because you will surely be disappointed.
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