This book would have been 5 stars except it moved way too fast and was too short. The beginning needed to be developed more. I like to get to know the characters first, which is why I don't like movies.
I enjoyed the whole series. But then I love Shane East's voice, too. Overall the book was good. Big twist. The UK "Shades of Grey" would have been a good title, but the female lead has more depth than that of Shades.
The sex is far more graphic and doesn't really add to the story. The story was too short, but then it set the author up well for series sales.
Overall, the first book draws you in and makes you want to know what happened and what will happen.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
OMG, I've had this book in my wish list for ages….why the heck had I not read/listened to it sooner???? I suppose with the cover, I assumed this would be a very blatant, porn-like relationship???--I'm not even sure why, but I prefer sweep-me-off-of-my-feet romance that is subtle, but strong. And, oh did this wonderful, little sexy book deliver (it was nothing near to my first assumption)!
First, let's talk about the prologue narrated in Shane East's masculine, gorgeous, deep voice with his caressing British accent….OMG….It's like melted butter over a warm pastry…SUMPTUOUS!! Shane East is an excellent narrator, even if he only narrated for the prologue. Grace Grant did a great job as well, as she narrated for the rest of the book.
I loved the intensity of the romance and love affair between Ethan Blackstone and Brynne Bennett. Ethan is a millionaire and owner of Blackstone Security, and Brynne's father, as a friend called up a favor asking for Ethan's help to protect his daughter who was in danger. Ethan was busy and hesitant at first, until he received her picture……
"That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful American girl (Ethan Blackstone)."
Ethan's need, longing, craving, desire, and pull toward Brynne is astronomical. I mean it's off the charts, and I love it when a playboy/rogue can get roped in with that one woman who will come to mean everything to him. Ethan definitely falls for Brynne hard and fast (well, I suppose pun intended since it's accurate.…LOL). Brynne, herself is sweet, smart, and a survivor of a devastating tragedy. We don't find out what that tragedy is, but the reader is aware of how impacting and damaging it was to Brynne's psyche and ability to trust men. But, when Brynne meets Ethan at a gallery showing where he bought her picture, they were destined to be inseparable…mainly due to Ethan's persistence. Needless to say, the chemistry between the leads is ON FIRE and consuming. It was great to see the steps Brynne took in trusting Ethan and her comfort level when spending time with him.
I have to mention that her dad, in particular, was kind of interesting. I mean, he is protective of Brynne, but then again he encourages her modeling (nude modeling) and sends the main nude, but tasteful picture of his daughter to Ethan when asking him to protect Brynne. LOL…I just found that to be an interesting combination…protective dad, but proud of his daughter's nude pics…Well, he is definitely one very supportive parent, and Brynne really needed that since her mother left much to be desired.
The ending was what I expected, as a secret comes out that causes that delicate infrastructure of trust between Brynne and Ethan to fracture. So, it's an automatic download for the second book in the series….I'm going to devour this series and I'm so happy that all of the books in this series are out for my delectation.
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
I have listened to the first and second book, they could have been combined. It seems like what was 2 books, should have been 1 book. However, I will read book 3 just to close the circle.
I have recommended this book...the whole series, actually...to many friends.
The story was intriguing and the characters were captivating, but the narration, which can make or break an audiobook experience, was perfection.
Both narrators were well chosen and are very skilled in their craft, but I was enthralled by Shane East's performance. With his deep voice, British accent, and ability to change his accent and switch into the voices of different characters, I am left believing that I will purchase any book he narrates in the future...even if the story is poorly written.
I was left wanting to know more about the future of the couple, and wishing them well, as I would dear friends. I look forward to more books from Raine Miller, and narrations from Grace Grant and Shane East.
This was a quick read. The story is intense and to the point. The characters developed early and thoroughly. I enjoyed the story.
Yes there was a good plot, and good romance.
The story Brins character compromised, but we do not find out how yet. She finds Ethan whom her dad hires for protection, and he falls hard. But omitting the truth cost him.
First time but they did very good.
Definitely and I did.
It leaves you ready to right into book two.
I liked the book, and I plan to read the others, but it's not even 4 hours long. Seems a bit ridiculous to be priced the same as 9-12 hour books.