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Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1 | [Raine Miller]

Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.
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Publisher's Summary

The first book in the bestselling Blackstone Affair series.

Naked desire. Secret satisfaction. An affair you'll never forget.

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

At first his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn't clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship - huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne's past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan's own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?

Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.

©2012 Raine Miller (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 11-24-13
    Cindy Dripping Springs, TX, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lacking..."

    I was so bored with this, I returned it. I wasn't even going to bother with a review, but I feel like there are too many people - obviously - who don't like to be negative and so all you get are fawning reviews from the easily impressed. I mean, that's my best guess.

    I liked Fifty Shades, but this wanna-be, copy-cat really lacked the depth, character development and plot that Fifty had - and since the latter wasn't exactly great literature, that's saying a lot.

    It was weak when the heroine's impression and inner dialogue told me that the "hero" was "dominate" before she had a real reason to think so. I guess we were just supposed to know from all the other similarities to Fifty...

    There seem to be so many knockoffs of popular books... and I, like others, go looking for for another compelling read in the same vein, but all too often are disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Istanbul, Turkey 08-09-13
    A. Istanbul, Turkey 08-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible narration!"

    The story overall is so and so, as I had expected. But the narration is very very bad. Especially the male voices were the worst. The main male character's voice sounded like a cave man!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-21-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 06-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Fabulous *Engaging* Has left me oh so Greedy"
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    WOW, this book is So very capturing. It Gras you from the start and doesn't let you go Then it leaves you rushing Greedily to listen to the next book in this Perfect series. Thanks Raine Miller for writing such a wonderful story that it has left me wanting - I WAN'T SO MUCH MORE OF THIS STORY that i am straight onto book 2 :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-17-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "SEXY BRIT FINDS HIS BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN GIRL"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-22-14
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    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.

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    Karen LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 12-08-13
    Karen LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Uhhhh...mazing!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book...the whole series, actually...to many friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was intriguing and the characters were captivating, but the narration, which can make or break an audiobook experience, was perfection.


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant and Shane East – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa WINTER PARK, FL, United States 10-24-13
    Lisa WINTER PARK, FL, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my favorite stories!"

    This series is so well written! I found it to be so good that I have listened to all 3 books in the series twice! Book 1 is a bit short but hooked me right away! Shane Easts' voice is dreamy. I will definitely look to see what other works this author has available!

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    momx4b Maryland USA 10-03-13
    momx4b Maryland USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2012

    mom of 4

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    This was a quick read. The story is intense and to the point. The characters developed early and thoroughly. I enjoyed the story.

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    Sandra HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13
    Sandra HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    This is one of the best reads of the year for me. I could not wait to get to the next book.

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    DAWN WATERTOWN, WI, United States 09-27-13
    DAWN WATERTOWN, WI, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Dom Ethan finds his muse.."
    Would you listen to Naked again? Why?

    Yes there was a good plot, and good romance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Shane East ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time but they did very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    It leaves you ready to right into book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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