After reading the first two books in The Blackstone Affair trilogy, Naked and All In, I was anxious to begin reading book three, Eyes Wide Open, to see where Ethan and Brynne’s story would go. Raine Miller had me hooked and intrigued, wondering how their epic, tumultuous, and whirlwind romance would conclude! (It’s been announced that a fourth book is in the works – YAY!)
I’ll let Goodreads do the talking with regards to the plot:
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.
My biggest complaint about the first two books in this series was that I didn’t think the characters loved each other. I felt like they lusted after each other and mistook that for love. I’m happy to say that Eyes Wide Open delved deeper into Brynne and Ethan’s relationship and helped me understand them a lot better. In order to understand them as a couple we needed to understand them as individuals. Eyes Wide Open did open my eyes to who they were, but most specifically, who Ethan is. The amount of darkness he has had to deal with on a personal level makes his (at times) overbearing personality understandable. His need to be in control makes total sense in the grand scheme of his life. The fact that Brynne understands the reason behind his control issues and accepts them proves what a perfect partner she is for Ethan. Her ability to look over all his “quirks” and push back at the appropriate times shows that. she isn’t a woman to mess with. Sure, she bows to Ethan’s wishes at times, but not without making her feelings on the subject known and working on a compromise with him.
One other added plus to this series? Miller’s approach to nude art. The human body truly is a beautiful thing that can definitely become a work of art, as the cover of Naked clearly demonstrates. To have Brynne be a model for these types of portraits and then explain the importance of being said model makes a bold statement about nude art that any art lover can appreciate.
I’m truly excited that Miller has planned more books for not only these characters, but some of the supporting characters in the series as well. Ethan is a hot sexy specimen of a man and one I’m just not ready to let go of yet. I’m hooked on the lives of these characters, and that’s the greatest compliment I can give Miller. They’ve moved beyond the realm of stories and characters and feel now like old, well-known friends.
4 out of 5 Stars
Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller
Atria Books (2013)
eBook: 272 pages
Special thanks to Atria Books for my review copy via Netgalley!