Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller

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Rating:  5 out of 5 wide open stars

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The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive.

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.

Talented author Raine Miller has once again, penned a masterpiece. Within the first page of Eyes Wide Open , your interest is piqued. By the end of chapter one, you’ll be wholly reacquainted to the carnal delights of Ethan and Brynne, and launched into the continuation of The Blackstone Affair.

Much to my delight, the tale shifted POV between our Hero and heroine. I loved being inside both of their heads - seeing scenes from both perspectives, was wonderful.

Raine Miller’s handle on writing the male voice was refreshingly accurate. Ethan - articulate, intelligent and dominating, could be verbose when needed, but equally expressive in his raised eyebrow and monosyllabic answers. The scene in Fountaine’s Aquarium, with the baby who let loose ‘bum blower’ that had the power to ‘peel paint off walls’, was hilarious. Such is Miller’s fabulous dry wit. Don’t start me on Dr Banana Probe.

Both Ethan and Brynne had deep issues of trust, fears of abandonment and betrayal –which were carefully explored inEWO - Ethan’s fight to control his nightmares, and Brynne’s determination to retain her modelling. Both acknowledged their need for control just as both eloquently, acknowledged the completion found in each other.

In Ethan, Brynne realized ‘the fear’ – the vulnerability that comes with completely giving your heart away to someone you love. Yet, at the talented hands of his loving ministrations, Brynne also felt desired, safe.
“He made me feel beautiful and sexy,….when he held me against him like I was precious.”
Ethan understood that Brynne simply fit.
“It always amazed me at how easy it was to carry her…My heart was in her hands, and carrying her was some form of self-preservation, maybe. Holding her, holding me up.”

Ethan was one, horny man! The book was filled with frequent, deliciously scintillating sex scenes, all written with Miller’s detailed, explicit fervor. What an absolute pleasure to be inside both of their heads for that!!
"Ethan possessed a skill set that combined hot, bad-boy sex god with mannerly, romantic gentleman; something so rare and captivating, I didn’t have a chance of resisting the pull."
Oh Brynne – I hear you! 
“I watched with my eyes, tasted with my tongue, heard with my ears and felt with my fingers as my beautiful girl reached her climax.”

Eyes Wide Open had everything: terrific character development, intense, sensual sex scenes, sad, incredibly poignant moments, with clever splashes of humor at just the right time. Supporting cast provided the perfect combination of depth and humor, never overtaking the story. And, then there was the tension that first raised hairs on your arms in the Prologue – what a brilliant hook. Very cleverly, it just existed, niggling at you, ingenious in its eventual, yet brief, delivery.

Miller’s strength is in how she keeps issues relevant, concluding vital elements of the story, with previously established plot - particularly helpful in a series. Her depth of insight and sensitivity was impressive. Raw.
Be ready for unexpected twists and turns, delicious erotic scenes, and to fall even more deeply in love with swoon-worthy Ethan Blackstone. I loved it. 

Thank you Raine Miller for an ARC for an honest review. No compensation was received for this review.

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