Series: The Blackstone Affair #4
on February 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Fiction, Romance
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The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.
Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship. Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how "rare" their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.
Finishing up Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller was so bittersweet for me. I’ve LOVED this series, these characters, this amazing journey Ms. Miller has taken us on every step of the way. I never wanted it to end! Leave it to the amazing Raine Miller to give us an ending that will satisfy every part of you…mind, body, and soul.
In the fourth installment of this amazing series, we dive back in to the world of our newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone. With a baby on the way, and a new home to settle down in, you can’t help but take a deep breath for these two and say to yourself, all is well in the world. Right? Right? Oh come on! WRONG! The past is always there, lurking in the background, waiting to ruin everything. Ethan is still plagued with his horrible nightmares AND for his intense worry for Brynne and her past. Once again, we see their relationship, even as husband and wife, struggle through so many obstacles. If you have been following this fabulous series, you know that with Ethan and Brynne the past always keeps trying to push its way in. What makes this book and this series so great is the fact that these characters are so strong-willed, determined, and stubborn that they will not let anything break them. As long as they have each other, they are whole, and NOTHING can take that away from them.
❝You gave me everything. You made me really want to open my eyes to what was around me, for the first time in my adult life. You made me want you. You made me want…a life. You were my greatest gift of all, Ethan James Blackstone.❞
We have been witnesses to Ethan and Brynne’s growing love for each other for a while. You really can’t say that about too many book characters. We have been through the ups and downs right along with them. They have touched our hearts and souls with their words for one another. They are a part of our family and with Raine giving us the gift of Rare and Precious Things, we get to relive these moments where we first fell in love with not only the SEXY AS SIN Ethan Blackstone, but Brynne and the rest of the amazing characters we have met along the way. What put a big smile on my face was the small glimpses of how Ethan and Brynne met, and the other bits and pieces we get, that help us to remember their blossoming love.
❝She knew. She knew exactly what I liked and how I liked it. My perfect sexual goddess.❞
The incredibly talented Raine Miller isn’t one to just give us a simple love story. NO WAY! She gives us a love story that makes our hearts soar. A love story that is always so intense, so sensual, and so emotional, that it will stick with you forever. She gives us amazing, complex, far from perfect, characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. The author makes us see not only the light, but the dark, and VERY dark sides of the story.
❝I don’t want you any other way than how you are. You are just what you are supposed to be.”
Rare and Precious Things is not only a story about love. It’s a story about hope and courage. It’s not just all about the intense chemistry between the two main characters (although, it’s PRETTY DAMN INTENSE). It’s about believing in something or someone; it’s about not letting your fear and your past demons rule you. It’s about having hope when the cards are stacked against you. No matter how much baggage you carry, there will always be someone to help you put it away. To feel true happiness, true contentment, is a gift we all wish for in our lives, and following Ethan and Brynne’s story will help you believe that some day you will have that for yourself, and you will know to cherish it with everything you have.
❝You are the only one. The only person ever able to really see me.❞
Truth is, I could go on and on in this review, because I LOVE this series SO MUCH! I could say that Rare and Precious Things was a TOP PICK for me because it made me a blubbering mess by the end, but that wouldn’t be enough. The Blackstone Affair will take you on a very special journey. A journey where you can get lost in the complicated lives of these wonderful characters. You will dream about them, you will talk to your book friends like they are real people. You will hurt when they hurt, love when they love, and smile when they smile. Nothing will prepare you for the uber sexy, protective, dominating man that is Ethan Blackstone. He is truly one of a kind, a gentle soul with a horrible past, and he has finally found his happily ever after.
I watched Brynne putting on her makeup and I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I hoped she didn’t notice me staring because I didn’t want her feeling self-conscious. I knew she was a little because her body had changed so much. She was more beautiful to me now than ever though. Our little blueberry had grown right along with my girl.
“You’d better start getting ready or we’ll be late. Hannah and her plans wait for no man…” she trailed off, never taking her concentration away from the mirror where she was applying some kind of dark smudge around her eyes. She had on a short black lace getup that made me hard just looking, but she was only halfway dressed. Best to stick with the plan or we’d never make it to my Dad’s birthday dinner on time. I tried to force in some non-arousing thoughts about work.
“I’d much rather look at you though, Mrs. Blackstone,” I told her.
She made a soft sound. “Well my ass is getting bigger by the second, in direct competition with my belly. I hope my ass doesn’t win. At the end of this gig, I just want the baby, not the extra ass.” She looked up into the mirror at me, her expression giving away little of what was on her mind. Still so mysterious, my girl was. I loved that aspect of her though. Made me even more determined to get as close to her as I possibly could so I could touch and taste and absorb every available molecule. My need for Brynne was still as strong as ever. I had no doubts that would ever change either.
“Your arse is perfection and you’ll never hear me complaining ‘bout a bit more of you to grab hold of.” I gave her a slow wink and a lecherous grin. “From back here, you don’t even look pregnant.” I came up behind her and plastered myself against her body, my hands sliding forward to rest on her bump. “I have to do this to really know you’ve got anything here.” I splayed my palms over the firm rounded swell of our baby growing safe inside her.
She leaned back and rested her weight against me. “Oh something’s there all right,” she said, “that you put there.”
I grinned behind her. “I really enjoyed doing that by the way.”
“I seem to remember that you did,” she said dryly.
“Oh you enjoyed it too, Mrs. Blackstone.” I slid my hands around back to her grip her bum. “Mmmmm…you feel perfect to me,” I mumbled.
“Did I ever tell you how much I love when you call me Mrs. Blackstone?”
“You have not, but I’m delighted you love your new name.” I spoke toward her image in the mirror. “I know I love the sound of it. I know I love that my name is now your name. I love a lot of things…that I didn’t have before.”
She reached her hand up to hold my cheek, still looking at me in the mirror. “You’re getting a new name too. We have someone coming to us soon who will know you only by one name, and it’s not Ethan.”
“Yep. You are somebody’s dad now.” She smiled softly, a mixture of happiness and maybe a little sadness at the thought of her own father. “You’ll be the best ever…” she whispered.
Brynne always amazed me in her generosity—her ability to be so lovingly giving even in the face of her grief and loss. Brave. Strong. Magnificent. I kissed her on the back of the neck and rested my chin on her shoulder, both of us staring into the vanity mirror at each other. “I love the sound of it—Dad. I’m a dad and you’re a mum.”
“We are indeed.”
I returned my hands to her belly. “I love our little grapefruit in here.” I turned her around and held her face in my two hands. “And I love you, Mrs. Blackstone.”
“I love you more,” she said.
ALL IN (BOOK 2)
EYES WIDE OPEN (BOOK 3)
CHERRY GIRL (BOOK 3.5)
Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone