Title: Rare And Precious Things (Blackstone Affair, #4)
Author: Raine Mller
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 28 2014
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.
Rare and Precious Things is the fourth book in The Blackstone Affair series. It doesn’t really work as a standalone and to fully appreciate this, I think it is necessary to have read the previous three books – Naked, All In and Eyes Wide Open. If you haven’t yet read them and appreciate an uber-possessive, protective and sexy as hell alpha male hero then I can highly recommend them.
We begin Rare And Precious Things with a mysterious prologue that dips into history several centuries old which, I think, will have Raine’s historical romance fans squeeing in delight. There’s someone you know mentioned here!
We rejoin the blissfully happily and newly wed Mr and Mrs Blackstone on their wedding night and they both have beautiful and significant wedding gifts for each other. Ethan, however, really has one thing on his mind – the poor man has got a major case of blue balls after a couple of weeks of abstinence in the lead up to the wedding and as you’d expect, there’s some red hot sex lighting up the first few chapters. I really enjoyed this – Ethan and Brynne have been through the mill and things have been tough for them but it’s so wonderful to see them together happily anticipating the arrival of Baby Blackstone. It’s hard to believe that only four months have passed since they first met that fateful night.
Despite everything appearing to calm down for them, Ethan is still massively over-protective and possessive, constantly worrying about Brynne, fearing for their safety and that of their unborn child. He’s so in love with her and it’s so beautifully portrayed by Raine – his longing for his wife, his overwhelming feelings for her are almost palpable as you read this book. He can’t stand to be near her and not actually touching her, even if it’s just a hand on the small of her back – he has to have that physical connection. He’s absolutely my favourite kind of book hero – intense, protective, possessive, dominant and he has all these qualities in droves.
Not everything is rosy in their world – Ethan is still plagued by nightmares, tortured by the demons of his past that live on in his subconscious and Brynne still has unresolved issues with the events of her past. Rare and Precious things really does bring us full circle on these story-lines where everything is revealed and explained and we do ultimately get full closure, as do Ethan and Brynne which allows them to, finally, move forward together and put the horrors of the past behind them and look to the future and their new arrival.
I so enjoyed this – it took us beyond the Happy Ever After of the wedding day and allowed us to see just how deep their love is and how they help and support each other and allow their beautiful relationship to heal the wounds of the past. They’ve still got some issues to put to rest and it really is a beautiful thing to see how these two slowly help each other to heal.
Ethan’s a changed man from the self-assured playboy he once was – he was happy to flit from one night stand to another and never thought he wanted or needed more than that but his love for Brynne and the way she loves him back has changed everything and nothing will ever be the same again.
I love you so much, Brynne, and I can’t make it in this life without you. I’ll never regret our baby, and I’ll never stop loving you, or our children. You’re my life, and you’re stuck with me. And you are the most beautiful woman in the world. In the fucking world! Do you understand me, Brynne?
Le Sigh! Ethan really has been one of my most favourite book heroes of the last couple of years and I watched sadly as the progress metre slowly counted down towards 100% on my Kindle, knowing that their story was almost done. I don’t think I’m quite ready to leave these two behind yet and I hope for more to come in the future. Raine writes really long paragraphs, lots of introspection on behalf of both characters and there’s not page after page of dialogue so, even though my Kindle told me this had roughly 250 pages, there’s a lot of words to a page and I ended up feeling that I’d read a much longer novel. The dual POV works so well – there’s nothing I like better than being in the mind of both protagonists in a romance novel, it’s so important for me to know how they both feel and that’s done beautifully here.
So as I look back over the Blackstone Affair as a whole series, I think Raine has taken us along a very tortuous and angsty path and their happily ever after, so richly deserved, has been hard-fought and difficult but it is finally here. This series has been full of overwhelming passion, heart melting tenderness and heart stopping emotion – it’s sexy, romantic, suspenseful and really quite sublime. It has everything I could ever want or need in an erotic romance and I have loved every second I’ve spent with this tortured couple. It’s another winner from Raine and fans of the series are going to love watching Brynne and Ethan come full circle and await the arrival of Baby Blackstone with them. Plus there’s a promise of more to come in the future involving other characters from the books – can’t wait!
4.5 seriously sexy stars
Character Spotlight – Brynne
Honestly, no, I didn’t feel it at the art gallery, because I was so guarded then. But, that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel attracted to him, or interested. He was so intense, and I’d never met anyone like him before, so in that way, Ethan was remarkable to me. When he called me the next day, I had no trouble remembering him, now did I? *wink*
2. What do you think you would be doing right now if you have not met Ethan?
I would still be in London working on my Master’s Degree, and still modeling probably. I am a simple girl at heart, so I doubt life would have been much different than it was before I met Ethan. I definitely wouldn’t have a husband or a baby or a big house in the country, that’s for sure.
3. Are you excited about having your baby and being a Mum, how do you feel you will cope?
I am so excited to be a Mum. As for coping, I have Ethan to help me. He is so organized and careful with planning every last detail, I know that between the two of us, we can figure it out. We are smart people.
4. Now that you’re married and pregnant, how are you dealing with your insecurities?
Not much has changed in that regard. Being married and pregnant doesn’t make them go away. Everyone has insecurities. But I just take things one day at a time, and face up to what scares me, and go from there. I have Ethan, who loves me, and I know I am a strong person. I also have Dr. Roswell and I won’t be giving her up. I need those tools to help me…for myself. Everyone deserves the chance to improve themselves.
5. If you were granted one do over what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t have gone to that party…because of what happened to me there, I lost someone precious to me that I miss every day.
6. Lifting one of my fins uberly high. I have a question!
Why did you decide for the "serial killer"? (Simba Blackstone)
Well, Simba, I never really had much of a choice. Ethan is … he just doesn’t let up. *blows Simba a kiss*
7. Brynne...so much as happened to you in such a short time span...you met Ethan, fell in love, got engaged, got pregnant and now you are married...WOW...did you ever feel overwhelmed by all of this at some point...like things happening too fast, too quickly???
I have felt overwhelmed from day one with Ethan. Everything happened too quickly and too fast, but in the end, we made it all work.
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About Raine Miller
Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it's a safe bet she'll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine's stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.