All In : The Blackstone Affair, Book 2 Paperback
by Raine Miller
Ethan Blackstone has a problem. He's broken Brynne's trust and she's left him because of it.
Ethan isn't giving up though--he's determined to get his beautiful American girl back.
Their passion together was explosive, but their secrets are even darker and more frightening.
With political threats directed at Brynne, Ethan has no choice but to fight for her, to win her love, and to protect her from the very dangers that could take her away from him forever.
He's willing to risk everything to have Brynne and to keep her safe.
He'll go all in.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books
- Publication Date: 01/06/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781476735276
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Review by Supera710
I received a copy of All In: The Blackstone Affair 2 courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher.All in starts our where Naked left off, Brynne found out Ethan was hired by her father to protect her, and she walked out on him. Ethan is a wreck without Brynne, because he realizes how much she means to him, more than any other woman has before. After reading a bit of poetry, Ethan tries to make it right with Brynne, and luckily for him, she agrees to try again, with full disclosure. I'm not sure if it was because the story was told from Ethan's point of view or what, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I liked it, don't get me wrong. It had plenty of steamy scenes, the plot line evolved, but Ethan just seemed so...obsessed. Or something along those lines. It was obvious from Brynne that he was a bit possessive, but Ethan just brought it all out there. Maybe it was because of her safety, on top of the Olympics he was doing security for (which he really didn't seem to be doing much work for) who knows? I want to see where the story ends up, and the preview of Wide Eyes Open seems to be in Brynne's POV. I'm pretty sure I've guessed some of the surprises, but want to be proved right
Review by bookworm_naida
All In (The Blackstone Affair Book 2) starts right where the first in the series, Naked, left off. This installment is told from Ethan's POV. I was eager to read this second installment since I enjoyed the first book and I wanted to see where author Raine Miller would take her characters.After he and Brynne have a falling out, both of these people are heartbroken. Ethan realizes he full on loves Brynne and vice-versa.I won't say too much so not to give the plot away, but this installment revolves around Ethan protecting Brynne as she fears her tortured past will never allow her to live a happy, carefree life. There's politics involved and as the story progresses Ethan's life may be in danger due to a sex tape.Hmpff. Okay, here it goes. First, the good bits about All In . This book started off really well, I was intrigued for about the first half. For the most part I liked hearing Ethan's voice as he told the story. This book is longer than the first one and we get to see more about these people's pasts. Ethan sheds light on his time spent in Afghanistan and as to how he came to find Brynne in the first place. Brynne's past also comes to light here. More supporting characters come into play and I can easily see them getting their own books somewhere down the line.Now, onto the not so good bits. The storyline burned, then fizzled out! Why, oh why did that have to happen? I was minding my own business, happily reading All In on my Nook, then poof! the plot started to go downhill and I started to get bored. Aside from the weak storyline, I had a few other qualms with this book.First off, Ethan's dirty mouth. I'm not surprised when this kind of talk comes up in erotic romance and I don't mind it, but I felt like Ethan took it to another level. The words he was using were offensive IMO. He kept using the dreaded 'P' and 'C' words. I wanted to slap him.Secondly, Ethan became a bit too clingy and possessive of Brynne and her body. Too much jealousy screams insecurity to me. I felt like in the first book Ethan was this hot, ex-military macho man and now in this second book, he became this overbearing, whiny, borderline stalker guy. I was wondering "Where did Ethan go?". I think he needed a hobby or something because he was too obsessed with Brynne.Overall I was disappointed with All In. It felt like too much sex, too much jealousy and not enough storyline. *sigh* The ending leaves it wide open for the final installment. Don't let my review of All In deter you, it's got some rave reviews online. It just didn't suit my taste this time around. Will I read author Raine Miller again? Absolutely, she impressed me with the first Blackstone Affair book, enough so that I had high hopes for this second book.Disclaimer:This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this book, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Review by Deserie.Comfort
ABOUT THE BOOK:The second part in The Blackstone Affair series! Looming danger. A love worth fighting for. A man who’ll go all in.Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together. With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and he’ll need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a love-struck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in.Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.REVIEW:I can see why this piece is popular and how Ms. Miller has moved into the publishing world with this riveting piece. If you’re looking for a read that has high paced action and lots of smexy lines, this is for you. Miller really takes her series to a whole new level by including both perspectives, first the heroine in book 1, and now the hero, in book 2. It was nicely done and I felt very drawn to Ethan throughout this piece.There were a few times I got snagged on the writing, however, but it wasn’t anything overly poor, just some hiccups along the way. I do like where this is headed and can’t wait to read more!Three and a half stars for a good job.
Review by Lisa.Hines
You can find this review at My Favorite Things (heffroberts.blogspot.com)All In by Raine Miller is the continuation of Naked and the story of Brynne Bennett and Ethan Blackstone. We begin to learn about Ethan's past, the torture, the scars, and we start to see that the danger to Brynne is much more evident than she expected and as bad as Ethan feared. We begin where Naked left off but from Ethan's perspective. We see them struggle with sharing their lives with each other, working out the kinks in having another person involved in almost everything you do. Brynne has to learn to take Ethan's warnings seriously, Ethan has to tone down the caveman inside. The story continues on to the trip to Ethan's sisters house, and on my re-read of this book I am so happy that book three, Eyes Wide Open, is already available.Audible Audiobook"Review: The Blackstone Affair # 2: All In"Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?*Smiles* I have recommended this book to every friend I have that reads if they haven't already read it.Who was your favorite character and why?Ethan Blackstone is my favorite character. He is such a strong alpha caveman with such depth of emotion and feeling it's almost hard to unite the two. Unless of course you are Brynne Bennett.What about Shane East and Grace Grant ’s performance did you like?I have heard Grace Grant before when listening to Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren and I really liked her performance then. She becomes the character without overdoing it and allows the story to play out in your mind with such ease it's a pleasure to listen to her.Shane East - Well, I'm English. I grew up hearing English accents, they were NO BIG DEAL! The past 20 years spent in the United States, however, has caused me to find immense pleasure in listening to a crisp accent like Shane's. His voice conveyed the attitude and magnetism that I envisioned Ethan Blackstone as having, perfectly! An absolute pleasure to listen to. (A double entendre MAY have been intentional in that one.)Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?The moment that moved me emotionally was when Ethan woke up from his nightmare with Brynne their to help him pull himself back together.The funniest moment was his inner monologue on the pitfalls of a steady relationship when the female is experiencing her menstrual cycle or "dead week" as he called it.Quotes...LOLEthan on Brynne's hormones during her dead week...Can you say wicked hormones changing my girl into Medusa and scaring the hell out of me?“All right, chief,” I said in utter bewilderment, waiting till she hung up before I sighed good and loud. I shook my head too. And even blew out a whistle. Then I drove over to get my snake-haired, sharp-tongued, unpredictable, and very perplexing girlfriend, like the besotted sap that I very much was.Women . . . frightening creatures.My Medusa had just turned into Aphrodite worshipping at the altar of Eros. My luck apparently knew no bounds.Ethan on Fifty Shades of Grey...Clarkson went in to help Brynne and Marie in the kitchen while Gabrielle and Elaina seemed to hit it off by talking books—something trending about a very young billionaire and his obsession with an even younger woman . . . and sex. Lots of erotic sex scenes in the book, like apparently on every page.Ethan on the Dark Arts...“Be nice. Don’t even think of having another tantrum in front of him again,” she muttered under her breath at me.“Fine,” I said, raising my glass and mentally wishing for direct knowledge of the dark arts so I could curse him into a toad. Wait, he already was a toad; it would have to be something different . . . a cockroach maybe?Ethan on love and luck...All in is forever, baby...When I reached for my girl and showed her how much I did indeed need her, and told her with words too, I knew then that the best gamble of my life had been not the cards I’d played but that one night on a London street, when a beautiful American girl tried to walk out in the dark, and I played the most important hand I’d ever been dealt and went . . . all in.
Review by arthistorychick
All In by Raine Miller(Book #2: The Blackstone Affair)Source: PurchaseRating: 4/5 starsBloody crappin’ Hell!! By the end of book one in The Blackstone Affair trilogy, I was left completely astounded. How can such a beautiful, intelligent and confident man also be such a complete and total dumbass?? Oh, Ethan Blackstone how you shatter me.All In opens with Brynne having left Ethan after discovering just how much about her past he really knows and how, precisely he came to be in her life. What she once thought had the potential to be THE relationship has come crashing down around her thanks to one fateful phone call. To say that Brynne is crushed doesn’t even begin to come close and she retreats into her own world so that she can move on and accept that her life will no longer contain Ethan Blackstone. But, the dumbass just can’t take a hint and Ethan refuses to accept that Brynne has left him. Ethan understands instantly that he has epically failed Brynne and violated her trust. He further understands that trust is earned and will do absolutely whatever it takes to win back the woman he now realizes he loves. Of course he realizes this after he has broken her heart! Like I said, dumbass. And so, like a man possessed, Ethan pursues Brynne in the hopes she will, at the very least hear his side of the story. Ethan will take every risk necessary to win Brynne back, even opening up to her about his own very painful past and the scars he carries as a result of that past. Since this is only book two in a three-part series, you well know that Brynne agrees to take Ethan back and once again, the two begin to build a relationship. Adding to the stress of the relationship is the fact that Brynne’s past has come to London and her very life may be in danger. If you thought Ethan was protective in round one when there was only the hint of a threat, wait till you see him in action in round two. Desperate to protect Brynne, Ethan discusses everything with her including the need to keep her safe and monitored on an around the clock basis. She is stubborn and independent and very used to taking care of herself so, from time to time, Brynne defies Ethan and what she feels is his very over-protective nature. Unfortunately, the past has come a callin’ and when Brynne’s life is threatened, Ethan takes action!!The Bottom Line: Though I am still very much committed to this trilogy and will absolutely see it through to the end, I was not as excited about All In as I was about Naked. Here are the complaints: Brynne needs to pull her head out of her ass!! Ethan has told her on more than one occasion that her life is in danger yet she insists on doing things her way no matter the consequences. She needs to wake the hell up and take some responsibility for her own safety! And then there is Ethan: I still adore him and love how protective he is of Brynne but his jealous side is ugly and completely unbecoming. I sincerely hope both characters get it together for round three :)