The Blackstone Affair Trilogy by Raine Miller

blackstone affair book 1 blackstone affair book 2 blackstone affair book 3Someone told me that this trilogy seemed like it was going to be like the Fifty Shades trilogy, which I actually enjoyed to some extent even though they weren’t very well written.  It turned out to be different, though readers who enjoyed the building of the relationship between Fifty Shades’ two main characters may also enjoy the relationship in this trilogy too.  It really reminds me more of the Crossfire books than the Fifty Shades books.

Ethan Blackstone is a very busy man running his security company as the London Olympics approach.  He is contacted by an old friend and asked to provide security for the friends daughter.  He at first refuses, but is intrigued when he sees her photograph (really?).  The daughter is Brynne Bennett, a grad student who does tasteful nude modelling on the side.  Once Bennett sees her portrait at a showing (supposedly the cover of Book 1: Naked), he immediately buys it, and then follows her out the door and gives her a ride.  They begin a relationship, without him every mentioning that he was contacted by her father.  Book 1 ends as she finds out that he had been hired to watch out for her and she ends the relationship.

Book 2: All In begins from Ethan’s point of view as he rehashes some of Book 1, which was told mostly from her point of view.  Brynne forgives him and they resume their relationship, but things begin to happen that show that there was a real reason for her father to hire security for her.  Events in her past seem to be catching up with her and she may be in more danger than was originally apparent.  Ethan tries to reassure that no matter what happened in her past, he cares for her and will take care of her.

The third entry in the series reads as romantic suspense as Ethan and Brynne try to figure out who is killing those around her who know of the scandal in Brynne’s past and just what that person wants with Brynne.  At one point Brynne is captured by this person and I found it a little far fetched that she was able to think clearly enough to leave clues for Ethan to follow to find her.  Other than that I was very happy with the conclusion to this trilogy.

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