Blog Tour, Review, Trailer, Excerpt & GIVEAWAY: Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller (The Blackstone Affair)

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(The Blackstone Affair Book 4)
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
hosted by: The Book Avenue
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.
If you have not picked up Naked (Book #1) yet, what are you waiting for?  I loved the suspenseful aspect of this series as well as the hot read that it was.  I truly enjoyed the journey and can’t wait to read “The Passion of Darius” (Blackstone Affair Historical Prequel) and more books by Raine.
What a fitting end for the Filthy-Mouthed Ethan Blackstone and his Beautiful American Girl, Brynne.  I say “end” lightly as Raine has said that she can’t say that this is absolutely and finally “the end” for Ethan and Brynne, because she never knows the answer to that question…. Bottom line for you Blackstone Affair Series lovers… never say never.
This whole series together is a whirlwind as the timeline is a very short amount of time.  You tend to forget how short a time they have really been together as their love affair started so quickly, was so intense and they have both been put through so much as a couple and individually.  Their intense connection and undying love is what will help each Brynne and Ethan heal from their pasts that haunt them.
If you are a reader that likes spicy reads, Raine is definitely your girl and this book is no different.  Raine filled this one to the rim with plenty of the personal moments that Brynne and Ethan perfect.  I am not always one for a dominant man, but the way that Raine has written Ethan, I was easily swayed to be an Ethan fan especially in this book.  While he is dominant, possessive, filthy-mouthed and he speaks “exactly” what is on his mind, he also has exactly what I want in my dominant characters…. While being sexy as hell and knows how to please his girl, he is loving, attentive, playful, caring, devoted husband, excited/anxious father-t0-be, and so much more.  Brynne is a strong character but one thing remains in this book, Ethan is her weakness (and her strength).   
Once I was done reading this book, I was definitely sad to think that it was “the end”, but as I said above…. Never say never!  So, if you are looking for a hot read with an intense but beautiful love story, pick up The Blackstone Affair Series. 
“BELLA, you look magnificent, the glow in your cheeks, everything, is utter perfection.” Marco, kissed me on both cheeks as was custom, then held me at arm’s length for a thorough perusal. “Lovely dress. I can see that marriage and motherhood is agreeing with you, darling.”
I felt Ethan’s hand at my back soften and relax at Marco’s friendly, but appropriate greeting. Maybe he’d get over his paranoia that Marco was trying to bag me every time he photographed me. Ethan just didn’t understand that Marco wasn’t like that at all. He was a professional photographer doing a job with me, and nothing more. Well, nothing more than a working, platonic friendship. He’d always been kind to me, and I liked working with Marco Carvaletti very much. I hoped Ethan could see it here tonight as we all interacted.
“It is, Marco, and I don’t think I could be any happier.” I leaned into Ethan, nudging him to speak up.
“Mr. Carvaletti, thank you for the invitation. We’ve been looking forward to this all day.” Ethan lied smoothly, offering his hand, playing the social gentleman to perfection, which he was well skilled at. I guess he did it out of love for me. I knew he didn’t want to be here anymore than he wanted me modeling. I mouthed a thank you only visible to him. He kissed me on the cheek and whispered in my ear, “Don’t forget about Simba, baby.” Then he wandered off to get drinks for us.
Marco took me on a tour of his elegantly restored 17th century villa as I marveled at all of the art. He had a whole room set up as a gallery of his photographs. There were a couple of me in there. One where I sat in a formal chair with one knee up, strategically placed, my expression far away and pensive. The other pose was a side view recreation of a vintage Ziegfeld Follies girl with a feather boa and some satin pumps. It was one of the first portraits I posed for and I really thought it was nicely choreographed.
“It is a beautiful piece, bella. I knew when we did that series you had the gift.” Marco stood behind me admiring the image he had created with me as the subject.
“I was so nervous posing, but you made me laugh when you told me to imagine Iggy Pop in a dress.” I shrugged. “That broke the ice and I was fine after that.”
“That one works for me every time, bella.”
“Well, Iggy Pop in a dress is funny, so good job, Marco.” We laughed together and made our way back to the main gathering.
Where was Ethan with my drink? I scanned the room for sight of him, but didn’t see his tall form standing out among the crowd anywhere. And I needed water.
“He is talking to Carolina and Rogelio, my friends,” Marco said, correctly reading my quest to find Ethan. “I believe they have discovered they are acquainted already.”
Really? Ethan knew people at this party? I suppose it wasn’t as bad as he’d predicted it would be after all. Couldn’t wait to bust him about his whining to come here.
“Oh, well that’s great. I look forward to meeting them. But first, I need to get some water. I’m really thirsty after spending a long time swimming in the ocean today. Must be all the salt.”
“Come with me, bella, I will take care of you.”
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.
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