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.
“I couldn’t forget you that night because when I saw you in person for the first time…it was the moment I came alive again.”♡♥
Wow, just wow. I had been tapping and tapping my foot anxiously awaiting the arrival for Rare and Precious Things and it did not disappoint me!!
Book Four of the Blackstone Affair series takes place right after where Eyes Wide Open left off. Newly married, we find out the juicy details of the who, what, when, and where after the wedding and the honeymoon! YAY!!
We even get to meet a baby Blackstone!! Hehe. *And sorry!! I can’t reveal the gender/name!! It’s TOP SECRET!*
So... In true Raine fashion, she delivers a heartfelt performance of two broken individuals scarred by tragic ordeals and who must now confront their harrowing pasts in order to put their demons truly to rest.
That’s not to say, with a bun in the oven and recently just hitched, that their journey is going to be an easy one.
With guilt, despair, and need for salvation in the air, will these two lovers ever find the redemption and peace each so desperately craves? And will they ever find deliverance and learn to savor everything they have presently (in life) while learning to relish the exquisite surrender they find in one another?
Read and you will find out!
So, my verdict: An ABSOLUTE MUST READ to those of you who loved books 1-3 of the Blackstone Affair Series!
Rare and Precious Things took me on a much deeper journey and focused on the power of unconditional love. I learned a lot about life and love in general and that we should forgive and let go the bad and value what’s most important.
After all, in life, bad things will happen and so will tragedies. But it's the little things, moments, and people in life that can impact you so profoundly that make everything you take for granted even more worth living and cherishing.
That said, I WON’T divulge you readers if this is the final installment in the series. You’ll just have to read and see for yourselves.
BUT I WILL say that I hope to hear more from the Blackstones as well as Neil/Elaina and even Ivan/Gaby!! Can there be another novella or even a novel with Neil and Elaina?! I LOVE them!!
And I’m now EXTRA super, super anxious for Ivan and Gaby’s story in the Rothvale Legacy series!! Too bad it has yet to have a release date yet!! Omigah, I’m dying for it!!
I’ll now leave you readers with my favorite quote from the book:
“Brynne was my life. The last piece of my puzzle that had finally completed me. I just needed a way to tell her somehow…I wanted her to know how happy I was…because I had been blessed with the rare and precious gift…of loving her.♡♥”
*ARC was graciously provided by the author for the blog tour.*
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 9
-Cover : 9
I am a worrier. I worry about Brynne. I will worry about my child. I want to keep everyone safe and happy, and yet I know that sometimes shit happens that is not nice, and people do get hurt, or sick, or tragedy strikes. In my line of work, I know this all too well, but I also know my family will always come first before anything else.
2. Whats the biggest thing Brynne has said or done to you that has made you love her even more, and what do you think Brynne would answer to the same question about you?
Brynne really was the first woman who cared about ME as a person. She was able to see the good in me, and brought me to a place where I wanted more out of life than just the shallowness I was living before her. She also loves me in spite of all my flaws. Brynne would probably say that I taught her how to learn to trust.
3. How do you see your life had you and Brynne never met?
A very empty, and lonely one.
4. How do you see yourself acting in the delivery room?
Like a fuckin’ idiot in a total panic. Thank Christ Brynne is so level-headed and calm.
5. Ethan, you and Brynne have so much chemistry together..we feel your love and connection together......did you recognize this from the moment you first saw a picture of her?
I just knew I had to meet her in person. But when she walked into the gallery, though—that was a defining moment for me. The way she looked at me from across the room was different and did something to me inside. I knew there was nothing that would stop me from meeting her. NOTHING.
6. Ethan, what is the most important life lesson you have learned from your father Jonathan that you want to pass down to your children?
My father taught me many things and is a man I respect more than any other, but mostly he taught us to own up to our choices, and to follow our hearts.
7. Ethan, do you wish you would have told Brynne that her father had hired you to watch over her a hell of a lot sooner?
All the time. I don’t know what I was doing in not telling her. I was a fuckin’ moron.
8. Ethan, how are you going to deal with staying away from Brynne during her postpartum recovery period?
*rolls eyes* (probably not very well)
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.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
NAKED (BOOK 1)
ALL IN (BOOK 2)
EYES WIDE OPEN (BOOK 3)
CHERRY GIRL (BOOK 3.5)
Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone