Finishing up Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller was so bittersweet for me. I've LOVED this series, these characters, this amazing journey Ms. Miller has taken us on every step of the way. I never wanted it to end! Leave it to the amazing Raine Miller to give us an ending that will satisfy every part of you...mind, body, and soul.
In the fourth installment of this amazing series, we dive back in to the world of our newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone. With a baby on the way, and a new home to settle down in, you can't help but take a deep breath for these two and say to yourself, all is well in the world. Right? Right? Oh come on! WRONG! The past is always there, lurking in the background, waiting to ruin everything. Ethan is still plagued with his horrible nightmares AND for his intense worry for Brynne and her past. Once again, we see their relationship, even as husband and wife, struggle through so many obstacles. If you have been following this fabulous series, you know that with Ethan and Brynne the past always keeps trying to push its way in. What makes this book and this series so great is the fact that these characters are so strong-willed, determined, and stubborn that they will not let anything break them. As long as they have each other, they are whole, and NOTHING can take that away from them.
❝You gave me everything. You made me really want to open my eyes to what was around me, for the first time in my adult life. You made me want you. You made me want...a life. You were my greatest gift of all, Ethan James Blackstone.❞
We have been witnesses to Ethan and Brynne's growing love for each other for a while. You really can't say that about too many book characters. We have been through the ups and downs right along with them. They have touched our hearts and souls with their words for one another. They are a part of our family and with Raine giving us the gift of Rare and Precious Things, we get to relive these moments where we first fell in love with not only the SEXY AS SIN Ethan Blackstone, but Brynne and the rest of the amazing characters we have met along the way. What put a big smile on my face was the small glimpses of how Ethan and Brynne met, and the other bits and pieces we get, that help us to remember their blossoming love.
❝She knew. She knew exactly what I liked and how I liked it. My perfect sexual goddess.❞
The incredibly talented Raine Miller isn't one to just give us a simple love story. NO WAY! She gives us a love story that makes our hearts soar. A love story that is always so intense, so sensual, and so emotional, that it will stick with you forever. She gives us amazing, complex, far from perfect, characters that you can't help but fall in love with. The author makes us see not only the light, but the dark, and VERY dark sides of the story.
❝I don't want you any other way than how you are. You are just what you are supposed to be."
Rare and Precious Things is not only a story about love. It's a story about hope and courage. It's not just all about the intense chemistry between the two main characters (although, it's PRETTY DAMN INTENSE). It's about believing in something or someone; it's about not letting your fear and your past demons rule you. It's about having hope when the cards are stacked against you. No matter how much baggage you carry, there will always be someone to help you put it away. To feel true happiness, true contentment, is a gift we all wish for in our lives, and following Ethan and Brynne's story will help you believe that some day you will have that for yourself, and you will know to cherish it with everything you have.
❝You are the only one. The only person ever able to really see me.❞
Truth is, I could go on and on in this review, because I LOVE this series SO MUCH! I could say that Rare and Precious Things was a TOP PICK for me because it made me a blubbering mess by the end, but that wouldn't be enough. The Blackstone Affair will take you on a very special journey. A journey where you can get lost in the complicated lives of these wonderful characters. You will dream about them, you will talk to your book friends like they are real people. You will hurt when they hurt, love when they love, and smile when they smile. Nothing will prepare you for the uber sexy, protective, dominating man that is Ethan Blackstone. He is truly one of a kind, a gentle soul with a horrible past, and he has finally found his happily ever after.
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