By Raine Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Naked desire. Secret satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.
Brynne Bennet has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking no for an answer.
At first his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship- huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?
Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defences, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.
Naked is the first book in the Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller. It is basically a short novel (162 pages) about a girl called Brynne who has had something traumatic happen to her and is slowly trying to work her way through it. Brynne’s father is worried about her so he hires Ethan Blackstone to protect her. But Ethan never thought that he would fall for the person that he is supposed to be protecting. But Brynne is slowly starting to let Ethan in and after everything that she has been through, if she finds out why Ethan originally went looking for her will she be able to handle the truth or will it tear her apart and make her never trust again?
I must admit I have never been one for big sex scenes in books, but since I have started to read more and more New Adult books I am absolutely loving the way that authors are writing them and Naked has a few scenes where you will be reaching for a cold towel to cool you down as the chemistry between Brynne and Ethan is so hot.
One thing that I found intriguing about this book is that we know what Ethan’s secret is (that he was hired by Brynne’s father to protect her) but we don’t really find out what Brynne’s is. We know that she had a bad experience and we get little snippets here and there of things that she remembers or who was involved in the incident. But we are never told straight out what it was, so we are kept guessing and I think that is why I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to finally learn what happened to Brynne.