Friday, May 3, 2013

Naked (The Blackstone Affair Part 1) Review

Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn't taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…

For months all I heard was "You have to read Naked!".  And since I was a fan of 50 Shades they assumed I would love Ethan.  Now I did really like the book, but it wasn't what I expected from all the hype I heard.

Brynne is very troubled, I assume eventually we will learn to what extent but as I read the novel I felt like it was just pushed aside, always used as sort of an excuse to keep Ethan at bay.  I wish she would have dived into Brynne's back story a bit more.  I understand there was abuse by a Senator's kid, and what appears to be a suicide attempt on Brynne's part.  But she tells her therapist that she doesn't remember it?  Then why the suicide attempt.  Did I miss something?

Ethan is charming and delightful.  Although truth be told, he is a bit clingy and possessive.  He is honest about his possessive tendencies though, so I can forgive a lot of that.  He doesn't seem to have any psychotic episodes, which bothered me to no end when I was discovering Christian Grey.  I liked that for the most part Ethan was straight forward about who he was, more so than Brynne was.

Although you had to know from the start of this novel that this was  going to end badly if Ethan didn't come clean about Brynne's father hiring him.  I saw that from page 4 on.  So to see the ending was not so terribly shocking to me.  I was just surprised how quickly it went from "I really don't have time to babysit someone's daughter" to "OMG I need her like NOW!".  But then again I have always had trouble figuring out why certain love stories seem rushed and others take their time.

Overall I really liked the book.  I will read All In and see where it all leads.  Definitely one I would recommend checking out!

I give it 4 lipsticks!

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