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.
My love affair with Ethan Blackstone began when I first met him in Naked. He got under my skin with his piercing blue eyes, domineering ways, and the beauty of his incredible British accent in All In. In Eyes Wide Open, I was completely, head over heels in love. If it is possible to ever fall in love with Ethan any more, I did when reading Rare and Precious Things. This entire series has captivated me and I loved every word. Nothing is more romantic that a Raine Miller novel—she deserves a crown, jewels around her neck and a sash that says “Queen of Everything Romance”.
Rare and Precious Things picks up where Eyes Wide Open ends. A wedding, a baby on the way… Brynne is expecting their “little peach” and Ethan is as loving and protective as ever. She has always been his American girl. They belong together.
“Brynne was my life. The last piece of my puzzle that had finally completed me.”
“You’re so beautiful, and I don’t mean just on the outside.” I brought my finger to her heart. “Here is beautiful.”
And Brynne. God I love her character. She wants nothing from him but his love. She did not think she was worthy of love until she found him.
“…but my eyes have only really been opened since we met. 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.”
There is sadness, happiness, tragedy, pain, but most of all… love. You grasp onto it, squeeze it tight, and you don’t want to let go. You remember that every moment in life is a gift. You are reminded to take a breath, hold it in, look around you. Life is a present. Unwrap it slowly. Drink it in. You are lucky enough to experience those unbelievable moments and this novel is one of them.
You don’t just read a Raine Miller book—you feel it, you experience it, you savor it. Her writing is magical, you feel as if you’re reading a fairy tale. It is a rare and precious experience.
An Interview with Ethan
1. Now that you’re going to be a father, what do you feel will be your biggest challenge with fatherhood?
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)
About Raine Miller
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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