Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone
Elaina Morrison has loved Neil McManus her whole life. She doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love him. Through heartbreaking tragedy and years of separation, her love holds true…until life stomps all over her heart, shattering her perfect dream, teaching her how hard it is to let go.
Real life doesn’t have anything on romantic dreams though, as these two have learned repeatedly. It sucks big time, leaving painful scars in its wake.
But Neil isn’t giving up. He’s endured years of longing and sacrifice to wait for her. Always a soldier, he knows his way around a battlefield, and winning Elaina is no different. So that’s precisely what Neil is going to do. He’ll go in fighting, and make Elaina see what he already knows.
That she will forever be his Cherry Girl…
Having just finished Cherry Girl only moments ago, I am in awe of Raine Miller and her ability to completely blow me away. I absolutely loved her Blackstone Books and wasn’t sure that this one would give me the same gushy girl feelings that the others did. Well, she swept me off my feet and took me to another time and place and I didn’t want to leave. She writes romance like few others can. She sucks you in, takes over your heart and leaves you breathless. This is a story of love, heartbreak, and endless wanting.
Elaina is just a young girl when she meets Neil, her brother Ian’s friend, who is 7 years older than her and she instantly fell in love. She knew the moment she laid eyes on him that she would marry him someday. She was his “Cherry Girl” because of the color of her hair.
Neil was 17 when he decided to enlist in the British Army. At the same time, September 11 happened. Elaina’s father was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon building during the attacks. Nothing prepared the family for the devastating loss they faced. Elaina turned into a girl who partied, drank, smoked, and got involved with boys. She never, ever forgot about Neil.
“I tried to forget about him. Forget that he would never belong to me. Forget that our time could never come. Forget about ever having the man I loved all for myself.
Little did she know that their time would come. He was 25 and she was 18 when she finally got her wish. She got Neil. Neil with his dark eyes, beautiful muscular body, and pure HOT PERFECTION!!!! She turned into an exquisite woman with her stunning cherry hair. They run into each other at a pub and finally, FINALLY, face their attraction and lust for one another. She finally admits that she wants what she can’t have—him—and the freakin fireworks exploded. He was incredible. He was her “Captain”. What I wouldn’t give to have my own Neil McManus falling at my feet and telling me he’s been waiting for me forever.
“You’ve been waiting…”
“I have.” He leaned toward my lips but didn’t touch them. “Waiting and waiting forever. For you. Waiting for you to grow up. Waiting for you to see me as something more than just a friend of Ian’s…I don’t want to wait anymore…Please don’t make me wait for you any longer.”
Jesus, Mary, and Saint Joseph—I think I just died. Like literally passed out. I sat here reading imagining in my mind that I was Cherry and he was doing all these incredible things to my body. I love him, I need him, I will do whatever I have to do to have him. And yes I know he’s a fictional character, but in my mind HE IS REAL!!!
The two of them have a whirlwind romance—with a perfect backdrop, beautiful words spoken, declarations of love, extremely hot sex. Raine tells a tale that captures you, keeps you enchanted. It’s magical—like a fairytale.
The unthinkable happens and you have angst—literally my heart was twisted, stomach in knots, points I couldn’t breathe—just what I look for in a book. I swear I was ready to head to my therapist or consume way to many glasses of wine.
“The love in his eyes answered every question I needed answering. I knew he loved me, as I loved him. I didn’t really need him to ask me, because I knew I was home.”
GOD I have chills!!! Her words make your hair stand on end and give you goosebumps!!! Reading Raine’s books makes me want pick up my life and move to the other side of the pond. ENGLAND AND NEIL HERE I COME!!!! I want to have Neil grab my arse and rip my knickers off and have the shag of my life. I want him to rip off my vest and do unthinkable things to me, all while he’s telling me how much he fancies me and takes me on holiday…SWOON!!!!!
I hung on and prayed and hoped and wished—Raine did not disappoint. Neil and Elaina’s story will be forever engrained in my heart. She is OH SO GIFTED and I thank her so, so much for sharing her beautiful words with us. I CANNOT say enough fabulous words about this book!!! It was FANFLIPPINTASTIC and I’m telling you go grab it now…GO GO GO!!!!!
About The Author
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.