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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 th ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 208 pages
Published August 25th 2012 by Raine Miller Romance
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"That's All" Ash
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-great, ehh
I’ve been ruined.

And it’s all thanks to E.L. James, Sylvia Day, and R.K. Lilley.

You ladies ruined me with your Christian Gray, James Cavendish, and Gideon Cross.

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Because now when I come across Ethan something-or-other… I can’t even remember his last name after just finishing this book.


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I’m pretty sure the author went by the standard “This should make your erotic book successful” checklist:

Sex against the wall: Ch
Dear authors,

If you absolutely MUST set a book in London, then for the love of everything that is holy at least visit the city. Or find a beta reader who is a Londoner.

Because I'm barely into the book and:
1) The heroine remarks with surprise that the London streets are crowded for a weeknight. Dear Raine, London streets are ALWAYS crowded. I have the bruises to prove it.

2) The hero buys the heroine Advil. Advil is not sold in the UK. (Editing to add: Before you feel the need to tell me I am wron
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★★! Naked, book 1 of 4. The Ethan Blackstone, larger-than-life, handsome, rich playboy and security expert extraordinaire sets out to protect his American girl in a suspenseful and deadly high-stakes political game!

“That picture changed everything. I was not the same after I saw it and I couldn’t go back to the man I’d been before seeing it either. Not after we met that night on the street. My whole world altered because of a photograph. A photograph of my beautiful Ame
~ Becs ~
So this is another Fifty Shades/Bared to You style first novel in a trilogy but it’s a really good one. The style is very engaging, the characters bounce vividly to life right from the get go and it’s set in London in the run up to the 2012 Olympics – what’s not to love?

I think, as you’re reading the novel, it pays to remember the prologue – it’s very short and easy to forget when you’re caught up in the story but it’s VERY IMPORTANT!!

Brynne is our heroine – an American grad student studying in
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
What. Was. That?

I get that this is a novella but serious? Put some effort into it.

This was me about 15% in

But I figured it was only 100-some pages so I might as well see what was going to happen.

Well. It was basically all the naughty words you could think of mixed in with NO plot. Serious. I tried to find it.

And then the end. Serious?

I just don’t care enough to find out what might happen in the sequel.

Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
What The Hell Was That?!?!?!

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I don't know what it is about this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I felt like everything developed way too fast. I had no emotional connection with the characters. The author literally tells you what to feel instead of actually making you feel that way.

You know when you start reading a book and you actually feel like you're falling in love along with the characters!?!? …. Ummm yeah, I didn’t get any of those feelings at all with this book except extreme bored
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Yup. I’m an Ethan Blackstone fan now!

Fans of Fifty Shades and Crossfire should definitely check this series out!

Naked is a quick, sizzling read. It’s hot, passionate and erotic – but in a tasteful way. The writing style is engaging, the story progresses quickly and while there is a cliffhanger, the second book is currently available so you can go straight on to it once you’re done with this one :)

I was intrigued from the first paragraph and by the end of the prologue, I was hooked. I’ve incl
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 1/2 Quivering Stars!! I'm in love with Ethan Blackstone!! I can see the comparisons coming already, but I don't care, I LOVED this book!! I reiterate, you can't help that books are going to have similar underlying themes, but how the story plays out, the way characters are portrayed and the skill of the author's writing, is what differentiates them and sets them apart. This one shoots straight to the top!!

"That picture changed everything. I was not the s
Pearl Angeli
2 Stars

Unfortunately, this one didn't work out. This book and the series have been on my radar ever since I heard a lot of good things about them. I was so excited last week because finally, I was able to dive into it. Okaaay so it started off well enough. The heroine Brynne Bennett was sure to be an interesting character-- an American who moved to London to study as a grad student and work at the same time as a part-time photographic model. This actually reminds me of the book that I liked, On
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

"Open your eyes" he told me. I lifted them to see Ethan's face a mere inch away, his blue eyes burning hot with lust."
"I'm not your girl, Ethan."
"You were during that kiss Brynne." Eyes flickering, he read me, and then he inhaled. I was a damp mess between my legs and I wondered if he could smell me. "You smell so good....and f*cking sexy."

This book...OMG! Wow...It was surprisingly fantastic. It was sexy, hot and just plain steamy but there was a plot. It wasn't just
Sophia Triad
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although short, “Naked” is a very exciting beginning of the story of Brynne and Ethan.

Brynne Bennett is an American postgraduate student in London who is also a part-time photographic model in order to cover her living expenses.

Ethan Blackstone is a successful London businessman who owns a security company aiming for the rich and famous people. He also covers important events. Since the story takes place during the 2012 London Olympics, Ethan is extremely busy looking after the event. So, when
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re read via audible. My prior comments still apply:

Ethan Blackstone absolutely ROCKS! I will read this series again and again.

For my safety gang friends interested. (view spoiler)
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meet Ethan Blackstone...



Do I have your attention yet?

He tilted his head and spoke softly. “I want to be with you so badly right now. I want to take you home with me, and put you in my bed and have hours and hours with your body wrapped up in mine to do with as I wish. I want to have you there in the morning so when we wake up I can make you come, saying my name. I want to drive you to work and pick you up when it’s time to leave. I want to go to the shops with you and buy food we can cook fo
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 I Heart Ethan Blackstone STARS*****

I've had this series on my TBR for quite some time.
All I can say is I feel like kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book!!
Any story that has David Gandy as the muse for the leading male character, is a book I'm more than likely going to LOVE!!!!
I pretty much had to wipe the drool from my mouth the entire time I read this book, as I had very vivid pictures of Gandy in my mind!! YUMMY!!!

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Brynne Bennett is a young American woman, living in
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
So I desperately wanted to like this book after all the amazing reviews and even a 4.11 on Good Reads. It was compared to 50 shades and Bared to you but I am beginning to think I am not reading the same book that all the reviewers read...AT ALL! I think people see the word safe word and that is all it takes to have a 50 shades and Bared to you competitor (Mind you Bared to you is my fav over 50 shades). The main character is of course broken from what we still don't know but it is leaning toward ...more
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
3.5 to 4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica
Serie: Part #1 in the Blackstone

'I stood there after the door closed, my body still humming from the orgasm, my ripped underwear up around my waist, the warm trickle of semen starting to flow down my thigh and listened. The rap of footsteps following his retreat was not to my liking. Not one bit.' -Brynne in Naked

Brynne is a twenty four year old American art student and has been living in London the past four years. She atte
I was going to wait until book two was out due to the heartbreaking cliffhanger, but after doing a little research reading other reviews and entering in the author´s webpage I was really intrigued.

And of course, after finding out that David Gandy was the inspiration for Ethan I couldn´t help myself and picked the book right away.


I was hooked after the first chapter, and the story totally captivated me. They meet and click right away, but a little too fast for my taste, I would ha
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Naked - 4 ★'s (spell ckd)

It all started with a picture. Ethan Blackstone was asked as a favor to watch over Brynne by her Dad. Ethan wasn't going to do it but then he saw her picture and he just couldn't resist.

I just have to say upfront that I loved Ethan's vulnerability. Granted he's too dominant and too forward but I love all his reactions to all things Brynne. It was so refreshing!


Both Brynne and Ethan have had tragic events happen in their pasts and as with any new relationship, they will
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't know what it was about this book, but I just couldn't get into it. You know when you read a book and you feel like your falling in love/lust along with them? Yeah, I got nothing with 'Naked'. Except bored. ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Love it
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Smoking
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: A book that’s hard to put down
Characters: Well done
Plot: One heart, one compelling man and danger. A sexy mix.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Of course
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Ethan

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Loved this book. Two complaints, it was short and straddled a line of insta love. Yet, I found it compelling and well worth the price paid. The author knew how to make a full story in a short period.
 ♥  Barb ♥
*^*4 Hot/Juicy ETHAN*^*stars

"I want the real thing. I want you underneath me."


The story starts out with Brynne, part-time model/art student meeting Ethan Blackstone after he buys her nude portrait. His dominant nature captivates Brynne despite the demons she carries inside her. She's broken and doesn't think Ethan will want her after he finds out the truth. Will this relationship survive??? This book has it all.... SECRETS, LOVE, PASSION, HEARTACHE, TRUST...stay tuned as this con
Oh bloody hell! Cliffie! Ugh...thank goodness the next book is already out.

I have no idea why I waited so long to read this. Ethan is A-Fucking-Mazing! On to book 2....
Aug 14, 2021 rated it liked it
there were a lot of grammatical errors and the sentence formations were weird at times but i enjoyed the story.

i was in the mood for something like fifty shades of grey and while this one didn't hit that mark, i enjoyed it. Ethan did not have any commitment issues unlike christian, and he said 'i love you' first and i actually liked that.

i was looking for a possessive, obsessive and controlling man, and tbh Ethan wasn't high on any of those things and was actually really sweet and not an asshol
Duchess Nicole
All right, all right. I caved. I keep skipping over the "rich man, poor little innocent girl" books because they all started running together after awhile. But it's been a couple of months since I've picked one up, and the cover of this one kept STARING at me. Admit's eye catching.

And the book is all in good erotic, American girl fantasy. We American ladies love a sexy British accent...refined and elegant and chivalrous...(it really just makes us want to drop our panties). This book deli
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every female who has blood in her veins!

past participle, past tense of de·vour (Verb)

1. Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.
2.(of fire, disease, or other forces) Consume (someone or something) destructively.

That is EXACTLY what I did with this Novella.

I was hooked from the prologue! which by the way is VERY IMPORTANT, so don't forget it.

This was just the right amount of well EVERYTHING

high steam factor ! <--Sex scenes off the charts!!
Chemistry.. Check

“Brynne, I'm looking because I can't keep my eyes off you
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, erotica
Brynne Bennett an American Grad student studying in London, does some stylish nude modelling to supplement her income. These tasteful works of art is purchased by the stylish ex British Special Forces and now security head honcho of his own security firm, Ethan Blackstone. Ethan has to know her and makes his mind up that they definitely need to get together.

Ethan - how I loved Ethan! As I was told by my friend Karla, supposedly Raine Miller has used David Gandy to model him on. Well let me tell
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is interesting. The plot got me intrigue and curious. The lust between Ethan and Brynne is just hot. I am impress how the author packs everything in such short story.

There are so much more between these two in the next book. Naked got me hook. I can feel the promise of their next story in the next book. Oh I wish I can get my hand on the next book! Ethan is so hot and demanding. So sexy.

Overall this is delicious sexy book.

4 stars
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I gave this a quick re-read as I was going to start the next in the series.... bit of a waste of time. Very short book - did not really do it for me. Not sure now if I will read the next one.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wowsa!!! What an awesome book!! I loved it!!! Ethan Blackstone can "Rock My World" any day!!LOL He is panty melting HOT STUFF! Whew! The sex in this book is off the charts, sizzling hot! ( I think I made myself clear!) I was pleasantly surprised with this book and I read it in one sitting! I just couldn't put it down, and I am glad to report that Book #2 is out now so I can continue right away with it!! Thank God for that!
This story begins with Ethan being hired to watch a young lady named Bryn
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I thought David Gandy was just my Gabriel Emerson, but it turns out he is also my Ethan Blackstone! :) Devoured this book in one day! It was excellent & super steamy! Starting right now on All In! :)

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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 former teacher, she's now writing sexy romance sto ...more

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“‎Only a bastard would want to take her to bed and get her naked right now. Ergo, I was such a dirty bastard." --Ethan” 128 likes
“Brynne, I'm looking because I can't keep my eyes off you. I want to be in you. I want to fuck you so badly I can hardly drive the damn car right now. I want to come inside you and then do it again. I want your sweet cunt wrapped around my cock while you scream my name because I made you come. I want to keep you with me all fucking night long so I can take you over and over again and you don't remember anything else but me.” 106 likes
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