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Cherry Girl

(Neil & Elaina #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  6,668 ratings  ·  581 reviews
A Blackstone Affair novel. Spin-off, yet can be read standalone. Book 1.

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.

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ebook, 300 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by Raine Miller Romance
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R.K. Lilley
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes! 5 lifetime love stars! Let me start by saying that I had the highest expectations going into this one. I have come to expect a lot from my girl Raine, and she has NEVER disappointed. This beautiful love story is no exception.
Hello, Neil, welcome to a top spot on my all time favorite BBF shelf. Yes, you can stand right next to Ethan, I love you THAT much:)
This is the kind of love story that stays with you, and I really couldn't recommend it more. The writing is stellar, the love sc
Aestas Book Blog
Oct 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
OMG!!! LOOOOK!!!! It's a Blackstone Affair spin-off novella coming this November!!!

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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
4.5 second chance at love stars.

We met Neil & Elaina in the Blackstone Affair. I had to reach back into my memory for a few seconds to remember Elaina's character but remembered Neil fondly as Ethan's right hand man.

This is their story of a second chance at love.

Elaina was just ten years old when she met the seventeen year old Neil. She fell in love with him that day across the dinner table. Neil's family life is not an ideal one, allowing him to be brought into the welcoming arms of the Mor
Dec 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the story of Neil (Ethan Blackstone's colleague/friend) and how he and Elaina came to be. This book was awful, and I abandoned it at 31%. No, I didn't finish it, but I paid for it, and I'm entitled to my review, whether it's finished or not.

The reasons I abandoned it:

1. Neil was such a girl. His thoughts were so girly and so far removed from the British Army captain who had done several tours of Afghanistan that I would have expected. One such thought was when they were just about to hav

“I opened my eyes and traced over every part of his features, as beautiful now as he’d always been when he was just a boy at seventeen and winked at me over table.”

My thoughts: Is it weird that I enjoyed this short novel almost more than I liked the previous books in the Blackstone Affair Series?

For me, Ethan and Brynne’s chemistry always relied on lust and sex. Yes, both have their own tragic back stories but all I read from NAKED to EYES WIDE OPEN was sex, sex, and more sex!

I liked CH
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm upset and disappointed, and even though I rarely write reviews, this time I need to vent, so here it goes.

Major spoilers! You've been warned.

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4 dreamy second-chance stars

If you’ve read the Blackstone Affair books, then you will already know about Neil and Elaina. Neil is the best friend of Ethan Blackstone, and his relationship with Elaina is touched on in that series. Here, we get the full story, and I absolutely loved it! It’s a beautiful second-chance romance with lots of feels, a bit of angst, and a whole lot of swoon and steamy time.

“I love you, Elaina Morrison, and you’ll always be my Cherry Girl. Always. Nothing will change
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whew. This was awesome.
I want more books from this cast of characters. I want Miller to keep writing this series so I can grow old with them too!!!
Luna Sol
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

“Neil was beautiful to me when I laid my child’s eyes upon him for the first time. Purely and simply beautiful.”

When I finished this book I was speechless for words. The emotions, nostalgia, and the journey Neil and Elaina endured touched my soul. This is Raine Miller at her best. Just when I thought she couldn’t get any better she writes this book that filled me with so much love and emotion. I just love their story. I felt as if I was there with them living every single moment,
Danielle ⚾️ (Danielle's Escape)
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Oh Neil! Im so happy I met you and all your "Captain" ways! Elaina your awesome and continued to keep her head high. Always be "Cherry"
Such a sweet read about two people that clearly belong together! True love at such a young age.
Oh and Ethan never get enough of you! I love that you made an appearance!
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT. Absolute perfection!!! Neil -sigh- I love him so much!!!!! <3

Review to come!


Eeekkkkkkkk!!!! A spin off novella from my all time favourite series by the fantabulous Raine Miller by November!!! That equals BOOK HEAVEN!!!

Can't wait!! I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!! LOL.
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Don’t you ever change, Cherry Girl. Stay just how you are right now. You’re utterly perfect.”

Some romances take us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, some challenge every preconception of a functional relationship we might have ever had, and then there are some fairy tale love stories that feed the romantics in us, show us how it could be, should be, would be if our minds weren’t always chasing that elusive cathartic experience to make our own realities appear rosier. Raine Miller
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Cor Bimey Guvnor stars

This is a sweet, second chance love story between two childhood friends, Neil and Elaina, who get together, split up then find one another again. The story begins when Elaina is 10 and Neil 14 and follows their story over fifteen years as he joins the army, fights in Afghanistan and returns to work with Ethan at Blackstone security while she goes a little wild then works
abroad as an aupair before returning to work at Blackstone.

I loved them as a couple and the smut was
Anas Attic  Book Blog
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-buy-author
Cherry Girl by Raine Miller
Cherry Girl
is a spin-off of The Blackstone Affair Series by Raine Miller. That series, especially the first one, Naked" target="_blank">Naked, is one of my favorite series. Cherry Girl features Neil and Elaina, characters that were in the Blackstone Affair Series, but quite honestly, I remembered very little about them beyond their names and that they worked for Ethan Blackstone. Cherry Girl takes place in England and the characters are British (though they seemed a bit more Americanized, I gue
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm such a sucker for a second chance at love romance!!

I truly believe they were soul mates but due to ones selfishness and the others stubbornness we get this tale of second chances..

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Elaina ~ Cherry Girl
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I will continue to read anything Raine Miller writes!!!
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. Why did I wait so long to read it? Neil McManus has moved into my top 10 fave book boyfriends. Loved this story. Gave me all the feels !
Wendy LeGrand
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cherry Girl is another beautiful story from Raine Miller. This lady is a rock star in my opinion in that I have loved every book she's written. This is a standalone book that introduces us to Neil McManus and Elaina Morrison, two characters that we are introduced to in Raine's Blackstone series. If you've read the Blackstone series, we briefly meet Neil there as Ethan's right hand man working at Blackstone Security. In Cherry Girl, we get the full Neil, in all his beautiful glory.

Neil and Elaina
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 frustrating stars. After being introduced to Neil and Elaina in Naked I was looking forward to getting their story.

Elaina has been in love with Neil since she was 10 years old. Being 7 years older than Elaina, Neil always treated her like a little sister. Years later their paths cross. Elaina is 18 and Neil finally feels it's time to confess his feelings to her. Their love for each other was all consuming and very passionate. As they plan their future together, trouble comes knocking at Nei
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cherry Girl is the story of Neil McManus, Ethan Blackstone's business partner and right hand man. He's known Elaina since she was a kid and she was smitten with him immediately. Little did she know those feelings were reciprocated and Neil was just biding his time until she was old enough (Not in a creepy way though). Just before 9/11 Neil joined the Royal Air Force and one time when he came home on leave he and Elaina finally admitted their feelings and thus began their short lived love affair. ...more
I just love story lines like this. Girl falls in love with brother's best friend.

Beautiful read. We go through Elaina and Neil''s relationship from when they first met, to when they got together, separated for a few years, then finally reunited.

It also goes through the hardship that military couples go through. We usually get the aftermath of military men. that is scarred and closed up. Well in this book I read about having to say goodbye to your loved one when they're leaving for their mission
Mia (Mia's Book Blog)
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I cried like I never cried. this book was blow-minding,amazing and fantastic. I fell in love with Elaina & Neil. such a beautiful couple. Best book ever, Raine thank you, I owe it all to you and you fantastic imagination. Forever cherry lover. <3
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Review to come shortly

Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so much loved this story.... For me it was a lot better than Ethan and Brynne... I loved Neil and Elaina from the first page till the last....
Kinga Abigel Szabo
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So f*cking good. I love Raine millers books, and this one was once again #UtterlyPerfect
Made Me cry, swoon, and I am a blubbering mess after I finished .

Love to you Raine, and thank you for another wonderful story.
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute story but I was dead bored throughout this .
Julie Kirby
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 big fat cherry blossom stars.

This was a sweet sweet story of first love, broken hearts, and second chances.

We meet Neil at 17 when Elaina was only 10, and I must admit thinking where was this going to end up.

I loved how Elaina's family treated him like their own, and that Elaina thought she had just met her husband. Their friendship ticked along nicely, with Elaina having to watch Neil with different girls, he eventually signed on with the Army, when she was only 14, their departure was really
Tbird London
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of Raine Miller and the Blackstone Affairs series is in the top three of my favorite series. When I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review I was beside myself. I had no idea how she was going to give me more Blackstone Affairs after I had spent weeks grieving the end of that series, but she did. We now get to see more of Neil and Elaina and she even gave us some of Ethan again.

I thought there was no way Neil could ever be on m
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
I really enjoyed this little spin off. The Blackstone Affair is one of my favourite series ever and I have listened to it on audio countless times.

I loved getting to know Elaina and Neil and their story was truly heartbreaking but very sweet. They both over reacted when they were hurting, but I must say, I kind of understand it. When someone you love hurts you, it cuts you deep and I totally understand the running away thing. It's self protection. It's not a healthy way to behave, obviously, but
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Raine Miller has rocked another book! PURELY and SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!! Somehow this book managed to get away from me and I’m so glad I finally go to start it. It was a excellent read, I finished it in a day, granted it was a pretty undisturbed day but, it was still a day! Cherry girl could easily be a stand alone because much of Neil & Elaina’s story happens before The Blackstone Affair Series begins, there is a small overlap but not enough to confuse you. I was a HUGE fan of the Blackstone Affair ...more
I really LOVED Neil in the previous books and I was excited to hear Neil and Elaina's story. Finding out that they knew each other when they were younger and this was a variation of the 'fall in love with my older brothers best friend storyline' I was like YAY! Because I'm a sucker for the angst and forbidden nature that these plots have however Elaina ruined it for me, hence the drop in stars to 3 stars.
I tried, I really did and I even understood that she was young when she made an ultimately s
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