Author: Raine Miller
Naked is the first in an erotic romance series which will stretch a little further than the general trilogy which is so popular at the moment, unfortunately many of these trilogies and series consist of very short volumes that could have easily been combined into one decent length book that you can really sink your teeth into.
Miller has brought together many of the elements that are beginning to seem like prerequisites for the genre at the moment, devastatingly sexy and dominating arrogant man and a gorgeous but unassuming and insecure younger woman. Undeniable sparks flying at first sight that demand to be acted upon and refuse to take no for an answer.
This first instalment is just 162 pages, not very meaty and not wordy enough to allow for lots of character building which really let down the book. We aren’t given the opportunity to get to know the leads, to get inside their heads and build a rapport with them.
Brynne is very much a study in contradictions and it isn’t in that interesting and enigmatic way. She is insecure and doesn’t think that she’s beautiful or in any way out of the ordinary, yet she poses naked and she models. Something terrifying happened to her in the past and has left her deeply traumatised, yet she gets in the car with a complete stranger and takes food from him.
She isn’t ready to share the trauma that is her past but she has fallen so far that she wants to explore what they have and work around the night terrors that saw her wake in his apartment and escape in the middle of the night, I can understand that. What I can’t understand is the willingness to attempt that with sleeping pills which will just make her more vulnerable if anything was to happen. I also don’t understamd the immediate feeling of safety she finds in his arms. This is a man who doesn’t take no for an answer, he works her around to what he wants so she submits to him and I can’t get my head around how that offers safety.
Ethan is, as I said, devastatingly sexy and rich. He has a military background and now owns and runs his own very successful security firm. He is of course ridiculously well hung but doesn’t get involved with women; he picks up, hooks up and sends them on their way but never ever takes them home. This is something else that is becoming quite common – alpha males that never allow a woman into their home. Ethan too has scars that he’s not ready to share but they aren’t the only secrets he’s keeping.
Naked is definitely a book that you need to pick up for gratuitous intimate scenes, actually I don’t know that I am comfortable calling them intimate. When I think intimate I think of tenderness and sharing which there isn’t a lot of in Naked. Sharing bodily fluids yes but that seems to be as far as it goes. There is lots of gratuitous sex going on in all manner of places and though Brynne is hesitant for all of 10 seconds she always bows to Ethan’s desires. If you are reading for the action then you might enjoy this series but if you like characters you can grow to know and like then it may not be the one for you.
I wouldn’t race out to pick up any of the subsequent books in this series but I wouldn’t avoid them because I would be interested to find out about Brynne’s secret and just what it is she ran as far as London to escape.