Smoke and Mirrors~

kill yourself“My wife will never agree,” I told him, picturing how I’d left her in bed after crying herself to sleep.  Drained and exhausted, and very emotional from the argument with her mother.  That insensitive cow was on my last nerve too.  I stubbed out my ciggie and lit another.

“Make her agree, Blackstone.”

“I know you care for nothing but the success of your campaign, Senator, not even what’s happened to your son, but I don’t give a maiden queen’s first fuck about your politics, or your rapist son.”

I’d give Oakley points for laying it all out on the line.  He wasted nothing on words.  Just went straight to the issue in that tonal American accent of his that seemed almost devoid of humanity.  “Don’t you think it’s better to be a couple of indiscreet teenagers who had a lapse in judgment years ago, and who’ve put it firmly behind them, than to worry about extortion should their shameful secret be brought to light?  If they are still friends, then no crime ever occurred.  Simple insurance, Blackstone.  I think you should care very much.”

As much as I hated to admit it, Oakley’s ‘insurance’ scheme was really very clever.  But the cleverness of it wouldn’t help Brynne.  It would hurt her.  “I care about the welfare of my pregnant wife, who was made ill tonight by this whole shitstorm blowing up in media.  And that, Senator, is not going to help you one iota.  I can’t make her go and see him.  She won’t do it.”

He responded with, “Within the week, please,” and cut the line.  I stared at my mobile, sure the number he’d called from was already deactivated.  The tingle of fear scratched its way down my spine.  I lit another Djarum and filled my lungs.  I didn’t know how to fix this problem, and it had grown exponentially in the matter of hours.  The US presidential election was propelling this one.  How in the goddamn shitting hell did one fight that monstrous beast?

So I got up and left my office.   I went to sit outside on the balcony, where I started smoking in earnest.  One ciggie after the other, until I was high from the pumping nicotine that fueled the addiction I couldn’t deny.smoking Ethan

The smoke drifted away on the cool nighttime breeze in lazy, wafting swirls.  I had a flash of longing that my problems could magically do the same.  Wishful thinking.  Real life never worked that way.  My hand was being forced in this.  Sometimes my experience with poker was a curse…because I knew the odds here.  I could see when folding was the only option.

It wouldn’t help Brynne to bring her into Oakley’s circle, but I feared it was already too late for that.


Rare and Precious Things coming February 28th

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xxoo R


  1. Can’t wait for next week!! I love The Blackstone Affaire!!!!

  2. Damn, I can hardly wait!!!.

  3. Whew… I’m ready for more Ethan Blackstone!

  4. Katrina Alexander-Lee says

    Wow. Can’t wait for next week!!! Love this series. Thanks for the teaser.

  5. Oh Raine, looks like you did it again. I cannot wait!

  6. Cristina Riquelme says

    Wow, that was intense!!!! Can’t wait to next week!!!!!

  7. I’m worried about how much I have to wait to come out translated to my native language!!!

  8. Raine, you’re awesome, with this kind of conversation and plot, gee, I just had a heart attack, can’t wait, love the twists you’ve included in the novels. Can’t wait!!!

  9. This is the first time I wish time would fly, the blackstone series entered my heart. Amazing love story and full of surprises from current life events. Should I ask for more?


    Omg just when I think my heart can’t beat any harder for these two…u prove me wrong Raine!! Can’t wait!!

  11. Oh my…so intense! I love the drama in a book as much as the hot steamy scenes..well, maybe not as much lol, but I do love drama…keeps me on my toes!!! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a release!!!! Thanks for a great teaser Raine!!

  12. Omg can’t wait it’s been so long ..had to go Back and star reading from the beginning two more days …

  13. Will I be able to get this for my Nook on the 28th? I wanted to pre-order it today at Barnes and Noble, and no luck. Thanks for the feedback. And please keep this story going–the Blackstone family is wonderful and it would be a blast to see our happy couple as parents…since we know you are that gifted you could continue to reveal more layers of these amazing characters! Thank you for great characters with well-rounded sparks and imperfections!


  1. […] Teaser:  Ethan Blackstone fans!!  Raine Miller posted a teaser from Rare and Precious Things (← pre-order link) that is ….so….well, you just have to read it for yourself!!!  ETA is February 28. […]

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