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August 8, 2013

Braine Reviews: Undressed + Unscrupulous by Avery Aster

Reader's Discretion:
Due to the strong sexual content of THE MANHATTANITES, the book and the review is too raunchy for reader's 18 and below. Come back when you're of age.


Series: The Manhattanites 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Romantica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Milan’s notorious playboy, Massimo Tittoni, seems to have everything–Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what’s he willing to give to get her in his bed?

Upper East Side designer Lex Easton will be damned if she’ll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him. With Fashion Week approaching, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to become the next Diane von Furstenburg– even sleep with her rival. But when she arrives in Europe the paparazzi chronicles her every move and she finds herself in a situation never imagined. Lex’s Louboutins stilettos are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!

Avery Aster’s super-glossy debut novel is loaded with passionate escapism, pitting American ambition against Italian tradition. Erotic romance fans who appreciate extended sex scenes, witty banter and glamour mustn’t miss Undressed.

Inside Scoop: Though the hero and heroine remain monogamous, their Prada-wearing friends indulge in a ménage a trois and other fashionable sexual fun and games.
New York: Wall Street, Empire State, 9/11, Times Square, Fashion Capital. These are some of the things people easily associate with the state. When you say Manhattan, Sex and the City and Gossip Girl flashes through my head. I see well dressed people strutting their stuff up and down and the streets, exuding power brought by beauty, money brains and ability. Lex Easton is one of your quintessential Mahattanite, she's driven, beautiful, talented, a little crazy in the head but brilliant nonetheless.  So when her textile supplier and Italian Prince, Massimo Tittoni, tried to screw her of her shipment, you betcherass Lex is going after the Prince, stud muffin or not, especially with Fashion Week around the corner and her company's future on the line. 

But going after the Prince isn't as simple as Lex thought. The Italians obviously operates under a different set of rules and soon enough Lex finds herself caught in a whirlwind of Milan fashion, tabloid scandal, sex that's hotter than the sun, threesomes, business contracts and negotiations with a squirt of love juice on the side. To say that reading Lex navigate through "uncharted" waters is entertaining is overly simplifying it. Let's just say Lex's story, UNDRESSED, is a story you'd most likely find on the E! network.

For the past two and a half days I've been balls-deep (and AAster brought gave this phrase a whole new meaning!) in Avery Aster's The Manhattanites series. For two and a half  days I've been scandalized, amused, aroused, irritated and intrigued by AAster's very colorful New Yorkers. Lex's story is an excellent series primer, AAster went all out in making sure that she'll give us a modern fairy tale with a dash of The American Dream complete with catfights, ball gowns, red carpets and lots and lots of sex. I had a hard time keeping up after Lex unleashed her inner sex kitten and Massi is all too ready to accommodate her needs. Even the secondary characters joined in the feast of the flesh, sexing up the story even more. Yes, there are a LOT of undressing that happened here.

UNDRESSED captures how Manhattanites are perceived from they're lavish lifestyles to their shark-like attitudes. And with fashion and royalty as its backdrop, you can be sure that the plot twists are tabloid-like. AAster's characters are too darn sexy and they very much know it, entertaining is overly simplifying the story.




Series: The Manhattanites 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romantica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The Manhattanites is an extended modern erotic romance series of full length juicy melodramas multilayered on love, friendship, and drama to the hilt. If you grew up reading Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz and Danielle Steel you will devour this series as each book may be read as a stand alone. Sex & The City fans who watch TV shows like Girls (HBO), Mistresses (ABC/BBC Drama), and The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS) love The Manhattanites series. Avery’s characters are over the top. They have raunchy sex, speak their minds and always get what they want.


Content Warning: due to graphic sex scenes, strong language, suggestive themes, mature humor, and just about everything your friends ever told you not to do–including getting vajazzled, this novel is for adults only.


At thirty-three Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executive’s careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.

Stunning, tantalizing, and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.

The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. But before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.
And things just keeps on getting juicier and juicier in UNSCRUPULOUS. I must say that I enjoyed Tabitha Adelaide "Taddy" Brillford's story better than Lex's. While Undressed and Lex is scandalous, Taddy and UNSCRUPULOUS is amorously romantic. 

I find Taddy Brill a very intriguing character, beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, Taddy is a sweetheart, spoiling her friends and employees. She's the bastion of strength and the one to call when things get too sticky and messy, a redhead Olivia Pope if you may. Although Avery Aster glossed over Taddy's backstory, she gave us enough history to give Taddy a little vulnerability to contrast with Taddy's carpe diem attitude. Her consort, Warner Truman is cut from a different cloth and I think this is one of the reasons why I so loved UNSCRUPULOUS. Unlike his billionaire counterparts, Warner is no playboy. He's all business and a one-woman kind of man. Warner agonizing and searching for his "Red" for five months, haunted by long-legged redheads, ruby vajazzles and the smell of tuberose is so romantic! Who doesn't love a good chase?!

UNSCRUPULOUS is still sexy as f*ck like it's predecessor, Undressed, and the combination of Warner and Taddy gave The Manhattanites brand a different flavor. Warner is very intense but not in an overbearing Alpha way and Taddy finally having her own rock in Truman is heartwarming. After being so independent and so strong for so long, she finally found a safe place to be soft and vulnerable. My only beef is that AAster left Taddy's family drama hanging a little bit. From the reader's perspective the answer to Taddy's paternity mystery is quite obvious but from the character's perspective, there's no closure and selfishly, I want Taddy to have another smackdown with her horrible mother! I can only hope that in book 3, Unsaid, Taddy and Lex's storyline will be a side story because these two has more stories to tell. 


The Manhattanites is a throwback to those paperback novels AAster mentioned and it reminded me a lot of Judith Krantz's I'll Take Manhattan and Dazzle. It's filled with family drama, salacious backstories, rich people problems and the glitz and glamour of fame without turning it into an intense saga of revenge and disappointment. AAster kept it light and a little tongue-in-cheek designed so the readers can indulge and live the life of a Manhattanite vicariously through her characters. 






9 comments:

  1. It sounds like she's nailed the characters in this one and that you had a great time with the world

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  2. Braine!

    Holy Hanna suck on a banana did you just serve me up a cup of caviar and a bottle of bubbly. THANK YOU BRAINE for such a fieeeeeeeeeeeeeerce review. *kisses the tops of Braine's polished toenails*

    And you are on the money honey. Lex & Taddy have a HUGE subplot to UNSAID #3. It flips back to Lex's POV and you'll get the answer you're looking for but I have to give you a hint...it's not the answer you want. LOL! UNSAID is Blake's romance story but Lex and Taddy's friendship subplot which I loved writing. It's a big book 1 1/2 times the size of Unscrupulous. YAY.

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    1. 1.5 times bigger than Unscrupulous?! Oh my! I better do some stretches, limber up!

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  3. Nice! I saw this one on netgalley, but wasn't sure how it would go. I'm glad it's good, maybe once I'm done with my previous galleys I can see if this is still up, if not I'M BORROWING FROM YOU BRAINE!! :D LOL

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    1. If it's no longer there, I'll hook you up with Avery Aster. I'm sure she'd be more than happy to have another blogger feature her scandalous series.

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  4. Such and enthusiastic review, Braine! I love it!! It sounds as though Aster has created some great characters here and I can't wait to get to know them. :)

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    1. Oh this book is hilarious, scandalous and very very lusty.

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  5. Trolling your reviews for something entertaining to read after all the duds I've gone through in the past weeks, Braine. I might try this. Thanks!

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