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September 3, 2015

Loved It: Unsaid by Avery Aster

Series: Manhattanites 3
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author via Tour Co.
Genre: Romance | MM | Erotic

For fans who loved the snarky wit of Will & Grace and the epic love drama found in Brokeback Mountain comes Avery Aster’s new full-length, standalone contemporary M/M romance novel, Unsaid.

Chelsea’s hottie Blake Morgan III has reemerged from a nasty breakup. His marriage was a frigid disaster beyond repair, and he vows to be single—forever. Bruised, but still hot in Prada, he creates his Seven Desires wish list, his sexiest imaginings. Blake soon realizes there’s only one man he may trust to make these uninhibited intentions come to fruition: his best friend Miguel Santana.

Lower East Side multimedia artist extraordinaire Miguel Santana may be known as the cocky Latin stud in the city, but all he’s wanted since college was Blake’s hand in marriage. He was livid when Blake walked down the aisle with the wrong guy. Miguel has his own list titled the Seven Needs, which are quite contrary to Blake’s dirty-boy deeds. They involve serious commitments, which may leave his new-to-the-singles-scene buddy sprinting for the door, destroying any hopes Miguel has for happiness.

Can these two hunks conquer their intimate fears and love one another as only best friends can? Join the star-studded cast in The Manhattanites series and see for yourself!




Oh boy! I didn't exactly know what I was getting into when I agreed to read UNSAID by Avery Aster. I automatically said "YES" because I read the first two books and loved it. See, I'm not a big blurb reader, if said book is part of a series I'm already following, I just pick it up and read it. In a way, it's providence because otherwise I don't think I wouldn't have read Manhattanites 3 because it's MM erotic romance. And I feel I'm not initiated enough in the genre to appreciate AAster's latest offering. 

Blake and Miguel. Theirs is a friends-to-lovers/second chance at romance trope. Miguel has always been in love with Blake, but he was too chicken to come out and say it. Fast forward to now, Blake is divorced and his friends made him come up with a list called "Seven Desires Wishlist". I don't want to get too much into it, lots of lingo involved, ultimately Blake has always been a top and he wants to be bottomed all in the name of getting over his ex and post-divorce sexcapade. Yeah, pretty intimidating for a non-MM reader like me. 

So UNSAID wasn't just about Blake and Miguel (I'll get to that later) which helped "water" down the MM romantica for me. I mean it's still pretty graphic, lots of colorful verbiage to enrich my limited vocabulary, and it is still MM erotica. It wasn't that bad though, I managed to read some parts without blushing, but I have to admit I did skim some parts that felt a bit much for me atm (I may need some beads, AAster). That said, all the sexy parts were emotionally charged and made their sexual experiment more personal and meaningful than just lust-filled sessions. 

My favorite part about UNSAID is how the other characters made appearances too. Side by side Blake and Miguel's borgeoning relationship is Lex and Mossimo (Undressed) living their HEA with a big slice of drama concerning friendships and family complications within their group. I'm just a bit sad that Warner (Unscrupulous) didn't make an appearance or any update on how he and Taddy are getting along. Nevertheless, I always love it when previous characters let us in their blissed out lives.

UNSAID is another scandalous and sexy addition to AAster's crazy New York series. It's heartfelt and more touching than the previous installments, yet still sexy, funny, and wildly entertaining. I'm hoping Vive's story is next, girl is a mess and she needs a big dose of love to get herself out of her rut! I'm nervous though, I hope it's not too angsty.





Exciting him all the more, Miguel pushed him against the table. His friend’s actions may have been plain old-fashioned lust, but someone sought him, in the flesh. Not for his monetary assets, but for his ass. “I want my tongue inside your hot mouth.”

He wrapped his right leg around his friend’s tight waist. The warm friendship blanketed them, making him feel desired. He’d never been kissed by anyone but his ex-husband before. This felt different. Real. Mutual.

His buddy tilted his head to the side. Bit by bit, Miguel gazed down over his forehead and finally rested upon his eyes, almost speaking intently, as if saying, I’m going to give you the passion you’ve always wanted. I’ll fill your need.

Miguel brought his tongue to a long-stroked lick over Blake’s bottom lip before plunging into his mouth, deep and hard with a grunting moan.

Breathless as a teenager kissed for the first time, his cock stiffened all over again.

“You’re going to be my niƱo this week,” he muttered in a thick accent. “All mine.”


Relishing in the forceful kiss, exhilarated in agreement, he forgot the Hell and nightmare he’d been living in and answered, “Yes, I’ll be your boy this week.” Blake wondered how he’d ever be able to walk away from him once the lists were completed. Would they be able to go back to being best friends? More importantly, if he told Miguel the truth, could he keep it a secret?





I'm a New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

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33 comments:

  1. It's great that despite you didn't expect it you had a good time with this m/m romance. It's always a bit tricky for me because I don't hae the same connection with the love interest.

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    1. That's alright. I'm experimenting with the genre at this point. I have yet to be disappointed, I admit though, I'm still blushing over the more intimate scenes

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  2. I love it when a character has a wishlist of things they want to do and knows who they want to live out the fantasies with. Sounds like a fun read for sure.

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    1. Oh boy, some of the items on that wishlist was hard to get through, for me anyways. It's a hard limit for me even with MF erotica

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  3. I am such a blurb reader that it cracks me up when you or a few others get these sorts of surprise reads. And what a big stretch on your comfort zone, too. Glad it was an overall hit for you.

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    1. I only read blurbs when it's a new series or new to me author. I know right, I should've learned my lesson and read the frickin blurb all the time!

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  4. Glad you had a good time with this one :) Great review Braine.

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  5. I on the other hand is a big blurb reader

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    1. Good for you! I only do it when it's a new book/series.

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  6. I never read blurbs either :) But it sounds like, in this case, I wouldn't have been surprised in a bad way (which, as you too must know, happens quite a bit, lol). Have an awesome weekend, girlie! :)

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  7. Friends to lovers and second chance sounds wonderful in this one

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  8. it is nice to see that a read outside of your comfort zone ended up being a big success. Happy weekend

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  9. Great review, glad you liked it. I too don't think I'm "experienced" in the genre to review it. Its nice to be surprised :)

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    1. I'm not either. I was advised by a friend though to treat it like a normal M/F romance and not overthink the semantics. I guess the advice worked for me.

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  10. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The MM romances I've read have been so good. I might have to try this one.

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    1. Please do! ALthough I must warn you, you might end up wanting the first two series.

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  11. When I already follow a series I not always read the book for a next book in a series either. That must have been a surprise to get a MM romance when you didn't expect that. I haven't read a lot of MM books so far. I have read one that I can remember and that was just a sex scene with a bit of an intro that didn't work for me. Sounds like these characaters at least had a connection. And it's always fun to see main characters from the previous books make an apearance. Great review!

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    1. The cover art should've been a clue, I didn't take a closer look either! I just said YES because I loved the first two books.

      Yeah, there are some scenes that I skimmed/skipped. Not ready for those yet.

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  12. I'm glad you enjoyed this even if it was M/M erotica, Braine. I am almost over blushing with sex-scenes now, but not always, so don't feel bad! What I liked in your review is that you pointed out that the sex is emotionally charged and really shows more of the characters - it's not there just for cheap thrills! That's really important to me when I read erotica, because while I enjoy the sex scenes, I want to have more than that in a story.
    Great review girl! Have a fantastic weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. You nailed it! I don't like gratuitous sex even in my M/F erotica, I want it to be emotional or soulful. I mean some were for fun, but the heavy stuff should be charged for it to work for me.

      I know you love this genre, keep this in mind for next time.

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  13. I'm not much of a blurb reader either Braine, glad I'm not the only one lols. Great review!

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    1. Hahahaha! Feels good to be part of the team!

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  14. Oo that wouldn't have been the surprise for me. Glad it worked out well for ya though!

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    1. I didn't pay attention to the cover too! I just said YES because I loved the first two books lol

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  15. *wants*

    I think I've read almost everything that can be thrown at me with the M/M genre at this point lol and to be honest, I sometimes skip over sex scenes in general, especially in erotica. For me - it'a all about connecting to the couple. Not matter what sex they are.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  16. I'm glad you said 'yes' to Unsaid, Braine. I've only read Unscrupulous and a couple from the Undergrad Years but I really enjoy the characters and their tales of woe...and their sexy times, too. ;) I picked up Blake's novella but I see I'll be picking up Unsaid as well. :)

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  17. I like MMs. Better than FFs. Something about two men going at it. Yum!

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