Release Date: September 1, 2015
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.
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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