Book Review: Unsaid by Avery Aster



By Avery Aster


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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!


My Rating:

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Favorite Quotes:


“Before cocktails, the three of them had shot off their steam at the Lipstick & Lead Rifle Range.  Some people did Yoga or smoked pot to relax, but the Manhattanites preferred to shoot guns.”


“Thor had lied.  Sugaring hurt as if a colony of fire ants were attacking a wounded grasshopper.”


“If you’re paving the road for traffic, does your spa service signify happy trails ahead?”


It’s been too long since happiness decorated your gorgeous face.”


“He felt as if he’d sucked on a habanero pepper marinated in Tabasco.”


“He closed his eyes for a second, allowing himself to experience something new – love.”


My Review:


I have been on an Avery Aster binge recently, and I must say, it has been quite enjoyable, although it has caused an uptick in my wine bill and laundry.  Holy hawtness.  I am rather inexperienced at M/M romances, but love is love; and comes in all shapes, colors, sizes, and flavors as far as I am concerned.  But there is so much more going on in this story than an M/M romance, the story was intriguing, active, heart-felt, and full of secrets, as well as personal and family issues for all the Manhattanites to deal with and work through.  As always, Ms. Aster’s writing was engaging, absorbing, sensual, and insightful.  I adore her clever and snarky humor that not only bites, but brings an emotional impact along with it.  And I am happy to report a new vocabulary word has also been gleaned from this volume, “trouple.”  😉

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster pens The Manhattanites, a contemporary erotic romance series of full-length, stand-alone novels, and the naughty new adult prequel companion series The Undergrad Years.

As a resident of New York City and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the über-rich and ultra-famous.

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