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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    OK Read

    This book wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't one that I couldn't put down. I feel like the story between Lex and Masi wasn't really developed in the best way. There wasn't a lot of background and I wasn't a fan of how everything started with them. The story was a good idea, I just felt like they were way too forward and it seemed somewhat amateur. Not a bad read, but not sure I'll finish the series.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    I loved the characters in this book. Lex is a strong minded woma

    I loved the characters in this book. Lex is a strong minded woman who sets out to get exactly what she wants!

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  • Posted August 29, 2013

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    3.5 stars:  erotic tale of sex , love and need NOTE:  This seri

    3.5 stars:  erotic tale of sex , love and need

    NOTE:  This series is not intended for anyone under the age if eighteen.  The storyline is sexually graphic; the language is in your face; and the sex scenes are erotic and beyond.
     UNDRESSED is the first storyline in Avery Aster’s new adult contemporary erotic The Manhattanites series focusing on the rich and powerful.  This is Prince Masi and Lex Easton’s storyline. 
    Lex Easton owns her own line of casual clothing but when the fabric supplier suddenly backs out and refuses shipment, Lex makes an emergency trip to Milan only to discover that the infamous Prince Massimo Tittoni has withheld shipment for personal and business reasons. Knowing that this will probably bankrupt her company, Lex is willing to offer a compromise but Prince Masi offers a deal she will not refuse. But in the end, it may be Masi who loses more than he had bargained for.
    Avery Aster weaves an erotic tale of sex and a struggle for power in an industry that changes its’ mind every few months. The heroine is willing to exchange sex to save her business and in this, the storyline begins an intricate dance of eroticism and the building of a relationship between two people who share more than a common interest in the world of fashion.  
    The secondary characters play integral roles in the storyline and each will have a story to tell.  From Prince Masi’s driver, fashion designer and aide, to Lex’s BFFs who own and operate million dollar franchises.  Avery Aster has spread the seeds for upcoming novels where, once again, the rich and powerful of Manhattan and Europe will meet in an exotic dance of sex and sensuality.
    UNDRESSED is an erotic adventure where two people discover that keeping business and pleasure separate does not always work out they way they planned.  Sometimes the heart falls harder when you finally realize that the one that got away, is the one who owns your soul.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    This was a fun story with a lot of sexy thrown in. I do not real

    This was a fun story with a lot of sexy thrown in. I do not really know anything about the fashion world, but the author does great job of introducing us into it and is seemingly knowledgeable on the subject. This world of elite society, formal balls, palaces, private islands, and sexy princes is well written and colorful.

    The characters were great. I really liked Lex's complexity. To the world it appeared she had this cushy, perfect life while in actuality she had fought hard for everything she had…and she was not about to lose it all again. She was spunky and determined. Massimo is a lot of fun as well. He has everything handed to him, except for the one thing he really wants. The chemistry between Massimo and Lex is sexually charged, and watching them try to stay away from each other was interesting.

    The one thing that really did not do it for me was the sex scenes. While the scenes overall were incredibly hot, the "dirty talk" seemed forced and did not really fit in with the rest of the story. However, I enjoyed the story overall.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    2.75 stars After reading this book (and yes, I'll admit I did s

    2.75 stars

    After reading this book (and yes, I'll admit I did skim over some parts) I am going to approach this review differently than I usually do.

    What I liked:

    1. I loved Antonio. A handsome Italian who is hung like a horse but is afraid of getting his heart broken, I fell for him as soon as he confessed his story to Lex. Before that I liked his dominating personality and his business smarts.

    2. The author, Avery Aster, developed the characters well. I enjoyed how Lex was finally able to let go of her issues and how Antonio risked it all because he loved her.

    3. The chemistry between Antonio and Lex was off the charts hot. Although it was good when they got together I actually enjoyed their dialogue and honest exchanges from their past. It showed a different side of them than what they displayed to the public. I'm glad I got to see this side, because it helped me to connect to them and understand where they were coming from.

    4. The humor throughout the book was enjoyable as well as the fashion references. Through the humor I understood better the world each was a part of, their friendships and ultimately their behavior.

    5. The sex scenes were okay, especially the threesome.

    What I didn't like:

    1. Lex's voice was annoying at times. At first, I didn't like her at all and then her narration became repetitive or her mind would wonder endlessly from one thing to another. This is the main reason I had to skim on some parts.

    2. Although their chemistry was hot, I didn't care one bit for the scene when they were first intimate. I wanted to gag Lex and smack the hell out of Antonio. It felt unrealistic, which wasn't acceptable to me.

    3. The way the "Manhattanites" talked was over the top. Maybe because my first language is Spanish and I don't know anybody who speaks that way is the reason why I found it childish and annoying. I don't know, but I just couldn't get past it.

    4. Is it really necessary to include the "Woof, woof, woof" of the barking dogs or the "He, he, he" of laughter? WTH?

    What redeemed the story for me:

    1. The concept behind the story was interesting and kept me reading just to see how it would all play out.

    2. Antonio's growth as a character and his vulnerability at finding himself in love with Lex.

    3. The emotions expressed by Lex and Antonio towards the end of the book were well written. Although there were other moments were emotions were expressed I felt that it was in this moment that they truly matched what the characters were feeling.

    4. Their happily ever after came about in a realistic way. I enjoyed how Antonio finally accepted that he had to move on in order to enjoy his future and that Lex accepted that Antonio was it for her, regardless of their different lifestyles.

    This book was hard to get through but Antonio and Lex's story made for an interesting read. I am always looking forward to reading how two complex characters put their differences aside and grow throughout the story to be able to make a relationship work. Antonio and Lex did this. Maybe the way the author went about the other stuff - the outrageous sex, the over the top language - was not for me, but the story that ran within that was enjoyable.

    Undressed is the first novel in The Manhattanites series.

    I received this book from Avery Aster in exchange of my honest opinion.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    This was a pretty hot read.  There¿s a threesome scene that our

    This was a pretty hot read.  There’s a threesome scene that our heroine witnesses that was pretty hot and the chemistry between Masi and Lex is tangible.  However, I found myself more invested in the storyline than the romance.  The people around Lex and Masi were fun and compelling, and I really liked Lex herself for the most part, but it took me a while to warm up to Masi because he seemed a strange combination of gentleman and jerk.  

    I wasn’t wholly invested in the story, but even so, I have to admit that when things got critical I was crying for Lex and wanting to scream at Masi for being a little naïve in such a situation.  However, the ending was sweet and adorable and I came out firmly on the approving side for Masi.  

    Overall, while the sex was hot, it was regarded much too casually for the majority of the book and the plot was pretty predictable.  While I ultimately enjoyed the book, it just didn’t captivate me.

    A fast, easy read, Undressed is a very steamy read with fun characters and an interesting fashion scene.  If you’re looking for a pretty light hearted romance with a little kink, don’t miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Undressed reads like a XXX Harlequin Presents novel. In a way I

    Undressed reads like a XXX Harlequin Presents novel. In a way I loved it because it’s not a high school romance. This is no new adult either. But it was very vulgar. The c-word is used way too often. And all she thinks about is sex, sex and more sex. And no tries to do what he did with his big you-know-what. No thank you! And ouch.

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