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Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #1)
     

Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #1)

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by Avery Aster, Arijana Karcic (Illustrator)
 
This summer, I'd planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites-Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth-until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I'd supposedly blown-up my mother's penthouse. Like I'm walking around Soho with a

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This summer, I'd planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites-Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth-until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I'd supposedly blown-up my mother's penthouse. Like I'm walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse-not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin' biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won't. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? -Lex Easton, women's studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497465145
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2014
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,102,745
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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I'm a thirty-something 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.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I'll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
At time of writing this review (16/08/14) the book is free on amazon and if you need a quick funny pick-me-up read, grab it you will not be disappointed! I actually came across this series because I won a paperback of Book 2 and I hate reading books out of order, SO MEGA bonus it being FREE! The story is told in the first POV of LEX who is about to spend her eighteenth birthday in Europe with her fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth. But all doesn't go as planned (read the synopsis and you get the basis of the troubles about to befall the girls) The writing flows beautifully, I only spotted 2 spelling errors, (not that I marked the rating down for this!) The characters are full of life,they are funny, tormented and looking for acceptance and love. the books read like a TV series - and this Pilot has got me hooked! thank goodness I had Book 2 waiting for me to continue. I loved Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested Lex, he can arrest me anyday "PHEW who turned up the HEAT??" The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up. I think I will be reading more of Ms Avery Asters books!
pwall55 More than 1 year ago
Love, Lex by Avery Aster is not what I usually read, especially since Lex would be closer to my granddaughter’s age than mine. However, I found this book to be a hilarious, hard to put down kind of book. From the beginning to the end, which had its sad moments in there too, I must say it was an enlightening read.   I loved the notes from school, the part about her mother maybe not so much but it sounded so possible. One can hope that real life can model this story of fiction, where children turn out so much more level headed than their parents. Of course, Lex would say she had help from her VBFFs. My only complaint is that I had craved sweets the whole time I was reading this book.
glam009 More than 1 year ago
Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review.  First I absolutely loved this book, LOVE it!!! I love the Manhattanites but this book how all started when the girls are a few weeks before starting college and Lex have a plan for her 18th birthday, traveling to Paris with her friend an boyfriend. But everything change when she something that is not supposed to happen. It was fun to read, I love the character and Lexy she is fun, I love her imagination and her 18th birthday will be an event that no one forget.  I just love how her BFF and GBF stick together and they support each other, maybe a moment weakness for one but they know they are family. Avery Aster done again, I love her witty writing and hilarious characters.- 
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy for an honest review It never fails.. When I am not having a good day I can always pick up one of Averys books and just escape and have a good read. She is one of my favs when it comes to mixing funny with her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles at him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave it two stars because it was still better than a one .... but gosh, the only redeeming value of this item was that it was short. A single yuck to Avery!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book sounded interesting. I started to get a little into it and all of a sudden it went way raunchy. Tried to get through it but the outrageous "fantasies" were weirdly thrown in and way more graphic than the storyline needed. Sadly disappointed as it sounded like a good story.
csingh More than 1 year ago
The blurb is what first drew me into this book.  Avery Aster's blurbs are fantastic and her stories are too.  Love, Lex is supposed to be a prequel of sorts to Undressed.  It comes first in the timeline, so I read it first.  I was surprised by how much information was packed into this book that'd already happened.  So many things were mentioned and I was more than a little lost.  It turns out there is another prequel that's the actual prequel, that I hadn't read yet.  Go figure. Thankfully, Lex, Taddy, Blake, and Vive were very entertaining.  The situations they got themselves into were unbelievable!  I loved their attitudes and love for each other.  They were everything I wanted to be as a teenager.  Heck, I'd love to have their personalities and lives now.  I really liked Lex.  I do think she got dealt a raw hand but I love how she handled herself with aplomb.  Officer Gotti is hot!  You also won't want to miss the book because then you'd miss him too! He had a very mysterious air around him and I think it just mad him hotter. Love, Lex is hot, very entertaining, and even though I was a little confused about the timeline of the story, I was and am very intrigued.  You can be sure I will be reading the new adult prequels Avery is writing for all of the characters and the novels for when they are adults.  There's just something about the way Avery writes that pulls you in and wanting more once the story is finished.  Knowing how close the gang is, I know I'm going to be seeing them for (hopefully) a long time to come.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a series about 4 friends (Lex, Taddy, Blake, Vive) and all their crazy adventures. This book focuses on Lex and her story. They have just graduate from high school and will be starting college in the fall. Lex’s parents are rock stars. Her Dad is away almost all the time and her Mom is there but not present. At the very beginning of the book Lex finds her Mom and her boyfriend doing the deed. Lets just say that their relationship was never that great to begin with. Lex was still a virgin because her boyfriend Kelle said that she needed to lose weight before he would do that with her. After finding them together Lex talks with her friends, Taddy and Vive. They tell her that she can come live with them till school starts. Lex packs and does some other things while waiting for them to come. After they come and pick her up that is when the adventure begins. Add a cop that Lex is attracted to and some reporters you have one crazy adventure. I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, crazy, and little romantic. I love gossip and this book reminded me of the show, so I loved this book too. I can’t wait to read the rest of their stories and crazy adventures. Their friendship is so strong and they would do anything for each other without question and concern for themselves. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Having read Unscrupulous and thus being familiar with Lex, Taddy, Vive, and Blake, I was excited for a glimpse into this quirky quartet's early years. And I enjoyed the peek I got in Love, Lex. Alexandra 'Lex' Easton is the daughter of famous parents. That, along with her full-figured appearance, have made her the butt of many jokes and a target of the paparazzi. With her 18th birthday looming, Lex has plans to spend her special day in Paris, with her besties. She is also planning on having over Lady V to her boyfriend. But when she finds her boyfriend and her mom in a compromising position, things get out of control. Love, Lex is pure escapism. It's a fast-paced, entertaining read chronicling a moment in time that forever changed Lex. It also provided some brief glances at the events that tied together these four individuals forever. It's also a no-holds barred, shocking, sometimes raunchy, sometimes sexy look at the lives of children of the rich. I likened The Manhattanites series (Lex & Co all grown up) to Sex and the City, and I have a feeling The Undergrad Years will coincide with that assessment. I'm looking forward to the next installments.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was definitely out there, different and very fun!  Lex plans to lose her virginity on her 18th birthday with her boyfriend Kelle, who is an ass by the way.  He demands she lose weight before he has sex with her. The day before they are to go to Paris, she walks in on her super famous, drug addicted, crazy mother having sex with Kelle.  It can't get much worse for her but it does!  She packs up to move in with her best friend, and before she goes she burns some pictures and a dress in the tub.  Lex and her friends are caught leaving the scene (by a super sexy cop I might add) of the crime, since the little fire turned into a big explosion and almost killed her mother.  Best friends stuck in jail with charges of attempted murder, that isn't the way to spend the day before you turn 18.  Lex gets released when her mother finally steps up to the plate and takes the blame.  Finally, Lex's fantasies with Ford, the hot cop, all become a reality. It was a fun and quick read. 3-Bombs Reviewed by Jenna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute for teenagers ever the writing and even langage was to to much at times Cray-Cray. So me funny parts not a bad story
tammy_r More than 1 year ago
i loved this book,it had all of the elements that i look for in a great love story/erotic romance. the characters were intriguing and had depth and drew me into the story effortlessly. i found my self becoming angry,sad,happy and all the other emotions right along with the hero(s) and heroine. i am already planning to read it again just in case i missed anything and i can't WAIT fot the next book in the series so i can find out what happens with them next not to mention the other characters that have their own stories to tell. if you like a book that will reach out and grab you by the heart strings then this is the one for you. thank you Avery the story was wonderful!
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Loved Lex's story. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way. You will be happy to note that each chapter has a title, which will be good for the reader if they are looking for the perfect stopping point.  But I found it very hard to stop. Alexandra “Lex” Easton is a young woman who has always done her own thing.  As you read, you will feel as if Lex is talking directly to you.  This author has created a character that is not perfect and neither is her world.  Ford Alessandro-Vollero-Gotti is sex on wheels and he just happens to stop Lex.  Can we say fantasy material? This story feeds on our perceived notion about the Hollywood/music star persona.  The reader will also see how different BFFs can act when certain instances arise – it will make you think back to your own time growing up and if you had any friends like Lex’s.  She also has a grown up story in the book titled Undressed that is part of Avery’s Manhattanites series - looking forward to that. It almost seems like nothing is off limits so be prepared to have your body temperature rise.  It’s certainly not like any romance I read at Lex’s age.  This story will also remind the reader that you’re never too “old” or too “young” to have fantasies.  And we all know what the opposite of fantasy is – you’ll just have to read for yourself.  One thing that you will find out about this author is that she takes some serious moments and lightens them up a little.  If you are going to read this book out in public, make sure that you know those around you – you just may let a giggle slip. 
Gina_M More than 1 year ago
After finding her boyfriend, Kelle, in bed with her mother, Lex finds herself in a big mess where she is forced to rely on the power of friendship. At almost 18 years old, she has seen more, and been through more crap, than any child should ever have to endure.  The Undergrad Years is a humorous coming of age story about best friends and the trouble they get themselves into. Behind all the angst and over the top craziness, there is an actual story line that will break your heart!  They come from dysfunction. You get a better understanding of the madness that is part of their life with Lex’s “top 10 fears and worst moments” of her life. I’m glad that I had already read Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites #2), and know what comes next, or it would have bothered me to think about the direction their lives were headed.   What's not to love about this book? You get a crazy mother, an absent father, sex, and drama. These friends are closer than family. They are there for each other when no one else is. They are family. 
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books in the The Manhattanites series and I found it interesting to read about Lex at a younger age. This book is written in true Avery Aster fashion, there is plenty of humor, some drama, and lots of steamy scenes.  The Undergrad series is a New Adult series that is giving us great insight into the characters we have all grown fond of in the The Manhattanites series. In Love, Lex I can certainly see how Lex turned into the feisty lady that she is. I enjoyed getting a better picture of how Lex's life was before she lost her father and just how wild and crazy her life was. She wasn't so wild and crazy, but wow her Mom was.Lex has been through a lot in life and has came through it fighting and trying to make the best of life. A lot of that is thanks to her best friends. They always have each others back.  I enjoyed seeing that the strong friendship between Lex, Taddy, Blake, and Vive started at such a young age. This group of friends is fun, quirky, and make an intriguing story.  I am anxious to see what Avery Aster has written for Taddy's story. I enjoyed her story in The Manhattanites series so I'm anxious to see what Taddy is up to in her Undergrad years. It is in my to be read pile and I look forward to reading it.  If you have had the chance to read the The Manhattanites series I think you will enjoy The Undergrad series as well. I have not read many of the New Adult books but I find them to be very similar to romance books I've read with the characters just a little younger. So if you haven't read a New Adult book don't be afraid to give them a shot.  I was given the opportunity to read Love, Lex so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Love, Lex. 
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Avery Aster's series The Manhattanites, this book is a must read. If you have not discovered this series yet and you love reading New Adult and Erotic Romance stories... what are you waiting for? The Manhattanites and the Undergrad Series are DEFINITELY for readers over 18 years of age! These stories deal with 3 friends - Lex, Vive and Taddy - raised in opulence, privilege, and very dysfunctional families. One more friend completes this band of friends - Blake - who has terrific, supportive parents, but he is gay and just out of the closet. Their teenage years were difficult and full of serious obstacles. Through it all, their pact to be forever friends holds them together with each others support. They are not complete without all four of them holding tight. And the obstacles just keep on coming! Our author has a unique approach to these characters. I can only describe it as "tongue in cheek with empathy". The writing style is lighthearted with an undercurrent of the horror of growing up with famous or rich selfish parents. These characters have actually helped each other learn about life and mature. Sometimes their influence on each other has proven to get them in more trouble than they bargained for. Through this bizarre learning process, they are hanging in there by their nails, always looking to do better and dealing with the pressures and results of their decisions the best way they know how... some with alcohol, others with drugs, and mostly with sex. In The Undergrad Series, we come to find out how each of our characters was initiated in the ways of love and life. This first installment will keep you riveted as you experience Lex's 18th birthday and the events that made that birthday one she will never forget.
GeminiCowgirl More than 1 year ago
OMG! Avery Astor does it again! Her stories make you laugh..surprise you at every turn and still make you HOT under the collar!! Lex..wow her mom is a piece of work.. drugs, sex and rock and roll truly sum her up. I'm not one to give things away but when the apartment blows up you will be dumbfounded by the reasons.. can we say series of horrible events! Add in a hot Biker cop, jail time..and trying to avoid the tabloids she's in once again and you have a great book! (I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review)
jamiemsadler More than 1 year ago
Lex Easton has one hell of a sexually charged imagination, especially for e 17 year old. Officer Gotti is one hot cop I wouldn't mind being pulled over by. This story offers so many spin off possibilities. The friendship between the girls and Blake are phenomenal and their interactions are a great addition to the story.
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MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
This was a quirky, sassy, snarky read that had me chuckling as I watched Lex’s story unfold. It was fun living the privileged life through the antics of Lexi and her friends and being reminded that no matter what social or economic circles you run in, you are faced with the same challenges as everyone else – and sometimes being in the eye of the public makes things even harder. I couldn’t help my heart from going out to Lex – there was quite the bit of dysfunction in her family, but despite it all, she was really quite a strong character. And I especially loved how she handled her lout of a boyfriend Kelle… “Violence was never the answer. However, when used in moderation, it was nothing shy of total fabulousness.”  **snicker** There was quite a lot going on in this short story, and my only complaint would be that at times it seemed there was too much focus on Lex losing her “V” card – but I guess when you have sexy Officer Gotti as the star of Lex’s fantasies, that focus was probably warranted! Looking forward to reading the next installment in the Undergrad miniseries!
VampedChik More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore Ms. Asters sense of humor! Every story I've read from her has had me laughing out loud! All of her characters are always over the top! She definitely has a very unique and quirky writing style. Out of all her characters Lex is probably the one I would relate to most. For all the money in the world it doesn't mean that you are happy. Lex is a curvy girl. She's very beautiful but people seem to think that you need to be stick thin to be attractive. I really love just how she has a great sense of humor when it comes to herself. And Officer Ford, OMG HOT! Super sexy fast read! I can always count on Avery Asters books to make me laugh and be extremely sexy!
emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, hot read. Telling the story of how the 4 friends, Lex, Blake, Taddy and Vive in THE MANHATTANITES series met and became friends. Can't wait to see what happens next with this group!
Pzzike More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this because it sounded as an easy, fun read, with a sarcastic main character and many funny situations. Well, I was dissapointed, very dissapointed. I didn't liked this book because of the story, because of the characters and especialy because of the writing style. For the most of the time I felt like I was reading a novel for younger kids, but with a big chunk of erotica and sex/fantasizing about it, and to the end this young/new adult/erotica for me trasnformed, again in some kind of a parody. I couldn't take seriously the characters acting like that, the main character who seemed more obsessed with sex and fantasizing about the officer, then interested about the other things in the story. Or wait, this was the important thing in the story? I don't know what the author wanted to do, but for me didn't work. I understand that this is a funny book, an easy-breezy one, but when things seem to go terribly crazy and you feel that the whole story is more like a parody, you don't enjoy. I didn't. I understood that this characters are different, they have different lives, they want to have fun, they are not so typical... but can we please remain on earth and not go to space, with the last piece of rationality? You can't be in a crazy situation, like that when the main character was stopped by the officer, and when she should listen to him, she was fantasizing. I mean, rlly? Ok, I get it, he's hot, you want him, bla bla, but really? Can you remain on earth and stop thinking of him on you or whatever erotica/porn/fantasy do you have now in mind? And the other characters were the same: crazy, not from earth, thinking that money can solve everything, with money you have everything you want, you can drink, have sex and all that... and everyhing is good, you don't have to worry. And even the officer who sounded normal at the beginning.... mneah, I was wrong, he's the same. So, wrapping this review, because I'm tired by saying what I disliked in this book, if you like to read about characters like this with the head in the clouds and having just sex in their brains and money in their pockets and alcohol in their veins, read this. You'll enjoy it. But if you want something fun for summer then check another one and don't waste your time with this one!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
What kind of crazy fantasies did you have about a hot guy when you were a teen? Ever have a fantasy about the cop who is pulling you over? In Love, Lex by Avery Aster this is exactly what Lex, a teen who is one of the elites in life, the only child of famous and wildly rich parents who runs with a group of teens who, like her, have too much freedom, money, and not enough maturity to deal with it all. I’ll admit, Lex had a bad day, catching her boyfriend in “the act” with her own mother. She also had every right to burn the bad memories in the bathtub, before leaving home forever. But what happens after she left really wasn’t her fault, although, even with the help of her best friends, the police still feel differently. When even her friends bail on her, now alone in a jail cell, her juvenile record may come back to haunt her. Only one person seems to be on her side, Officer “God,” the very officer she had wild and graphic fantasies about. Could this be the start of something big? Avery Aster can write erotica, graphic, detailed, erotica, but am I comfortable reading about the mental / physical antics of a girl on the eve of her eighteenth birthday? A girl who clearly is far too hung up on sex at the most inappropriate times? These girls have apparently had some serious problems in the past and didn’t seem to learn from their actions. Was it because at least one of the families would “take care” of things? The pacing was fast, almost dizzyingly so, the characters are well-formed, although only one of them was likable. I do like Avery Aster’s ability to create her world; I’m just not sure I’m the right audience for it. That said, I can see the draw, the glamor and the snark being magnetic for many!