2 Star Review: Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 No comments
Unsaid (The Manhattanites, #3)Unsaid by Avery Aster
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After reading and loving XO, Blake and the rest of the Manhattanites and Undergrad Years series from Avery Aster, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Unsaid. With Blake at the helm of this book, I was expecting an explosiveness that only he and Miguel could cook up after years of ignoring their feelings for one another.

Now freshly divorced, but still carrying around the baggage Diego so kindly bestowed upon him, Blake is reluctant to move on with his life romantically, that is until his friends step in. With Thor and Vive plotting and planning what could go wrong? But it's the plan which proves to be the downfall in this story as Miguel steps in to be the Dom to service Blake and his Seven Desires.

I loved the connection between Blake and Miguel but this story took their connection to a whole new level as BDSM/erotic activities set precedence over their emotions as Miguel willingly punishes Blake both for personal reasons and also to meet the demands of his seven desires. Miguel, still feeling rejected by Blake, questions whether he is the man, or the Dom, to fulfil Blake's desires. Mostly written in jest, Blake suddenly realises that Thor and Vive have set the seven desires in motion.

For me this is where the story turned a corner that it couldn't return from. I have read and enjoyed BDSM themed books and erotica but in order to be a success they have to be carefully balanced in order to avoid going down a path which loses the emotional or romantic depth of the book and that's exactly what happened here. The themes, which we were forewarned about at the start of the book do actually take place, so if they are likely to offend you don't read the book. For me, whilst taking Blake a step nearer to Miguel and a possible lifelong romantic connection, they completely spoiled the book and the story. I hate to say it but I loathed the storyline mapped out for Blake and Miguel. For two fun loving characters, ok albeit one being a Dom, the scenes were completely unnecessary and not what I was looking for in this series. I hoped that the fisting, golden shower and other bodily fluid exchanges would be inferred rather than graphically portrayed but sadly I was wrong and they simply did not sit right with the story or the series to date, in my opinion. This isn't a criticism of the book or the author, I'm simply stating that this story just wasn't for me. The fun loving characters were lost and the future of the series was darkened and possibly irreparable for me.

There were highs in this story and it picked up its pace when Miguel, Blake and Diego came together but it was over too quickly as we finally got answers to what Diego had done to cause Blake's anxiety. We also had plenty of Lex, Vive, Thor, and Taddy in this book as they strangely all had a story to tell despite this being primarily Blake's book. I have to agree with other reviewers though, I couldn't see how you could read this story without having read the preceding books despite the character cast list at the start of the book.

So, Blake's story has been told and despite my intention not to finish this book, I made it to the end and whilst the unsavoury scenes spoiled the book for me, I got to enjoy the rest of the cast as they continue to experience life as only they can!

Copy provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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4 Star Review: Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5) by Freya Barker

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 No comments
Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5)Shutter Speed by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This prequel sets the scene nicely for what is to come from the Snapshot series.

I love that Isla is a REAL person and not a glossed up character. With her, what you see if what you get. That said, she has personality in bucket loads and that compliments Ben's quiet, broody personality perfectly.

I can't wait to read Freeze Frame.


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5 Star Review: Undressed (The Manhattanites #2) by Avery Aster

Sunday, 26 March 2017 No comments
Undressed (The Manhattanites, #2)Undressed by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great read from Avery Aster in the Manhattanites series. The story was hot, hot, hot with a side serving of naughtiness.

Based around Lex Easton, daughter of the late rock God Eddie Easton, Lex and her crazy mother Birdie try to create a success of their fashion business Easton Essentials. The only problem, they need a certain Prince to be amenable with the Girasoli fabrics Lex needs for her fashion show. Following a trip to Italy,Lex meets Masi, the man she named her vibrator after. After an initial naked meeting with the Prince she falls fast and hard for his "charms" and sets about seducing him, and securing the fabric she desperately needs.

The supporting cast in the form of Jemma, Luigi and Rocco provides the menage entertainment for those liking for some additional steaminess.

This romance/erotic romance is only suitable for mature readers who revel in feeding their smuttiness alongside their romance.

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4 Star Review: The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley

Thursday, 9 March 2017 No comments
The Deep End (Honey, #1)The Deep End by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'll be honest, I started this book with trepidation but I can honestly say that I did enjoy the story, especially Amelie and Olivier's connection and their special story and bond.

I love all of KA's books but surprisingly, this is the first that I've actually "read"; being an Audible fan of KA's work up to now. What I dislike with a passion though is BDSM themed books and so this was going to be a real challenge for me to read and, even more so, to enjoy but I put my trust in KA and I'm glad that I did.