Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Unsaid by Avery Aster

The Manhattanites #3
by Avery Aster
Release date: September 1st
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M Romance, Erotic Romance, BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance

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!

5 'pushing my kinky limit' stars

Love, Friendship, Scandal and Drama to the Hilt

I thought I have seen it all, apparently I didn't. Unsaid definitely pushing all my hard limits and stretching my boundaries. I believe those who plan to read this need to go in with a fare warning.


Fresh out of divorce with his ex-husband, Blake Morgan III is ready to let loose his inner manwhore by the probing of his friends. He was coerced/manipulated to list out his Seven Desire to carry out stat!

Blake's Seven Desires
#1 Face Fucked & Load Swallowed
 No problem
#2 Pissed On Really?
#3 Rimmed I'm aroused
#4 Fisted No way!
#5 Tied up, Whipped, Dominated Panting for it
#6 Menage a Trois Contemplating...
#7 Topped Raw Yes, please!


Miguel Santana has been in love with Blake since they met in college. When Blake ended up marrying Diego instead of him, Miguel was heartbroken. Now that Blake is single again, Miguel is going to win back his man no matter what it takes, including fulfilling his Seven Desires

I was totally overwhelmed by the thoughts of Blake going through his Seven Desiresbecause let's be frank, fisting? OMG! I'm terrified by the idea and I'm getting ready to cringe when the scene comes. Add in some BDSM element with Mig going all Dom on Blake, it was an intense read. There is a time that I'm feeling a little freaked out and uncomfortable. But once it was all said and done I was feeling rather good about it. As long as is consensual and both parties get off on it, I'm okay with whatever the hell they want to do to each other. 

You... treat me as a gift. Make me feel special. - Blake, anal virgin

There are some great supporting casts, especially Thor and Vive. These two love sex talk, it reminds me of watching Sex and the City except it actually makes me even hornier. 

"Topping is like Zumba, only worse, all that thrusting. I'd rather rest on my back, not on my laurels, and take it like a good bottom should." - Thor, self-proclaimed power bottom.

"Two guy in one bed is too much work for me. You have to ride one while sucking the other. I don't have the rhythm, especially with all those cocks flying around at me." - Vive, professional gossiper and alcoholic

I feel as if I'm being introduce to Gay Scene in Manhattan 101. Avery Aster had me googling for what the hell is Madonna-whore complex, enema, and electro-conductive-water-based lube. She also cue me on the dark side such as bug chaserand breeding parties. Is that for real?

As an individual working in the healthcare industry myself, I appreciate the fact that Avery stressed on safe sex and the touch on the HIV issue. From the 20+ M/M books I read, this is definitely a first. Keeping myself updated with HIV and its medical development is a big part of my job, so I'm very sensitive towards this issue. I'm even tempted to point out to Mig and Blake that mouth swab is not an accurate test, please go for blood test using real-time PCR.

Fact is you can be positive and lead a healthy life, and also have a family.

Okay, aside from all the arousing kinky stuff that's been going on, this story is more than just erotic romance. It actually do have a very strong and emotional engaging plot beneath it all. Both Blake and Miguel have their own inner demons and secrets that they rather keep to themselves. Blake's ex-husband is one deranged asshole that stir up some suspense and danger. Blake had been dealing with it alone for so long, I'm glad Miguel is there to pick up the pieces and put him back together again. Together, their story really touch my heart. 

Whether or not this can actually works as a standalone is debatable. I shall confessed that I skimmed Lex's chapters because I didn't read her book, Undressed. I just couldn't find myself to be absorb in her wedding drama and her family issue. I feel as if her chapters serve as a distraction from Miguel and Blake's story. Especially when Mig and Blake is getting it on, suddenly pop in Lex's chapter. I felt as if I'm interrupted by a commercial. Anyway, when I decided to skim Lex's part of the story, I'm able to fully enjoy Mig and Blake. I'm sure those who follow this series will enjoy Lex more than I did.

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 ├╝ber-rich and ultra-famous.

The Manhattanites is for fans who miss TV shows like Sex & The City or watch Girls (HBO), Revenge (ABC), and The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS). Avery’s characters are over the top. They have cray-cray fun, speak their minds and always get what they want. Each novel may be read as a stand alone.

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