Reviewed by Kat
SERIES: The Manhattanites #3
AUTHOR: Avery Aster
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 528 pages
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!
When asked to be a reviewer for Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews I asked if I could be completely honest in my reviews. I was told a resounding yes! Be very careful what you ask for because it can come back to bite you.
First of all, I was told that this was a stand-alone book. I beg to strongly disagree. This is a long-standing soap opera of the rich, beautiful and elite disguised as a book series. And, when I say book series I mean mega series. You have to start with the Undergrad Years series and then move on to the Manhattanites series. All of Ms. Aster’s books revolve around a series of friends that met in boarding school and then the core group grew bigger while in college. Now the friends have graduated and are living their adult lives in a very big and rich way that only the elite know how to do. The author has no problem name dropping very famous people and über expensive places that the rich and famous flock to. Based in Manhattan, this series has been known to globe trot to all the trendy hangouts in the world. If you are looking for a series that focuses on the extreme wealthy and their play habits, then this is the series for you. If you are looking for hot, steamy sex then you have found it also. Even if you are looking for that totally committed HEA moment between the main characters then you will eventually get there, after going through a long drama of the most infuriating type. If you are looking for a strong male/male romance only then will you be sadly mistaken by choosing this book. Unsaid does have a M/M story within it, with two of the favorites from the series finally hooking up, BUT it is also the continuance of the main story where one of the main characters from the series is planning her wedding to a very sexy Prince. The problem is that I believe only half, at the most, of this book is the gay romance story. The rest is completely heterosexual and includes a fair amount of pink parts sex in the book. Not that any of this is wrong or that it isn’t a part of the story. It fits perfectly with the story line. My problem is that it was submitted to a same sex review site. I don’t think that this was the right place to have it reviewed. Our followers are looking for same sex books and I, in all good conscience, could never recommended it to our readers.
So, if you are looking for a mega-series about the life and constant drama of the über rich in Manhattan then you have found your series. However, if you are looking for a stand-alone gay romance then this is definitely not for you.