Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: 'Unsaid' by Avery Aster

New York author Avery Aster writes THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS - stories that feature alpha billionaire, possessive, dominant, bad boys and the intelligent women who love them.

Avery offers an author’s note of substance – especially now in the more open world of same sex relationships and acceptance. Avery states, ‘When I asked a group of guys and the men who lust after them what they fantasized about in their intimate relationships, they shared three things. One, they avowed true love. Two, safe sex, and the third was to remove the stigma within the homosexual community about being a power bottom. They desired a gay hero who owned up to enjoying not being a top or versatile. One who didn’t feel it effeminizes himself but rather liberated sex in a positive way, to enjoy his body. Blake and Miguel’s romance explores those three aspects—a bottom’s fantasies, safe sex, and, of course, true love.’
An unusually helpful cast of characters allows the novice reader of The Manhattanites a glimpse at characters within – a very thoughtful way to involve the reader. Part One opens with a confession: ‘“At eighteen, I fell in love with Blake Morgan. Eleven years later, I’m still in love with him. Does he know? Nope. I’d hoped after a while my feelings for him would stop or I’d be able to find someone else. They didn’t and I haven’t.”—Miguel Santana, Lower East Side resident, Blake Morgan admirer.’

But on to the story as offered in a succinct synopsis:’ 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?’

Well written by an author with an enormous following – and it is easy to see why! Grady Harp, May 16

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