September 23, 2013
Book Review: Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
Author: Avery Aster
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Barnes and Noble
Book 2 in The Manhattanites series
At thirty-three Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executive’s careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.
Stunning, tantalizing, and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.
The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. But before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.
Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
After reading book one in the Manhattanites series, Undressed, I couldn't wait to read this book! I absolutely loved the cast of characters that were introduced in book one, and Taddy Brill was one of my favorites. So of course I was thrilled that book two was about her! While I did enjoy the story, I have to say that it fell just a teeny, tiny bit short for me.
First of all, I was really interested in seeing the storyline and the characters move forward. This book is actually set before the events that happened in book one, so we had to go back to go forward. Make sense, lol? Taddy Brill is still the awesome b-i-t-c-h that we met in book one, and I have to say that she is probably my favorite character in this series. I love the fact that she is such a balls to the wall go-getter, and mows down anyone in her way. But in Unscrupulous we get to see another side of her. The side that longs for companionship and passion, and most of all love. Whether it's from her "Big Daddy" or from her assistant Kiki, all Taddy really wants is for someone to love her. As we learn more about Taddy's background and childhood, it becomes very obvious why she is this way. It also makes you respect her even more for what she has accomplished in her business life. She clawed and fought for everything that she has. (And while Taddy's past secrets are being revealed, you will also learn a couple of really interesting facts about Birdie, Lex's mom). It's also kind of amazing that Taddy turned out to be as good of a person as she is based on her childhood and parental figures. One thing I love about her is how good of a friend she is. She will drop everything and move mountains if one of her true friends needs her.
The majority of this story focuses on Taddy and "Big Daddy," a.k.a. Warner Truman. After a chance encounter in a super exclusive dark club in St. Barth's, Warner can not get Taddy off of his mind. After their evening together ended badly, Taddy fled the scene without ever giving Warner her name. Thus begins the game of cat and mouse. Warner searches the globe looking for his mysterious "Red," and Taddy does everything she can do to forget the nameless man that rocked her world. Then fate conspires to bring them together again in a police station in France. Once they are reunited, Warner is determined that nothing will come between them again. Taddy, however, is a little bit hesitant to embark on the meaningful relationship that Warner seems dead-set on. And while the two of them do not fall into insta-love, they do suffer from insta-lust. Avery Aster definitely knows how to write a scorchingly hot sex scene, and she certainly does not disappoint in this book! While I enjoyed the push and pull of Taddy and Warner's relationship, I was a little let down with how everything resolved itself. I thought it seemed a little too easy, and a little bit of a give-up that Taddy seems to overcome all of her hangups and insecurities so easily. Realistically, I think that Warner would have had much more of a struggle on his hands to lock her down. Believe me, I'm glad things ended the way they did, I just think that the journey to get to that point was a little lacking.
With a captivating story, hilarious and well developed characters, this book was definitely a good read. I enjoyed it very much and read it all in one sitting. Once again, like Undressed, this book would have greatly benefited from a good edit. There were several words that were misused, misplaced, or simply missing. While it didn't totally kill the story, it did slow me down several times. But, judging solely on the content of the story, I really liked it!
Read my review of Book One in this series, Undressed, HERE.
About the Author:
AVERY ASTER pens erotic romance for Ellora's Cave. As a resident of New York's Upper East Side 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 über-rich and ultra-famous. "I write about what I see in my metropolis that never sleeps--Manhattanites on the quest for a passionate thrill," Avery says. "By and large, my characters are drop-dead gorgeous, ripped straight from the headlines and on the hunt for their next conquest."
UNDRESSED #1 (Lex & Massimo) launched The Manhattanites series, exploring people's forbidden desires of lust and longing. UNSCRUPULOUS #2 (Taddy & Warner) is the highly anticipated prequel coming August 14, 2013. Also, stay tuned for the sequel with UNSAID #3 (Blake & Miguel) coming winter 2013.
THE MANHATTANITES is an extended modern erotic romance series of full length juicy melodramas multilayered on love, friendship, scandal, and drama to the hilt. If you grew up reading Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz and Danielle Steel you will devour this series as each book may be read as a stand alone. Fans who watch TV shows like Girls (HBO), Mistresses (ABC/BBC Drama), and The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS) love The Manhattanites series. Avery's characters are over the top. They have raunchy sex, speak their minds and always get what they want.