Book 1 in The Manhattanites series

Undressed is the first book in The Manhattanites, a new series about a group of friends who live and love in the high flying fashion world of New York. Each book is the story of how one of the main characters finds their true love in the middle of all the jet setting and backstabbing going on around them. In Undressed we meet Lex Easton, daughter of a dead rock star and his former model turned band groupie wife. She’s just getting her new high end garment design company off the ground after having to deal with all the debts her late father left behind. That company’s future is in real danger after Prince Massimo Tittoni refuses to send along the fabrics required to complete all the runway items she needs for the next Fashion Week. Not willing to take no for an answer, Lex flies directly to the prince’s private island to confront him directly. What neither of them counts on is the immediate physical attraction that flares up between them and how anything goes in business and in love.

I wanted to read this book because it was promoted as an epic story in the tradition of Judith Krantz, one of my favorite authors who is famous for similar works such as Scruples and I’ll Take Manhattan. Unfortunately, what I got with Undressed was more along the lines of a Harlequin Presents category romance with several extra helpings of over-the-top raunchy sex between secondary characters and so much name dropping that I lost count of how many fashion celebrities were mentioned in just one scene. There were also several moments where the wrong words were used for what was apparently intended (mullah instead of moolah, flare instead of flair) and the whole story just became too much work for me to continue with beyond the halfway point. The hero and heroine are both appealing in their own way, and I’m glad to know that they will manage to find love with each other by the end of the book. But I just couldn't go down that road with them any further, and I won’t be continuing with the series. I'm sure there is an audience out there for The Manhattanites, but I'm sorry to say I'm not among them.

Book Blurb for Undressed

Milan's notorious playboy, Massimo Tittoni, seems to have everything--Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what's he willing to give to get her in his bed?

Upper East Side designer Lex Easton will be damned if she'll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him. With Fashion Week approaching, she'll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to become the next Diane von Furstenburg-- even sleep with her rival. But when she arrives in Europe the paparazzi chronicles her every move and she finds herself in a situation never imagined. Lex's Louboutins stilettos are dug in deep to win this war. All's fair in love and fashion! 

Avery Aster's super-glossy debut novel is loaded with passionate escapism, pitting American ambition against Italian tradition. Erotic romance fans who appreciate extended sex scenes, witty banter and glamour mustn't miss Undressed.

Inside Scoop: Though the hero and heroine remain monogamous, their Prada-wearing friends indulge in a ménage a trois and other fashionable sexual fun and games.

The Manhattanites is a series of full length novels focusing on relationships. Each book may be read as a stand alone and features a HEA w/ closure for the couple's story. If you've enjoyed TV shows like Girls (HBO), Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), and The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS) then you'll love this series. Avery's characters are over the top. They have raunchy sex, speak their minds and the plots are twisted. (In a good way!) Manhattanites celebrate lust, ambition, and true devotion.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 2.50