★ SYNOPSIS ★
Milan’s notorious playboy, Prince 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 has already endured her fair share of hard knocks. She’ll 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 make her clothing line an international success—even sleep with her rival.
Lex’s Louboutins are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Undressed is the first novel in Avery Aster’s “The Manhattanites” series. To my knowledge it can be read as a standalone novel and it does have an HEA. To be up front, this is not going to be a long, or an in-depth review. I DNF’d (Did Not Finish) this novel at 74%. I find it hard to actually do that, as I typically want to know the end of the story if I get that far. In the case of Undressed, I threw in the towel.
To say that the book is wonderful wouldn’t be completely true -for me-. I didn’t like the writing style, however, I did like the plot. There were some great things in there that could be pin pointed. When I could find the plot itself among all the… we’ll call it “noise” for now. I loved the story of Lex and Massimo at the base of it. I thought the idea for the plot and how it was worked by the author was brilliant. However, there are a lot of things that I did not like in this novel that completely overshadowed my liking of the plot itself. One of the biggest ones was the random sex menage throw in there.
So, lets talk about sex. Something I don’t normally touch on in my reviews overtly but in this case, it’s needed. After I DNF’d this book, I quite literally, walked in and sat down next to my 59 year old mother, looked at her flat out and said, “Momma, I feel like I just straight up read porn. I can’t even call that smut.”. It wasn’t even what I’d term “Good” porn either, (Not that I have much basis on it to judge but still, it’s how it made me feel.) Not only did the sex between the main characters, when it was there, come off awkward to me, and forced, Lex annoyed me so much I was gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes, then ended up skimming most of that because it wasn’t adding anything to the book for me.
Now, I may sound prudish, I know of women that rave about this book, that go on about how they feel it just burns up their Kindles. I’m not one of those. For me it just seemed overall fake. I’ve been reading erotic novels since I was roughly sixteen, yeah I know, I was under age reading them, that’s still 15 years of novels. I stumbled upon Ellora’s Cave not very long after the website started, so I feel like I have a pretty strong basis for what I like, dislike and can tolerate in the smut world. I’ve read menages, I’ve read BDSM, I’ve read things that would make my mother blush. I have never once DNF’d a book in any of those genres and never one from Ellora’s Cave. So when I straight up DNF a book because it reads like porn, that says something to me about the book.
I’m not going to tell you not to read it, because what might not be my cup of tea, someone else might read differently and enjoy. Seriously, I think my biggest miffed moment with it is the fact that the plot could have completely supported itself without the random thrown in scenes for plot hooks. There is more than enough sparking chemistry between the main characters, you don’t need the rest of it. For what I did read of it, it has a solid two stars. Had the whole random menage that was pointless in there, not been thrown in, it’d have been a solid three and I would have finished the book more than likely.
**ARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an HONEST review.**