Friday, February 5, 2016

Release Blitz REVIEW Unconventional by Avery Aster

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 From the NYT Bestselling author of The Manhattanites series and for fans of such films as Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Wild Things comes a ménage romance posing the question; can two men share the same woman forever? They are the best of friends and the greatest of lovers. Two men and one woman, searching for fortune and fame, bound together by an eroticism their money and power can’t buy them. Luigi, the romantic alpha hunk. Rocco, the exotic bisexual. Jemma, the insatiable beauty who possesses them both. From their first rendezvous in Milan, the three set out on a wicked course, jet-setting from the kinky underground sex clubs of Berlin, to the lavish palaces of Moscow, to New York’s high society in pursuit of pleasure. They have only each other to care for. That is…until a baby comes along and changes their destiny. But which of them is the father? And will they continue their poly relationship or give in to convention?

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First off I want to say the the cover art and blurb on this book are amazing. Now that being said...This book intrigued me in many ways and in others it did not hold my interest. Let me explain.

The menage relationship was presented well on how each felt for each other and the loving making scenes were well written. I understand the reason Luigi and Rocco allowed Jemma to treat them the way she did but the book flew by too fast for me to get a feel for the character development that would of caused this to get a solid 4 or 5 stars from me. There was so much going on so quickly that I couldn't get enough sense of a cohesive storyline and solid characters except Luigi. I will say I remember Luigi the most and his character felt more exciting to me than the other two and quite honestly I think it was because of one of the love scenes where he was just hot, hot. 

What worked for me also was the book ending that was handled PERFECT.

I have actually gotten more of the authors books because I sew costumes for entertainment and I occasionally work in NYC and yes it is crazy in the world of entertainment and fashion so yes what he writes is believable and that crazy with dramatic personalities. I have experienced it and it still makes me laugh because all of us are Drama Queens if we are willing to admit it and this author is great at putting it up front and center in a most entertaining way.

I am giving it 3.5-4 stars because of how professionally this book was packaged and quite honestly that hot love scene still sticks in my head.

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Three Months Ago Isola di Girasoli,
Mediterranean Sea
  On top of the cliff, overlooking the blue sea, I grabbed my boyfriend’s hand, pulled him to my side and asked, “Ready, bello?” Rocco’s short nails grazed my skin. He’d been biting them all week. He always did when he was nervous. “Jemma is going to say yes…” he whispered in my ear. “Sì, of course she is.” A few days before, we’d selected the spot. He’d suggested, “This is where we’ll ask her to marry us,” I’d agreed. The view, the place… so magical and perfetto. Inhaling deeply, I smelled the briny air filled with the faint sticky aroma of sunflowers. The ground was covered in them, and Isola di Girasoli had even been named after them. Growing on vivid green stalks, their bright yellow faces open, reaching up to the white sky for warmth and light. They were gleefully rooted about, almost as if cheering us on. In a way, Rocco and I were similar to those flowers reaching for something—nourishment and love. We got down on our knees, and the warm soil pressed under my legs. Glancing up at the woman we loved, we each took her hand. Jemma Fereti. Tall. Striking. Ours. We called her dolce because she always tasted like tiramisu when we kissed. As I studied her finger, the one I’d put the ring on, I thought about us… For me, taking Jemma as my bride, and Rocco as my groom, meant forever. My life spent searching for intention would soon be complete. Together they made up my everything. For Rocco, our union symbolized something he’d yearned for: a family. Hopefully for Jemma it would mean peace after her year-long battle with breast cancer. “Amore, go on. Ask her.” Patience wasn’t Rocco’s virtue. “Give me a minute—” In private, we’d talked about the day for the past few months. We’d picked out the perfect engagement ring: a Tittoni Gems of Distinction twelve-carat pink diamond, a custom-made work of art from Manhattan for Jemma. And two simple gold bands for Rocco and myself. We’d planned the vacation: a week alone on the island, getting time away. Only the three of us. This was one of Jemma’s favorite Mediterranean locals. She’d grown up there with her royal friend, Prince Massimo Tittoni, who ruled over the small country. Having Jemma’s hand in marriage was all Rocco and I ever desired. Over the past few years, we’d loved each other as a thruple. Our special togetherness had been all her doing. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined an open poly relationship with one woman and another man working out. Certain jealousy and games would poison the affair, but it hadn’t tarnished our lovemaking in the least. That is till now. Rocco yearned for more, and frankly, so did I. Especially when Prince Massimo granted the Poly Marriage Act, legalizing the rights for those who loved openly to wed. “Dolce…we’d like to ask you something…” I got the words out. I wasn’t one to talk much. Regardless, Rocco had insisted it come from me. After all, I’d been with Jemma for almost a year before we’d met him. My boyfriend was the well-spoken one. The one in touch with his feelings. The man who’d glued the three of us together in ways which went beyond the boundaries of sex. He was the first and only man I’d ever had sex with, and I liked it. Oh, God, I fucking loved it! I loved him. “My amore—” Uncertainty quivered in Jemma’s voice. My left hand reached deep inside my pocket. I pulled out the diamond and held it up to her, sparkling in the sunshine, and asked, “Will you marry us?” With a smile, Rocco’s face beamed. Her mouth dropped open, asking, “Huh?”

About Avery Aster
New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster pens The Manhattanites, a contemporary erotic romance series of full-length, stand-alone novels, and the naughty new adult prequel companion series The Undergrad Years.
As a resident of New York City 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.
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