Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review: Unscrupulous by Avery Aster

Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites, #2) Title: Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
Series: The Manhattanites #2
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Published August 14th 2013 by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Length: 260 pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Review Copy Provided by Author

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.

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The book is fast paced, filled with curve balls, and interesting obstacles that the MCs have to overcome. Even though the book is fast paced, it took me a long time to finish reading from cover to cover. There were too much sex and that made it difficult to get through the book.

The issue I have with the book is that it has no believable/relatable characters. These New York divas care too much about their image, are rich, have all the connections, etc. We don't get to form an emotional connection with the important characters. The book doesn't go into detail about the character's emotional response or backlash. Where's the angst, the turmoil, the struggle that reduces these high-class divas and gentlemen into an average human being?

Taddy avoids commitment and reliving painful memories of her abandonment by putting all of herself into work. She doesn't share herself with anyone nor has anyone told her they love her, except Warner. Warner has much more love experience than Taddy. His relationship with his first wife was fulfilling and his misfortune with a con artist posing as his fiancée should have taught him more lessons than just beware of gold diggers. His relationship with Taddy doesn't seem intimate (beyond the sex). Taddy's random rough play during sex that turns Warner off doesn't get fully explained beyond "commitment issues." The problem is that these characters don't do heart-to-heart talks. As soon as each life crisis is averted, they moved on with no emotional strings attached. These characters don't change nor experience any character growth.

However, this is still a very entertaining read. The author includes a lot of details and activities into the characters' daily lives that made the book more interesting, or at least helped me finished it. The tone is even throughout and the snarky comments never stopped. I'm intrigued by Warner and Taddy's relationship and want to know how they are making it work between Taddy's insecurities and their work schedules.

Summary: Too raunchy, too crazy, bordering on PWP, but will definitely have its share of fans.

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