31 March 2013

{Review} Undressed by Avery Aster

The Blurb

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

My Review

4 Outrageously Sexy Stars!!

First off, I will say that this book was a real surprise for me. This was marketed as erotic romance, and while it is indeed graphic -- with a token menage a trois thrown in for good measure -- there are actually fewer sex scenes in this book compared to your standard erotic novel.

The second thing that was a surprise to me was the humor. It's brash, in-your-face and yes, often crude brand of humor, which not everyone might appreciate. If you're the type to get offended by this type of humor, then this book might not be for you.

That said, I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of laugh-out-loud and "Oh no, she-did-not-just-say-that," moments throughout the book. The banter between the main characters, Lex, a fashion designer and Masi, a prince and CEO of a large Italian textile company, are fun to read and their romance was actually very sweet. Both are well developed and I was happy that the author did provide us with a believable back story of Lex and Masi. The ending was a bit cheesy for my taste but I think it worked out well.

I will say that this book is not for everybody. If you're looking for something dark and has a lot of angst, this book isn't for you. This book is escapism in its purest form. So if you're looking to slip into another world where it's full glitz and full of fashionable and beautiful people, then you would really enjoy this book. I know, I did.

*This ARC was provided by Avery Aster through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Chasing Mrs. Right

Chasing Mrs. Right (Come Undone, #2)Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We have all read that book where boy-meets-girl, fell in lust/love but the hero tries to keep the heroine at arms length because he has commitment issues right? Right. Well, this book has that same trope but only this time, it's the heroine, Roxanne, who has an issue with commitment. No, she's not flighty, nor does she hops from one bed to the next but she's just wary of men because past experiences taught her that they never stay for long.

So she meets, Ian, who happened to be her best friend's brother (though she doesn't know it at first), had a one-night stand with him, felt the connection but as was her MO, she bolted.

Ian, who has his own issues as well, has just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan a broken man. But he was taken enough with Roxanne and tried to make the "relationship" work. From what you might have gleaned from the title, it was actually Ian who did most of the chasing and Roxanne did most of the running away. The running away was mostly happening in her head though since despite her protests, she keeps ending up in his bed.

Overall, I like the pacing of this book. There were plenty of smexy scenes and the chemistry between Ian and Roxanne was believable. My only comment is that Ian's issues with PTSD was never really explored. Sure they were mentioned and I felt that they were never fleshed out. It was mostly about Roxanne's inability to commit and her flitting from guy to guy because she wasn't into love, commitment and marriage, which was disappointing because Ian as a character had great potential.

But it did work out in the end. I loved the big gesture that Roxanne did in order to prove her love for Ian. Although, the grand gesture didn't quite go as planned, which I thought was funny, it was a satisfying ending. I'm definitely looking forward to Nathan's book.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars!!

*ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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