Thursday, February 28, 2013

First Chapter Review: Undressed by Avery Aster

Undressed is a contemporary erotic romance and the first book in Aster's Manhattanites series.

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.

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.

Jetting to Europe, the paparazzi chronicles Lex's every move. She unravels, finding herself in a situation never imagined--scandal. Avery Aster's super-glossy debut novel is loaded with passionate escapism, pitting American ambition against Italian tradition. Erotic romance fans who appreciate witty banter and glamour mustn't miss Undressed.

Lex's Louboutins stilettos are dug in deep to win this war. All's fair in love and fashion!

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.

COVER: Great job. Matches the content and the genre well. Love the outline of the NYC skyline.

FIRST CHAPTER: Alexandra "Lex" Easton travels to Italy to meet with a notorious Milan playboy who holds the future of her company in his hands. Fashion Week is fast approaching and she needs the fabrics Tittoni promised. What Lex discovers soon after arriving in Italy is that this playboy lives up to his tabloid reputation in more ways than one.

KEEP READING: Definitely. The Prologue sets the stage for this funny and sexy first chapter. Lex isn't about to start over again. She already did that once and it's not appealing a second time. When Tittoni decides he won't deliver the fabrics he promised for her to complete her signature designs for Fashion Week, this brave, bold woman gets on a plane to meet him face-to-face.

Aster has created a sympathetic character in Lex, which is what I believe makes this first chapter work so well. You want to see her succeed after all she's already been through. While the "F" word is plentiful and the clothes once she arrives in Milan are scarce--not hers, but others'--everything flows naturally, proving that erotic romance has evolved over the years into a true storytelling art form, not just characters sleeping together strung up by a weak plot. The plot here, actually seems a bit complex, but Aster provided a list of characters and multiple locations before the book takes off, so the reader should have no trouble following along.

I definitely want to see where this one is headed.

File Size: 449 KB
Print Length: 257 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc. (February 15, 2013)
ISBN: 9781419940736

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinion, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Cheryl for getting Undressed with The Manhattanites. I had so much fun putting this series together. xo