Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Unconventional (The Manhattanites #4) by Avery Aster

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 26, 2016


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?


I am familiar with the Manhattanites series since I read the first book, Unscrupulous, but I cannot say that I am a fan. I decided to read Unconventional because I love reading about polygamous relationships. I haven't read books #2 and #3 which means that I have lost some of the story. I lost the part where they fell in love. I don't believe this is a truly stand alone book. The author has connected her stories and it's hard to separate them even with the brief introductions in the beginning of the novel. A couple of pages explain who is who. It was nice considering that the reader won't have to go through the previous books to remember everything.

The story was short and rushed. It was only 140 pages out of the 250. The rest is mostly a huge excerpt from Avery Aster's upcoming book Unique. I wasn't okay with that to be honest. If it was a bonus novella, then I would have gladly gone on and read it, but once I learned that it was an excerpt I skipped it. I don't feel like that's fair for someone who is going to pay to read this book. I felt cheated and I got this book for free.

This story had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it didn't work out. The hot stuff where limited and so was the drama. And not to mention that the blurb spoils the whole book. I was waiting for a baby that came in the final lines of the book. Also, I am wondering how Jemma got pregnant since she had done chemo and refused to have her eggs frozen. Doesn't chemo eliminate the chances of a baby?

I wanted to see the trio trying to figure out their relationship which didn't happen. Maybe Rocco and Luigi could have given Jemma an ultimatum or something. I just wanted to read something. Things were too passive. Some things should have been mentioned and given more attention which sadly didn't happen.

I am not going to recommend this book. I felt like things were missing.