Author(s): Avery AsterDownload
Chelsea’s hottie Blake Morgan III has reemerged from a nasty breakup. His marriage was a frigid disaster beyond repair, and he vows to be single—forever. Bruised, but still hot in Prada, he creates his Seven Desires wish list, his sexiest imaginings. Blake soon realizes there’s only one man he may trust to make these uninhibited intentions come to fruition: his best friend Miguel Santana. Lower East Side multimedia artist extraordinaire Miguel Santana may be known as the cocky Latin stud in the city, but all he’s wanted since college was Blake’s hand in marriage. He was livid when Blake walked down the aisle with the wrong guy. Miguel has his own list titled the Seven Needs, which are quite contrary to Blake’s dirty-boy deeds. They involve serious commitments, which may leave his new-to-the-singles-scene buddy sprinting for the door, destroying any hopes Miguel has for happiness. Can these two hunks conquer their intimate fears and love one another as only best friends can? Join the star-studded cast in The Manhattanites series and see for yourself!Reading the previous books in this series is suggested. Reader might have difficulty following the story if approached as a standalone.
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When I was asked to read this book it was stressed that it could be read as a standalone, even though it’s #3 in a series. Maybe so to some, but I had a difficult time keeping up with all the characters from previous books that were all over this one. This was not just Blake and Miguel’s story. This was pretty much everyone’s story.
With that being said, Blake has just gotten divorced from his husband of five years, Diego. The marriage went sour quick and Blake was forced to endure things that come out as the story plays out. Then there’s Miguel. Miguel has been Blake’s best friend for a decade. Mutual friends decide that because Blake is still relatively inexperienced sexually (you’d have to read the book to see why) that he must live out his sexual fantasies now that he’s free to do so. This is where Miguel, who has secretly been in love with Blake for years, comes in.
The book was good, though I got frustrated often by the drama of secondary characters. I also didn’t particularly like Miguel that much, which also took away from my reading experience. If I don’t like a main character, it’s usually a good bet the story won’t work for me.
I wavered for awhile on my rating. I finally decided to go with 4 stars because I’m a sucker for friends-to-lovers books and I did enjoy most of it. Had I not been so confused about the other characters, it might have gotten a higher rating.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I can say, without a doubt, that I truly enjoyed this book. This is only my second book by Avery Aster and I was pleasantly surprised. Unsaid is the third book in the Manhattanites Series, but can also be read as a standalone. I didn’t read the first two and was able to jump right in because of the character descriptions at the beginning of the book. I knew exactly who the characters were and how they related to one another – it was perfect! The two MC’s, Blake and Miguel, were fantastic both together and individually. I loved the back story of their friendship and how they have both been pining over one another for years, but never did anything about it. Well, now that Blake’s divorce is finalized, he agrees to let his friends come up with a “bucket list” of sexual experiences he needs to achieve. This list gave the book humor and a whole lot of sexiness! Miguel is an animal and quite the alpha male while Blake is the kinder and gentler man. Together, they form an amazingly realistic couple with hopes, fears and, ultimately, love. This M/M book is being added to my favorites list immediately. I can only hope that we get more Blake and Miguel…and soon!
*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Received from NetGalley for review.
Five out of five stars.
Unsaid was such a beautiful story, there was everything from tears to laughter and very hot sex. Not just of the male on male persuasion but a scene of Lex and Massimo.
Blake, a thirty year old homosexual divorcee, trying to heal a shattered, emotionally abused heart. The marriage this man had was one from hell. I’m so glad that we got to actually see what kind of “man” Diego was from a scene with Blake.
Miguel was one of Blake’s best friends from school, he was also a best friend of Diego. Miguel was considered a playboy who always topped his conquests and they were lined up. He lived by himself, along with his dog Brutus, in a sparsely decorated apartment. Their was a reason for this and it took a while for Miguel to crack his exterior walls and those fears of Blake’s.
Their relationship comes about from to list of seven’s. Blake and Miguel each have one and it was such a funny bar scene with Vive and Thor how this came about. Miguel has always wanted Blake and now he had his chance with a little help from Thor. Vive and Thor were two of the best secondary characters, along with Lex and Taddy. We also get to see how the relationship with Lex and Taddy become stronger.
I enjoyed this book and started with Taddy and Warner but I didn’t get to read Lex and Massimo’s story just yet. This is considered a stand alone but you will have a better understanding for the characters if you read each book. Although there is a brief snippet at the beginning of the book about each major player.
Blake Morgan III and Miguel Santana have been best friends for a decade. They met in college, where Miguel was rejected by Blake. Now, many years later Blake is divorced from their mutual friend Diego, and learning how it is to be single in Manhattan.
Miguel has decided he has loved Blake long enough. Now he wants his love in return. He responds to a list of seven desires that Blake has made with mutual friends. He tells him he will help Blake with his list if he will help fulfill his list of seven needs. Blake agrees and moves in with him to begin the week of fulfillment.
Blake learns he feels more than he has thought about in years for Miguel. He is afraid to share what happened during his marriage to Diego. Miguel asks him to be honest with him. How can he share what makes him feel most vulnerable? Can he learn to trust so soon after being so hurt?
This is a book full of several stories going on at one. The other characters are here from the previous books about The Manhattanites series. I am not going to give spoilers, This can be a stand a lone book, but would be better if you have read the previous books in the series. I read it on its own and enjoyed the banter, fun, honesty, loyalty and all the rest that made it so good to enjoy.
***This ARC copy was free from Netgalley.com and its publishers for review purposes only.
Avery Aster – you have done it again!!! Phenomenal story!!
Avery’s writing is unique in the sense that her character are loud, quirky and so fun to read! She holds nothing back and yet it all works out beautifully. And with Unsaid, Avery definitely throws it all out there.
I won’t go over the blurb and explain who Blake or Miguel are – you already gathered that. However, it’s those Seven Desires/Needs that drives these two together. Even though they are looking for completely opposite things, it all comes down to wanting the same thing – a loving and committed relationship – unconditional love.
I truly enjoyed how Avery was able to give more of an emotional pull on this book and yet still add all the humor that we can expect from these characters. We get to read about the others and their added input on things. This group of friends is definitely a crazy yet fun group.
This is probably my favorite story out of the whole series. Avery wrote is beautifully. And even though Avery is known for her witty writing, she also knows how to delicately write about the more serious issues. Avery gives you the perfect blend in her writing.
If you are looking for a funny yet emotional M/M romance, look no further than Unsaid. It is the third book in the Manhattanites series but it can most definitely be read as a standalone.
Another hit for Avery!!!