I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the just published erotic romance novel, UNCONVENTIONAL, by the author Avery Aster. This was my first book from this writer. So I didn’t know what to expect. But I loved it! Unconventional is the fourth installment in the The Manhattanites series. The story about a ménage romance between an alpha male, a sensitive man and an insatiable and beautiful woman. Grab your own copy today (see the buy links at the end of this review)!
Unconventional by Avery Aster
Series: The Manhattanites, #4
Released on January 26, 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Menage
Also by this author: The Manhattanites series, The Undergrad Years series
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Unconventional contains a sexy and erotic ménage romance. A romance between an alpha male, a sensitive man and an insatiable, beautiful woman. Luigi, Rocco and Jemma. Unconventional is about the strength of love and how love can overcome everything. Or not…
Luigi Bova is part of the thruple. He is a romantic alpha. He’s rich and wants to offer Jemma stability by marrying her. Silent. Doesn’t like to talk that much. Sexual orientation labels are something he hates and he likes to have everything under control. He’s confident, intense, dominant and an optimist.
Rocco Cazzo is the second male part of the relationship. He’s exotic. Bisexual. He not only wants to get married, but he also wants to have children and start a family. Jemma is his first and only girlfriend. His exterior seems strong, but on the inside he’s very sensitive and emotional. He’s almost the opposite of Luigi, as he is not an optimist, but rather a pessimist. He always sees the negative side of things.
The two men try to keep Jemma Fereti happy. A former supermodel turned fashion designer. After surviving cancer, she tries to enjoy each day as it comes, but she’s also very scared the cancer will return. Yet, she keeps this to herself. And she keeps her boyfriends at arm’s length. She doesn’t do commitment. When the latest collection of her own fashion line falls short, she doesn’t know what to do. She lost herself and the closeness with Luigi and Rocco.
Unconventional is divided into three parts. Each part consists of three chapters. It’s a rather short story, but long enough for me to enjoy it and create a bond with the characters. That’s normally not the case with short stories. I usually don’t like them, because they lack character development. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Unconventional. So, well done Avery. In the first part, Jemma has lost her mind. Things in her life aren’t going as planned and she doesn’t know what she can do to make it all better. In the second part, Luigi and Rocco try to make it all better for her, by taking her on a sexual safari. On this tour around the world Jemma has the time to do some soul searching and she decides that she wants to do everything she can to show her boyfriends how much she loves them. But it’s also to show herself that she deserves Luigi and Rocco. The last part is all about the happily ever after. A concept that was foreign to Jemma in the first two parts of Unconventional.
What I really loved about reading Unconventional were the Italian words that Avery uses throughout the story. Such as the Italian nicknames the thruple had for each other: Bella, Amore and Dolce. I love the Italian language, it’s truly exceptional. I also thought Luigi and Rocco were very cute together. They don’t only love Jemma, but they also love each other wholeheartedly and it shows. I also loved how reading this book was like watching a soap opera. It contains the same amount of drama. And the writing… It’s like Unconventional exists of little snippets of the story of Luigi, Rocco and Jemma. And even though Unconventional is a erotic romance novel, this extraordinary tale isn’t all about sex. It’s more about the romance and love side of the relationship. The love between Luigi, Rocco and Jemma. Jemma, the insatiable beauty, who isn’t feeling her own beauty anymore after surviving cancer. But maybe she can get her confidence back through the love of her two lovers. But is their love strong enough to conquer everything? Or is jealousy going to wreck everything? Grab your own copy of Unconventional to find out. If you’re looking for a quick romantic read with explicit sex scenes, I recommend Unconventional to you! Even when you haven’t read the previous three books in The Manhattanites series (like me).
3.5 UNCONVENTIONAL STARS (★★★)
Three Months Ago Isola di Girasoli,
On top of the cliff, overlooking the blue sea, I grabbed my boyfriend’s hand, pulled him to my side and asked, “Ready, bello?”
Rocco’s short nails grazed my skin. He’d been biting them all week. He always did when he was nervous.
“Jemma is going to say yes…” he whispered in my ear.
“Sì, of course she is.”
A few days before, we’d selected the spot.
He’d suggested, “This is where we’ll ask her to marry us,”
The view, the place… so magical and perfetto.
Inhaling deeply, I smelled the briny air filled with the faint sticky aroma of sunflowers. The ground was covered in them, and Isola di Girasoli had even been named after them. Growing on vivid green stalks, their bright yellow faces open, reaching up to the white sky for warmth and light. They were gleefully rooted about, almost as if cheering us on.
In a way, Rocco and I were similar to those flowers reaching for something—nourishment and love.
We got down on our knees, and the warm soil pressed under my legs. Glancing up at the woman we loved, we each took her hand.
Jemma Fereti. Tall. Striking. Ours. We called her dolce because she always tasted like tiramisu when we kissed.
As I studied her finger, the one I’d put the ring on, I thought about us…
For me, taking Jemma as my bride, and Rocco as my groom, meant forever. My life spent searching for intention would soon be complete. Together they made up my everything.
For Rocco, our union symbolized something he’d yearned for: a family. Hopefully for Jemma it would mean peace after her year-long battle with breast cancer.
“Amore, go on. Ask her.” Patience wasn’t Rocco’s virtue.
“Give me a minute—”
In private, we’d talked about the day for the past few months. We’d picked out the perfect engagement ring: a Tittoni Gems of Distinction twelve-carat pink diamond, a custom-made work of art from Manhattan for Jemma. And two simple gold bands for Rocco and myself. We’d planned the vacation: a week alone on the island, getting time away. Only the three of us. This was one of Jemma’s favorite Mediterranean locals. She’d grown up there with her royal friend, Prince Massimo Tittoni, who ruled over the small country.
Having Jemma’s hand in marriage was all Rocco and I ever desired. Over the past few years, we’d loved each other as a thruple. Our special togetherness had been all her doing.
Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined an open poly relationship with one woman and another man working out. Certain jealousy and games would poison the affair, but it hadn’t tarnished our lovemaking in the least.
That is till now. Rocco yearned for more, and frankly, so did I. Especially when Prince Massimo granted the Poly Marriage Act, legalizing the rights for those who loved openly to wed.
“Dolce…we’d like to ask you something…” I got the words out. I wasn’t one to talk much. Regardless, Rocco had insisted it come from me. After all, I’d been with Jemma for almost a year before we’d met him.
My boyfriend was the well-spoken one. The one in touch with his feelings. The man who’d glued the three of us together in ways which went beyond the boundaries of sex. He was the first and only man I’d ever had sex with, and I liked it. Oh, God, I fucking loved it! I loved him.
“My amore—” Uncertainty quivered in Jemma’s voice. My left hand reached deep inside my pocket. I pulled out the diamond and held it up to her, sparkling in the sunshine, and asked, “Will you marry us?”
With a smile, Rocco’s face beamed.
Her mouth dropped open, asking, “Huh?”
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