Undressed (The Manhattanites #1) by Avery Aster
* I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Milan’s notorious playboy, Prince 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 has already endured her fair share of hard knocks. She’ll 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 make her clothing line an international success—even sleep with her rival.
Lex’s Louboutins 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.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Lex and her mother, Birdie have had their share of the limelight, with her rock star father leaving them in debt when he passed away. They have worked hard to make their clothing line, Easton Essentials to become a success. Thanks to Birdie’s addictions, their company is in jeopardy because they have lost their fabric supplier. It’s up to Lex to convince Prince Tittoni to release their fabrics, she is desperate and willing to do just about anything to save her company.
Prince Tittoni has not had a good history with women so he is gun shy. He is taken aback when he meets Lex Easton; she is like no other woman he has ever met. She intrigues him and infuriates him at the same time. She is outspoken and beautiful but there is still a shyness about her. The more he is around her, the more of his heart he loses to her. Will he be able to convince her that together they are stronger both as a couple, as well as a business?
I loved Lex, she is a such a sassy character. She is not afraid to say what she thinks or stand up for herself. I don’t know many women brave enough to travel across the world on their own to face a notorious prince that has done them wrong. I don’t know if she is fearless or if it was truly desperation that drove her. She was like a momma bear defending her cubs when it came to her company, it’s obvious how much Easton Essentials means to her.
She also has a very private side to her that makes her camera shy around the paparazzi; she had enough of that as a small child. She is thrown into the limelight while on the Prince’s arm and starts to believe everything will be ok, until the other shoe drops. It takes her whole Manhattanite crew to fix the PR nightmare in the US while Massimo takes care of the culprits. Now she has to decide whether she can live the life of a royal princess always in the spotlight.
The story flowed well and was a fast, sexy read. It’s an Ellora’s Cave story so there is definitely some explicit sexual content and language in it along with a ménage’. I loved the scenery, fast cars, planes and sexy men and women. Once they finally hooked up, I kept waiting on the other shoe to drop and I wasn’t disappointed. The ending was filled with a couple of really neat surprises.
Lex and Massimo are so good together; I loved the back and forth between them. She is fierce and not afraid to say what she thinks where he is refined and has always been told to “avoid conflict” at all costs. He is comfortable in the spotlight but she hides from the cameras, with Masi’s help she might just learn to accept the spotlight. Neither have had a good example of what love is but they are willing to take the chance together to figure it out. I still have to say that the ending was my favorite, Masi has a few tricks up his sleeve and really is a hopeless romantic where Lex is concerned.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it had enough spice and heat to it while not taking away from the actual story of Lex and Masi. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I give Undressed 4 Flaming Hearts.