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XO, Blake

(The Undergrad Years #3)

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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  118 reviews
For fans of the dark comedy BDSM film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their naughtiest desires run wild…

If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, w
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ebook, 250 pages
Published June 9th 2015 (first published May 9th 2015)
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Candace
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com, in exchange for honest feedback.***

This is the third book that I've read in 'The Manhattanites' series and like the others, it kept me laughing. As crass and over-the-top as this group of friends may be, they are extremely loyal to each other and you've got to love them for that. Although this novella is focused mostly on Blake's story, it isn't much of a story without his favorite gal pals.

That being said
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Adam
I read this back in May, but I forgot to add it to my Goodreads shelf. If I remember right, I got somewhere around to the halfway point before calling it a day. I started skimming probably around 25%.

I'm always skeptical when an MF author decides to dabble in MM. Avery Aster reinforced that skepticism. You can't take a carbon-copy MF story and just tack a penis on to the character that would have been the female. It doesn't work like that. But then I'm not sure that the author actually wanted to
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Michelle
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for a Blake story and although this was a short look into the younger life of Blake, rather than his full novel, Unsaid... I was so freaking happy to finally get this boy in my hands!

Avery delivers another fantastically funny read that still manages to be hot as fuck! I loved the dynamic between Diego, but so fell in love with the idea of him and Miguel. You cannot go into a story from Avery Aster without being prepared to laugh your ass off. There is just
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JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer
The Undergrad Years are like – The OC, 90210 and Gossip Girl on steroids – I love it!

This is part three of The Undergrad Years, a spinoff series or prequel series if you will, to the very popular Manhattanites Series by Avery Aster. The Undergrad Years features or favorite besties Lex, Taddy, Vive and Blake as college students. Each installment has the close knit clan in crazy adventures attracting attention and drama everywhere they go.

This installment is all about Blake Morgan III. I loved fi
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Courtney
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The third installment in The Undergrad Years, XO, Blake, is all about Blake, the Gay Best Friend (GBF).


Blake is the sweetheart of the group and the only one who doesn’t come from fame, fortune and money. But he’s definitely in a league of his own.


The gang is finally at college and Blake is pining after two Latino men that make his blood boil. But once again – mayhem creeps in. It seems as if none of them can catch a break. However, the silver lining for Blake is that he definitely lands in good
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~lil maso~
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third instalment of the Undergrad Years and this is Blake's story.

While this is labeled a standalone, I highly recommend you read Love, Lex and Yours Truly, Taddy (currently free) before this one as there are parts from both novellas mentioned in this one.

The start of this novella, like the other two in the series, and gives a little background on Blake before he starts at Avon Porter Academy.

Blake is the gay guy who from a Very early age, has know it and been encouraged by his fami
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K.S. Marsden
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Manhattanites are finally at college, ready to put all their nightmares behind them and to move on. It's time to experience all that college has to offer, love, laughs and (sometimes) learning. But are all their troubles really behind them...

Ok, this is a first - four stars for a book that I did not like.
Yes, you read that right. I just didn't get on with it, I've read socialite-based books before, but this was like the book version of Made In Chelsea (honestly, I struggle watching the adver
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Jessica Alcazar
I am a fan of all the stories I have had the pleasure of reading in Avery Aster's The Manhattanites series, so I absolutely love these glimpses back into the earlier years of Lex, Taddy, Vive and Blake.

As brazen and bold as they are today, it is fantastic to see the teenage side of them. Avery always delivers a hilarious read that always manages to be scorching hot as well!!

This is Blake's story ...who gets his heart? READ AND LET ME KNOW ;)

No doubt about it, this story had a lot of laughter &a
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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So I have to say I struggled with a rating on this one. I think the biggest problem I had was that this was my first book by this author, so I felt that while I was given some information, I still felt like I was missing out. I didn't have a real connection to any of side characters because it was such a short snippet into their lives that there wasn't enough time. I think to truly enjoy this I would have needed to read the other books that are out.

That being said; I did enjoy this book. These c
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Crystal
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed The Undergrad Years series. Number 3 in the series is no exception. It is just a fun quick read with some racy exploits as Blake finally connects with one of his crushes. Blake has had a crush on roommates Miguel and Drake since seeing them the first day in class at college, but is not brave enough to approach them. Fate steps in when they rescue him from a club after the Manhattanites get roofied. He discovers that Deigo has had a crush on him too. I can't wait to see wher ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to NetGalley and Book Enthusiast Promotions for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although this book was good and gave us a little moron Blake's beginning, i was expecting a little more on the Diego, Blake romance corner.

We get another disaster with the Manhattanite crew with sad consequences for Taddy.

Blake is still the glue that keeps all of the friends together and we get the moment when Thor tells Blake, the first person other than his family that he is HIV posi
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Fabi
This was my first glimpse of Avery Aster's writing. I'm impressed. Blake's story started off lighthearted and fun but soon took a turn towards serious. A lot of traumatic events took place in a short amount of time. But life sometimes happens like that.

The way that Blake handled himself and the situations was exemplary. I empathized with him throughout the story. If I have any complaint at all, it is that I would have liked to spend more time with these characters. They are all intriguing and u
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Kat
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this from Net Galley. I loved this and because it was mm I enjoyed it more. I just thought that was perfect timing to throw something different in the mix. I recommend this series to anyone looking for something new to read. They all make me laugh :-)
Jen
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I'm officially crushing on Blake Morgan, lead character of XO, Blake, book three in The Undergrad Years series by Avery Aster. He already proved the kind of friend he was in the first two books and now that he's got his own story to share, he's now tied with Taddy Brill as my favorite Manhattanite. Heck, he may have actually edged Taddy out by
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Vânia Nunes
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vânia by: Avery Aster
Someone wake me because I think I fainted!!!

This Undergrad Years series is a precursor of Manhattanites series. That is, you read a book here, and another there.
In this we know Lex,Taddy and Vive's gay friend, Blake Morgan III
Blake is beautiful and knew he is gay since childhood. The good side is that he was always accepted by his parents. Unfortunately it did not happen at school or in relation to other boys when Blake suffered bullying and was pursued by rottweilers or was asked to leave sch
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books are love
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each book in the manhattanites series keeps getting better and better and having Avery Aster give us the defining moments in their lives as undergrads is just icing on the cake. This time we get the delectable and alluring Blake. the one everyone turns to and who is the kindest gentlest guy around.

This is Blakes story and how he fell in love. I do wish though Miguel had grown some humpzah and told Blake before Diego though. I don’t know what it is about Diego but he is too slimy for me. He appe
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Jecca
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - Read for NDF

So I have to say I struggled with a rating on this one. I think the biggest problem I had was that this was my first book by this author, so I felt that while I was given some information, I still felt like I was missing out. I didn't have a real connection to any of side characters because it was such a short snippet into their lives that there wasn't enough time. I think to truly enjoy this I would have needed to read the other books that are out.

That being said; I did
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Winter Sophia Rose
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Hot, Steamy, Uplifting & Heartbreaking! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Jeanette Book-Reviews
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
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May 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mrs.Vishous-Kattalakis-Belikov :::Para Itch Reviews:::
For fans of the dark comedy BDSM film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their naughtiest desires run wild…

If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, when the room started… spinning. And not in a good way! We got sick. Think Regan in The Exorcist. Taddy was rushed to the hosp
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Jessica Figueroa
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgally
"I realized, right then and there, that all of life's choices have repercussions. Some good. Some bad. That whatever I spent the following day doing and the day after that would shape the rest of my life."

Blake and his friends got to a night club Glamorama with his gal pals and a night of dancing turned downward when everyone around them was getting sick. Blake was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of his former crushes while his friends and other bystanders in the club ended up in the hos
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Jessica
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a new fan of author, Avery Aster. I recently discovered her Undergrad Series and I devoured the first three books. The characters all lead complex and highly dramatic lives but you should plan on being completely sucked into their chaos and loving it.

If you have read the previous novellas (which I really do recommend), you know these four close friends are compelling characters to read about, even if they are a bit over the top. You never know what they will stumble into or how it will effec
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Caro
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, arc, did-not-like
*** thanks to netgalley/publisher for providing me an arc ***

this book was not for me. i started to read it and soon had so many issues, that i skipped through it, more or less.

my main issues were that the author tried to be funny so hard (aaaand failed, btw...), that it backfired and made her characters appear superficial and dumb as fuck. the other reason i didn't like it was, that at least my advanced reader's copy ended at the 82 % mark. after that, the reader gets a sneak-a-peek for the nex
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Dusti Dasilva
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. Maybe if I had read the first 2, then maybe I would lean more toward liking it, but at this point and time it wasn't for me. I have been dreading writing this review, because when I received this book from the author to review I was beyond excited. I tweeted teasers, instagramed my excitement until I was blue in the face and Damnit Blake you let me down. I wanted to love all the characters but the writing just wasn't my style. First of all, all the ...more
Raine
It's clear that I'm not really an m/m fan unless it is more like m/m/f, but this one wasn't too bad. It was a bit funny and over-the-top like the previous books. Lots of drama and such. It reminds me of Gossip Girl, though many people refer to Pretty Little Liars when reviewing this book, but I've never watched that show so I can't compare.

If the price is right I'll probably keep continuing the series. I do know that the next book about Blake is that he is best friends with Miguel (the right gu
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Martha Sweeney
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars only because I felt like there should have been a bit more to the story. I loved Avery's warning for prudes - sex is a part of life regardless if it involves bondage. I'm curious to see the next installment as well as the other books that are associated with this story. I like books for entertainment, but I really like a lesson learned or something for the reader to take away and ponder. This book made me think I was watching an episode of Gossip Girl.
Smut Hut
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smut Hut Approved

Okay..... This whole crazy ride is starting to escalate.....
I agree with Officer Ford. I really can't wait to find out what happens.
I hope this part is all wrapped up in the next book.
Great edge of your seat story unfolding.
Thanks Avery for keeping us on our toes!! ;)
Natasha Coburn
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was just not a good book for me. The writing wasn't good. For starters, what college students use the word freakin and frick instead of fucking and fuck and damn. I mean come on college students definitely curse. That was like kindergarten language. The romance was not good. I couldn't really connect with the characters or anything. This one just was not good.
DeeNeez
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
So over the top drama, dama, drama....and so funny! This is only a slice of the adventures of Blake and his friends, a regular brat pack. I haven’t read the previous chapters, but the jest of what all has happened was covered. This key episode is all about Blake loosing his virginity. It was a hoot.
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The Undergrad Years (5 books)
  • Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years, #1)
  • Yours Truly, Taddy (The Undergrad Years, #2; Invitation to Eden, #1)
  • Always & Forever, Vive (The Undergrad Years, #4)
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