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Unconventional

(The Manhattanites #4)

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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  108 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published January 26th 2016
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Linda
Another wonderful read from Avery Aster, and as she often prefaces her books , if your a prude this " Unconventional" read may not be for you!
Why , well Avery gives us a wonderful story revolving around a poly amorous relationship!
If you have been following the Manhattannites you have already met Jemma and her two lovers Luigi and Rocco, but even though they are wonderful together in this book we discover the boys want more.

They have just spent the last year caring for Jemma while she recovered
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Ashley S.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars, arc, favorites
I can honestly say that I truly loved everything about this book. It had happiness, sadness, love, a crazy amount of lust, and so much uncertainty that even I didn't know what was going to happen! Without a lack of a better word, it was absolutely fantastic!!! This is a menage like I haven't read before simply because it wasn't just about sex - it was also about three people in love and how they navigated their way through life. Did I mention it was crazy hot too?!? "Your body will be ours to ta ...more
Candace
***I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com, in exchange for honest feedback.***

This is the second book, or in this case novella, that I've read in 'The Manhattanites' series. Like the other book, this novella was sweet, sex-filled and entertaining. Although the characters are quite crass at times, I have to admit that the things that fly out of their mouths make me laugh. Blake, especially, keeps me in stitches.

A very quick read, this novella focuses
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Vivi Chatzikiriakou
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
ARC kindly provited by the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for a honest review. Thank you for the honor Avery Aster.

Before I start, I would like to say that is the first time I read a book of Ms Avery Aster. I saw, after I received the ARC, that I already had one of her books in my kindle collection as well, but never had the chance to read it. For me, one of the worst parts in the world of books, is that I don't have the privilege of time, so I can read and read and read...without stop. But.
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Sandra Stroh
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love

After having survived breast cancer Jemma hasn’t felt like her old supermodel self, walking sex, that beautiful she once knew she was. She loves the two men she shares her life with Luigi and Rocco, being a fashion designer of the Jemma Couture line, but she’s worried the cancer may come back. She needs a little reminder of who she was before the cancer, all she has in her life, and to look at life differently. After her latest fashion line hits rock bottom Jemma needs to get back on track.
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Joëlle
*** ARC kindly provided by the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

When I saw this one on NetGalley I immediately loved the cover… So gorgeous! I also love ménage books and the story sounded good.

After finishing my first thought was … ‘Is this it?’ ! At 54% in the book I made a note for myself that this book rather feels like one big epilogue and then at 56% it says “The End”. What? The End? How is that possible… It feels like I only just started reading! The remaining 4
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AJ
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I saw this book on NetGalley, and being a bit of a pervert and a fan of the menage-relationship dynamic, I figured I’d give it a go. This is book 4 in The Manhattanites series, and though I haven’t read any of the earlier books, it’s advertised as a series of standalones so I assumed I’d be safe to dive in. The main and side characters are all introduced and the relationships are all explained so you see how everybody is tied together and how the little trio came to be, but I do think thi
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Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to NetGalley and Avery Aster for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This seems more like a novella as its not as long as some of the former novels and is told from all three view points of Luigi, Rocco and Jemma.

We get a small part where the manhattanites are part of the book, but it mostly focuses just on our three characters and their thruple relationship.

We hear about what has happened in the last year to get them to the point they are currently in and we get to
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Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Unconventional is a hot, fun and yes, very unconventional read.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Fans of Avery's Manhattanites will love Unconventional, both because of the humour that is familiar to them and because characters they already know are a part of the story. Rocco and Luigi have been feeling that Jemma has withdrawn from the both in recent months, and while they understand that she has been under a lot of pressure, they want to add a little on their own
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Kimberly
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of the loveliest, and sexiest menage stories I have ever read. Jemma is a former super-model turned fashion designer who has survived breast cancer. By her side are two sexy men, and they all love each other equally and enjoy a polyamorous relationship. But, things get rocky when Luigi and Rocco want to take their relationship to the next level and get married. Jemma doesn't want to change their relationship. But, when Jemma's new fashion line tanks her men know just what to do, they ...more
DJ Sakata
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

“Genius. A sexual safari. I love this idea.”

“Peddle that sex bike, Miss Thing. Peddle fast. Peddle hard. Peddle as if there's no tomorrow.”

“Rocco, never deny your partner in bed. Making love is like giving medicine. If they go without, they'll get sick in the head.”

My Review:

Being a bit doubtful about the truple/poly-amorous aspect of the story - as I don't share and would assume I would be a jealous old cougar - I was surprised by the emotional depth and poignancy of Avery Aster
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Shayna
I'm a big fan of The Manhattanites series and I was very excited to get my hands on Rocco, Jemma, and Luigi's story. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to expectations for me. It was way too short and way too impersonal. I needed to feel a stronger connection with the characters, especially when there are THREE in the game. Each one needed to stand out and all three fell a little flat for me.

There was heat, but it was a very low simmer, not what I usually expect from Avery Aster. I expect my Kind
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Ava
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-or-netgalley
ARC given by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

Avery Aster did it again. Always read the note!
My 3 stars ... and a half meant I liked it but nothing beyond that.
It wasn't because of the menage, not at all, I loved their dynamic. But I only wished a bit more, not a bigger book. Only more substance, layer just a tad not so much.
How to explain why a 3 1/2 ☆? A little bit more adventure/drama because the wholesome was just sweet.
I was expecting some more fun.
Anyway it
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J. Kahele
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a real quick and rather sweet read about the relationship between, Luigi, Rocco and Jemma. Luigi and Rocco ask Jemma to marry them and she refuses, watching her parents grow up fighting as made her despise a commitment like marriage, even though she truly loves them both. Jemma has the best of both world with these men, Rocco is sensitive, whereas Luigi, is more of a dominating man. How can she resist them? Will she come to her senses and finally realize that maybe refusing the two men ...more
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can two men share the same woman forever?

Unconventional is skillfully written and captivated me from the prologue to the very last page. To see the relationship between Luigi, the romantic alpha hunk, Rocco, the exotic bisexual and Jemma, the insatiable beauty was sensual and... so HOT! Avery Aster gives you romance, humor, steamy sex, some drama, and then she wraps it all up with an amazing HEA.
❤️ Diana ❤️
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f-m-or-m-m
Usually I can count on s M/F/M to be super steamy! Unfortunately this was not steamy enough for me which is a shame cause these are beautiful people! If you read the blurb then you read the book. Seriously nothing else happens, it's all in the blurb!!

3 disappointing stars!!
Amy Sheets
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of potential! It's a great book and has a great story behind it but I feel like it was rushed.
~lil maso~
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say "BUY IT NOW!"
No? Argh! Okay, I will try making sense.

You hear "ménage" and automatically think "hot ass, balls-to-the-wall, non stop three-way sex", right? Well don't get too excited there because Unconventional is Not that type of story. Well, not completely.

Jemma has been threw hell and back recently and that has left her a little deflated and feeling less then her normal confident and sexy self and left an enormous strain on her relationship. After the flop of her newest fash
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Nadine Bookaholic
I have to say that Avery Aster did a wonderful job of portraying Jemma, a 37 year old woman that is a breast cancer survivor, showing her vulnerable at first and then realizing that although she has survived she hasn't been living and she starts to reclaim her life.

Rocco and Luigi are Jemma's boyfriends, they have been in a poly relationship for five years and have they helped her through her battle with Cancer. The men are ready to take their relationship to the next level (marriage and childr
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Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe


I actually have so much in my thoughts when I was reading but now that I’m faced with writing, words had eluded me. It’s always the start, I guess.

I was plunge into the world of Manhattanites, a world of fashion, passion and love. A triad relationship. Well, I can describe the situation but you can read the blurb, I don’t want to repeat myself.

The overall tone to me was hopeful and celebratory and it’s actually the saving grace. To look forward to what tomorrow might bring and enjoy the moment.

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Lynne
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I'm two for two now with discovering new authors in the new year. First Ellie Keys and now Avery Aster. Why am I only finding out about you now Mr. Aster? I swear I catch the book train very late, but better late than never. Especially with his latest release, "Unconventional". This sexy, sassy and utterly sweet ménage a trois romp.

The tale is set around Luigi, Jemma and Rocco. All of them are in a poly relationship. They are lovers and love hard. Jemma has basically lost some lust
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books are love
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
In true Avery Aster fashion we get sexy, fun and erotic. But also we get a story with meaning. We see a young vivacious woman who lost her edge. Not because she wanted to but because life came in and scared her. She has these two gorgeous sweet and alpha men who love her and adore her but she feels like she isn’t sexy. She doesn’t feel herself. After a health scare she retreats. This is where we Jemma. At this crossroads. She is scared and not feeling herself. Luigi and Rocco are there through i ...more
Kathryn  CLiK Book Blog
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unconventional by Avery Aster

***** 5 STARS *****

Another triumph by Avery Aster!!! Bravo!!!

This story takes the reader beyond the hot sexy, polyamorous relationship of Jemma, Luigi and Rocco and explores the deeper story of a woman who has battled breast cancer, beaten it, but now lives with the fear that it may return. Jemma has lost her edge at work and in her relationship with her lovers and it's all turning into a nightmare. She's lost the spark to her designs, that's so important and her rel
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Angela
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley

I loved the wonderfully flamboyant, decadent and salacious world of The Manhattanites but sadly, for me, the series pinnacle occurred a couple of books ago and this was nothing more than a shorter than short story.

I don't know what’s happened with this series. From amazingly detailed and well thought out storylines, things have just died off. I felt that this was an “almost there” story. Every time the story built momentum the scenes just ended. The sexual safari was sounding intriguing but afte
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Terisa
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Book 4 in the Manhattinites series focuses on Jemma and her relationship with Rocco and Luigi. Jemma has survived breast cancer but in doing so it also took something from her. She's now filled with uncertainty which is hurting her relationship with the boys as well as her work. When her latest design tanks in a big way she and the boys are sent on a sex filled trip across the globe. Jemma isn't sure about it but she knows that if she doesn't do something quick she won't just loose her job but q ...more
Carla
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I got this book on Netgalley for an honest review and I was under the impression that it could be read as a standalone, but it just didn't work.

At first we get the introductions and we sort of get to know the characters a little bit and I thought they showed potential.
But after a couple of chapters I still don't get why they love her, she was sick and changed, and she was supposed to bee an amazing strong person but we never meet her. They are supposed to have an amazing connection and its just
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Onnica (I Love Romantic Fiction blog)
This is a really hard review to write as I'm a huge fan and very friendly with Avery. I love the Manhattanites series for its outrageousness and its occasional pathos at those moments when you least expect it.
Sadly, those things I love so much were absent from Unconventional. The characters of Jemma, Luigi and Rocco weren't as vivid as Lex, Massimo and Taddy, so it took me a while to warm up to them. Just when I was getting to know them, the book ended!
My main problems were: the smattering of It
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Karen
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of "Sweet Seduction" with this story being part of the bundle.
I enjoyed the story of Jemma, Luigi, and Rocco. It has sex, real life struggles, and emotions. Jemma beats breast cancer, but she has lost her sex appeal. Jemma goes through emotions and feelings that women go through when they lose a part of themselves due to breast cancer. She just has to find herself again and with the help of the Manhattanites, Luigi, and Rocco she is able to do that and continue on with her lif
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Briana
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this stand alone series! Mrs. Avery is great at telling each characters story.

I don't have much to say on this one. It was a quick read. It was uplifting and sexy along with it to!

A good quick read! If you plan on reading this book you should read the others first, so you know who the characters are. I love reading each characters' story. It really shows how each one has a life of their own. Good read.

Even though it was a really good quick read. It wasn't the best in the series. I give t
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Tina
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Received from NetGalley for review.

Three out of five stars.

When I saw Unconventional was up for review I jumped at the chance to read this. We get tidbits about Jemma, Luigi and Rocco in the other stories. At first it was a bit hard to get into but the story took off from there but sadly, it just ended. At about 50%, there are excerpts for another story or two. I thought this was going to be a full length novel, more of an extended epilogue.
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A graduate of New York University and a resident of the Big Apple for twenty years, New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster writes popular fiction in several genres. Erotic Romance fans enjoy Avery’s The Manhattanites books, while New Adult readers can’t get enough of the Undergrad Years. For those who like a goo
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