Author: Avery Aster
Series: #2 in The Manhattanites
Review Copy Provided By Author Via RABT
At thirty-three Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executive’s careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.
Stunning, tantalizing, and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.
The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. But before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.
I’m really conflicted over this book – I through that the author is a very good writer, and you could feel the emotion that she puts into her writing. But at the same time, it felt like there was something missing. I really struggled to find anything about Taddy that was relatable – in fact, i found her to be rather abrasive. Maybe that was on purpose – a self-made woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated business – but there was just something unlikeable about her. In fact, of all the characters, I found her Mormon assistant to be the most real/entertaining. She kind of reminded me (naivete wise) of Andie in The Devil Wears Prada.
The story itself was cute and had potential – the whole pursuit of someone you want and the stopping nothing to get it (especially, if you are a millionaire…makes it easier). But it seemed like most of the book was about the pursuit and not about the actual romance between Taddy and Warner. Which possibly contributed to my confusion – I didn’t feel the romance, it was more like a series of quick hook-ups, with an ending that just felt wrong…
Overall, I gave Unscrupulous 3 stars, but I am intrigued on what the author may write in the future.