Currently Reading… Unsticky by Sara Manning

by Maryse on February 18, 2012 · 18 comments

in What I am reading today

Unsticky?? I know right? I’m still curious as to what this means. Now you all know I’m on a Megan Hart kick, but I’ve been dying to read this book for awhile now (and finally gave in and got the print book – I’ll explain why, later), so I’m going to take a quick break to read it.

And all of you “Christian Grey” lovers will understand why in a second.

So… what would you say if I told you that in the span of 100 pages (BTW this book is almost 600 pages long) so I’m not even a quarter of the way in…

as I was saying… what would you say if I told you that in this book, I’ve already encountered:

  • a sweet but doormat-ish girl who works in fashion (low end of the totem pole still), but hoping to climb
  • got dumped by her indie-rock star boyfriend in public, on her birthday!
  • cried (in public), was comforted by an enigmatic, super rich, famous, powerful, poised and posh rich man in his thirties,
  • and then wined and dined by him. (mmmmhmmmmm)
  • And then sorta “dumped” by him too (at a very awkward moment – talk about a slap to the face!!) Does this remind you of the “Kiss me, kiss me” sidewalk scene, anyone?

BUT WAIT!!! It gets better!! Because while nursing her hurt and embarrassment,

  • she was called back again by “his people” ,
  • set up for another meeting in private, with him,
  • where he proceeded to ask her to sign a nondisclosure agreement, and then the “proposed an offer” with yet another contract to sign!!!

Did you just raise a very intrigued eyebrow? Hrmmmmmm?

Now, let me be clear. I cringed at my inclination to “compare”. I don’t want to make an actual comparison. I’m just acknowledging a similarity (and one that I’m delighted about). To me, I can’t imaging anything or anyone equalling “Christian Grey”. He, and his world stand at the top of the hill. But it sure is fun trying to find something like it, isn’t it?

Considering I’ve essentially just started this book, what I am trying to get at, is…

For those of you who LOVED the Grey series (as I did), and want something that gives you “that feeling” again… or that similar tension and excitement (and I know you do, because I keep getting emails and comments such as this one by Brandy):

“Ok so I finally got around to reading the Fifty Shades books and I am on the last one right now and I LOVE them!! AND the music!! :) so what would you recommend as a next read that is similar to that?”

Well. I think I’ve found it!  You know… the high powered unattainable guy with rules. The “arrangement” that has potential to become so much more (or crash in the process). ALL OF THAT.

So far so good! Tons of great reviews on Amazon UK, for it, too. I’ll only give this book one complaint so far. In “new format” it is only available in Europe (I couldn’t even get the e-book on Amazon) BUT, but after getting this very adamant recommendation from Dany…

“Recently I’ve started a book called Unsticky by Sarra Manning, I haven’t quite finished it yet so I cant give a full review but it reminds me very much of Fifty Shades. Its set in London and to me its like Fifty Shades mixed with The Devil Loves Prada. Defo worth a read. Vaughn is a lot like Christian although he doesnt come around as quickly. Anyway just thought i’d share this find with you as i know how much you love Fifty.”

… I knew I HAD to get it no matter what. So I gave in and ordered a used copy on Amazon, and had it within a week. Now I’m fully immersed in it, and thoroughly enjoying the hard-ass snob known simply as “Vaughn”.

Vaughn. Even his name is sexy.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie February 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I just ordered a copy thru the link above from the UK as well….it says est delivery March 16….NO! Please be here as fast as yours!! lol

Krystal February 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

im sooo on this like “white on rice” !!!!! ty :D

Maryse February 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Julie! Mine said March 16th also. Came sooner though, so I was very happy.

Julie February 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Oh, yay! I ordered from 2 places! LOL! They were so cheap tho and now it’s a race to see which one gets here first! I know, I have a serious problem huh?! LOL But if anyone can’t find a copy I”ll be more than happy to send them one! :)

Johanna February 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I just ordered mine too. Excited to get it. Delivery says Feb. 27-March 13 I hope it sooner rather than later.

Janie February 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Woo hoo! This sounds so good!!! I ordered mine!! I think it’s so funny that the shipping costs more than the book lol!!!

Robyn B. February 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I love, love this book! Vaughn is undeniably sexy! Sarra Manning is one of my favorite writers.You should definitely read You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. I just wish more of her books were published here in the States.

Donna Patten February 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Just ordered this book. Can’t wait to dig into this book! hehehe ; )

Jessica February 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Just ordered mine too! Lucky me, it ships from Fla, my home state so I won’t have to wait for it to cross the ocean, yay!

Sabrina February 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I love “Unsticky”, it’s one of those books you will never forget after reading it. Vaughn and Grace are such a great pair. I also enjoyed Sarra Manning’s second adult novel “You don’t have to say you love me”, but had some issues with her newest one.

It’s weird that no US publisher has so far published the books by Sarra Manning, thank goodness I’m living in Europe.

Elle February 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Looks awesome. While I am an avid Kindle fan I found it in ePub format. So I downloaded iBooks just to read it

bookster February 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

where are you guys getting these cheap prices?? I see $39.20 on amazon and even though I will blindly buy anything Maryse tells me I put my foot down after $20!!! ;)

Maryse February 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Well…. looks like we bought them out on Amazon. Only 4 left and the prices are quite high for them.

No worries though. While I enjoyed the book and was happy to read it, I could put it down. Vaughn DID have a “Grey” feel to him, but there was not enough emotional intensity or romance for me to get caught up in it, or feel those butterflies.

But… the last quarter was certainly much more intense. However, considering the huge size of the book, I would have preferred a lot more intensity throughout.

Good. Just didn’t rock my world.

Traciedawn February 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Julie: Hi ! I would love a copy of one of the books you got. They are almost $40.00 now on Amazon ! I would be happy to pay you whatever you paid plus shipping (and shipping to me). You can email me at and let me know. Thanks.

Maryse: I haven’t been able to get on the computer in a few days (really bad weekend) and I am so behind! But you have really brightened up an otherwise horrible weekend. I always come to your website first, then go to Kristen Ashley’s, then off to Amazon ! Thanks so much for all the great recommendations. (and everyone else’s recommendations, too). I have really enjoyed all these great books.

Maryse February 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Awww Tracie thank you!!

I will also be giving away my copy with my book review. But the book review will only be up in a day or so.

Julie February 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Tracie, absolutely! You’ve got 1st dibs lol. I haven’t received either of them yet but I would be happy to send you one! It’s only like 4 bucks including shipping! lol I’ll email you now! :) I’d also be happy to pass on the other copy after I read it if anyone needs it!

asees March 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

is there a sequel to unsticky ? i read it and loved it even though it was a good ending i still thought there could be more ?

sonia July 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Is there a sequel to this book because there should be one I mean it was so complicated and hard for Vaughn to *spoiler* . But my point is in the end *spoiler* and we have a sequel please its Grace n Vaughn I don’t get how there is not a sequel

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