Hm.. just got around to smell the sample i got in today. it does remind me of aventus. especially the dry down. it's definitely much poorer quality in my opinion, but not a bad scent by itself. it also reminds me a bit of vince camuto (which is essentially my work-safe aventus, as its just pepper with no fruit on me.). To me its like a lighter, more synthetic, fruitier, thinner/flatter version of aventus. it can work well as a summer scent.
To use an analogy, Aventus is like the original song on vinyl with the classic singer, deep soulful sexy and bold, fresca is the new age cover song on mp3, same tune but without the soul but more with more teen/radio trendy pop. While still good, its nowhere near the same as the original. (if you can't tell im a huge aventus fan. lol)
As a $30 its not bad, but i dunno if i would buy it. It lacks the richness and smoky sexyness that's in aventus that I love (and so far girls seem to love as well). If you compare it to aventus its a cheap knockoff, although a well done one. If its by itself its a pretty decent scent, but i'd actually prefer some designers over this, even if had to pay more...
but yeah. i'd say, if you got 30 bucks to burn on sumthin new and smells pretty good, go for it. its a pretty good deal. but if youre looking to add / complete your collection, i'd say skip this one, save the money for something much nicer. If you want aventus, get aventus. this is far from a replacement in my opinion.
However, as some people have stated, if you don't like aventus, especially for its smoky, thicker, and more potent qualities, and want something lighter, this might be good for you. Though, if you want lighter and more pepper without the sweets, try vince camuto for men.
Just my 2cents