ARC Review: Unblocked Episode 3 by Marni Mann

Title: Unblocked – Episode 3
Author: Marni Mann
Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Book 3 of 5 from Timber Towers novella series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: May 19, 2015

 

Derek Block confronts his past.
Frankie Jordan’s past pursues her.
Secrets threaten to keep them apart.
They want to let go of each other, but can’t.
Their passion is too hot to resist.
Things are scorching as real estate gets real…
This is Episode Three of the five-episode Timber Towers novellas series.

 

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Frankie Jordan and Derek Block decided a relationship was not something either of them should be involved in. However, the longer they tried to stay away from each other, they harder it was for them to accept there was nothing between them. But personal and professional secrets may prove to be a roadblock to something that has just began.

Marni Mann never failed to deliver a panty-dropping red hot read. For something short, she managed to pack a whole lot of hotness!

He jerked forward, giving me quick, hard thrusts. I screamed after each one. “If I don’t stop soon, my dick is going to break this condom and I’m going to fill your fucking ass with cum.”

So Frankie and Derek decided, they couldn’t stay away from each other. They were trying to maintain and not mess up both their personal and professional relationships.

 I’d been in a relationship where I came last, my feelings pushed aside, my dignity barely intact. I wasn’t about to do that again.

However, as soon as they decided it all could work, external circumstances were threatening to blow it all apart. Frankie was finally getting what she really wanted in her professional life, but something dark from her past was slowly brewing.  And for Derek, a new development in his vendetta against Randy forced him to re-think if what he wanted was the right thing at the right time.

What I love about this episode is I finally got my wish of more Reed involvement in the story. I know I’m probably the only one who wanted more of him but from the first book, I felt he hold a huge leverage in the development of Frankie and Derek’s relationship. I’m dying to see how all of that will unfold.

The tone of his voice told me his answer, and it only led to more questions. Who was Randy? And why did Derek want to destroy him?

Story-wise, I felt the first half was a little too slow for my liking. Considering it’s a novella, I was hoping for more things to happen more quickly. I’m intrigued and confused at the same time when it comes to Randy. I felt his “involvement” was too secretive because we hardly know anything about the why and how.

The story did pick up as the book progress and I have to say, the author definitely mastered the art of writing a good cliffhanger ending. I have no idea which direction the story would go in the next episode and it left me wanting more without making me want to pull my hair out.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

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Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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