Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Christie's review: Unblocked Collection by Marni Mann


Title:Unblocked Collection
Series: Unblocked Serial
Author: Marni Mann
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Bestselling author, Marni Mann, brings readers, the Unblocked Collection. These steamy novellas take you on an erotic journey with Derek and Frankie as they navigate secrets, professional boundaries, and a connection they cannot seem to avoid.

One taste was all it took...
Derek Block seeks revenge.
Frankie Jordan seeks professional dominance.
He wants her, she wants him.
Lines that can't cross begin to blur.

Derek Block demands more.
Frankie Jordan wants to run.
Pleasure complicates business.
But some passion is just too hard to resist.
Things are getting hotter as real estate gets real…

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…

Derek Block is ready to fight.
Frankie Jordan must make a decision.
Their pasts are demanding attention.
Confessing the truth may not be enough.
But can their intense passion sustain them?

Derek Block needs to protect those he cares about.
Frankie Jordan fears the loss of those she loves.
Darkness drives them.
But could it drive them apart?
This is Episode Five, the final Episode in the Timber Towers Series.

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About the Author:

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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Let me start right off that bat saying that I'm not normally a serial reader. Serials are:


Then repeat that four or five more times. So, as I'm not a big fan of the waiting, I normally pass on the whole experience. And by the time a collection is released I've normally moved on to other things. But after reading the many raving reviews of Derek Block and his amazing prowess, I was really primed to read this story. After Impatiently waiting for the full collection to be available, I was ready to break me off a piece of that when the offer for a review copy came into our blog inbox. 

Unblocked is the story of Derek Block and Frankie Jordan. It's a story of passion, revenge, secrets, learning to leave yourself open and vulnerable to reap the greatest rewards out of life. He's a renowned architect, known for his clean, naturalistic designs. She's an intelligent, classy, and successful real estate agent working toward earning the top spot in her father's company with a single minded determination. I loved that both characters were on equal footing in terms of their success and exceptional looks. This was no humble heroine in awe of the untouchable millionaire. Frankie was driven and garnered respect from Derek right from the beginning.

Frankie had remarkable strength and the ability to rattle Derek's sense of power. She ripped away his self-control and his ability to control her. He's used to women lining up, then subsequently being obedient to his dominance. For the first time, a woman changes the rules on him and what surprises him the most is that he loves every minute of it. 

She was ignoring my authority and taking what she wanted...and I was letting her. And I was so fucking turned on because of it.

Even after being warned of how incredibly steaming hot the chemistry was between Derek and Frankie, I still wasn't fully prepared for the level of panty melting bestowed on this humble reader. Ladies, if you're in the mood for an erotic smorgasbord, look no further. With those chocolate colored curls, lethally intense stares, and that blissful beard, Derek Block will hook you and keep you begging for more. 

Have mercy. The things that man could do with his mouth....verbally and non-verbally. I'm beyond words. The heat that comes off of these two is sensual, carnal and utterly delicious. My heart was pounding in giddy delight.

"When you come, I want you to moan my name from the depth of your throat, drawing the sound across your tongue and through those gorgeous lips. Can you do that?"
"Then come for me."

That being said, I was hoping for a little bit more development of a relationship past sex earlier on. It took until part four for the two of them to even attempt to have in in-depth conversation to get to know one another at a deeper level than animalistic lust. Yes, I loved his filthy mouth, and the execution of those dirty promises, but I like to see some strong emotional growth between the two main characters. Both the h/H were extremely closed off for their own personal reasons and that worked well in adding some mystery to Derek and strength to Frankie in dealing with his need for domination. She was no pushover or doormat heroine. She kept that man on his toes and kept his obsession for her growing at a very satisfying rate. 

My only other complaint would be that I really do think that this story read as a collective whole caused me to hit a wall around the fourth part. When added together, the page count surpasses the 500 page mark and well, I was finding it difficult to remain invested as much as I was in the beginning without seeing the sex taper off some. I had to stop for a short breather before I could immerse myself into the last stretch of the story. Once I took a step back for a few days and returned, I was really pretty happy with how the story wrapped up. I finally saw the two of them open themselves up and expose that raw side to themselves that they had been protecting for so long. Watching them gain some acceptance and peace with their demons together made me feel happy and yet a little bittersweet that their journey was coming to a close. 

If you're looking for a white hot read with a strong heroine, and an exceptional alpha hero, pick this collection up. Mark my words, you won't be disappointed.


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