Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review ~ Unblocked – Episode One (Timber Towers #1) by Marni Mann

Releases March 10th 

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

**ARC received for honest review**

“Real estate never looked so real…”

It is no secret I am a huge Marni Mann fan and I anxiously wait for any new release, her writing just evolves every time she puts pen to paper and her writing just gets better and better. It seems ages ago I first stumbled across her Seductive Shadows series and have been hooked ever since. In the past Marni has proven her ability to write erotica and she has also nailed the emotional contemporary. Her writing is magical, she always manages to captivate me, she pulls me into her stories and never lets me go until the last word and Unblocked is no different. For me, this book is a mixture of both the erotic and the emotional contemporary and for a first book in series my appetite has been whet and I am now extremely hungry for more.

This is going to be a series to watch out for!! In this book the foundations have been laid and the story is just beginning. Marni introduces us to two fantastic characters that are both flawed in their own way and it is this that makes them all the more intriguing. They are both strong on the outside but you cannot help but see what lies underneath, every now and again you see little chinks in their armour where they both you let see little glimpses of the real them. It is these little glimpses that keep you wanting more, wanting more for them, wanting them to let go, open up and most of all, see what really is right in front of them.

Frankie is a great character, even though she is jaded she is strong, even though you can see her weaknesses trying to peek through her inner strength comes back to fight. She works for her father’s real estate company and she has worked her way up the hard way…from the bottom. She is top in her field despite her age and is extremely professional, dedicated and motivated. She has obviously been hurt in the past but this only seems to spur her on, but on the inside you can see she is still hurting.

“She was acute and fierce, intriguing and stunning; her answers had captured my attention. It was rare that someone could compel me to look at nowhere but at them, yet she had me hanging on every word that came through those delicious lips.”

Derek Block, he is an enigma, for a man that is so fastidious in the building of his real estate, his personal appearance leaves a lot to be desired, but even through his outward appearance you can see the rugged, handsome man underneath. He has obviously been hurt in the past both on a personal and emotional level, through relationships and his father’s death and this has shaped the man he is today. I personally felt his outward appearance was a mask, a deterrent to prevent unwanted attention. He only wanted what he instigated but even he wasn’t prepared for what would hit him when his path crosses with Frankie.

“…was anything but polished. He was brutish and grizzled, and as he stared at me, a rough, raw intensity poured from his electric blue eyes. His gaze was as primal as his appearance.”

The Block real estate is a huge deal for Frankie to nab and would really make her career take off; it was a huge deal to her and her father. Block wants the best agency to market his properties and they all send in their best recruits. Frankie meets Derek, Derek meets Frankie…heat passes, the air is magnetic, the chemistry is sizzling but with both intent on keeping this professional could anything else be on their horizon? I cannot wait to see where this is going, both are polar opposites, yet together they click. These two could be just what the other one needs, but can they put their professional relationship aside to see the wood for the trees? The chemistry is explosive, the heat and attraction is palpable...bring on book 2.

“My breath just made you quiver. Can you imagine what my tongue will do?”

This is the first book of a five part series with each instalment releasing approximately every six weeks.

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