REVIEW: Unblocked #2 by Marni Mann

I’m not typically a fan of erotica – well, ever, really – but I can appreciate the art of the written word, and when you’re in a reading slump, a Marni Mann book is just what the doctor ordered, every time.

I’ve read Mann’s works, from her debut about heroin addiction to her NA series set in beautiful Maine, and the beauty about being a fan of Marni Mann is watching her evolution as a writer. Though her books have gotten more solid and her stories more addicting, you always get those little innuendos that you come to expect from this author.

Like I said, I’m not too into erotica, it’s not my thing, but Mann’s exceptional storytelling forces you to read between the lines, and the Unblocked serials have a solid world that you wouldn’t mind living in, particularly because of the protagonist’s best friend and assistant, Brea. There is always a best friend in Mann’s books for the most part, but Brea takes the cake. Frankie – our protagonist – is going through some rough shit, but Brea is always there to bring the light. She is sweet and caring and really funny, and she’s the kind of character you wouldn’t mind having for a best friend. If nothing else, she’ll keep you laughing.

Mr. Block is of course dark and brooding and very confusing, like most men of his caliber are, but Mann brings him to the table fresh and intriguing anyway. It takes a great author to develop each character well enough so that there is never a question as to whose head you are in, and Mann is an expert at it. When switching between first person perspectives in a novel, the reader should never have to go back to the beginning of the chapter to figure out ‘who’ they are reading, but that seems to be the case with most NAs and erotica novels being published today. But never fear, because you know who is here: Marni Mann. The character development is so on point that there is never a doubt in your mind who is who.

The read is a quick one – it took me two hours or so – and I’m thankful I have the entire collection on my tablet because the second installment leaves you with a shocker. I didn’t see that one coming.

I would highly recommend this series to those who want a little style with their sex. It’s not thickly literary like some of Mann’s other works, but it won’t disappoint nevertheless. Here is an author who knows what she’s doing, and it shows. She’s one of the very best writing in romance right now, and I would recommend every single one of her books, every time.


A Bestselling Author, NPO VP, and Psychology Today Blogger from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.


One thought on “REVIEW: Unblocked #2 by Marni Mann”

  1. While romance is not one of my usual genres, your review is intriguing mainly because I do like character driven stories. You are also beginning to tempt me to start including book reviews in my blog. Thanks


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