The Unblocked Collection
Unblocked is a series of of five episodes which tells the story of Frankie, the daughter of a real estate giant, and her client, the ever sexy Derek Block. I’ve been vocal about my general dislike for erotica – mostly for vocabularic reasons – but alas, this is a Marni Mann book, and you should all know that she is the type of author whose books you pick up even before you know what they are about. Her latest novel, Prisoned, is currently the number one bestseller in erotica suspense on Amazon.
Sometimes it takes you some time to read a book or a series because it takes a while to get into, but such is not the case with Unblocked or any of Mann’s works. It’s more of a subconscious effort to savor the literature that she has available so you never run out. I’m reading Prisoned now, but I still have Wild Aces to go, and I likely will until her next book. So I did lag with The Unblocked Collection, but that was mostly because it was that good, and I didn’t want it to end.
Unblocked started out as a slow burn as we got to know the characters and their backgrounds. Derek Block is a seemingly reserved man with a mysterious background; that is, until Frankie gets him naked in a bedroom. Holy shit, this man is dirty. Frankie, contrastingly, has a background that is not very mysterious at all, but by no means any less painful. This girl has been through some shit, which is the case with all of Mann’s books, and she handles it very well. Looking at me, you would never know the shit I’ve been through, but I can appreciate Frankie’s demeanor. She is beautiful and sexy and smart and well put together, but sometimes feels as though her insides are bleeding. She’s my favorite character of Mann’s since Charlie in Mann’s The Shadow Series. Also characteristic of Mann’s books, much like Drew’s situation in Pulled Beneath, Frankie is best friends with her assistant, Brea, who every woman wishes, I imagine, was her best friend. She is caring and hard working and certainly hilarious; this girl had me dying laughing more times than I can count.
Somewhere around the third episode, shit really gets real, and my subconscious desire to savor this collection ended there. The last three episodes I read in a week.
I’ve had trouble writing this review for several weeks since I finished this series, mostly because its one of those pieces that turns fangirls into blubbering idiots with no way to collect their thoughts. I don’t know that I have truly collected them here even with some time to figure out what the hell I actually liked about this book other than the fact that it kept me up at night, but I can tell you it comes highly recommended by both erotica and non-erotica fans, and there is definitely a reason it is still sitting on the bestselling lists even though it has been published for some time. If you like your books sexy AND well written, I’d definitely put down whatever you’re doing and go pick this up.
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