Well now. I certainly would like to find out, Derek. Unblocked- Episode One
by Marni Mann is the first installment in her new five-part serial novella series entitled Timber Towers. Each subsequent addition to this series will be released approximately four to six weeks apart. I now have a couple books by this author under my belt now and was very excited to see just what Ms. Mann had up her sleeves with this new erotica series. This was definitely an intriguing and very sexy start to what I think is going to be an amazing series. Two power-driven individuals are about to discover what it is like when forbidden lines get blurred.
Frankie Jordan is a twenty-seven year old top-selling real estate agent working for Jordan International, her father’s company. She has spent her life working her way to the top of the company and with her father’s impending retirement so close at hand, Frankie is determined to prove that she is capable of taking over for her father. When the opportunity arises for Frankie to land a huge contract with Block Development, she is certain that this would be what would tip the scales in her favour.
Derek Block is an architectural designer and a rising star developer in Boston. He is a powerfully astute and lethal business man who exercises control in anything having to do with his life. He’s looking for the best real estate agent to take on his new development. The competition is stiff but Derek is determined to hire only the best.
“I had a rule that I’d never broken: I didn’t sleep with anyone I worked with.”
When Frankie attends at Derek’s office for an interview the pair are immediately attracted to one another and the primal need they feel for each other is palpable. However, they both understand that no matter how much chemistry they share if they are going to work together there is no way they can act on their desires. Frankie is not willing to risk her reputation and all that she has worked towards in order to satisfy her base urges and Derek never mixes business with pleasure. Derek intends to pursue Frankie when all the units in his new development are sold. After that, she is fair game. But, a three month time frame is a long time to wait, particularly when they will both be working in close proximity of one another. Can they both control their cravings or will the intensity between them lead to their downfall?
Told in dual POV, this first novella set the scene and cemented the overall story arc beautifully. The slow burn building between Derek and Frankie is destined to cause some rippling explosions. As lines begin to get blurred it is only a matter of time before either Frankie or Derek, or both, give in and decide to risk it all. Ms. Mann’s writing is engaging and I was hooked in right from the start. Derek and Frankie certainly have an uphill battle before them and I, for one, am interested to see what direction this author will take in the upcoming installments.
All in all, Unblocked – Episode One
was a great to start to what I think will be a deliciously sexy series. I simply can’t wait for more!****An advance reading copy of Unblocked - Episode One
by Marni Mann was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.