Published by Booktrope on August 19th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Love & Romance, Romance
Format: ARC, digital ARC
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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.
This is the 5th and final episode in the Tower Timbers series and it’s hard to say goodbye to these characters I’ve grown to love. Derek Block has been an unexpected dirty talking fantasy inducer from the very first book. Who knew I’d find flannel so sexy or that I’d be shopping for a pink ivory door? Frankie is one lucky lady. But I digress.
The story picks up with Frankie having just discovered Derek’s real identity. It’s a potential setback for the couple since Frankie has given herself completely to Derek but it seems he hasn’t trusted her enough to be fully authentic. Derek is worried their bond is permanently broken. In the midst of everything, Randy proves to be a worthy foe who will stop at nothing to take down Derek’s empire. Meanwhile, Reed still wants Frankie back. Can Derek protect Frankie from the outside forces threatening to destroy their relationship?
We finally, FINALLY, learn all the answers we’ve been waiting for! Perhaps it’s the drama queen in me but my main problem with the story is that conflicts are resolved in a way I found to be somewhat anticlimactic. After much build-up and tension between the characters, their issues—the animosity between Derek and Randy, Frankie and Derek’s sister, Derek and Reed, and the strain between Frankie and her father—are settled a bit too easily, too tamely, and too quickly for my satisfaction. Is it realistic? Sure. And as a single novella this would be adequate, but when considered within the scope of the series I wanted more.
Frankie’s libido is in rare form here and there are plenty of naughty sexy times to please fans of the series. Marni Mann can write smoking hot love scenes like nobody’s business. In this episode however, I almost didn’t need them to feel the chemistry between the sensual couple, which is a testament to the excellent writing. Ms. Mann does a fantastic job demonstrating just how far Frankie and Derek have come in their relationship. The strength of their emotional connection is touching and practically tangible. The quiet moments between them are my favorite – the simple touches and glances are somehow more erotic than actual sex.
The plot is as intriguing as ever and the epilogue is both entertaining and satisfying. I’m very much looking forward to reading saucy Brea’s story!
Marni Mann has proven herself to be a major force to be reckoned with in the erotica genre. I highly recommend this sizzling series. All five episodes have now been bundled together. The Unblocked Collection is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **
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