Blog Tour with Review: The Assistant by Marni Mann

May 25, 2019

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The Assistant by Marni Mann
Release Date: May 21, 2019
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The Assistant, a haunting new romantic thriller from USA Today bestselling author Marni Mann.
At forty-two, I’m married to my best friend, and we have two beautiful children.
Everything about my life is perfect until my father gets sick.
Before: I owned and operated a massively successful women’s shapewear company.
After: I stay home with my family because I’ve learned the importance of time.
Before: My husband could rely on me to take care of everything.
After: I hire him the perfect assistant.
My entire life can be summed up in before and afters, but something happens in the middle.
A meeting.
And it changes the course of everyone’s lives forever.

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There’s a reason why Marni Mann is hands down one of my authors. Her ability to make you feel so many different emotions that you yourself didn’t even know existed and how she’s managed to capture that essence of the one thing that you were craving, is the reason why I will forever be a lifelong fan. Not only does she flip the script and not keep you characterize into one box, she tests your limit without you even knowing what’s happening. Dark romance? She has you covered? Emotional turmoil? She’s your girl. Mind f*ck? Honey she’s the written book and you’re over here still scratching your head trying to figure out HOW.

First let me be honest and say that I’ve read 3 reviews before I started this book and all of them said the exact same thing: Go into this book blindly and avoid any and all spoilers. So with that in mind, I followed that rule to a T and went into the unknown. I had an idea what this book was going to be like and I felt good about it. My confidence quickly took a nose dive when I realized that what I thought, was NOT what this book was going to be about at all. I had no clue what I getting myself into and then 50% in, I started to get antsy and worried…for good reason.

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This one took me be surprise for a little bit and I must say that I have mixed feelings about the outcome. A huge part of me can understand why it was done and what would’ve happened if things had gone the other way but there’s still a voice in the back of my head. It’s not roaring loud or arrogant, but it’s there and it’s whispers is the one thing that is getting me right now. Am I happy? Do I want more? Was this the right decision? I think that a part of me will always wonder and I despite that feeling, I really have to applaud this author for doing that. 

As I’ve said before, this story needs to be read without any background knowledge or even a hint of the storyline because the characters that are in this book, deserve that. They are meant to be in that protective layer and shielded for a certain amount of time until they decide it’s time to show you what they’re all about. You will love them whole heartedly, feel this sense of pride and love because they let their guard down, but the main thing that will hit you and wreck you the most? Is knowing that you got to witness their ups and downs, the sacrifices, their heartbreak, their love, and their strength. 

There is no doubt that this was beautiful story and I always say at the end of my reviews if I recommend the book or not and this will be no different: Read this book!

I breathed through that thought and filled my nose with his scent. There was a constant rotation of different shampoos and soaps in our shower. No matter what he used or the cologne he added after, Emery always smelled like leaves during a spring rainstorm with a hint of spiciness like the cinnamon and nutmeg I’d shaken onto his coffee. After several deep inhales, I pulled my mouth away, observing how handsome he looked at his desk. He had on a pair of dark jeans and a plaid button-down with a navy sweater on top. And, even though I couldn’t see them, he had on argyle socks and dark brown leather shoes. I just knew my husband that well. Emery began to move his chair, swiveling it around to face me. When he stopped in front of me, I stepped between his legs, setting my coffee on his desk so that both of my hands were free. My palms went to his cheeks. I loved the way his whiskers felt on my skin. He kept his beard longer in the winter and trimmed much shorter in the summer. Winter was my favorite, and he had reminded me of one of the reasons after Alicia’s party when he rubbed it across my entire body. From the look on his face, I had a feeling he was thinking about the same thing. “We have the house all to ourselves today,” he said, confirming my suspicion. His hands slowly slid to the back of my thighs. “When was the last time I was able to do this”—he rubbed his nose across my navel, air from his lips bursting through my top—“on a weekday?” He continued to wrap around until his fingers were on my butt. His lips slowly parted, his eyes fiery with seduction. “I’m going to put you on top of those blueprints, and then I’m going to—” “You have an interview in fifteen minutes.” I put a finger on his lips. “But I want you to remember the thought you just had, and when the interview is over”—I leaned in a little closer—“I want you to put me on top of those blueprints and do to me whatever it was that you had planned.” He kissed the back of my finger, and it started to tremble. “You’re turning me on so much; I’m shaking,” I said, pulling my hand away at the same time the doorbell rang. “She’s early. I like that.” I slipped out of his grip and took several steps back. “I’ll go get her, and we’ll meet you in the dining room.” He nodded, and I walked out of his office, still feeling the tremors as I headed down the rest of the hallway.
About Marni:
Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.
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