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The Prisoned series, book one:

When I opened my eyes, I was in a cell, my body covered in bruises.

Not a jail.
I’d been kidnapped and imprisoned.

I wasn’t alone.
I shared the cell with Garin Woods, the man I’d loved since I was a kid.

The man I couldn’t be with because of the secret.
A man who would kill me if he found out what that secret was.

Someone wanted to torture me.
ebook, 311 pages
Published August 21st 2016 by Marni Mann
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark-romance
2.5 Stars!!


It saddens me to say this, but this one was just an okay read for me. I enjoyed the other book I’ve read by this author and I enjoy her writing style, but this one didn’t work for me like I would have liked. Like everyone else…I suppose, when I pick up a dark romance I expect to be at the edge of my seat for one reason or another, I expect everything that happens to make my heart race and I expect unpredictability. Sadly, I found this one to be very predictable and well, it didn’t kee
Dark, suspenseful stories with some romance thrown in are my absolute favorites. I crave the kind of anti-hero that you love to hate and hate to love. Kidnapping/captivity? I can hardly contain myself, I'm so excited!

Naturally, when I saw the blurb for this book I was sure it'd be an instant hit with me. After all, it had so many of my favorite themes and story elements. I was sure that I'd love it.

However, 'Prisoned' failed to live up to my expectations, much to my disappointment. That isn't to
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dark lovers
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Garin Woods and Kyle Lang grew up in the projects called The Heart. Surrounded by crime and poverty, they made do by doing whatever they could for money. Garin took the responsibility to make sure Kyle will always have enough to survive.

Their relationship was moving forward steadily until something happened that pulled her away from his life. Years later they were reunited but things started to unravel when they were take
✰ Liz ✰
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"You're my prisoner..."

Prisoned delivers an unforgettable suspenseful blend of passion, intrigue, mystery, and dark romance! With a twisted plot that will take you deep into the depths of your psyche, this is one read you do not want to miss!

" was either the start of something monumental that would change me permanently, or it was the terrifying conclusion of our story."
Kyle Lang grew up in poverty just trying to survive. With her brother and best friend Garin, finding peace in the
S.M. West
5 'The Heart' STARS

Wow! Dark reads are my indulgence. I just love the dark and dangerous and Marni just killed it!!! This was truly an emotional, psychological read and at times, deeply disturbing.

Kyle Lang has a nasty secret. Buried so deep and for fear of revealing it, she fled. Left her home, her future, as soon as she graduated high school. Leaving behind her best friends, Garin Woods and Billy. Three kids growing up in 'the heart', aka the projects of Atlantic City.

Kyle loved both of
Dee Montoya
6+++ Captivating Stars******

(ARC Kindly provided by author)

I wasn't prepared for how epic Prisoned was going to be. Marni Mann took me on a dark path, full of ups and downs, making my reading experience something unique and completely unforgettable. The plot is absolutely brilliant, a mindfuck of a book that squeezed my heart so tight, I felt dizzy and breathless, and I loved every single minute of it.

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Garin, Billy, and Kyle grew up very poor in the projects of Atlantic City. A forsaken pla
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Marni Mann has sophisticatedly and masterfully weaved a dark gritty romance that breaks your conventional standard of dark reads. Right off the opening pages, Mann lures her readers to the dark side with her raw and captivating prose. She didn’t need much effort to imprisoned us to her words as readers like myself were drawn to the emotional and electric bond of Garin and Kyle.


Prisoned is one of those reads where I honestly don’t kno
4.5 Stars


Garin Woods and Kyle Lang grew up in the projects of Atlantic City, known as The Heart. Garin was the protector of his friends and having a soft spot for Kyle, he always tried to take care of her. Not having much of a family support, Kyle relied on her closest friend, Garin, for comfort and food, but one night their entire lives changed. Thereafter, Kyle fled as soon as she graduated high school vowing never to return leaving Garin with an empty heart and keeping a secret she couldn’t
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"Marni Mann" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: Prisoned
AUTHOR: Marni Mann
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 41


Every once in a while I need to take a walk on the dark side!!

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PRISONED: Told in "Dual Perspectives" Garin & Kyle


In the Prologue we're introduced to the three musketeers, (Garin, Kyle & Billy) three young friends living on the wrong side of the trac
Shannon Moore
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I really don't know where to start, so brace yourselves. Also, if you're offended by large amounts of profanity, maybe skip this review and find another. I apologize in advance for this but I'm kind of beside myself and am anything but calm while writing this. You should probably just imagine the entire thing is in capital letters and that I'm actually running around shrieking because I don't even know what to think or do with myself. You've been warned. :) **Nothing I say is meant to offend any ...more
Stacey is Sassy

You can leave The Heart behind…but the memories stay.

***3.5 Stars***

I’m the kind of reader that takes things to heart. Do you know what I was thinking when I finished Prisoned? If only their mother’s had done right by them. This story had children who were hustling on the street to scrounge enough money to put food in their bellies. While the kids are starving, mummy dearest buys drugs to feed her addiction. It worries me that this story is way to close to being real. I have not seen and hope to
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars
I loved the beginning this had a great back story and tons of suspense. Sadly the hero and the reveals weren't all that but it did make for an okay read.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
Where do I even begin?

This is one of those difficult reviews to write. Not because I’m questioning my thoughts and feels about this book, but because everything about this book was a twisted surprise. That blurb, it’s vague and intriguing; it doesn’t end with the blurb. From the first chapter of this book my attention was held.

A story woven though dual points of view told in past and present tense, as we get pieces to the story of Garin and Kyle. A pair of kids that were two parts of a trio th
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*

Omg what a book

I was dyin to read this book for ages I knew it was goin to b good there hasn't been a book that I 've read from this author that I haven't enjoyed she knows how to give me sexy twisted stories with the most sexiest men an Garin was seriously hot an this story was very twisted I m really not a mad fan of dark romance an I know I 've said this before I ended up luvin it so much I m not goin to lie it did get a lil dark in parts
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Twistastic! A dark, gritty game of secrets and lies. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

As soon as I read this blurb, I had to have this book. It's classified as dark romance, and I agree wholeheartedly. It's dark in some instances, but there's that spark between the two main characters that can't be denied. Set in "The Heart" of Jersey. Where poverty is common and hustling is par for the course. We meet three friends; whose lives change in a single night. Past and present told from both poin
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from author as part of blog tour*

Befor I started this, I though, eek, am I ready???

Daayyyum!!! I knew it!!!

This, this tells me what Marni can do when she puts her mind to it.

(Start typing… backspace… start typing… delete, delete… start typing) Daayyyum!!!

Trying to wrap my head around this one…. Where do I start? There are triggers in this book that’s definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s dark… and it’s deviously delicious…

The story opens up when Garin and Kyle were young. It
Elfina Renee
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five knuckle biting stars!
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I am fifty shades of pissed off with so many emotions running ramped. To the author I applaud your amazing abilities! To my fellow readers and reviewers this isn't for the feint of heart. The scenes are graphic, hard hitting raw, disturbing and dark.
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I was engrossed from the moment I picked up the novel until its completion. Call me a sicko and glutton for punishment but I'm still invested. Prisoned reminded me of Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchco
Feb 16, 2016 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Marni Mann Fans, Romance
Mari Mann....
What in the hell has gotten into you...
When did you become this non- stop writing machine....

Churning out sensual, thrilling serials...
Following up with stand alone, sexy tomes staring smart secondary characters we wondered about...

And now we have this new book coming with no clues except....

A dark contemporary erotica novel coming Spring 2016.

Whatever...I don't care... don't give us more...
Because I know whatever it ends up will be amazing...
It's written by Ma
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 dark and twisted stars


Whew! What a crazy ride! Dark, sexy and dirty...just how I love my books!

The heroine, Kyle, returns home to attend the funeral of a childhood friend. Having fled her hometown without telling anyone after the murder of a friend's brother, she was less than happy to return. Upon arriving home, she see's the man who she fell in love with 12 years earlier, and still loves- Garin. Returning home opened up many wounds that she tried to cover up by leaving, and threatens to re
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good erotic suspense. The setting is mainly within a prison cell, whereby both our hero and heroine were confined too. There is the suspense that kept me hooked from the start wondering why are they being held captive and what is the big secret that the heroine is hiding. There are plenty of sex while they were in the cell. For those who are OCD, they might be too concerned about hygiene issue to feel anything sexy about it, but for me, I like it filthy.

Kyle and Garin used to b
K. Webster
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prisoned was one of those books that grabbed you from the first page and dragged you along for an intense and gritty ride only to spit you out at the very end. I was left dazed and smiling stupidly. This book had a great mixture of darkness and heat. It was a perfect blend in my opinion and I'll definitely need to own this one on paperback one day! Great job, Marni! I recommend it to all dark romance lovers who love a mix of love/steam!
★★ 2.5 Stars ★★

Prisoned is a dark erotic suspense about two childhood friends who are reunited, a second chance romance that had the potential to be really epic, but I am sorry to say that it wasn't an enjoyable reading experience for me. I love dark romance, but there is a fine line, and unfortunately for me, this one overstepped the mark just a little too much.

Switching between past and present, we learn how two kids from the projects fought to survive in a world that didn't care about them, a
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

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Not sure how I'm feeling about this one.
Full review to come:)
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Audio 3 Stars... I usually really enjoy Aaron Shedlock's performance, but he didn't really give the heroine, Kyle, a distinctive voice. And since I'm not used to a woman being called Kyle, it got confusing at times if Kyle, the heroine, was talking or if Garin, the hero, was talking. To make matter's worse, the story is written in first person.

Story dnf @ 56%

I know this is erotica so that means lots of sex. But... Come on...

I can't with anymore with this story. I can't wrap my head around the
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I won a copy of Prisoned from Marni (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!) and was so excited to read it. I loved her Unblocked series and when I read the blurb for this book, I couldn’t wait to jump into this dark romance. Sadly, this turned out to be just an okay read for me which is disappointing because I was so ready to fall in love with it.

"The Heart wasn’t well lit. Most of the streetlamps were out, so were the lights outside our front doors. Whenever the city replaced one of the bulbs, it was
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
DNF at 51%

Maybe I'm getting soft but this sentence (while eating my lunch) did me in-

I heard a zipper. A button popped open. The stench…if I had anything left in my stomach, it would have come out. It was so much worse than his breath. Molded cheese and decayed meat. He pressed his dick against my cheek, running it up and down my skin, as though he were wiping off the drool..

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Review to come after release....

Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.

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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Kudos to Marni Mann for daring to delve into the area of dark erotica. It’s a risk that takes her well outside the boundaries of her previous novels, and while the premise is intriguing, unfortunately Prisoned just didn’t resonate with me.

The story is gritty and suspenseful, with all the nail-biting elements you’d expect from a dark romance: mystery, extreme violence, uncomfortable situations, and raw sexual content. The beginning of the book is strong, but it slides downhill, and I lost my con
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Soul Mate Stars

“Prisoned,” was written in an alternativg narrative from both MC’s throughout. I was immediately intrigued by the life of three teen, best friends growing up in the projects of Atlantic City, with a strong mob influence. Two of which had budding affections, and wouldn’t reunite after tragedy struck, until many years later.

Fast forward twelve years, and over a thousand miles, until another tragedy strikes when they’ re all reunited, but not under good circumstances. There are to
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