Liz’s Review~Animal~by Marni Mann


“Your life is about to change.”


Animal is a thrilling ride full of twists and turns that will hold you captive and leave you breathless and only wanting more. As moments of pain, joy, lust, fear, and love rain down, the characters desperately seek solace and will stop at nothing to find it.


“I didn’t know what I was actually signing up for.”

Tyler Richens is a college student. A small-town girl thrust into the world of the big city, she has a bright future ahead of her. Tyler has always felt alone. Emotionally abandoned by her family and financially strained, she craves acceptance and love. When her roommate takes her out on the town, she is given an offer that she simply cannot refuse.

Shortly after Tyler’s life is changed forever, she meets Jae. Jae shows her a world of possibilities that she never knew existed and can never have. Despite her best effort to stay away from him, she can’t let him go.

“I needed some fucking screams.”


“There was bad motherfuckers on these streets. I should know. I was one of them.”

Beard is a broken beautiful man full of raw fury. Working as a prison guard in an underground prison, he and his two best friends fulfill their needs by torturing and killing the guilty. As Beard ventures out past the prison walls, he finds himself in a twisted web of lust. Falling hard for a beautiful woman, the physical connection seems to keep his fury tempered and allows him a small semblance of satisfaction. Can money, women, and screams truly provide him everything he needs to forget?


“Up in this mother fucker, the three of us were like doctors.”

Told in mostly dual POV, Animal is a blend of two stories told in both the present and the past. The characters are complex and beautifully damaged. The physical and emotional connections are raw and in-depth as each moment intercepts and twist and turn through each other. The action drives the plot like a freight train going a million miles an hour. The torture and raw grittiness that takes place in the prison paired with the tender romance between Tyler and Jae paired with the sexually charged conquests of Beard evoke a vast array of feelings that span the entire spectrum of emotions. The plot is intricately constructed with precision and the setting is expertly captured with the colorful description embedded in the text. Like a blockbuster movie, the action, suspense, romance, and sexually charged moments will leave you more than satisfied.


Overall, Animal will appeal to readers who like to challenge their mind, stretch their boundaries, and venture into a twisted world in which they may never want to escape. Marni Mann is an expert storyteller and the complex characters paired with the complex plot in Animal transported me to a world that I will never forget.


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