Tuesday, December 3, 2013

[Review & Giveaway] Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy #1) by M. Pierce

Love is unstoppable...  At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers -- all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.  At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano has a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.  Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...  Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah.  Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

Love is relentless.

M. Pierce - a character in a book or a real-life author?  Who is M. Pierce?  It seems that his/her character in Night Owl is just as reclusive as the actual author in real life.  One thing I can say about Pierce, though - the author brings it.  I went into this book with no expectations.  It had been receiving a lot of good ratings from my friends on Goodreads, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.  I'm so very glad that I did.  This is the first book in a very long time that kept me up way past my bed time.  Every time I would think I would stop after one last chapter, I ended up reading two more.  It is a quick, addictive, sexy read that will leave you begging for more.

Matt's smirks came in flavors - two parts kindness, one part wicked amusement, a little lust in the mix.  Oh, and one hundred percent smug bastard.

This book is told from the alternating point of view of both main characters, Matt and Hannah.  Hannah is a down-on-her-luck girl.  She has a master's degree, yet only a lousy job to show for it.  She has a boyfriend, yet he's a scum bag and she doesn't love him.  Her dream job is to work at a writing agency and has aspirations of writing, herself.  She meets Matt online and begins to collaboratively write with him.  While Matt prefers to remain anonymous, he can't seem to get Hannah out of his mind.  Only problem?  Matt has a live-in girlfriend of two years.  While Matt attempts to keep Hannah at a distance, it all changes when he sees her picture, and then learns of her move to Colorado.  

"I never want to learn how to say goodbye."

Matt is tall, lean and sexy.  His dirty blond hair gives Hannah fits.  Matt is reclusive in the most bizarre of ways.  To keep order in his live, Matt begins telling lies.  His lies mount on top of one another until he can barely keep them straight.  I don't particularly like a liar, but Matt's were all told to either protect Hannah, or to protect his fragile psyche.  I felt like a voyeur, watching Matt and all of his neuroses, and I couldn't get enough of it!  Matt has a dark past filled with control issues and psychologists.  He can be neurotic and manic, but he also can be depressed and introverted.  When Matt thinks his life is going well, he is the most charismatic person in the world.  When his lies start to unravel, shit gets serious.

Hannah reached out for my hand and squeezed it.  Such unconditional affection came across from her.  And I was trash.  I was filthier than trash.

Hannah is an amazing heroine.  She is tough - when life gives her lemons, she makes lemonade.  Is she happy with moving back in with her parents at the age of 27?  Hell, no.  But she pulls herself up by her bootstraps and tries to make a life for herself.  Of course, that life includes the mysterious and enigmatic Matt.  Although Matt gets her a job, she maintains the job by herself.  She stands behind her own skills and finds that she loves working at a writing agency.  When things get difficult with Matt, she is able to stand up for herself.  She is not the submissive door mat that one might think on first glance.

I was going to him because I loved him and because love is unstoppable.

The romance between Matt and Hannah is HAWT!  I mean, jump-in-a-cold-shower hot.  The sex scenes are very detailed and graphic.  There is a bit of BDSM in this book, but it is not the main focus.  Matt falls so deeply into Hannah that he has a hard time finding his way out.  Hannah is the same way - these two are electric together and it is obvious to anyone that they truly love one another, all other issues aside.  There is angst in drama surrounding this couple, so be prepared for a bumpy, yet exhilarating ride!

Our skin glistened.  Again and again we went there together - tumbling over the raw edge, touching the live wire, collapsing, exploding, dissolving like dead stars.

I very much enjoyed the author's voice in this story.  I adored his dry sense of humor, and his vulnerability beneath his odd exterior.  Matt was written perfectly.  Even though I was appalled by some of the decisions Matt made, I was drawn to him.  I wanted him to have his happy ending.  Does he get one?  Yes, and no.  I rooted for Hannah the entire way.  I saw that she was being manipulated, yet I couldn't fault Matt.  I felt sick when Hannah found out the truth about Matt, yet I wanted her to forgive him.  I felt at times that M. Pierce was channeling Holden Caufield.  There were moments when I could see Matt's loneliness and intrinsic sadness was parallel to some events Caufield's story, A Catcher in the Rye.  One quote made me think immediately of the symmetry between these characters:

You can't trust anyone. 

As for the epilogue?  I call bull shit.  I don't even consider it a cliff hanger.  I consider it a glimpse of the future.  I don't think for one minute that things are as they seem in the conclusion.  I think it's all going to play out in the next book, whenever that is.  Come on M.!  Congrats on the publishing deal, but I NEED the next book in this trilogy.  

I sent my story to Hannah the way people pray - casting my plea into the ether.  A plea to be understood.  Looking for the signs. 

If you are a fan of dark, hot and sexy romance, then you need to pick up this book immediately.  The writing is beautiful.  The characters are layered and complicated.  This story is fast paced, full of action and angst, and will keep you flipping the pages at an astounding rate.  M. Pierce is a new writer on the scene and I can't wait to see what he has in store for Matt and Hannah next.

I am giving away two Kindle copies of Night Owl.  All you have to do is leave any kind of comment below.  I will randomly chose two winners on Friday.  Good luck!


Elyse Q said...

Been wanting to read this for a long time! Thank you for doing this! :)

Neyra said...

I hear good things about this book, and I love your opening quote, "Love is relentless." Yess, i def agree! love the review, Jamie. Looking forward to this!

Ann said...

Sounds like a good read! Thanks! =D

Beautiful Disaster said...

Thanks for sharing :) I would definitely like to read this book.

erin said...

Ooooh... this is the first I've come across this book and I'm definitely interested now!! Thanks for sharing!

Sophia D said...

Mixed feelings about this one but at the same time after reading your review, I am intrigued!

books4me said...

Is this the beginning of a series? Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Laura Thomas said...

Great review. I'm feelin the love now! LOL Thanks for sharing. This has been on my wishlist. Maybe Santa will think I've been good and give me a copy!

Meghan said...

This looks hot!
Thanks for sharing!
mestith at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to a great read.


Jamie said...

Thanks for commenting to enter! Numbers 5 and 9 were picked by random.org and have received their copy of Night Owl.

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