Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce: Review


Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper—and hotter—in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt's memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers' motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt's life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.

Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate's libel suit and fend off Seth's advances...until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.

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About the Author:

M. Pierce is the bestselling author of Night Owl, book one in the erotic Night Owl Trilogy. The author lives in Colorado and owns a rabbit named Laurence.

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Review by Yvette:

If reading the Night Owl series by M. Pierce has taught me anything when it comes to protagonists, Matthew Sky and Hannah Catalano, it’s to expect the unexpected. After a shocking twist at the end of Night Owl, I was left wondering about the future of the series. It was mindboggling that a few short paragraphs added almost as an afterthought could entirely change the direction of the narrative. Luckily, Last Light doesn’t prolong the wait, delving right back into Matt and Hannah’s story, immersing the reader inside their dark and twisted romance. Last Light continues along the same path as its predecessor, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, except taking things one step further by creating an air of mystery and intrigue that will keep you wondering what will happen next.

While Night Owl followed the progress of Matt and Hannah's relationship, they seem to have regressed as a couple in this follow-up, reverting back to stolen moments of passion as they’re forced to hide their relationship from the world. There's this huge secret that hovers like an invisible weight over the narrative, generating a tenseness brimming with expectation and anxiety. I don’t think I’ve ever been more paranoid while reading a book, wondering when, not if, the truth would be revealed, thereby destroying the lie they built. The story read like a murder/mystery, casting every minor character in a suspicious light, even if I couldn’t quite pinpoint why. I questioned everyone and everything, looking for missing pieces to an incomplete puzzle – at least until I finally accepted that certain aspects of these characters might very well remain a mystery for the time being.

Last Light is everything I loved about Night Owl and so much more, revitalizing Matt and Hannah’s raw and all-consuming passion as they continue to test the boundaries of their romance. When they’re together, their desires override everything, so that each sensual encounter is driven by an unrestrained, frenzied need to make the most of every moment. It’s when the real world intrudes and disrupts their fantasy that their self-destructive natures threaten to tear them apart. Last Light is like a drawn-out game of cat and mouse – a game that’s illicit, dangerous, and thought-provoking and one that will have you questioning Matt and Hannah’s motives and wondering what’s real and what’s make believe. Reading a series featuring the same couple isn’t something I normally do because I tend to prefer a fresh narrative with a new couple. Luckily, M. Pierce delivers a captivating tale with Last Light that continues Matt and Hannah’s narrative while adding new twists and turns that made me even more excited to read the conclusion to the trilogy.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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