Series: The Night Owl Trilogy, #1
Published on September 6th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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.
“Little bird, he called me. His little bird. And somehow, it made me feel like the most precious thing in the world.”
The book is about Matt and Hannah, it all starts out with them chatting online (<- always a HUGE weakness of mine with books). They are writing partners who have never met, seen each other, and share no personal information… and that is exactly how Matt wants it. When Hannah accidently emails from her personal account and Matt sees her picture it is the end of their comfortable writing relationship, as they knew it. Some naughty online messages ensue, leading to phone sex, which eventually leads to meeting in person.
“Hold your fucking horses,” I muttered.
God, fuck… was this seriously my life? Stalking a girl I’d met online, parked outside her house at midnight, speaking to my dick? I flipped down the visor and checked myself in the mirror. I laughed at what I saw. Though I was freaking out on the inside, on the outside I looked typical: bored, annoyed, and severely impatient. And one hundred percent asshole. I smirked at my reflection.
“Right,” I said. “Got it.”
My god, these two are INTENSE. Well, I should say Matt is intense. I couldn’t believe how FAST things progress with them. I don’t mean their relationship, because when the book starts they already have been talking for some time. But the sex, the crazy, wild, humiliating, demanding, dirty talk filled sex. On one hand I was taken aback and on the other hand I was totally into it because they were into it. Matt is a really dirty talker, but in a different way than I’m used to. The thing is, Hannah doesn’t miss a beat. She’s right there completely loving being humiliated, so I eventually just shrugged and went with it.
I don’t share well. I just loved humiliating Hannah. I loved the way she squirmed when I exposed her.
God, I loved the way he handled me, like he had a right to my body. Like I was his. I loved his voice, demanding, dictating, demeaning, and, in the end, desperate.
Now, lets talk characters. I was really blown away by these two. Matt made this book for me. Yes, the dirty talk was odd for a minute but everything else. Yes, just yes. He’s a complex character. He comes off arrogant, uncaring, a little douchey. Then he has moments where you see the vulnerability. He’s very up and down, to the point where you almost know there’s something else going on there. I kind of ate up every moment of it though. I think it’s that he’s just kind of grumpy and bratty. I loved his dialogue and the way he would respond to things. He could say more with a grunt and a “mmm” than you could ever imagine. And not in a cave man alpha way, just in a smug bastard kind of way… and it just worked. His neuroses (like always hanging up or logging off without saying ‘goodbye’) were what made him so unique and special.
“Oh, hey. Will you do me a favor Matt?”
“This is easy. Just repeat after me. ‘It was nice talking to you, Hannah. I’ll see you tomorrow. Goodnight.'” I gave her an incredulous look.
“Don’t give me that look. I’m trying to teach you this mysterious skill, one that you seem to lack. It’s called how to say goodbye.” I smiled and rubbed the back of my neck.
“What are you grinning at?” she said.
“I never want to,” I said.
“What? Never want to what?”
“I never want to learn how to say goodbye.”
I really enjoyed Hannah’s character too. She was easy to like as a heroine, I could empathize with her decisions and I liked that she wasn’t perfect. With this being dual POV and Matt’s being so charming, her POV had a lot to “compete” with and her side and feelings completely held my attention throughout the book.
I felt like a thirteen-year-old girl, bubbly with excitement and desperate to gab about my latest crush. He said this, he did that. Spare me. I was so much cooler than this.
What starts out as an intriguing, fun, sexy, erotic novel takes a turn into something more dark and substantial. Matt had been keeping a secret from Hannah about being a uber successful, millionaire best selling author. He writes under the name M. Pierce and Hannah is a huge fan. With Matt being incredibly private and enigmatic, it brings a HUGE shift in the story. I was really surprised by the emotion it brought. My heart broke a few times and it all felt very real which made it that much harder to read. But also made it that much better, in my opinion.
“Beautiful man. I wish you could see yourself. You look lost.”
“I feel lost,” I whispered.
Night Owl really allowed me to get lost in the story. Was it perfect? No, but I did love it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it once I finished and I’m still thinking about it now. It’s different, it’s sexy, it’s emotional, it’s well written. And I can’t get over how fantastic the dialogue and voice was. Everyone has been talking about the ending of this book. The end itself is not a cliffhanger, I would have been completely satisfied with that being the end of the book and series, but the epilogue, which leads into the next book (tentative release date in January) , definitely leaves you hanging. (view spoiler)
Nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends.