5++++ "Mm." "little bird" "Mr. Frostypants" Kisses
The synopsis hooked me. This is a pretty original concept, at least as far as I was concerned, and it definitely piqued my interest. When it comes to reading erotica, I have one expectation--insanely hot sex. Everything else just makes me a happier camper. Well, this book achieved that...and then some. I never knew what to expect with the story line or characters and up to the epilogue. I loved every direction it took me.
Matthew Robert Sky Jr....M. Pierce...Mr. Frostypants...Matt Matt Matt...what am I going to do with you? He's like the anti-hero. He's snarky and brooding and not in the normal sexy way I usually love...but in a different sexy way that I still love equally as much. He's surly and sour, he's secretive and just...an enigma, but that's what made me like him more.
What else did I like about Matt? I like that he made lists. I liked that he had an unconventional pet (I'll get to that in a little bit). I liked the necklace that he got Hannah *sigh* and I even liked his personality, as strange as that may sound. He's so interesting and different from the normal BFF's. It was an interesting dilemma because I never disliked Matt completely but he doesn't make it easy to just fall in love with him....until you see him completely with Hannah. Then all bets are off. Plus it helps that he's hot. Don't judge me, I am a little superficial.
I had never felt such longing in my life. My whole body responded to the idea of Hannah near me.
Hannah Catalano...little bird...oh, I straight up loved Hannah from the get go. She's so likeable, genuine, real, funny, authentic. I just liked her! I liked her relationship with Matt, her tenacity, her attitude, the way she approached things, especially where Matt was concerned. She knew delving into a relationship with him wasn't going to be easy, but I know she wasn't expecting what happened. I'll give her this much, the girl has got some balls. She's not a pushover and she's not weak. She is slightly different when it comes to Matt and his charms but, come on now, that can be forgiven. What girl isn't a little googly-eyed and out of character when it comes to the man who can knock us on our ass?
Was I asking for trouble?
Tonight, trouble was a beautiful body standing next to a beautiful car right outside my house, waiting for me.
I didn't feel a single twinge of fear.
I felt raw elation.
Matt and Hannah do not have the typical meeting. By far. And I liked that! It's not out of the realm of possibility. While some of it may have been a bit...kinky, it worked for me. You cannot really call what develops with Matt and Hannah 'insta-love' because they have interacted for months--granted, on a purely professional, strictly business level--but they are not strangers. That said, things do progress rather quickly once that line has been crossed...and there is no turning back. Another thing I loved. :-) I guess that is another thing I loved about Matt, once he figured out his feelings, he was sold. There may have been 'extenuating circumstances' that made things more difficult, but the way he felt about Hannah was concrete.
"Beautiful man. I wish you could see yourself. You look lost."
"I feel lost," I whispered.
Hannah and Matt are hooooot! Scorching...sizzling...blazing...ten alarm fire. That kind of HOT! Am I painting a clear picture? Like all out smoking, it is hands down some of the best sex I have ever read. I say this with no shame--I was panting during some of the scenes. Matt is dominant and demanding and all kinds of yumminess.
Now, don't get me wrong--the sex is not the only thing about them that this dirty book whore loved. Watching Matt's personality open up more and change now that he is experiencing Hannah first hand...he morphed into this super insanely loveable Matt. The core essence of him was still there, still surly and sour, but he was loving, sweet and receptive to Hannah. He treated her with such care and yet still managed to fuck her on a desk and out in the wilderness. Sounds pretty perfect right? Yup, it was.
...I was wrapped around her finger. She gazed over her shoulder with half-lidded eyes and whispered my name. Why did I think I had any power over Hannah? I was hers.
Alright, well there is more to this story than meets the eye. I don't do spoilers, but like I said I didn't see most of what was coming. You know what else I didn't see coming? Lawrence. Matt's pet rabbit.
Yeah, pretty much one of the most awesome things I have ever read in a book. And once again, it makes me love Matt more. Just sayin'. I also loved Chrissy, Hannah's sister because she made me laugh. I love Nate, Matt's brother, because he's the best big bro in the world. I loved the plot because it was very unpredictable and I never knew what was going to happen and while yes it is an erotica, there was a significant amount of angst, in my opinion.
"My body...craves your body." Matt bounced me again and we moaned together. "It f-feels the distance...when we're apart. Hannah, I can't be apart from you."
"You never have to be," I said.
Another thing I loved--the writing. It's crisp and clean while being descriptive and precise. It's a very unique style and it just flowed throughout the entire book for me. The dialogue is fantastic. Matt and Hannah's inner thoughts are perfection and there is so much sarcasm and wit woven into the book. I couldn't get enough.
Also, M. Pierce is a very intellectual writer. There are words in this book that I have never seen used in a romance. That's awesome! We switch back and forth, alternating chapters from Hannah and Matt's POVs and both were written extremely well. Once you realize the pattern, it's relatively easy to keep up and I enjoyed having both of their POVs. There was never any backtracking or redundancy; the characters might address their feelings in regards to something that previously happened but we never had to go through the event all over again from their POV.
The hollowness inside of me didn't shrink. It expanded until it seemed to press at the limits of my being. I became less than a shell of myself. I was a fine limning – a suggestion of Hannah Catalano.
One day, I thought, I wouldn't even be that.
I understood how people fall apart.
I understood how dangerous it is to let someone become your whole life, and how powerless we are to prevent it. Never deny me, Matt once said. As if I had a choice.
Okay so now I must address the ending. The last chapter is fabulous. Perfection. Great ending for Hannah and Matt, even though it's not as conclusive and concrete as I usually like. But then there is the epilogue. If you don't like cliffs, do not read the epilogue, problem solved!
With the way NIGHT OWL ends, it could have been a standalone, but it's not a standalone. It's the first book in a trilogy, so of course there needs to be a reason for you to read the next book. The epilogue is that reason. I have so many questions and I am not a very happy girl about the cliff, and an epilogue of two pages did that to me!
The 'great and horrible' epilogue aside, I really loved this book. Everything about it worked for me and I couldn't get enough. And even though the epilogue cliff'd me, I can't wait for the next book, so it worked!
If NIGHT OWL is any indication of what is to be expected for the rest of the series, count me in. This book is astoundingly well written, practically flawless in my opinion and if you're a lover of contemporary romance, erotica and indie books, this is by far one of the best choices out there.