Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy)
I loved it! Fun fun fun, suuuuuper-steamy (like eye-popping at times… he’s got a dirty dirty mouth!) but SO much more than that. Definitely erotica but with an intense story in the mix, and a twist or two (right off the bat) that grabbed me. And then bring on the angst! Yet, I dunno how to describe this one, without giving too much away. It’s like everything we love to read, but with it’s own “feel” you know?
I posted it on a recent bargain post this month when Justine recommended it saying:
“Just read this book in one sitting. If you liked 50 Shades then you will probably really like it”
Well of course I love ”Fifty” and “Bared” (but I’ve been slowing down lately on my “billionaires”). So many book-billionaires out there to choose from. Still though, I know there are tons of us still looking for more (nothing better than being in the mood for a genre and having plenty to play with), so I posted it.
But then I received this comment by Laura:
“Maryse – I loved the Night Owl! It wouldn’t liken it to 50 Shades though – its totally different and gave me that “feeling”. – so so so good!”
So… like Fifty, but… not? Okay! My attention is piqued. And then the latest reader-recommendations came in, and I knew I was SO in!
Kristina: I just read book 1 in the Night Owl Trilogy you mentioned. OMG, so good!!! Seriously, this book was fantastic. … Super steamy & has a great pace!
Amy: You HAVE to read Night Owl by M. Pierce. OMG Stay up all night squeee! So good! I think it is going to be the next big thing this year!
Anna: This year… Hmm… Had to be Night Owl by M. Pierce. I can’t help it. I loved it so, so much. (side note from Maryse <—- when I asked for your fav book of year.)
I get it!!! I so get the “like Fifty but NOT”, comparison. AND OMG it was great!! This one had what I wanted in a “genre change”.
So what’s it about? I’m gonna short form it, ’cause I loved the mini-surprises and all of the rest of the discoveries as they came.
Matt and Hannah are writing a book together… online. They’ve never met, and as far as Matt goes, they never will. In fact, his rules are NO private info is to be exchanged. No names (other than screen names: “Night Owl” and Little Bird”). No pictures. No nothing! He’s in a relationship after all. And he’s not “interested” in the outside world. He just wants to write, and he trolled the net for an online writing “partner” and she’s… pretty good!
But one day, she sent him a chapter. From her real gmail account. With her real gmail picture showing her in all of her glory.
She was beautiful. And I was furious with her, for foisting her picture and last name on me.
Matt was FURIOUS!!!! Imposed upon!!!!! And… titillated.
My whole body was tingling.
I needed to tell Hannah to stop and that I wasn’t single and that we were going to ruin our pleasant anonymous online friendship.
I’m leaving it there.
Let’s talk about the *ahem* “hero”. He stole the show (even though I LOVED being her, and I loved her!). But him. He’s almost like nobody I’ve ever read before. But I feel like I know him. He’s SO real. So obnoxious. Demanding.
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.
And yet, so endearing.
Matt stopped at a florist and bought two lily bouquets. He shoved one at me.
“Flowers,” he muttered.
“I see that.” I gave him a peck on the cheek. “You’re so adorable. So sweet and strange…”
*giggle* Awwww there are so many “endearing” Matt scenes. You just wait.
And the flaws… OMG the issues he has (but not the usual romantic “mistake/guilty conscience” thing). This guy’s issues are… I dunno. Definitely an innate part of him. And bad. And dirty (in good ways *waggles eyebrows* … and in bad ways). His quirks and his personality are all HIM.
But there was something about him. It’s like… he was alpha, he was brooding, he was bossy, impatient. self-centered and selfish.
F#@k, I needed to stop worrying about this sh!t – at least for now. F#@k now, worry later.
He was anti-social, and of course, he was hot! He was rich. He was commanding. He had sway *swoon*. But he was also so… intimately private, primal, and SO vulnerable.
“Beautiful man. I wish you could see yourself. You look lost.”
“I feel lost,” I whispered.
*sigh* and *heart*
Okay okay… LOL!!! Wait! I know… this sounds like EVERY one of our heroes in part or in full. I’m making him sound like the rich billionaire heroes we love, and while on “paper” he seems/sounds like them, when you read him, experience him, you’ll see what I mean when I say he’s SO different.
This is not another “Fifty” (even as much as I LOVE Christian). This guy? Less perfect “god-like” (with imperfect issues) and more imperfect “human-like” (with beautiful traits). There was just *something* about this guy, his FEEL, that I can barely compare him to anyone. He was so realistic, so… bratty. So weird. Not so secure, even in his pomp.
AH! Almost… if I HAD to compare him to another book-hero, I’d say “Dex“. A weird twist of Dex, Fifty and “hermit”. Obnoxious, and dirty-mouthed. Some of the things he’d say (let alone… DO) made me red-faced. FOR HIM!!! When he was in the moment… look out, he was letting it all hang out. And yet I loved him (and cringed at him) at the same time.
God, I felt amazing. I felt tattered in the best possible way, like our violent passion had blasted me clean.
And here’s the thing. Matt is a BAD boy (and not “bad boy” as in tattooed, bad-ass and a player. No… that’s not him). I mean bad as in… grrrrrrrrr!!!!!! Some of you might have a hard time with some of his… mistakes. But this is where the book really takes form. Comes to life. He is human, and he makes some serious mistakes. But that doesn’t mean they don’t come back to bite him in the a$$.
Let the fun (or torment) begin!!!
So all that to say, FANTASTIC writing (at times it got so deep!), fantastic pacing, fantastic characters. They are true to life (and nothing is that far-fetched in it’s angst). I believed it all. And I fell for them. I FEEL for them.
Oh I hear you now. “But but but! It says “trilogy”. Is this a complete book?” Yes! But then there was an epilogue that opened up a whole new, er…. story. Book, that made me go “what what whaaaaaaat?” Eeeeep! And I can’t wait for it! Bring it! I can’t wait to see where this author takes us next.
Here’s a last minute quote from the book that I loved. It’s NOT at the end (so don’t think that this is the epilogue).
“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.”
P.S. Thank you to the author for sending it my way. After these recommendations I was already SO on it, but since you sent it over, I can’t thank you enough!!!
P.P.S. OMG MATT and his sweeeeeeetness towards animals. Even the stuffed toy kind. *sigh* I LOVE HIM!!!!! I just wanna snuggle him and his bunny and his manatee. *giggle*
P.P.P.S. Okay yes, at first I thought it was a tad bumpy and speeding along with them, er… intimately (attraction-wise) but I get it, now. And it ended up working out perfectly, for me, in terms of my reading enjoyment.