Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Night Owl by M. Pierce

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.

4 Star Review by Jen Hagen

“I don’t want to know you, and I don’t want you to know me.  We write together online, that’s it.  I’m not looking for a new friend.  I’m looking for a writing partner.” – Matthew


Matthew and Hannah found each other through the internet and they are affectionately known to each other only as Little Bird (Hannah) and Night Owl (Matthew).  They are collaborating on a fantasy writing project and speak to each other only with online sentences.  Matthew is odd…there’s really no better way to say it.  He has some odd habits and is an antisocial person.  He has a pet bunny that he takes for walks on a leash.  But yet there’s something about Matthew that just pulls you into his world and you immediately fall in love with him and all his strange ways.


Matthew and Hannah maintain their protected cyber world, but little by little personal information is revealed to one another.  They even have a face-to-face conversation over the internet that results in a very heated moment of getting to know each other a little better.


I, a successful and very taken twenty-eight-year-old man, had become the equivalent of a horny fourteen-year-old boy.  Real smooth.


 Hannah has now discovered three things about Matthew:

He lives in Colorado, he’s an awesome writer, and he gets off talking to scantily clad strangers on the internet.  Love at first Skype.

Hannah and Matthew are living in the same state and although you would think the state of Colorado would be large enough to maintain their animosity to each other, they do end up meeting face to face.  Their encounters begin to mean something more than just a one-night stand, and it is during their private moments that we are seeing an entirely new Matthew.  Not only is he quirky, but he is a bit of a dirty talker too!  Matthew cracks me up with his personality.  Since Hannah is living with her parents their alone time is limited.  Matthew decides that he needs to have Hannah over at his place.  The only problem…he has failed to mention that he has a live-in girlfriend.


How could I have Hannah over when every corner of my apartment screamed, “I have a girlfriend!  A female resides here!  Look, tampons!”


Not only is Matthew holding back on his relationship status, but there’s a much larger secret that he is holding back.  Very few people know his secret, and those that do are bound to secrecy.   Matt’s secret is exposed and his world is turned upside down.  Matt has always had paranoia about people leaving him due to his parents’ death and he has struggled with alcohol abuse and mental instability in the past.  This episode of being alone sends him back to numbing his pain with alcohol.


So I was drinking again.  So what?  I forgot how much I loved it.


Matt has to sink to the bottom before he can rise above.  The only question is can Hannah’s love for him come through in time to save him? 


I really enjoyed Matthew’s quirky behavior.  This story was unique.  He had a tendency to be a little dominant in the bedroom and that added to his complex personality…or lack of personality since he had difficulty maintaining any type of conversation except for his dirty talking in the bedroom.  He also had an abruptness to his departures, specifically on the telephone. 


“I never want to learn how to say goodbye.”   (swoon)


Matthew really did have me laughing out loud.  I enjoyed being able to hear his POV with the alternating chapters.  This was a fun read although it did bring out my emotions towards the end.  There is more to this story to come, and I believe it will be a trilogy.  There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book and I’m still not certain what to make of this ending.  It can’t possibly be true…

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