Title: Seductive Shadows
Author: Marni Mann
Release date: July 17, 2013
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: This is a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review/opinion.
Synopsis:Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.
But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.
Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows, is the unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a memorable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.
This book is for mature audiences 17+. It contains explicit language and sexual content.
This book was not what I expected at all. It is not a romantic. It is not heartwarming. It is not sweet in any way. It IS disturbing. It IS enticing. It IS captivating. It IS inspirational in a way. This is a coming-of-age story about an emotionally damaged girl who makes some bad decisions and has to find her way to discover her true self and learn to forgive both herself and others.
I will be honest; it took me a little while to really feel like I was going to like this book. It captured my attention from the beginning, but I was not sure if I was going to like where it was going. As it turned out, I really liked it! The main character, Charlie, is damaged. She’s been broken and has tried to put the pieces of herself back together, and in reality, she is still very fractured. As the book evolves, Charlie really grows and comes into her own. Once she started seeing there was more to her life, that she could be more, I really fell in love with the story.
This book is dark. Very dark. There is no pretty bow or sweet love story. There is a love story that unfolds, but the central focus is Charlie. If you are squeamish about sex or prostitution this is probably not the book for you; however, if you like a book about a girl that is completely lost and alone who struggles to overcome adversity and fights for a future I think you will love this book. I look forward to more of these characters.
About the Author
A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com.
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