Summary: Charlie is a passionate, sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.
But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie’s art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she 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 self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.
This book is for mature audiences. It contains explicit language and sexual content
Summary: “We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.”
With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.
Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?
Flirty Review: Seductive Shadows (Shadows #1) 3 Lip Bites
The entry of her lost father is a plot stunner. And the reveal about what really goes on in The Mansion is a nice twist. What lacked for me in this story was identifying with Charlie's character in the beginning. I didn't really start feeling for her until halfway through the book. That's when I felt the story really started flowing well until the end. With the demise of The Mansion and the reveal of her father, I felt it could have been done a lot sooner. I really wanted to see more interaction with her father the takedown of The Mansion. In the end, it felt lackluster and rushed.
The story itself is a good one, I was engaged enough to keep reading. The side characters, Cameron and Dallas were well thought out and dimensional. I wanted a little more here, more about the Mansion take down, more of the focus on the risk to her life for helping take down the brothel, and a clearer connection to Charlie in the beginning.
The sex, damn! Marni Mann can certainly write a sex scene.
Seductive Secrecy (Shadows #2) 3 Lip Bites
The book takes a deep look into the relationship between Cameron and Charlie. Which I loved reading. You can definitely feel their love for each other even if they can't say it out loud. They are living together now, making art, and trying to put the past behind them. Except it's not as easy as they think. The convenient entrance of Cameron's brother, Ryder, whom just happened to be a client of Cee's at The Mansion causes a great divide between Cameron and Charlie. I almost felt it was just a plot device for Ryder to all of sudden show and be in love with Charlie. Another good device was the reemergence of Victoria at the end. Again, the ending felt rushed. The scenes between Charlie, Cameron, her father, and Victoria was in my mind coming from left field. I would have loved to see Victoria somewhere throughout the whole book, being a menacing presence as an obvious villain but she wasn't. She only showed up the last couple chapters. Out of the blue. Also Dallas and Ryder seemed to disappear in this book. I wanted to see more from them. Heck, I would love to see a third book all about Dallas or Ryder.
This book could have used a little bit more development. I think what Marni Mann has is good and solid but with more thought out points to consider, I think this book could have been a home run for me.
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