Book Review 19: The Shadows Series by Marni Mann

imageTitle: The Shadows Series Book  Set (Seductive Shadows & Seductive Secrecy)
Author: Marni Mann

Reader’s Beware: This is not your mother’s romance, nor is there a rich, playboy millionaire seducing an innocent virgin. Charlie leads a passionate, controversial, and thought-provoking life – the sex scenes will make you blush, the twists will make you gasp in disbelief and the characters’ angst and pain will make your heart ache. Prepare to dive into a highly sensual, unique storyline with substance and a touch of darkness – as well as explicit language and descriptive sexual content. After all, real life is lived in the shadows, and Marni will take you there. But love can linger in the darkness….

“Seductive Shadows” (Book One)

Charlie is a 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.

“Seductive Secrecy” (Book Two)

“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?

Rating: 4.5/5
Review:

Seductive Shadows: This book is very dark and painful to read, but you just want to keep on reading to see what’s going to happen to Charlie next. She ends up working at the mansion where she thinks she finds self-fulfillment through sexual encounters but she gets thrown a curve ball that you just don’t see coming. Without giving the story away, let me just say that this curve ball was the scariest bit to have happened to Charlie. The ending was a relief, but the disturbing issues tackled in the story lingers and makes you think.

Seductive Secrecy: Not as dark as the first book but just as heart wrenching. Charlie moves on to life after the mansion with Cameron but not everything is easy going from there. The past haunts her and threatens to ruin her future with Cameron and the chance to have a father after all those years of being raised by an abusive mother. The ending was bittersweet, and I wish things had ended differently (that’s just me), but, overall, I would recommend this book to other readers.

Disclaimer: I received an eGalley of this book from the author/publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

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