Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seductive Shadows Review

Title:  Seductive Shadows
Author: Marni Mann
Publisher:  Booktrope
Release date: July 17, 2013
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult

This is a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review/opinion. 

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.

My Review

Seductive Shadows was such a great read, I really liked this book! It was dark and gritty, with a sensuality that demands you to keep reading. I love reading stories about real life, fucked up people and this book gave me just that! Seductive Shadows isn't like other erotic novels, there is sex but it's not in the forefront of the plot. The sexual encounters are just an added bonus. 

Charlie struggles with a darkness in her life that has her seeking solace in painting and sex. You can relate to her pain and struggles. You find yourself questioning the decisions she made and can understand why she made them. Mann slowly unfolds Charlies past and present making you feel her pain and numbness. Mann's writing is perfect!

I love the introduction of Cameron's character, it added the lightness that this book needed. He is sexy and confident, with baby blues that could kill. He never pushes Charlie for more than she is willing to give. My only complaint about this book, is that I wish it were longer. I felt like Cameron and Charlie's relationship was rushed. I wanted more interaction between them. I felt the attraction and bond that was building but wasn't necessarily fully in love with them. With that being said, I love that they were able to find someone equally as damaged and were able to bond over their love for art.

As the plot unfolds at the end, I found myself not wanting the story to end! If this book is a good indication of Mann's writing, she has a new fan. I totally loved this book, and still feel that my review doesn't do justice for the book. I highly recommend this book!

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

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