Monday, June 23, 2014


(originally posted in January)

I'm not sure about y'all but....M's blog tour has been awesome. It's one of the best ones I've followed. The interviews with M and the characters of Night Owl have been fun and informative and interesting. The review you're going to read took place right after we read the novel in January. It's gushy and tortured and full of gahhhhh as we emote about how much we LOVED Night Owl. We've also included a link to something we call TTT (Text and Talking Tuesday) about our texts while we were reading this...scroll to the end of the review for the link. 

I am having such a jumbled reaction to this novel that I'm not sure I can string together words that are coherent or can do it justice. Basically my first reaction was: 

 I've struggled in the last 24 hours to let my mind break away from it--but it's just not ready to yet. I dreamed about this damn novel and its characters and then those ethereal thoughts mingled with my morning and here I am...trying to take it all in and put an order to what I'm thinking and feeling. Basically it's this: 

I'm further out than 24 hours at this point, and I still can't get it out of my brain. At all. I go to sleep thinking about it. I wake up and think about it. If I dreamed at all, I probably would be dreaming about it. We are trying so hard to figure out what could possibly go down in the next installment, and try to process everything that happened in this one! 

I am not sure what, exactly, I feel for Matt. Part of me wants to throttle him for treating Hannah and Bethany the way he did...part of me understood--it was not excusable, but understandable..and turns out Bethany's a cunt, anyway (YEP, I SAID IT!). I didn't like myself for empathizing with him...I got over it. SIDE NOTE: I sort of love it when a writer gets me all twisted up and makes me question my reactions and why I think what I think. Then I hate it because WHY AM I QUESTIONING what I think? And then I'm like..screw it; this shit is good so I'm just going to go with it. So..there were points when I was like this: 

You know how I feel about cheating. And again how I feel about myself when I root for the character anyways! It is sick! lol. No really. It is almost like since she wasn't present and I didn't get to know her or something like that. Or maybe it was because I really liked Hannah? Maybe?  

Look, I'll be honest, here; I had a moment when I put down the book and thought--if I didn't like this Matt character I could definitely see how he'd be serial killer/stalker material. Yeah! Creeper! He admits it though, err...sort of? He does some bizarre things. And yet, even in the bizarre-ness of his behavior, I STILL 'got' him and felt for him and was rooting for him (while sometimes enjoying his discomfort --does that make me awful?). *sighs* I guess I sorta fell for him...

NO! I feel the same way! Thank You M. Pierce for giving us Matt's point of view. Without the dual point-of-view I don't think we would have enjoyed it as much because we wouldn't have had Matt's inner thoughts and motivations. This would have been about 1,000x more confusing. And none of what he did would have made sense, not that anything he did makes all that much sense. He's a mysterious guy. Luckily also that the fact he has a girlfriend and pursues Hannah is in the blurb, so I was prepared that it was likely going there and got over it quick as well. He gets manic, anxious, and paranoid in his thoughts and actions, and it is written so well that we can see it and feel it and know that things are going to get crazy before the book is done! 

The sex in this novel is ...well.. everything you've heard. It's hot, as in thermonuclear-melt-your-Kindle-down you turn on your Kindle and the steam just starts to rise right off of it if you don't have a partner, you immediately sign yourself up for the next sex club (whoa, what!) and find one quick, hot. Yeah, that kind of hot. (That is an apt description I think..*cough*) Even with all of that hot...I was once again conflicted. I didn't want to like the humiliation factor of how he talked to Hannah and I wanted to be more uncomfortable with it than I was, but I couldn't muster up anything other than luxuriating in the heat that it radiated. Maybe it was Hannah's reactions? Maybe it was the writing? Maybe I just subconsciously like the idea of it??? I dunno. End of the day? It was hot. And Matt's mouth: uber-hot:

I think those are all pretty good reasons. I think we love it because it is uncomfortable. That makes for the best stories, and we're always onboard for anything dark and twisty. It shoved me right off the cliff of my comfort zone. He is depraved. He is controlling. He likes to call her a slut and push her boundaries too. And she likes it. She likes it a lot, which had us liking it. So we were like "tha fuck?" Is this okay? Does this make sense? For this story it totally does. But it is not for the faint of heart. There is nothing vanilla about the two of them from their cyber sex, to phone sex, to their actual sex. It is off the charts with O_O moments from how they get together, how he talks to her, how she talks to him. They become pretty obsessed, pretty quickly. It seems to have weirded out a lot of people, but I think it adds to the teeny details that are going to bereally important later. My theory. 

I realize that I've said a lot about Matt-- it just seems like it's more of his story. Yes, I completely agree. Or maybe I just connected more with him? But Hannah deserves some attention too. I liked her enough, I suppose at the beginning, but I found myself liking her more and more as the novel progressed. She is honest and flawed and does dumb things and all of that tallies up to being so real. She hurts and grieves and struggles.She stands up for herself and makes the most of opportunities and experiences. She loves and is angry and conflicted and admits to being mad at herself for all of her feelings. She fights against her inner turmoil and she recognizes when to give in to it. She just comes off as such a real person that whether she ended up with Matt in the end or not, I wanted her to be happy and I was determined that I was going to be okay with how it worked out for her no matter what.

I liked her progression also. It is obvious that she is much better at dealing with things than Matt is. She is open and honest, and that is one of the many reasons I enjoyed her so much. Shelley said it really well what kind of character she is so I won't repeat that, but she moved back to Denver to restart her life. And in a very interesting way she did just that. 

...Have I mentioned the writing?!! The writing. I am drooling. The metafiction aspect. The literature references. Some of the lines of prose. The fact that Matt is a grammar snob and that he instructs that in order for her to break the rules she must master them (may have to use that in my classes!). All of it. Just all of it. So good. It was written so cleanly and because of that I read it so in I inhaled it. 

So with this metafiction business, you'll notice the author's pen name is the same as the main character's pen name, who is also an author. *kaboom* What? Wow. Again, what? It makes the entire experience very cool because there are intentional similarities (Hello, Laurence). The blending of aspects of beautiful literature and romance made this novel an absolute home-run. This part to me puts Night Owl in a league far surpassing anything I have read recently. It made it onto my life changer list, where I don't put many books. I won't ever forget it.

I could go on and on. The plot is interesting. The families of both Matt and Hannah enhance the knowing of them. Bethany and her shit...pisses me off and yet it's so vindictive and what many women would do, unfortunately. The epilogue..fuuuuck, THE EPILOGUE  (or epic-logue..jesus h). The epilogue has me stumped as well. Did not see that coming. I admit I was scared to death to read this at all because well, I am damned dramatic and didn't know if my little emotional heart could take it. But I am so glad we read it! So very glad! It has flipped my reading on it's axis and I am trying to figure out how I feel about that. 

I'm done. I can't. Not able to do it justice. Just go freaking buy the damn book and THEN come talk to me (that is probably the best idea!). And if you don't like it..well FINE...we may not be able to be friends anymore. MAYBE.  It should be apparent at this point that I'm looking forward to book 2 (understatement of 2014) and I'm happy that there is a little mind fuck of a teaser on his I'll try not to beg or plead or make idle threats about what will happen if it doesn't come out this summer; let's just hope that it does. ADDENDUM: IT DIDN'T ...but M got a publishing deal so I'll be patient a little longer. It is a catch-22! I am so very excited that M. Pierce is being published by St. Martin's Press (love them) but it does take longer to get what we want. We'll have to sit on our hands to tone down the tweeting. (Okay, M. Pierce, sorry that probably is not going to happen.) Though, at this point there is no other purpose for me in life other than to see if there is a new teaser or something I missed that there is to know. 

I bet Amazon will crash because of the downloads on release day. I hope it does! This book and author deserves all of the success in the world, because the writing issoooooooo good. 

I think Hannah best captures how I felt when I finally decided that I had to detach from my Night Owl obsession: "Every small separation echoed a vaster goodbye".

Courtney: 5 stars

Oh. P.S. There is quite a bit of medical stuff in here. I was impressed. Not that I'm an expert, but it is irritating when things are misused and my nurse brain almost explodes. So I enjoyed that part very much! 

We love, love, LOVE The Neighbourhood and thought this song hit on some things inNight OwlYep, this song is my Night Owl theme songThe sensual beat, some of the words. It fit for us big time. 

We also go further with our shenanigans from time to time and share with you the things we text while reading. We brought Texting + Talking Tuesdays or TTT back for Night Owl. Spoiler heavy! So if you haven't read the book, beware...if you have...enjoy our insanity a little bit longer! HERE!

Title:   Night Owl (Book #1, Night Owl Trilogy)
Author:   M. Pierce
Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance
Paperback Release Date:   July 1, 2014

"Tautly written, complex, and vibrating with a dark sensuality that will have you at once blushing and anxious. You'll think you have this book pegged . . . but you'll be wrong."—Christina Lauren, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors of The Beautiful Bastard series

From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession

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 is 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.

AMAZING Giveaway:    

- 3 signed SMP Night Owl paperbacks
- 1 signed original/indie Night Owl Paperback
- 4 sets of signed bookmarks
- 3 Night Owl Ebooks
- 2 Last Light Ebooks (delivered on release day)
- Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with original cover)
- Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with new ebook cover)
- Night Owl Inspired Necklace
- Night Owl bottle cap magnets (set of 4)
- Night Owl Trilogy Bookmarks & Night Owl paperback cover magnet

- Night Owl Trilogy ribbon bookmarks (set of 3)

About the Author:
M. Pierce is the bestselling author of Night Owl, book one in the erotic Night Owl Trilogy. The author lives in Colorado and owns a rabbit named Laurence.

We drove through the prairie for two hours, talking and listening to music and sometimes sitting in silence. We spoke about nothing important. It was nice not to have to dodge questions.
Every half hour, I asked if Hannah was tired. No, she insisted, no way, and she smiled at me in a way that made me ache.
            We stopped by a walking trail that ran out through the scruffy grass.
            "Let's go," Hannah said. "The stars will be crazy."
            I got a blanket from the trunk of my car and we walked down the trail, Hannah's eyes on the sky, my eyes on Hannah. She was beautiful.
            After a while, she reached for my hand.
            I found a soft spot off the trail—no easy task in the Colorado prairie—and spread out the blanket. Hannah sprawled across it. She grinned up at me.
            "Hog," I chuckled.
            "There's space," she said, "on top of me."
            While I gazed down at her, Hannah wriggled out of her shorts and thong and tugged her cami up enough to bare her breasts to the night air. I was drunk looking at her. She parted her legs and held my gaze.
            "Beautiful man. I wish you could see yourself. You look lost."
            "I feel lost," I whispered.
            Our pace was more sedate the second time. Hannah grasped my hair and guided my face to her breasts. I kissed them, sucked them, licked and bit them. She moaned as I fingered her. When I nuzzled my mouth into her pussy, she began to whimper.
            "Touch your breasts," I ordered softly. I glanced up her body to see her hands move obediently to her breasts. I licked my lips. She smelled musky. She tasted fiery and sweet. I went back to work as Hannah kneaded her breasts and issued wild, indecent noises into the night.
            Soon I was too hard to think. I fumbled with my jeans and freed my cock. As I crouched over Hannah's sex, three fingers inside of her and my lips, tongue, and teeth toying with her clit, I pumped my shaft.
            She came moments before I did. She was still rigid with ecstasy when I climbed over her and milked my cum onto her sex.
            "Perfect," I whispered.

NIGHT OWL by M. Pierce on Grooveshark

July Flame -- Laura Veirs
Blue Caravan -- Vienna Teng
Body Electric -- Lana Del Rey
The Ghost On the Shore -- Lord Huron
A Message -- Coldplay
A Love Song -- Amanda Blank
Blinding -- Florence + The Machine Dog
Days Are Over -- Florence + The Machine
In the Sun -- Joseph Arthur
Not Dark Yet -- Bob Dylan
Ride -- Lana Del Rey
The First Days of Spring -- Noah & The Whale
Flowers in Your Hair -- The Lumineers
Oh Take Me Back -- M. Ward
10 Mile Stereo -- Beach House
Blood -- The Middle East
Man in the Long Black Coat -- Joan Osborne
Damnit Anna -- The Morning Benders
Jigsaw Falling Into Place -- Radiohead
Billie Holiday -- Warpaint
Civilian -- Wye Oak
Love Is Blindness -- Jack White
Only Now -- JBM
Born to Die -- Lana Del Rey
Gods & Monsters -- Lana Del Rey
Burning Desire -- Lana Del Rey
Blue Jeans -- Lana Del Rey
When I Grow Up -- First Aid Kit
[Notes: July Flame -- Chapter 16, M & H on The Fourth. Blue Caravan -- Ten Thousand Nights. The First Days of Spring, Oh Take Me Back, & When I Grow Up -- Matt in Geneva. Only Now -- Chapter 19, M. Pierce's Identity Unveiled. Beach House, The Lumineers, & Warpaint -- songs M & H listen to in the car. Love Is Blindness -- Chapter 21, trying to get Hannah back. Civilian -- Hannah going to NY. The Ghost On The Shore, Not Dark Yet -- Hannah's hollow life, Chapter 22. Jigsaw Falling Into Place -- Dancing at Lot 49, Chapter 6. Gods & Monsters, Blue Jeans, Ride, Born to Die -- M & H getting it on. (Unspecified songs contributed to or relate to themes and atmosphere throughout the book.)]


Last Light (Book #2)

After Dark (Book #3)


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