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March 18, 2015

Loved It: After Dark by M. Pierce

Series: Night Owl Trilogy 3
Format: ARC
Release Date: March 24, 2015 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
In the final novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce, can a passion that has withstood many ordeals become a love strong enough to last a lifetime?

Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and Hannah move back in together, and Matt attempts to put his demons to rest as they strive to grow their relationship into something durable and honest. But as the two become more and more entangled, and the heat between them intensifies in all the best possible ways, Matt’s desire for Hannah ignites cravings he has kept at bay for a long, long time…

Hannah finally has the life she's always wanted: she's pursuing her career as a literary agent at Granite Wing Agency, she is writing her first novel, and she is living with her hot, passionate lover. But as Matt and Hannah explore a new intimacy, Hannah finds that there are parts of Matt—dark, wild, uncontrollable parts—that he has yet to show her…that he has yet to show anyone…Under the surface of Matt and Hannah’s domestic bliss, deeply buried secrets burn, and all of a sudden, the least foreseen obstacle threatens to shatter everything they’ve worked so hard for.



And so it ends. M. Pierce's piercing erotic trilogy, Night Owl, has come to a close. And this reader is very satisfied with Hannah Catalano and Matt Sky's HEA.

And just like all epic love stories, our couple went through more shit to prove that they're worthy of that coveted happily ever after. As if faking a death, breakdowns, meltdowns, and sibling rivalry wasn't enough, Hannah and Matt now have to deal with domestic issues. In some ways, shacking up is more difficult than what they've been through and/or even separation. Why? Because now, Matt and Hannah have to see the real person behind the acade. Privacy is out the window and they now have deal with each others flaws and demons. Hannah can't look, run, turn away from Matt's... errr... uniqueness, while Matt must learn how to be a giving, loving partner to Hannah by being less conceited and considerate of her needs and feelings. I guess the hardest part for Matt is learning and accepting that the world doesn't revolve around him.

AFTER DARK gives us more of Matt. Hannah's character is very steadfast from the beginning. Matt might have swept her off her feet with his pretty words and consuming passion, but Hannah is a ride or die kinda chick. She sticks around and clings harder when things gets tough. Loyalty may be her strongest suit, but she's no pushover either. I've grown to like this chick, she's not easily swayed or deterred by other people's opinions and circumstances. She loves Matt, and for her there's all there is to it.

Matt Sky is a piece. Of. Work. I mean from the beginning, you can tell that there's something unhinged about this dude. AFTER DARK explores his madness further, M. Pierce stripped Matt of his theatrics and sexual exhibitions, and finally showed us WHY Matt goes dark sometimes. In so few words, Matt knows nothingness and this became his demon, his shadow for the longest time. It made him paranoid so he gets manic when things are too good, too happy, and lovely, afraid that he'll lose it all because he has too much of a good thing. So he compensates with superficial things to keep his demons at bay. It's sad, really, but I think Matt's reached a degree of equilibrium here thanks to Hannah. All I can say about this is the Sky household will NEVER be boring. Matt and Hannah will keep each other on their toes for the rest of their blissful lives, and that's all that matters, right?


Series endings are tricky. I've read a few horrendous ones and thankfully, AFTER DARK won't be on that list. Hannah and Matt might be a dysfunctional couple, and they might need therapy for the rest of their lives. But I still found them relatable, likable even, because if you remove all the bullshit theatrics, they dealt with real and normal stuff. As for M. Pierce the author who penned this alluring trilogy, all I can say is this Rabbit (his author photo is a rabbit. Strange things have happened, people! For all we know he's Velveteen all grown up) can write. His eroticism is tempered with more substantial things like the character's psyche, emotional state, etc. making The Night Owl trilogy more than a sexy love story. As the story progress, Hannah and Matt's tale became a life story. And that is the GREAT kind of erotica IMO. Sex is sex, one can slice and dice it in so many ways. It's the human story behind the proclivities that gets to you. And M. Pierce understands that which makes The Night Owl trilogy, and his future tales a definite read for me.





I love these cover arts! Just like how a series works, the picture is slowly completed with each novel that comes out.

STALK M. PIERCE!








35 comments:

  1. Nothing better than a satisfying ending to a series or trilogy! Great review and I am so glad this lived up to your expectations.

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    1. I was nervous for a hot minute. It was a crazy ride!

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  2. See, thats what i want with my erotica...the human story, hell a actual story, lols. And a ride or die chick huh? I like her already.

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    1. Me too! It's the human story that makes the story standout from the rest and compelling.

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  3. Holy crap, he faked his death?? I remember reading the first book but barely remember it... now I *have* to go back and read and see what i am missing out on! Those covers are so pretty and even better they compliment each other. MUST read the first book again soon... :D

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    1. What I love about the trilogy is how each book has a different tone from the others. Book 1 is sexy, 2 is very angsty, this one is the most emotional one.

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  4. I do like how the covers work together but alone..meh

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  5. Oh wow...this sounds like a great series and what amazing covers...Love it!

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  6. Ah I still have book one on the tbr pile. Not a total fan of those covers but I do like how they connect to each other.

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    1. There are alternative covers. The ebook versions might be more to your liking.

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  7. I am so glad this ended well. It is always such a reward to close a series/trilogy with a smile.

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    1. So true! Nothing sucks more than following a series only for the author to end it horribly.

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  8. I'm gonna have to get book one :D Also, I love that the covers interconnect with one another!!

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    1. I didn't figure it out up until I was doing this post.

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  9. Those are some pretty covers, I agree. How clever! This dude, Matt Sky, has me curious.
    Again, thanks for the introduction :)

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    1. Ooh Loupe, you will LOVE this series! I promise!

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  10. It's nice to have a good end like that, it's always tricky with last book and I think it could be complicated even more with erotica.

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    1. Yup, all the threads should be wrapped up. Pierce did it well :)

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  11. I have a copy of this one, I'm glad it ended well! Fantastic review<3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Thanks, Benish! I';ll be hitting your blog next :)

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    1. I was worried for a hot minute. Too much excitement close to the ending.

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  13. Okay so I need to comment on how cool the covers are in that the ribbons piece together, i love that. I've heard really good things about this series and now I'm even more intrigued knowing it closes on a good note. Great review!

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    1. Right?!?!

      I know you like angsty reads, you will love this! Also it's sexy too, bonus!

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  14. I've been hooked from book #1, so I'm relieve that the trilogy ends well and that you loved it :)

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  15. Oh snap! I snatched up Night Owl when I read your review but I *still* haven't read it. I'm so glad that you love this couple and that the trilogy ended well. :)

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    1. Snap! Understandable. Now you can binge read the trilogy.

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  16. I love when a trilogy ends in a satisfying way. And I love the covers too.

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