Title: Seductive Shadows
Author: Marni Mann
Release date: July 17, 2013
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: 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.
Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann is a beautifully written and emotional journey about a strong yet broken young woman named Charlie and her quest to battle her innermost demons, overcome heartbreak, and discover that not only can she truly love again but let herself be loved in return.
I read this book in less than two days – it was that good!! I found myself falling in love with Charlie – I cried with her, laughed with her, loved with her, experienced passion with her and felt her fears, desires and pain. This book touched on many dark elements of the human psyche but it also balanced them out with bright moments of love, hope, devotion and discovery. I loved the author’s vivid writing style, her colorful characters, and the way she unfolds her story – like a flower opening up its petals to the rays of the sun.
This book is not for everyone. The story is very powerful and it has some very erotic scenes. I have read many, many books in the erotica genre and I thought the scenes in this book were exquisitely and tastefully executed. The scenes allow you to see into the main character’s personality and to fully understand how she sees herself.
I did feel that the end of the book had that “rushed” feeling. I’m not exactly sure how much of that was due to how I was feeling, in reaction to what was happening towards the end of the book, or if the author intended it to be that way. The author ties up many loose ends but leaves the possibility up in the air for a Seductive Shadows sequel. I certainly would be first in line for a copy if she decides to continue Charlie’s journey.
5/5 Stars for this fabulous work of art.
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: