Title: Last Light
Author: M. Pierce
My Rating: C+
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Night Owl #2
Main Characters: Matt and Hannah
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt's memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers' motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt's life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.
Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate's libel suit and fend off Seth's advances...until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.
I really adored the first book in this series. Now I'm wishing that I had ignored the epilogue in that one and let the story lie where it ended there. For the most part, I could have been happy with where that book ended, but I had to get greedy and wanted more of Matt and Hannah. And it's not that this book was bad...because it wasn't. Matt's character was. Ugh. I so did not like the places he went in this book.
Okay, in the first book it was obvious that Matt had some mental road blocks, but in this book he goes to the extremes. As an introverted writer, Matt hates meeting readers. He literally has a phobia about it. That's why he's always written under an assumed name and fiercely protected his real identity. Well, that was revealed and Matt couldn't deal so he faked his own death. I would be okay with that aspect of the story line if that was all there was to it. But no, in this book Matt is all about Matt. Supposedly he loves Hannah, but he manipulates, lies, and leaves her to handle all the dirty crap he left behind...his brothers, the book, the innuendo, the investigations...UGH. I just wanted to hit him and that made me want to chunk the book into the wall. How can he treat Hannah so callously? It's pure selfishness and that's the one thing I can't handle in a character. It's okay if there's a character development arc and the character grows, but I didn't see that with him.
And there are his brothers and while all their motivations weren't revealed, I felt like they were both just as manipulative as Matt in trying to twist Hannah to do what they wanted.
Hannah doesn't deserve any of this. Her only crime is loving Matt and he doesn't respect that or her. I flat-out do not like what his character became in this book and while I was riveted to the book (because the writing remains good and engaging), creating a character that I now revile is unforgivable.
So, my recommendation...read the first book. LOVE the first book. Do not read the epilogue in that book and you will be happy with where it all ends. I wish that's what I had done. There is a third book coming, but I'm pretty positive that I won't be reading it and that makes me sad because I did love the first one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.