Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann

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Charlie is a passionate, sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie's art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she 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 self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

This book is for mature audiences. It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Alexis says:

Seductive Shadows” was definitely not was I was expecting. Instead, I was met head-on with an erotically-charged romance mixed with a pinch of mystery. 

“It’s always darkest before the dawn”

This book is about Charlie on her path to self-discovery.  When you meet her, she is a 23-year old girl still reeling from the death of her best friend Emma as well as her mom’s slow descent from ovarian cancer.  Her mother never showed her any love, she was too busy drinking and sleeping around.  Her best friend Emma was the only family that she had.  To express her emotions, Charlie uses sex and art.  While taking care of her mom, going to college and working at a hotel, she is offered a job that will take care of all her financial worries and satiate her sexual drive.  The job offer is to work at a high-end brothel that will earn her four times as much as what she is making now.  With her college tuition and the debt her mom racked up in her name hanging over her head she caves into temptation.  What she realizes is that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

“Sex held me at night, stopped my mind from dwelling remembering, regretting.  It was the only time I didn’t feel alone.”

I don’t want to give too much away as this is a ride that you need to experience. There is a secret to the mansion that will keep you guessing until the end.  If you are looking for a dark, gritty, and thrilling read, then you will definitely want to check this book out. 

I give this book 3.75 stars!

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A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a 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. 

Marni is preparing for the summer release of her fifth novel, Seductive Shadows, a provocative, intoxicating, erotic and unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption.

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