Author: Marni Mann
Series: Shadows Series #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: May 22, 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance
Reader's Beware: This is not your mother's romance, nor is there a rich, playboy millionaire seducing an innocent virgin. Charlie leads a passionate, controversial, and thought-provoking life - the sex scenes will make you blush, the twists will make you gasp in disbelief and the characters' angst and pain will make your heart ache. Prepare to dive into a highly sensual, unique storyline with substance and a touch of darkness - as well as explicit language and descriptive sexual content. After all, real life is lived in the shadows, and Marni will take you there. But love can linger in the darkness....
Charlie is a 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.
One night a mysterious woman appears and offers her an opportunity. Charlie in her own twisted way sees it as a way out of her misery. She begins working at the mansion, finding it fulfills a need she has deep within. Through this job she is confronted with secrets from her past that turn her world upside down yet again. These secrets threaten everything Charlie has begun to build.
During a summer art class Charlie is partnered with Cameron. They get to know each other and Charlie begins finding hope in life. A hope she wasn’t even sure existed before. Budding new friendships and an exhibit of her artwork her helps make this new hope grow. This book is Charlie’ road to self discovery and her journey to learning how to pull herself out of the misery that had plagued her for years.
This was a well written story. You will find yourself enthralled in each step of her journey, cheering her on. I connected with Charlie almost from the start. As her story unfolds you feel the emotions she feels. I connected and almost became her as I read. I struggled when she struggled. I had hope when she had hope. Cameron’s story line is a mystery but you can sense the darkness the hovers over him. The darkness does not stop him from finding a way to reach Charlie like no other. His ability to read her and understand her needs and wants makes him a character you can’t help but fall in love with in spite of it all.
The only con to this story is the ending it felt like a cliffhanger. I was left with unanswered questions about Charlie’s future but I hope that means there is room for a book two. I want to see her continue to fight for her freedom from the darkness plus keep that hope she so desperately needs and deserves.