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.
Sleeping on the couch is a bitch.
My back ached even after my morning run, even after a round of sit-ups and stretches—and a long, hot, lonely shower.
As I padded past the bedroom, a towel around my waist, I tried the knob once more.
I pressed my ear to the door and frowned.
Hannah had been bunkered in our bedroom all night and most of this morning. It was nearly noon. The AC ticked on and I sighed, roaming back to the kitchen.
“I am definitely in the doghouse,” I muttered to Laurence.
A notepad on the counter contained my list for the day.
– Talk about things w/Hannah (money, therapy, Chrissy)
– Date (picnic or dinner)
I peeled off the note and wrote another.
Hannah baby, please come out. You can’t stay in there forever. I’m sorry. I love you. I need clothes. XO
I knocked gently on the bedroom door before slipping the note beneath it. Then I retreated to the TV room.
Several minutes later, I heard the door squeak open and clap shut.
I returned to find it locked, a pair of my socks folded on the floor beside a note.
Here you go.
Grinning, I turned over her note and wrote another.
Where am I supposed to wear these? Or am I supposed to use them for something else? Take pity on a half-naked man. It’s getting chilly out here.
I flicked my reply under the door, then sat on the floor and waited. Soon I heard Hannah rustling in the bedroom. The door opened a crack and a T-shirt flew out.
She slammed it shut quickly.
Click went the lock.
“Goddamn it, Hannah.”
I pulled on the T-shirt and shot another note under the door.
Is this your way of saying you want to see my dick? So coy . . .
A moment later, the door opened and a pair of sweatpants hit me in the face.
“Hannah!” I lunged against the door. “Baby bird?”
God, women are fucking mysterious.
From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes Night Owl, the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession.
At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.
At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.
Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent…
Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah’s picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that’s passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.
Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper–and hotter–in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.
Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.
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.
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?
At twenty-nine, Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and Hannah move to a simple house in the suburbs, and strive to grow their relationship into something durable and honest. They become more and more entangled, in the best ways possible.
At twenty-eight, 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 solo novel, and she is living with her hot, passionate lover. For the first time, Matt and Hannah are able to explore intimacy without inhibitions—without lies, secrets, or jealousy—and the results are explosive.
Still life together is not as easy as it seems. Matt is estranged from his brothers in the wake of his cruel stunt; Seth Sky, embittered by his failed pursuit of Hannah, makes a play for Hannah’s sister; and the topic of Hannah’s novel—her relationship with Matt and the Sky family—is driving a wedge between her and Matt. The lovers are devoted to one another, having come through many ordeals, but is their bond strong enough to last a lifetime?
I knew it was coming, but I underestimated how deeply this would affect me– how attached I’ve become to these characters. I had no idea where this was going to go; Lord knows I tried to get spoilers to no avail.
This series is beloved to me, my absolute favorite, and as much as I was excited to read After Dark, I had all these thoughts running through my mind prior to reading. Such as…
Night Owl and Last Light are known for having some of the most provocative erotic scenes out there. So, could After Dark possibly live up to my expectation? I started reading and clearly I am naive when it comes to M. Pierce…
Silly me. There was so much left to do. Things that were completely unexpected and the biggest turn on known to mankind. (Me.) Things I may have to tr…
Anyways, there’s a whole different side to Matt and Hannah that added an entirely new dimension to the story. One I read with wide eyed wonder and fascination. Matt’s desires are even darker than I had imagined. I love that I’m still able to be shocked by him; he always pushes the envelope just enough without going out of my comfort zone. Hm. I must have a pretty big comfort zone.
One of Hannah’s many exceptional qualities is that she’s so open and never shames Matt for liking what he likes. Bless her, she’s willing to try just about anything. She really amazed me with the way she handled this new “kink” of Matt’s. Matt and Hannah are, without a doubt, the most raw and passionate couple I’ve read. They can go from carnal filthy f@cking to making love so tender and pure it makes me want to weep.
I’m thrilled to say, Matt goes out as the King of stroking. He has taken the act of stroking and turned it into an art form. Lord have mercy. There is nothing sexier than that to me, and there was an abundance. I’m so happy Hannah likes that as much as I do. If I were her, I would have to quit my job, throw some porn on and watch him do this. ALL. DAY. These scenes were SO. HOT. They left me with another thought…
Another thought drifting through my mind was…
I don’t know how many times I’ve reached the end of a series and had to wade through unnecessary drama to get to the finish.
I did not have to put my stiletto wading boots on. There was no filler in After Dark; everything was needed to complete this epic love story. It was a beautiful, tumultuous journey to the conclusion that made my heart ache, made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry, made me want to spank M. Pierce for torturing me … M. Pierce wrung the full gammut of emotions from me. It was glorious and the best bookgasm of my life.
I was ecstatic Matt and Hannah are finally living together, spending that all important quality time together that they’ve missed out on. And let me tell you, they don’t know diddly squat when it comes to some major life decisions. Cue my angst. I was entranced watching them adjust to all of the reveals about each other. What do you do when the person you love more than life might not want the same things you do? The emotional struggle they both went through trying to deal with this had me see sawing back and forth between them.
Matt and Hannah have been burdened by lies from the get go. In After Dark we see them moving forward, finally opening up, and being honest with each other. Sometimes they are a tiny bit lacking in areas of verbal communication, so how perfect that the thing that brought them together, writing, is what they fall back on to communicate.
I am also nominating Hannah for sainthood for what she’s endured. She is pretty much perfect in my eyes. Strong, sweet, caring, ambitious; she is the rock. She knows just when to give and when not to give in. Hannah finally gets to see into Matt’s past and his skewed perceptions about happiness. Sometimes I feel like my heart just can’t take the protective instinct he brings out in me but I know he’s safe with Hannah.
Matt really goes to bat with his demons in After Dark and thank God for Nate. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a side character as much as him. The bond between these brothers made me want to cry. So I did.
Pardon the interruption…
Throw in some jaw dropping drama with Chrissy and Seth and you have… well, you have me wanting to kick M. Pierce’s behind for upsetting me so! Of course I would never do that, so I just put my trust in The Lord that Matt and Hannah would safely navigate these troubled waters that M. Pierce set my unsuspecting sailboat upon.
I’m a teeny bit sensitive, if you haven’t noticed, so another thought on my mind was…
Always breaking my heart.
I am a “slut” for M. Pierce’s writing style. Perfect pacing, no unnecessary words, evocative lines; utter perfection. I’ve rarely felt the depth of emotion I felt reading After Dark. Every character is so nuanced. One minute I’m laughing at how ridiculously cute and romantic Matt can be and the next I feel his sadness in my bones when I read something like this…
God, pain is sharp. Even old pain. Past pain. Or maybe that’s the worst kind, because it stabs unexpectedly into our present happiness.
That is the worst kind of pain! It so is! See? That’s what I’m talking about. Didn’t your heart squeeze reading that? This is what separates After Dark from standard erotica. I felt the depth of emotions of these characters all the way to the very last word because of lines like that. The writing is simply stellar.
So, now this journey has ended. And yes, it’s bittersweet. I feel I’ve come full circle. I’m equal parts saddened and fulfilled. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect conclusion, truly. I felt my heart was going to burst at times, and I could barely see through the tears reading the last chapter. For days after, I would end up crying thinking about it. These characters evolved so much over the trilogy, yet remained true to the essence of themselves.
After Dark had everything that was the best of Night Owl and Last Light. Passion, darkness, humor, sexiness, lust, love, obsession, beautiful and flawless writing– M. Pierce somehow captured the heart of both and melded them into what turned out to be my favorite of the series–After Dark. It was the crowning jewel of the trilogy.
Thank you, M. Pierce, for pouring your heart and soul into these characters and sharing them with me. It was amazing. You gave me what no other has accomplished–a triple bookgasm. I will love you always for this gift of yourself, and I’m forever in your debt.
It’s so hard to say goodbye to something you love so dearly, no wonder Matt had an aversion to it: I finally understand. I’ll miss these characters terribly, but that’s the beauty of a book–they will always be waiting for me there. They will always be alive on the page; my Night Owl and Little Bird. So this is not a goodbye, this is an “I’ll see ya later.”
I’ll leave you with one last thought…
I can’t believe we are actually here at the end of our beloved Night Owl trilogy. After Dark is finally out and has likely been devoured by people reading late into the night. I read this one over a 24 hour period and was actually scared to start it. I was filled with such trepidation because I didn’t want it to end. Bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions I had when reading this book. I have to admit that I didn’t get sucked in immediately like I did with Night Owl and Last Light. This is no fault of M. Pierce or the writing or the storytelling. It was all me. I was afraid to open myself up to the emotions. Silly, I know. It took me a good 100 pages before I was all in. I remember when that moment clicked and my heart cracked open. Damn you, M. Pierce! You always make me feel too much, but I love you for that.
After Dark picks up directly after the events in Last Light. Matt and Hannah are still reeling from her impromptu proposal. Watching these two continue their lives and learn to live with one another after all of the lies and secrets makes for a really emotional journey filled with angst and, of course, hotness. Hannah continues to inspire me while Matt still breaks my heart on occasion. I was thinking that their hardest battles were behind them but, of course, M. Pierce doesn’t let them ride off quietly into the night. They deal with some heavy emotions in this book and through it all, I can feel their love and passion for each other.
Speaking of passion, Matt and Hannah continue to light the pages on fire. Once again, M. Pierce tops the sex scenes in the previous books. It was scorching hot. There was this one particular scene that left me aching … and searching for immediate M. alone time. There’s something raw and real and gritty about the sex in the books, and I fucking love it.
Apart from the hottest sex around, I know the biggest draw to this series for most people is the love story between Matt and Hannah. At times that is almost secondary to me. The love story between the families is what gets to me. Every. Single. Time. It’s what causes the tears to fall and my heart to break and all of these wonderful feelings we chase when we read a book. We hope to find something that speaks to us, that reaches inside of us, digs deep, and becomes a part of us. After Dark does that and so much more. This book tugged at my emotions more than the previous installments which doesn’t seem possible. I read the familial scenes in After Dark and just sobbed and sobbed. My wife was concerned that something was wrong with me. This is the beauty of M’s writing and storytelling. We are still so wrapped up in Matt and Hannah’s story but the love story between the Sky brothers and the Catalano sisters is what really moved me. Pierce writes these relationships so real and so flawed and yet there is so much love there. To me, love is the underlying theme here. It always has been. A brother’s love. A sister’s love. A parent’s love. We get to experience it all. And, of course, the most breathtaking love story of all is Matt and Hannah’s. These characters seeped into my soul where they’ll always reside. A piece of my heart belongs to this story and these characters. Always. I feel like I’ve been branded by M. Pierce. It’s a good pain that burns deep.
I can’t end my review without mentioning Nate Sky. He’s still my perfect man. He’s the epitome of all that’s good in the world and still so dreamy. Nate makes me feel hopeful. I’ll always be straight for Nate.
In the end, it’s another 5 star perfect read from M. Pierce. I truly loved the ending to this beautiful series. I had no idea how M. would end it. I was nervous and worried about Matt and Hannah potentially ending with a typical romantic trope but M. Pierce blew the roof off of conventionality. I’m still feeling the effects of this book a month later. After Dark is a masterpiece. Bravo, M.
I write this review with tears. Of happiness, sadness, fulfillment and love!!! This is my third try at this. The last review I was writing sounded like a eulogy! So. I trashed it. So let’s see if I can do After Dark justice.
I will start off by saying that this book, was my absolute favorite of the series. I know, I know. It’s like asking to pick a favorite child or pet. But yeah. It’s my favorite. This book just had it all. And when I say all. I mean ALL THE THINGS. M. Pierce held nothing back. M put everything out there. Including some HOLY WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED and OMG OMG OMG NOOOOOOOOOO moments. Yeah. There were a couple times, I broke down. And writing this now, I’m crying again. The direction that was taken with this story was absolute perfection. I did question one part. I yelled at my phone. Locked myself in the bathroom at 2 am and cried like a baby. But after clearing my head, and coming to terms with it, I got it. I get it. And it’s a very important part of the story. So yeah, I forgive M.
I don’t do spoilers. I hate them myself. But, I can assure you that The King of Kink/Dirty Talker ~MATTHEW Sky~ lives on. There were lots of new “activities” that take place. Some I might of added to my FuckIt list (thank you, Lex for that word). I might of needed a cold shower after a few. Or some alone time…ahem. When Matt and Hannah come together (no pun intended) they really come together (pun intended). Every moment they share, you feel it yourself, straight through to the bottom of your curled up toes. It’s quite powerful. Shockingly, I think I only wanted to stab Matt in the eyeball once. He is still full of his assholery ways. I love Matt’s dry humor. I can’t even count on how many times I literally laughed out loud. Whether it was him being an adorable, pouty, stubborn ass. Or when he was actually being funny. It simply made me fall that much more in love with him. We get all sides of Matt in this book. Every emotion. Every feeling. Matt really matured in this book. I couldn’t of been more proud. And I love how M. Pierce put it all out there.
And Hannah. Oh how I’m going to miss her. So strong, brave, passionate, committed. Her love for Matt. Knows no limits. And these limits are tested. Quite a few times. What I love most about Hannah is her dedication. Her fire. Her driven desire for Matt. When she sets her mind to something, there’s nothing stopping her. Her commitment to family. The passion. Everyone needs a Hannah in their family. To hold them together. To bring them together. And to try to love together. I love the relationship with her and Nate. Sweet, sweet Nate. Which brings me to my final (God, that’s so sad. FINAL!! The tears!!!) anyway, my….final thoughts of this book. To me, this book represented learning, dealing, maturing, coping, coming together, hope, grieving, family, love, and healing. Moving forward. In the end, Matt and Hannah have a love like no other. They’ve had their share of problems. But in the end. It’s their love, passion and fire that keeps them together. And in my mind, forever and ever they lived happily ever after!!
And this is where I will get a little sappy. M, when I first read Night Owl on that cold and rainy Halloween night in 2013, I was blown away. I knew instantly you were something special. I fell in love with your words, your thoughts, and your mind first. You were the first author I stalked / researched. And I’m so glad I have no shame. Because had I not, you and my girls and so many other amazing people I have met through you would of never happened. I will be forever grateful to you for that. Thank you for sharing your beautiful beautiful mind with the world. Thank you for sharing Matt and Hannah. And most important. Thank you for YOU.
(One little side note. I only had to google one word in this book. That’s QUITE an improvement. I might not be able to pronounce aberrant, but I now know what it means. Thank you for making me smarter.)
I’m writing this review while my cheeks are still wet from tears. I admit to being a horrible procrastinator with all things in life, reviews being no different. But this? I need to get this out. Even all snotty and blotchy. (so glad you guys can’t see those details)
Perfection is an understatement… After Dark by M. Pierce is perhaps the best story I ever read. I was anxious and excited for the final book in the Night Owl trilogy. I wanted to know everything, but didn’t want it to end.
Should I start with the sex? The dirty, hot, I need to go left hand it, take a spill through Tumblr break, holy fucking sex? Alright then… The chemistry is elevated. I squirmed and felt my cheeks warm. You’re in for a treat. Oh, such a treat. That M… you’ll see what I mean. But… be prepared for some alone time or to tackle your significant other. It’s fucking delicious. *cough* Moving on.
After Dark wrecked me. In the worst way and the best way. For starters… I’m ruined. I’ve never been one to have a “book hangover.” While I’ve read astounding books, I just never had a problem moving along. I’m a voracious reader. I might finally be experiencing what everyone means by this. I just want more. I can’t fathom picking up something else right now.
Secondly, there are these endearing moments. The spots of tenderness that tugged my heart strings. The kind that make you snuggle further into your chair. The feelings, the empathy, the love, the passion… it’s so fucking well done that they tuck into your soul. The sorrow that burrows and had me struggle with tears and knots in my stomach. It’s there. It coats your insides as you read.
I mean I cried, guise. I’m not a crier. I will say, at times it was happy, and at times it was sad… and in the end, it was because of the overwhelming emotions of both within me. I’m lacking what to say because I feel no words do this justice. I also want you to have a complete experience. You don’t need any details. Just -read- the book. You won’t be able to understand anything I mean until you feel it for yourself. It’s part of the beauty and magic of M’s words. They’re unmatched. You just have to read them to know…
I know I practically painted a picture of myself bawling already, but this book made me laugh as well. A lot. Full out, wholehearted laughter. On numerous occasions I awoke the sleeping dog at my feet from obnoxious giggles.
The characters. The characters really make this trilogy. The ending really brought that home for me. This story is so character driven, and I cannot imagine it without Matt and Hannah. You’ll find comfort in the joyous and insane things you’ve come to learn about them. You’ll find shock and awe at the movement of their love. Their love. God. This is above and beyond a love story. Anyone who follows our blog knows the love I have, we have, for this series. But After Dark… After Dark is so intimate. It’s such a moving love story. It’s flawed, but that’s what makes it perfect. Because no love is perfect. If that doesn’t make sense to you, read the book. You’ll understand then.
Night Owl and Last Light were impeccable. Somehow, though, M. has raised the bar even higher with After Dark. The writing alone is breathtaking. I’m undoubtedly in awe by the sheer genius behind these prose. I wait with bated breath to see what M. Pierce will give us next.
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