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.
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for honest review
I really don’t know where to start with Seductive Shadows. I really liked the book, the author had such an amazing way of describing everything. You could feel the passion through her words, feel the pain Charlie felt. I did skim a bit because some I felt was too much for my tastes, but I am a get down to business kind of girl. Writing this review has taken me a few days, because I really did have to digest this book.
The story is about Charlie, she is and artist with a traumatizing and awful childhood. Her mother Lily is a horrific, selfish, awful drunk. Charlie has lived a life devoid of love, and when she finally had a chance at love, it was removed from her grasp. There were three moments in this book where I was crying. Not sobbing, but tears streaming down my face. She makes awful decisions because she is empty, a shadow of a person. Charlie uses sex to give her feeling, it is the only thing she allows herself to feel.
“I believed every woman wanted to desire, and to be desired; it was only a matter of finding that someone who would allow her to feel it freely, to inspire it within her.”
Charlie becomes “Cee” when she is having sex, it gives her the escape from being Charlie. There were many dark and disturbing parts to this book. Charlie becomes a prostitute to make ends meet, but it isn’t like your thinking. I am sorry if I am being so vague, but this story is very complex and weaves in and out. I felt like she was often battling trying to not be Lily. Allowing men to use her, but it was exactly what she was doing.
“She was the last person I wanted to emulate…and yet, I was becoming her shadow.”
She attends art school where she meets Cameron, he is probably my favorite person in this book, Dallas is a close second! Cameron is an artist and the best way I can describe their relationship is hopeful. He gives her hope that she maybe isn’t as empty as she thought. Dallas gives her the chance to believe in hope. It was very complex both and all of their relationships, but it was a great journey.
When I thought I had things figured out, I realized I was NO WHERE CLOSE!!
The ending left me a little bit flat. I am not sure if there is a sequel, or we are just left going (insert blank face). I just kind of stared at the screen going, uhhhhhhh. Its not really a cliffhanger, just more or less felt unfinished. Seductive Shadows is erotic, and dark, but I truly enjoyed it!
About the Author
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.