Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy #1), by M. Pierce ✰✰✰✰


Love is unstoppable…

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 has 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.

My Casting

What an incredibly bizarre, but moreish book! I really don’t quite know what to make of this.

4 stars for Matt & Hannah

Well… how do I review Night Owl. It started off strange it just got stranger and stranger. Lol. It all begins with a pretty sordid Skype conversation and that overused little cliché…

Night Owl: So what are you wearing?

Matthew Sky and Hannah Catalano meet on an online writing forum. They begin co-writing a story together over the internet, but decide to remain complete strangers to one another, their relationship purely focused on their writing.

“No pictures,” I told Hannah on Skype. “No specifics, no last name, no phone number. Nothing. I don’t want to know you, and I don’t want you to know me.”

However, a couple of internet faux pas later and the mystery behind their online aliases, Night Owl and Little Bird, begin to unravel and once the ball starts rolling, Matt and Hannah find themselves unable to stop, revealing more and more about themselves until the eventually meet up. Their connection is immediately explosive, erotic and unavoidable and their relationship blooms quickly. But Matt has a girlfriend, amongst other secrets. What will happen when his deceit catches up with him to bite him on the ass?

First and definitely foremost for Night Owl, the sex is H.O.T! This book is erotica. It’s up there with the steamiest books I’ve ever read, and I picked it up looking for something saucy, so in that respect, it definitely delivered! At one point I was pretty sure I was just reading an elaborate example of book porn.

Matt and Hannah are extremely explosive together. Matt is controlling, confident, kinky and his mouth is dirtier than a sewer. There is some pretty significant kinky-fuckery in this book. Blindfolds, gags, nipple clamps, spanking, anal sex… etc. etc. The sex is paramount to Hannah and Matt’s relationship from the get go.

“God, Hannah. I’ve been thinking about fucking you. It’s like there’s something wrong with me. I can’t stop thinking about it. I want my body against yours, my cock inside of you. It’s driving me wild. Does that frighten you?”

But as the story unfolds, the plot thickens and the sex, whilst still imperative to Matt and Hannah’s relationship, becomes almost a secondary feature. Although not quite. The couple still use sex to communicate, to comfort, to open up, to show emotion, etc.

Fuck now, worry later.

So, speaking of the story itself, it completely blew my mind. I’m not entirely sure where the fiction ends and the fact begins, which made my head spin. And that was only compounded by the head-fuck of an epilogue. Don’t panic, this book does have a happy ending of sorts. That is to say it won’t leave you a broken, sobbing mess of tears and snot on the floor, gasping for book #2, but it also has an intriguing epilogue that will make you have to read the next book.

‘Nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends.’

Let’s talk characters…

I really liked Hannah. She’s super cute, a little bit geeky, instantly likeable and very down to earth. She’s completely mind blown by Matt… by everything about him. She knows that the situation she finds herself in is total madness, but she’s excited by it and unable to resist. She’s also just the right amount of independent and strong willed. She isnt’ a push over, but she loves Matt’s controlling side. And let’s be honest, Hannah has no reason not to allow herself to pursue the handsome stranger that she finds herself undeniably attracted to. It isn’t her with the boyfriend.

Moving us on to Matt. Urgh, Matt. He is such a complex, eccentric character. With his beautiful good looks, his highly intelligent mind, yet his agoraphobia, his paranoia, his insecurities, secrets, lies, addictions and sordid past, this man is deep. What you see, is certainly not what you get in this instance.

“Matt… I don’t want a perfect gentleman.”
“What do you want?”

To be honest, he’s a little dependent on Hannah, for my liking. His happiness depends wholly on Hannah and this concerned me a little. I wonder if this will cause problems in the next book. But then, I’m now wondering, after the epilogue, if book #2 will be about Matt and Hannah at all. I just have no idea. But anyway, back to Matt…
His deceitfulness is what has cost this book a star! I just can’t abide by secrets and lies of this kind. Even if he’d told her about the situation and explained, at least Hannah could have made her own decisions… it wasn’t even the actual act, it was the lies that did it for me.

I wanted it to happen, the deception didn’t matter.

Towards the end of this book, Matt hits a downward spiral and we are exposed to the magnitude of his personal issues. He becomes almost childlike and so very vulnerable. It’s like he skipped out on a mandatory piece of growing up. And it doesn’t help that those around him allow him to act this way, treating him like a child, pandering to his every whims, his crazy schedule and his neuroticisms. It was heartbreaking to see him so low, though, even if it was totally his own doing, and it did definitely soften my anger for him. But I still feel that he has issues that he hasn’t resolved. He just used Hannah as a band-aid to mask the problems, rather than dealing with them directly. Again, I wonder if he will face these again in the next book.


“Hannah. I have you. I’m happier than any man has a right to be.”

Night Owl is a very clever book. It’s super sexy, has a great sense of humour, but is also incredibly deep and depraved. It totally blurs the line between reality and fiction. I don’t know if I was reading a true story, a story based on truth, or whether the author is just a clever little sausage and the whole thing is a product of their far fetched imagination. I can’t explain any further without spoilers, but when you read it, you’ll know what I mean.

Who is M. Pierce?


Night Owl Statistics
• Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥♥
• Ending: A kind of happy ending
• Length: 270 pages
• Narrative: Alternates between Matt and Hannah’s POV. First person. Past tense.
• Series: ✓
• Reading Order:
– Book #1 – Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy, #1)
– Book #2 – Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy, #2) 
– Book #3 – No details yet.
• Can this be read as a standalone? Yes
• Themes:
Meeting online
• WARNING. This book includes…
Sexual content. Cheating.
• Writing: Good

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1 Response to Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy #1), by M. Pierce ✰✰✰✰

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