Review and Sweepstakes: Seductive Secrecy (Book #2: Shadows Series) by Marni Mann

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Ooooh, it is time for some Shadows people and these Shadows are all kinds of dark and sexy!!  Today, I am all kinds of please to have my review of Seductive Secrecy (Book #2: Shadows Series), info about the first book in the series, Seductive Shadows (see my review here), a link to the rest of the stops on the tour (click here) and, a link to the event-wide sweepstakes.  Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

Title: Seductive Secrecy  Series: Book #2: Shadows series   Author: Marni Mann Release date:  October 24, 2013 Publisher: Booktrope Age Group: Mature Adult Genre: Erotic Romance Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com
Title: Seductive Secrecy
Series: Book #2: Shadows series
Author: Marni Mann
Release date: October 24, 2013
Publisher: Booktrope
Age Group: Mature Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

“We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.”

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?

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

Source: ARC from author

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 My Review:

I have been sitting her staring at my blinking cursor for ten minutes trying to figure out some clever way of launching into this review.  I give up on clever and am going with pure, unadulterated honesty: I LOVED this book and did not even come close to putting it down until I finished the entire thing.  Yeah, it’s that good.

Secrecy doesn’t pick up right where Shadows ended but a short time afterward.  Charlie and Camreon are living together, their respective careers and reputations are in ascent and though the memories of the mansion still linger, they have settled into a comfortable routine.  For the most part.  Charlie is finishing school, selling paintings at a record rate, taking new commissions on a regular basis and all her sexual needs are being met by Cameron.  For the most part.  Cameron is still fiercely committed to his work, still refuses to open up about his own past and is as darkly intense as he was in book one.  Cameron cares for Charlie and assures her that their relationship is absolutely solid.  For the most part.

While the threat the mansion once posed is no longer as real, it is still a presence in Charlie’s mind.  Though most of the key players/leaders from the mansion are now on trial and no threat to Charlie, her father is off the grid and a large number of her former clients are still on the street.  One of Charlie’s greatest fears is running into one of those men unexpectedly and though Cameron assures her he can accept her past and her role at the mansion, Charlie isn’t sure Cameron will be quite so accepting if he is ever face-to-face with one her former clients.

Though Cameron is absolutely confident he has accepted Charlie’s past, that confidence is destroyed the moment he comes face-to-face with one of her clients.  Perhaps even more shattering for Cameron is the realization that he knows the man.  True to form and in all his intense darkness, Cameron snaps the tether completely and ruins everything he and Charlie have built together.  Mind you, this snap doesn’t happen until many agonizingly painful weeks after the stunning revelation.  Though Cameron desperately wants Charlie in his life it is tremendously hard to move past knowing at least one of the men he has shared his lover with.  Oh, and Cameron is a selfish douche bag!

As if the highly intense and emotionally draining personal drama isn’t enough, Charlie is also forced to come face-to-face with one of the key players from the mansion.  Because one seriously awkward and damaging meet and greet just isn’t enough 🙂  Under the impression she is going to meet a new client, Charlie is blown away by the person who opens the door and in a stunning display of self-control, Charlie manages to hear out this person and not send them to a well-deserved death.  This fantastic little twist adds a whole new dimension to Secrecy that actually turns into a sort of mini-plot with some astounding ramifications that left me reeling at the end!!  Once again, Marni Mann takes the crown for bombshell dropping queen!!

The Bottom Line: To say I was pretty much blown away by Marni Mann’s Seductive Secrecy doesn’t even come close.  Clearly Mann has never heard of the sophomore slump as Secrecy is 200+ pages of madness, emotional highs and desperate lows, some bat-shit crazy plot twists and naughty bits that will leave the entire frickin’ room steamy!!  I have only one complaint about this read and all I can without giving too much away is I really, really, really wanted Charlie to make him work for it a little longer.  Overall, Seductive Secrecy is a dark, twisted, engrossing, and totally sexy read that will not be put down until you reach the very last page!!  You have been warned 🙂

Link to find/buy Seductive Secrecy (Book #2: Shadows Series):     Amazon

Title: Seductive Shadows Series: Book #1: Shadows Series Author: Marni Mann Format: Paperback, 258 pages Published:  July 17, 2013 by Booktrope ISBN 1620153424 (ISBN13: 9781620153420)
Title: Seductive Shadows
Series: Book #1: Shadows Series
Author: Marni Mann
Format: Paperback, 258 pages
Published: July 17, 2013 by Booktrope
ISBN 1620153424 (ISBN13: 9781620153420)

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis: 

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.

Link to find/buy Seductive Shadows (Book #1: Shadows Series):     Amazon

About the author and where to find her:

MarniA New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps 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. Visit her at http://www.marnismann.com.

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Sweepstakes:

There are two separate sweepstakes associated with this tour, one with AToMR Tours and the others with the publisher.  Click on the links below to enter for your chance to win and good luck 🙂

AToMR/RAFFLECOPTER SWEEPSTAKES: Up for grabs are seven (7) eBook copies of Seductive Secrecy – International

PUBLISHER/RAFFLECOPTER SWEEPSTAKES: Up for grabs:  Grand Prize:  $100 Victoria’s Secret eGift Card;  $50 Total Wine eGift Card;  five (5) ebooks Seductive Shadows. To enter, the publisher has asked readers to: * Like Marni on Facebook;  *Tweet about the giveaway “Celebrate the new release from #erotic romance author @marnimann & enter to win a $100 Victoria’s Secret gift card!”,  *Comment on the blog “Let us know what interests you about “Seductive Secrecy!”, *Subscribe to Marni’s newsletter on her blog, *Add “Seductive Secrecy” to your Goodreads TBR List.

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One Comment on “Review and Sweepstakes: Seductive Secrecy (Book #2: Shadows Series) by Marni Mann

  1. Ooh, this looks really good! I love the power and the mystery – this sounds right up my alley!

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