Night Owl by M. Pierce

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Kindle edition

Reviewed by: Judith

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Score: 2/10

Only redeeming thing about this is the decent writing style. The actual story? No. Just no.

Plot: 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…

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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.

Review: Ever start a book and think, “Huh. This is a really fun premise…and come to think of it, the writing is decent. More than decent even. I’m hooked. It’s sexy, funny, and pretty believable. WOW!” So you plod along, reading this great book until BAM! it happens: the book devolves into a great big smutfest of bad with an unrealistic plot, needy girl who enjoys abuse, and a supposed Alpha male who is really well endowed and is nothing but a dirty minded control freak with a whiny, blubbering mess on the inside? Yeah, well that was Night Owl for me. Started out well yet ended so badly I literally rolled my eyes and had to walk away from the Kindle.

I’m really bummed about this one cause this particular book was so promising. The plot is simple. A guy and a girl meet through an online forum for writing partners. They quickly team up to write together and all personal real-life info is considered hands off. All is great. They write well together and respect each other. But then the drama starts. The girl accidentally lets slip a piece of real world information. That’s fine right? Oh no, the guy’s true nature comes out and we learn he’s actually a control freak with obvious mental issues who hates having personal information revealed about himself and goes out of his way to control what people know about him. Through some laughably flimsy extenuating circumstances the girl winds up living right next to the guy and of course they have a chance encounter. That leads to a very weird and kinky relationship involving putting out on the first date, a pet rabbit, and a girlfriend who gets kicked to the curb after the 4th or 5th sexual encounter.

My problems with this book are legion. Most of the plot twists are just ridiculous and obvious. I’ll just list where it went wrong cause it’s easier; plus there are so many that this post would be way too long otherwise and it would end with me banging my head on a counter.

WARNING: spoilers below. Don’t read

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this next bit unless you actually want to read the book after this review:

1. flimsy coincidence to bring couple together in real life

2. kinky relationship that comes out of nowhere

3. heroine puts out in the first 20 minutes of meeting the hero in real life

4. hero is filthy stinking rich (because of his job and because he lost all his family)

5. hero is a big, old mess mentally cause he lost his family at a young age

6. hero is abusive but it’s okay because of #4 (aka rich)

7. hero is beyond controlling when out of bed – i.e. ordering heroine’s meals without asking, telling her when they’ll be out on dates, telling her what to wear, ordering her around…it’s neverending

8. hero has a girlfriend whom he conveniently forgets about so he can get kinky with the heroine until he realizes he loves the heroine then kicks girlfriend out

9. hero makes all of heroine’s deepest wishes come true, even landing her her dream job

10. heroine is supposed to be smart and college educated yet has no job whatsoever and kind of reads like a loser with no self-esteem and lots of body image issues

11. heroine’s self-esteem issues seem to vanish when she and hero get it on…but only in bed. Out of it? Not so much.

12. all the smut – enough is enough and this was way too much.

This book reads like the poor man’s 50 Shades of Gray. The climax is so melo-dramatic and over the top that I actually skipped to the next chapter so I wouldn’t have to read it any longer. The heroine is basically a big chested doormat willing to push her sexual envelope cause she caught this rich dude while the hero is trying to encompass every stereotype currently out there in indie romance – super rich alpha male, intelligent, dresses well, hot and fit, loves animals (he owns a rabbit! Creepy!), cheats on girlfriend cause the heroine is so irresistible, loves to boss around the heroine both in and out of bed, and is at his core nothing but a recovering alcoholic with control issues. But we’re supposed to think it’s ok cause he’s billed as the hero. Oh and to add insult to injury, he has mental health problems so we are expected to feel sorry for him. Sorry, I just disliked him immensely and was waiting for him to snap and kill the heroine. He’s that scary. Plus he owns a pet rabbit. That he harnesses and takes for walks! That’s just plain weird.

In the end, I’m giving this a 2 out of 10.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 1. Hannah is a doormat who loves getting bossed around and abused sexually. I don’t find anything heroic about her.

How much did I like the love interest: 0. Matt is the anti-hero. He’s everything that’s awful about the whole Alpha male trend (see above) and really disgusted me.

How believable is the plot: 5. People meet online all the time and it’s a great way to make friends or more. The plot beginning was great – a couple meets online and sparks fly. It’s what happens after they finally meet that makes this so unbelievable.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 8. M Pierce writes pretty well which is why the bad plot was so noticeable. He/She could have done something better or more with the basic story but doesn’t.

How much did I want to keep reading: 0. I didn’t. This book did nothing for me.

Final Score: 2/10.

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