Series: The Night Owl Trilogy #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Also in this series: Night Owl, Last Light
Also by this author: Night Owl, Last Light
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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.
“My heart can barely hold you. All that I feel for you.”
After Dark is such a tough book to rate. For one, I enjoyed it much more than Last Light…but not by much. This series since book two has consistently become more bizarre, dare I say bipolar. In fact, it kind of reminds me of one of Matt’s mood swings. This isn’t a bad thing, especially not knowing where the story is going and where it will end up. I credit M. Pierce for at least making this an entertaining and unexpected journey. But After Dark felt like two different books. Let me explain…
“This happiness, I thought. Here, now, always. This happiness, no matter the cost.”
WARNING: There’s gonna be some spoilers y’all. Remember in Last Light where Matt’s brother, Seth, suddenly became part of the plot? View Spoiler »Well it becomes apparent when later down this book Seth and Hannah’s sister start banging. Her sister becomes pregnant and after Seth **HUGE SPOILER SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW MORE GO AWAY** commits suicide, Hannah’s sister decides she cannot take care of the baby, and somehow Matt and Hannah end up adopting it. « Hide Spoiler This subplot ended up becoming the main focus of the story at the end and I just wasn’t a huge fan of the direction in which it went. Once this “event” took place it felt like it was a way to force Matt to grow up a little and using View Spoiler »a suicide and a baby « Hide Spoiler to make that happen felt unbelievable and rushed.
“I realized that no amount of freedom was worth a life without Hannah.”
But what I did like about After Dark was that Matt and Hannah stayed true to themselves. I like that Matt didn’t magically become a responsible adult by the end of book three. He’s still pretty broken and messed up and it doesn’t make him less loveable or sexy. And another thing was the sex (as usually for the past 2 books) was on point. It was raunchy and all sorts of fun. In the end I’m ok with how the story ended but it felt so rushed that I just can’t rate any higher. I wouldn’t be against seeing more of Matt and Hannah again (either in an extended epilogue) but if not it was a crazy, bizarre, and mostly fun ride with the two of them.