Series: The Night Owl Trilogy #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Also in this series: Night Owl, After Dark
Also by this author: Night Owl, After Dark
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead ...
Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret ...
Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.
“I don’t want to be the sun in your sky,” she continued. “Do you get what I mean? I’m happy coming second to your writing. I don’t want to be your whole life. And if this–If this crazy thing we’re going to do is what it takes to protect your first love, then I’m game. We’re in this together, Matt. You can count on me.”
There will be slight spoilers in this review. While I will clearly put the bigger ones in spoiler tags some details will be discussed that you might find spoiler-ish. Read at your own risk…
I honestly don’t know how I feel about the second installment of The Night Owl Trilogy. There are a few things I liked but the overall feeling I had was underwhelmed and really put off. For example, one of the things I loved about this story was the drama. Matt and Hannah are on the angst-express and rounding the corner at 100mph. On the other hand, one of the things I hated was the drama. Like the kind that feels like angst for the sake of angst. Kind of a double-edged sword there, huh? Let me explain…
“Matt loved to see me desperate for him; I loved to see him desperate for me. We weren’t so different in our desires.”
Last Light starts off with Matt and Hannah dealing with the fall-out of Matt’s identity being discovered. Matt has always valued his privacy, so this is something that he cannot come to terms with. Matt, being the ever irrational man that he is, decides that faking his death is the only way to escape his unwanted fame. Hannah goes along with this and helps him concoct a believable story and this sets into motion a series of events that tests the strength and commitment of their relationship. One of the events that takes places after Matt’s planned demise is the discovery of a tell-all book being released that details the highly sexual and sensitive nature of Hannah and Matt’s relationship. Hannah is devastated by her dirty laundry being public fodder in the wake of Matt’s “death” and with the help of Matt’s brother, they are out to discover who could possibly be the culprit of this huge invasion of privacy. Unbeknownst to Hannah View Spoiler »Matt is the actual writer of the tell-all and after finding another writer through the same forums that he and Hannah met, he has her release it under a pen name. His motivation for doing this is so that Hannah will be so embarrassed that she will leave her life to go live in the mountains, in seclusion, with him. For one, that is HIGHLY juvenile and really puts a bad taste in my mouth. Matt is no choir boy, but you would think that his character would have developed instead of regressed. « Hide Spoiler
“A moment ago, he was convincing in his force. Now he was convincing in his gentle concern. I didn’t ask myself which was the real Matt. People are light and dark.”
Because of that particular part of the story View Spoiler »Matt starts a “working” relationship with the writer, Mel, who published the story and it blurs the lines of cheating. Not only does he pay this writer to come be his chauffeur during the week while Hannah is working, but one particular incident leaves Mel coming on to Matt. I don’t take issue to cheating, and I’m sure many people would take issue with me calling it that, but Mel clearly hits on Matt and then grabs his dick, climbs on top of him, and proceeds to stick her tongue down his throat. Matt of course tells her off, but the whole interaction was just so wrong. While I give credit to M. Pierce for not sugar coating the situation and for example write Matt off as one of those characters that can only get hard for his girlfriend, she clearly went the controversial route and Matt is turned on and ponders what would happen if he did decide to start something with Mel. « Hide Spoiler Not only is this really upsetting but it felt like Matt was just repeating history View Spoiler »like how he started messing around with Hannah while he was still with someone. « Hide Spoiler But my biggest problem with Last Light deals with the fact that View Spoiler »Matt’s super creepy brother, Seth, tries to come on to Hannah repeatedly throughout the book. When Hanna and Matt break up, Hannah goes to Seth’s hotel room and gives him a handjob. Sure, that isn’t cheating but it’s his brother. It just crossed a line that grossed me out. « Hide Spoiler. So overall I was really put-off by a lot in this book. Matt and Hannah were destructive together and I don’t see how they could possibly ever have a functional relationship. Will I continue the series? Yes. I believe there will be more character growth in the last book and I’m very curious to see how it plays out. For fans of the series, this is one of those books that really pushes you out of your comfort zone and that may or may not be a good thing.