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Friday, July 26, 2013

Review of Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann

Seductive Shadows
by Marni Mann
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Booktrope
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 86,000

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Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie 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 discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a memorable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations (including a f/f scene, multiple partners and light bondage) and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

4 Stars
Charlie has had a hard life.  Her mother is an alcoholic who brought men home and had sex with them. When she was eleven she first saw her mother having sex with a man and it affected her greatly. Her best friend died in a car accident weeks before they were supposed to go away to college which nearly killed her too. She recently broke up with her boyfriend and now her mother is months away from dying of cancer.

Charlie has one thing in her life that gives her hope – her art. Her art helps her focus and bring out her feelings. It is the only thing getting her through her dead end job at a hotel and dealing with the mother who blames her for her dead end life.  Her art professor really pushes her and tells her how good she is. He pairs her for an assignment with a local artist who has become renowned in his work, Cameron.  The chemistry between these two is evident from the first meeting.

Charlie also has found a new job, or should I say they found her. She is now working at the Mansion, an elite bordello where everyone wears masks and no one’s identities are known. She is finally making decent money but when her mother dies and as she gets closer to Cameron she starts to question whether what she is doing is right. A surprise of another kind is in store for Charlie. She has an art exhibit and meets her father. I can’t say anymore as I don’t want to ruin it all for you.  It took me a little while to get into this story but once I was the reading went quickly.  The story has a lot of twists and turns to keep you interested and the sex scenes are good too!

I can’t wait to hear more of Charlie’s story…I hope a second book is in the works since the ending did leave a lot of questions.


I wasn’t a prostitute. I was an artist who used her fingers to paint a fantasy and her body fulfilled it. The muse, or the canvas, but always the artist. And when I was desired by men was when I felt the most creative.

Just because I was hired to provide pleasure, didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy every moment of passion and every uninhibited deviant thought. I was turned on by the cameras that would point toward my bed, the lust that would be whispered in my ears, and playing out the fantasy that I would compose. Not knowing anything about these men, what the top half of their faces looked like, their names, meant they also knew nothing about me. I would never have to discuss my past or the accident; the only thing I would have to unzip would be my lingerie. I would have enough money to pay off my mother’s debt in a reasonable amount of time and take more than one class a semester. The arrangement was perfect.

But then I met Cameron. With icy, baby blue eyes so intense...he was sexy, and not in a subtle way. Bold and confident, he inspired my art and challenged my emotions and, for the first time since the accident, I felt a strong connection to another person.

I had a burning desire to trust Cameron, to escape the dark life I had been leading and reveal to him the wounds of my soul…until I discovered a devastating connection between my past and the mansion. And in the midst of all the truth I uncovered, I learned my life was in imminent danger....

About the Author:
A 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

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1 comment:

  1. I have been wanting to read this book for a while! I keep seeing it and reading the excerpt, etc...have to get this book very soon if I can't manage to win it :) Thanks!