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…
So, the second Night Owl novel. We’ve talked about the first one, Night Owl, a while back, and I freaking loved it to bits. Let’s just make one thing clear from the start, obviously that one was a Bomy Award of Excellence, and this one was a 4 butterflies read – does that mean I liked it less? No, it doesn’t. It just means some of the plot wasn’t exactly the kind of stuff I like to read about in general, actually one of my pet peeves (triangle). It’s an entirely subjective thing, some of you love triangles, no matter how big a part of the story they are (and here it’s not the main thing, just one aspect, minor, I’d say, but still there).
So let me just make this clear, this was a really good second novel in a contemporary trilogy (neither of which I’m a fan of, generally, as you know).
Now, this is probably a fatal flaw of mine, it’s the beginning of romances that I find most interesting. The angst, the uncertainties, the tension of the that beginning. The perfect love story for me ends after that fascination phase, I guess. Cause from there on, it’s all downhill, generally. I’m not talking fiction only, but life in general. So I tend to love the first novel in a romance trilogy, because the second is gonna feature the beginning of the uglies, fights, hardcore flaws of the characters coming to the surface… might sound childish, but I love tension, haaaate actual conflict.
So, long story short, there were real conflicts in Last Light, real relationship problems, Matt’s insanity coming through as that more than troubled, dangerous bad boy vibes. I mean, I loved the darkish, convoluted, tortured hero vibe Matt had, but in this novel the man just went full-out nutters, if you ask me. All the lying, scheming, and betraying…I mean, by the end of the story, I disliked Matt from loving him to bits in the first novel. But maybe that’s just me and my opinion of neurotic, self-centered liars who use and thereby abuse those who love them. Hey, I really wasn’t kidding about disliking the man by the end of the story 😛 I’m siding with Seth on this one, asshole that he is he’s kind of right.
Don’t get me wrong, Matt did pull his head out of his ass by the end of this novel, straightened his act, became responsible and mature as opposed to throwing hissy fits and running for the hills like a child, but… to me, once you’ve gone down the obnoxious brat road, there’s no coming back.
Now, the whole Seth – Hannah thing, which existed more in Matt’s paranoid imagination, but then did sort of happen in reality (feel the “your thoughts end up materializing in real life” vibe?), is one of those things I don’t like to read about, so it didn’t work to further the tension, just to annoy me all the more with the characters I was already annoyed with – Matt, mostly. It did make me like Hannah less too, and I can’t say I have any love for Seth either. That’s my personal opinion, plot-wise and character-development-wise, it made sense, didn’t feel odd or anything. I just didn’t react to the whole thing positively, it didn’t further my enjoyment of the read. Much of Hannah and Matt’s relationship was like that, for me.
But it didn’t make the novel any less interesting as part of the series, it didn’t ruin the writing (though there weren’t any wordgasm moments this time, while in the first there were), style, anything of the sort. Just my personal emotional response to the characters was less enthusiastic, mostly for reasons of my own, not the novel’s, that still influence my reading experience nonetheless. And as you know, I rate my reading experience, not the read itself. 🙂
But to keep it real, while Last Light has some very light second-novel-in-the-trilogy symptoms, mainly furthering real conflict as opposed to just tension, and actually being the second novel in a trilogy, lol – so doing exactly what a second novel in a romance trilogy is supposed to do – it’s a really good read, it presents very interesting, realistic, and well-built characters (if not always likable, which in the end they’re not supposed to always be). I do want to read the last one in the trilogy, though it feels like it’s coming out a century from now, lol. But I won’t lie, I’m not as nuts about these characters now as I was at the end of the first, and while I’m glad they’ll get their HEA or HFN in the end (it’s romance, lol, there’s always a happy ending coming), I’m not as emotionally invested in it as I was by the end of book #1. Total evil cliffy at the end, too, but eh, it’s bound to happen in a trilogy, lol.
So, I do still totally recommend this novel, and the trilogy so far, I had a great time reading it, though I spent half of it frustrated like hell, lol, and I recommend the series to readers who are strong enough to go through emotional roller-coasters. I’m sure M. Pierce will deliver a fabulous ending to make up for all this frustration, lol, the Matt beast will be somewhat tamed, haha. Or at least his asshole tendencies, which did go quite free during Last Light. Still frustrated, as you can see, and I’ve waited a few days to write the review so my “Gaaaaaaaaaah!!!” moments would calm down, and I’d gain better perspective.
This novel is gonna drive you nuts and have you screaming and almost tearing your hair out. Read it 😀