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Seductive Shadows

(Shadows #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  149 reviews
When sensually-inspired art student, Charlie Williams, is sought out for erotic pleasure and fantasy, she jumps at the chance to escape her haunted and agonizing past—not realizing that she just secured an even more terrifying future.

Led into a world of danger and betrayal, she finds secrets she was never meant to uncover. One of those secrets is Cameron Hardy. He could
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Booktrope
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4 Left me speechless Stars

"You always told me that I lived my life in the shadows. Well, I’m not there anymore. I’m not even reaching for them anymore. I’m running from them now."

I don't even know where to start with this book. Truly. I'm fucking speechless, though not in a bad way. This book was something else. It was unlike anything I have ever read before, and I have read some dark and fucked-up books. It's not exactly what I was expecting, but fuck me sideways if I will be forgetting it
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazing
hmmmm...this book is all kinds of crazy hot! Reading book 1 and 2 in a box set...will review fully at completion of the tale!
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
I’m a sucker for dark, gloomy novels and tormented characters. Combine that with a little deviant sexual behavior and you’ve got my attention. Keeping it? Well, that’s the problem . . .

Seductive Shadows is part erotica, part personal journey and part thriller with a smidge of romance thrown in there too. Charlie had a painful childhood. She grew up too fast, witnessed too much and now has a screwed up view on relationships and sex. I’m not going to go into everything but will just say that the
Tamara  Hook Me Up Book Blog
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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"It's always darkest before the dawn."

Charlie is searching for her dawn. She lives in the shadows of darkness after enduring a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of her mother. With no real friends or family (apart from her dying mother) she desperately craves love and a sense of home. All she has is her art and it is through her art that she finds a way to express herself. Her other preferred method of release is sex and when she is
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Solid 4 Stars!!!

This was dark, different, deep, emotional, sensual, intriguing, erotic.....I don't even know how to go about describing it. It wasn't anything like what I was expecting yet I found that I couldn't stop reading. There was such a mystery surrounding the story. More layers revealed as the story went on. I had no idea what was going to happen, how everyone was involved or how it would end.

Seductive Shadows is Charlie's story. Her story of self-discovery. Of learning to let go of a
A Hearts On Fire Review

3.75 STARS--Marni Mann's "Seductive Shadows" is the first book her erotic Shadows series. The writing starts off well, with raw, erotic prose, angst and pain a good sense of emotional abuse with main protagonist 23 year old Charlie Williams. She doesn't know who her father is, neither does her alcoholic, cancer stricken mother, Lilly. She's been emotionally abused her entire life by her monster of a mother, the only happiness, sense of family/friendship via her best
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
"It's always darkest before the dawn."

Charlie is a young girl who has had a tough life. She’s grown up with an alcoholic whore of a mother, watching in the shadows at night as her mother brought home random men, had sex with them in the living room and listened to as she begged them for their love each night. She also has had to endure years of verbal abuse from her mother ranting about how her life has not been everything it should have been. She also had to live with the memories of losing her
T.M. Frazier
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just realized that I rated this a while back but never left a review. How is that possible? Charlie is an awesome character and the author pulls you in during the first chapter when she is describing Charlies take on the world around her. She finds sensuality in everything around her from page 1 and that draws you in. Then you stay in because you want, no you NEED to know about her childhood and her abusive mother, and you want to know about her casual relationships vs her serious ones, then ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann

4 stars!!!

No-one warned me this was a cliffie!!! Not a biggie but I was not ready for the book to finish, I was totally engrossed!! The first quarter of the book, is really setting the scene, but as soon as the “Mansion” comes into play the book speeds up and then it is wham bam!!

Charlie is in her early twenties and has had a rough life, her mother is currently terminally ill and confined to bed so Charlie is the bread winner and responsible for paying all the
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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My feelings are a bit mixed with this book.

Charlie is struggling financially when caring for her sick alcoholic mother and being an art student. She is a very sexual person so when she gets offered work at the 'mansion' she jumps at the opportunity.

You need to feel your emotions and not bury them in sex

I liked the storyline, it was very original and Charlie was a strong heroine that knows what she likes. My main problem was I had no clue at first who the main hero was. There was the
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected at all. It is not a romantic. It is not heartwarming. It is not sweet in any way. It IS disturbing. It IS enticing. It IS inspirational in a way. This is a coming-of-age story about an emotionally damaged girl who makes some bad decisions and has to find her way to discover her true self and learn to forgive both herself and others.
I will be honest; it took me a little while to really feel like I was going to like this book. It captured my attention from the
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5++ brilliant stars! I absolutely loved Seductive Shadows. Ms. Mann's writing is as haunting as it is beautiful. This story is dark, mysterious, and alluring. Every sentence I read I always felt a sense of loss or brokenness. It was very powerful reading.
Charlie's life will captivate you in a haunting way. You always feel her pain even through her pleasure, whether that pleasure is art or sex. She's broken, living a nightmare, and we live it right along with her because of this author's amazing
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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So, you know one of those books where you have absolutely no idea how you feel about it after reading and you’re still thinking about it for a while after?! Well this one is just that book for me. I was intrigued throughout and I needed to know what was going to happen. At times I rolled my eyes at others I felt so emotional my heart was pounding. To be honest I’m still not sure how I feel so bear with me.

The premise is one we’ve read about
Falling In Fall Book Blog
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-read-shelf
ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. For Jodie Rae's full review, visit

“It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Wow. 5+ leaves!! You would have a whole tree made upon how many leaves I loved this book!!
One of my new favorite reads of the year!!!!!!

I LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I loved Charlie and Cameron. This story is mysterious, trilling, erotic, story of Charlie's journey to self discovery.

The story is about Charlie and how she uses sex
Literati Literature Lovers
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis for Seductive Shadows, I was intrigued. A story about a young girl who loves art and finds love with a mysterious guy with blue eyes, (seriously she had me at baby blue eyes ;) ); I must say this book did not disappoint. This story delves deeper into the main character’s emotional and inner struggles and is much more than just another erotic book. It’s thought provoking, and at times a little heavy. Marni has a true talent for story telling, that I am sure of. As a ...more
Reanell Tisdale
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 kept me on my toes stars!

I was contacted by the publisher on my blog asking if I could read and review Marni Mann's series. Even though I over-booked myself I accepted because the synopsis looked intriguing. And I'm so glad I did! I got more than I thought I would out of this story!

Charlie is living in the shadows, her mother Lily has always treated her horribly and now she is dying. She is her only family after her best friend Emma was killed in an accident.

While working the late shift she
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, erotica
This book was part of a blog tour I was given a copy for my honest review

Charlie is a gifted art student with an innate sensuality, her past has left her scarred and she can't love but she needs physical contact. This need leads her down a dangerous road with a mysterious madam; at first everything is great until she meets Cameron. Cameron changes Charlie and as the two of them really begin to connect, she discovers horrible secrets at her work that change everything. This book is dark and raw
Rita L.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
3.5 Stars

Apesar de ter gostado da história e de ter simpatizado com a personagem principal, como muitas reviews que vi por aí também eu não senti uma ligação com a história, não fiquei envolvida com as suas vidas, acontecimentos nem relações. No entanto, vou avançar com o próximo e último da duologia.

Despite having enjoyed the story and have sympathized with the main character, as I saw many reviews out there also I did not feel a connection with the story, I was not involved with their lives,
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Real vote: 4,5


When his eyes met mine again, they didn’t just graze; they dug in and pulled everything out of me, my thoughts and feelings. What if he wasn’t satisfied with what he found underneath—not the woman who could make him come alive with desire and orgasmic suffering, but the broken girl Dallas and the Doctor were trying to heal? The Charlie that he had portrayed on canvas was truly beautiful. But if he knew all
Liz F
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Reviewed for Evie at In Love With Romance!

I think that this book absolutely defies convention. I don't know what to call this one. I mean, its part erotic romance, part straight erotica and part women's fiction! Having said that, I think that just about anyone (over the age of 18) would enjoy reading this tale... as long as they enjoy lots of sex with their drama!

When we meet Charlie, wow, she has a crappy, crappy life. Her mom is an dying
Lucinda Claire
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five thought-provoking stars!

This is a story of love – of wanting to love, and of wanting to be loved – but if you’re looking for a romance, this is NOT your book. However, you’re looking for a redemptive story of hope, and the courage that’s required to walk out of darkness and into the light, look no further! I was offered an ARC of Seductive Shadows in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit, however, I was not fully prepared for the emotional journey on which I was about to embark.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
A Review of Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann
Review by Wennie Conedy
5 out of 5 stars

Has there been a time in your life where you tried to balance light and darkness in your life? For Charlie, her life is dominated by darkness. Seductive Sadness is an erotic work of fiction, with sexually explicit scenes and language and is for mature audiences.

Charlie is a young woman who seeks escape from an abusive past and a traumatic event that empties her soul. She seeks solace from men, and is lured into a
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Amber Rose
4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Child abuse, alcoholism, cancer, death, random sexual encounters and prostitution don’t usually add up to a fun read. But when handled with the skill and care shown by Marni Mann in “Seductive Shadows,” all of the elements add up to a gritty and gripping tale of survival, redemption, and finding a way to love yourself.

To truly appreciate light you have to have experienced the dark and twenty-three year old artist Charlie
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those novels that is extremely intense from the get-go, stays that way throughout, but where the intensity in subtle. Mann draws you in and keeps your emotions and thoughts embroiled in this novel throughout. Your emotions get so tangled up in this story that it feels like you’re living it yourself. The storyline is somewhat off the wall yet the premise is extremely captivating. It’s also extremely scary in its possibilities. The knowledge that this type of thing really can and ...more
Ashley Williams
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seductive Shadows was such a great read, I really liked this book! It was dark and gritty, with a sensuality that demands you to keep reading. I love reading stories about real life, fucked up people and this book gave me just that! Seductive Shadows isn't like other erotic novels, there is sex but it's not in the forefront of the plot. The sexual encounters are just an added bonus.

Charlie struggles with a darkness in her life that has her seeking solace in painting and sex. You can relate to
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I need to know this author more and I'm going to give a few copies away what a great book #mustread
Blushing Reader
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it

Whoa.... What a ride!!! I need to let this story sink in before I review it... HOLY COW! I actually hope this is a series so I can read more, I have no idea how to rate this yet
Swoon Worthy
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
~~Rosie's 4 1/2 Blazing Star Thoughts~~

I had never heard of the author Marni Mann before I read this book. When I am doing a review I never read other reviews. I think if you are going to review a book you need to approach it with your own thoughts and assumptions. That being said I dont want to give too much away, because I REALLY want you to read this book and be suprised like I was.

The main character in the book is Charlie. She grew up in a very abusive home, with her alcoholic Mother. Her
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann
Source: ARC/Author for a fair and honest review
Rating: 5/5 stars

When I got the email asking me if I would be interested in possibly reading and reviewing Seductive Shadows I was instantly drawn to the cover. My only concern after insta-loving the cover was could this book live up to the awesome of the cover. Oh hell yes, is the answer!

Marni Mann and her damn Seductive Shadows had me hooked at page one with Charlie on the train trying to control her intense desire
Roses Book Blog
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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USA Today Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with ...more

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“Accept the darkness, because it’s who you are. It’s who we all are. Some of us get lost in it…others wrap themselves in it and wear it like skin.” 13 likes
“But that, my dear, is how life is. You can try to fight it, but it will fight right back. Better that you should embrace it, learn from it. Accept the darkness, because it’s who you are. It’s who we all are. Some of us get lost in it…others wrap themselves in it and wear it like skin.” 7 likes
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