Reviewed by Ami
Title: Breakfast at Midnight
Author: Kim Dias
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 66 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Hope can be found in unexpected places.
Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.
Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.
Review: The blurb of this novella hooked me right of the bat. I definitely LOVE the idea: a divorcé with a younger man, who meet at an all-nighter café… I am a big fan of that serendipity meeting in romance, when two souls are connecting, soul-searching, and then finding happiness together.
The execution in this one does not work completely, though.
The beginning was fine … both Fred and Callum run away from something in their life when they meet at Denny’s. After his divorce, Fred suffers from writer’s block while trying to stay away from his ex-husband. Even if that means missing his daughter’s upcoming birthday party. While Callum runs away from his band because apparently coming out as gay member of a boy band is not allowed.
Up to this point, I liked it. Then the story has too many stilted conversations. I sensed that there was still unfinished business between Fred and his ex, which makes the newly developed ‘relationship’ (if you can call it that, considering that the timespan is VERY short) between Fred and Callum feel uncomfortable … and, what the heck is with that abrupt ending?
So while this one might have potential, overall, I am not completely satisfied.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*