- File Size: 3215 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075X3663D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Breakfast at Midnight Kindle Edition
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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
Breakfast at Midnight by Kim Dias is short but the author does a remarkable job of packing a lot of heart, angst, and promise into 66 pages. A first for me by this author, the story of two men, each having huge difficulties in their lives and professions. They meet and connect at a Denny's, that connection grows into a possibility for the future and while that happens, they set their own lives a little straighter as well.
That's it. Only the possibility of a HFN, but the manner in which the author builds the tenuous relationship feels realistic. There's no instalov which I appreciated, given the age difference and the problems each man is facing in their own lives. There's even the acknowledgement of the age difference, the idea the Callum has no idea who he is yet and needs to find that first (again a wonderful authentic touch), and that Fred needs time to work on his own issues and by the end of the story is well on his way to resolving some as is Callum.
At the beginning of the story the men met at a crossroads, something wonderful happens and now it's up to them how the future unfolds. At the end of the tale, we see the potential for a future. That's lovely.
Is the end a bit abrupt? Yes. Does the story have some narrative issues of its own. Sure but the whole here it still sweet and real, it leaves you rooting for something more for both Fred and Callum, even if it's not lasting. I felt good after reading Breakfast at Midnight. I felt hopeful and wanted to learn about what happens next. Maybe the author will deliver that in another story. Maybe not. Either way, I recommend this one to you lovers of romance!
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase. The cover art does a great job with both characters and the major element of the location of most of their scenes. Love it.
I really liked the premise of how Fred and Callum met...over late-night breakfast at Denny's, thus the title. And it did make sense for how these two got to know one another but unfortunately I just didn't really buy into Fred and Callum as being in a relationship. Things were awkward and Fred is SO hot and cold...it was all a bit confusing. Throw in a fragile relationship between Fred and his adult daughter on top of some bitterness and unresolved feelings for his ex-husband and Fred was really confusing. I definitely would have preferred the story to focus solely on Fred and Callum instead.
All in all, not a bad story, it just fell a bit short execution wise. I did enjoy it enough to keep an eye out for more of Kim Dias's work in the future. This might be a case of it's me not the book, so check it out and see what you think!
Fred and Callum, quite a odd May-December romance match. This pairing was my favorite part of the book! They bring out an interesting fire in each other, even with the doubt when this story ends. The sex is all off the page and it works. The story is about their connection and the beautiful friendship that develops out of the oddest circumstances.
The imbalance is what I worried about, that Fred has had a life full of fear and pain but also an incredible love. Callum is young and it shows. Do they have a future? Who knows? The abrupt ending is another thing I get angry about in short stories. It snuck up on me, making me sad that the story was left undone