Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
ebook, 66 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press