Title: Night and Day
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 9, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 52
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Nate Pederowski is about as far down as he can go when he’s tipped to a job as a singer in a speakeasy. Dishonorably discharged for being queer, broke and homeless during the Great Depression, Nate is embittered and lonely. The club’s handsome owner, Rick Bellevue, and his sister Corinna are wowed by Nate’s voice and offer him the job.
But the Starlight Lounge is much more than an ordinary supper club, and Rick and his sister much more than just the owners. It’s not ’til Nate gets caught up in a gangster’s plot that he discovers just what secrets they’re hiding. Nate’s life is going to change in ways he can scarcely imagine, let alone believe.
As you begin Night and Day, Rowan Speedwell effortlessly pulls you into 1933 and the Starlight Lounge, an elite private club. There’s a blue velvet tufted door with a rhinestone in the midst of each tuft, men wear white tie and tails with fedoras and brilliantined hair, the decor is white leather and silvery metal and glass. Told in first person present tense, we follow along as singer Nate Pederowski auditions for a job as a band singer, crooning Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” …
“The song is smooth and rich as wine, and thick with hopeless longing. Once you’re in the music, you can open your eyes, but you don’t see anything; you’re blind with love and passion. It’s as pure as a homecoming and hot as sex; it’s everything you need and have lost and found again. You let the passion burn through you until there’s nothing left ….”
Rick Bellevue, the club owner, hires Nate on the spot and they soon begin a passionate relationship (which is mostly alluded to, hence the 2 star rating for heat level). Without giving away too much of the plot, Nate soon realizes that Rick and his sister Corinna are not what they appear to be (brush up on your Greek mythology!) At around 50 pages, the plot is lean and tightly focused and the book definitely hold your interest throughout. The ending seemed a bit abrupt, but then again I was so enraptured by the first half of the book and the way Speedwell took us into Nate’s very soul that I could have happily read another 100 pages in that vein.
If you enjoy paranormal or fantasy M/M romance, you’ll enjoy this book. Even if you are not a fan, give this book a try. The story is beautifully written with an unusual and captivating plot.