Title: Breakfast at Midnight
Author: Kim Dias
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 66
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 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.
Fred, divorced 49-year-old writer meets Callum, 23-year-old runway boy band musician at a Denny’s one night. The majority of this novella takes place over the course of a week during which Fred reconciles with his adult daughter and gets closure on his marriage, while Callum realizes he needs to return to L.A. to determine if his career can survive him coming out.
There’s a lot going on in this short novella and the author does a good job of fleshing out this tentative relationship, this connection between Fred and Callum, although there is no on-page sex. The novella ends rather abruptly and I would have liked to have had a bit more time with this story since it ends without even a HFN. I enjoyed the writing, but felt this was more a vignette than a complete story. 3.25 stars for Breakfast at Midnight and I would definitely read more from Kim Dias although this particular story didn’t work for me.