DUELING REVIEWS: Breakfast at Midnight by Kim Dias

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Author: Kim Dias
Book: Breakfast at Midnight
Page/Word Count: 66 pages, 24K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover: L.C. Chase

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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.

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3✨s – This story had tons of potential. The execution was so-so. I really shouldn’t read short stories, there is never enough character development or plot depth for me. Call me greedy! No instalove, but kinda. No relationship, but kinda. No cheating, but kinda.

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.


3✨s – This is one of those times when Evette and I are completely in sync. The set up had great potential. Two men, nearly thirty years apart, one having led a full if not always functional life, the other still so inexperienced despite the instafame of being in a boy band. They come together in the most unlikeliest of places – a roadside Denny’s in the middle of the night.

There’s no valid reason why they should be a couple, yet they are drawn together and it’s more interesting than I expected. Enough, that I was buying into this unlikely pair, even with the ‘big miscommunication’ and then…bam. Just…what. Based on the last line of the blurb, I kind of thought I understood, but as I rifled through the last pages of what could have been a really unique HEA (or even a vague HFN), that final bit felt more like a farewell than any bridge that might bring them together.

That’s me. I was talking to someone else who read that ending differently. They saw potential where I only saw my kindle flying out of my hands when I threw it onto the couch in a huff. Up until that last bit though, it was a short solid story with good writing and a unique setup that could very well have been a comfort read if I hadn’t felt so thoroughly shortchanged.

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About Kim Dias:
Kim Dias has been writing for years, but has been making up stories for what feels like forever. She writes love stories, preferably with a side of hot sex; Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards constantly inspire her to do better.

When not focused on her studies at the University of Victoria, Kim spends her time working on her novel, which she swears will one day be finished. She loves dogs, reading in front of fireplaces, and days spent in the sunshine. She believes whole-heartedly that stories can change the world.

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