Title : Night Shift
Author : Kim Fielding
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length : 131 pages (e-book)
Published : April 3, 2013
Aside from a sympathetic parole officer, Aiden Finn is alone in the world. He knows this is his last chance—after a lifetime in and out of prison, one more mistake will land him there to stay. Unfortunately, his job as a night custodian at a motel is neither satisfying nor good for building his confidence, and booze and burglary are always just a step behind him.
Enter beautiful, exotic, and secretive Luka Gabor, the motel’s new security guard. He seems to know a great deal about literature, history, and travel but otherwise remains a mystery. Aiden has to admit, the sex has never been better, and he might even be feeling the beginnings of friendship. He dares to hope that this time, he won’t mess things up—if lurking monsters don’t ruin his plans.
This was a great short read. It was engaging and sexy with very likable characters. I keep getting these books with potential spoilers but I will do my best to review it spoiler free.
Aiden is trying to put his life in order. He’s an ex-con with an addiction but he’s been given one last chance on the outside. His parole officer gets him a janitor job for a hotel. Aiden doesn’t mind the job and he’s kind of resigned to his place in life. His story is a sad one and Aiden hasn’t ever had anyone to tell him he’s worth anything. You name it he’s probably been through it.
His life changes the night a handsome replacement security guard shows some interest in him. Yeah, it’s just physical at first but it’s the highlight of his pathetic existence so he’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Luka, the security guard, seeks him out every night during his break to give him a release. Soon, Aiden becomes attached to Luka but how could the beautiful intelligent Luka want anything more from him? Why does he want him anyway? It’s frustrating because Aiden doesn’t have the best social skills and Luka is surrounded in mystery. Is Luka using him and what can he be hiding that’s worse than Aiden’s past?
I’m a big fan of Kim Fielding and while this wasn’t my favorite of hers. It was different from anything I’ve read of hers. I loved that it wasn’t at all what I expected from her and I was pleasantly surprised. I think she has a way of getting me deep in the mind-set of her characters so you just can’t help but be transported into whatever is happening in the story. Through Aiden we are shown just how hard the struggle of setting your life straight after parole is.
I figured out Luka’s secret fairly quickly but the suspense of waiting for Aiden to find out was so good it didn’t matter. The characters were lovable and their past struggles just endeared them to me more. Both men led lives of solitude until they found each other so they appreciate what they’ve found in their connection. This is definitely worth picking up. It’s quick, sexy and intriguing.
Rated 4 stars by Whit