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Release Day Review: Night And Day by Rowan Speedwell

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Release Day Review: Night And Day by Rowan Speedwell

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About the Author
An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time… wait a minute… hmm. Well, one thing she doesn't pretend to be is good at math. She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry. She has a master's degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer's Cat and way too many books.
Publication Date
March 09, 2016
52 pages
Filed on personal Goodreads shelves: 2016 reads, Divine Magazine 2016, male/male, short stories, paranormal.
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.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010, in the Myths and Magic: Legends of Love anthology.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Short, so very short.
(Updated: March 09, 2016)
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Nate lands a job in a speakeasy singing. But not all is as it seems, and his employers are certainly not.

Short, so very very short! 50 odd pages. About 45 minutes reading time, for me. Filled a gap, between bigger books.

It was different. And usually I'd say different is good, but I can't say that here.

It's written in the SECOND person, present tense. As in YOU are the main character. And I have not ever read a book, not in 3 years of reviewing for blogs, read a book written this way. Present tense is not my favourite at the best of times, but written this way?? Can't say I liked it. Didn't hate it, but didn't like it either. One of those really hard reviews to write, the three-star ones (or they are for me!)

AND its SINGLE pov, we just here from Nate, as you. Not Nick, which I would of liked, of course I would! 

Also, the story was a little ...out of sync. Not really sure what was going on, I wasn't able to put the pieces together fast enough. I thought it was me, just a little slow on the uptake, but after a very rapid flick through a second time, nope. Not me. It didn't GIVE the pieces for me to put them together. 

Lots of Greek God references, some I got, some not so, but that's just me. 

Its is clean. Like squeaky clean. Not sure it worked here, for me anyway. 

First I've read by this author. I'd like to read a longer piece written in the third person, or even, in the first. Because I'd like to see what would happen with more pages to play with.

3 stars (sorry!)

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