Title: Night Shift
Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator:: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 3 Hours, 20 Minutes
At a Glance: This was a fun audiobook to listen to, and Max Lehnen gave an excellent performance
Blurb: 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.
Review: I’ve yet to read anything by Kim Fielding that I didn’t like, or love, and Night Shift is another winner for me.
Aiden is the night custodian at the Snooze Inn motel. Most nights are monotonous, except for the occasional drunk who vomits on the motel floor to highlight the evening. Aiden has his fair share of problems, like being an ex-con and doing his best not to listen to the monster in his head that whispers how badly Aiden needs to have a drink.
His parole officer, Ms. Simmons, is a no nonsense type of person who is Aiden’s only link to becoming a better person and staying out of trouble. And prison. Aiden is trying so hard this time around to improve himself, and Ms. Simmons gives him assignments she’d like him to do which go beyond the call of duty. You could tell she was on Aiden’s side and was hoping that he’d make it on the outside. I fell a little bit in love with Aiden as I learned more about him.
Luka Gabor is new to the night shift, filling in for the previous security guard, who is out due to a heart attack. Luka is much easier on the eyes than the guard he’s replaced, so Aiden takes him up on his offer to meet during their breaks, even though socializing with others is not one of Aiden’s strong points. And, well, things do get pretty interesting for Aiden during break time. Luka is a man with a secret. Let’s put it this way: he has an interesting way of getting his daily sustenance, a first for me since I’ve never read or heard of this before.
This was a fun audiobook to listen to, and Max Lehnen gives an excellent performance in Night Shift. Thank you, Kim Fielding and Dreamspinner Press, for taking the time to find this talented narrator. I’m looking forward to listening to more audio performances by Mr. Lehnen.
Night Shift, both the print and audio edition, are highly recommend to those who like a touch of reality with their paranormal. The book would have worked as a contemporary, without the paranormal elements, based solely on Aiden’s situation, but the hint of the paranormal made it an even more interesting read. Nicely done, Ms. Fielding.
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