Review: Night Shifts Black (NSB #1) by Alyson Santos

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His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their café at the same time every morning and stares at the same chair at the same table. They know he’s strange. They know he interrupts their breakfast with a cold blast of air as he hovers in the doorway, mustering the courage to confront a piece of furniture.

No one asks why. No one cares. He’s fine with that. He’s done with life. This isn’t even his story anymore. It’s actually Callie’s, the young writer who sat in his chair one day.


*Warning spoilers ahead!!!*

Night Shifts Black started off so good, but then end I was just meh on the whole thing. So sad when that happens. 

When I first started reading I was hooked. I wanted to know what happened with Luke and how we would get to our happily ever after. I mean Luke is messed up. He has major issues and no one can magically make that better. So I was really curious to see what the author would do with him and his story and hoped that it would work out well. 

Callie is a sweetheart and from the first moment she sees Luke she is drawn to him. She can see how much he is hurting and wants to try and help if she can. She is sitting in his chair and for some reason he responds to her when he hasn't to anyone in a long time. It is not overnight he is changed into a new man. No Callie treads carefully and keeps showing up hoping that little by little he will let her in. Let her help. I loved how the author dealt with all of that. How Luke was still so broken, but Callie never gave up on him. She would just sit there so he knows he has someone who cares about him even if he is in a dark place a world away. She never tried to make him do anything, but she encouraged him to work on figuring his stuff out and get better. She knows depression is a beast and can tell you lies and you may need help to come out of that. These two were great together and Luke is so lucky he met her. 

Then partway through the book it suddenly changes. Callie goes to a party at Luke's and his bff is there (she had met him previously) and suddenly she is in love with the bff and they work things out so they can live happily ever after. I was just like wait what? Why do I not get more of a story with them if they are going to be the end game? Like I am fine with her not ending up with Luke, that is probably for the best, but then you have to actually write a relationship with the other guy! Not just like oh he is hot, I want to sleep with him, I love him! It was like Callie and Luke were the main relationship, and Callie and new guy were a side note. I didn't like that. Because I loved Callie and wanted her to be happy, but I also wanted to see her get that happy. I wanted to be as invested in that as I was in Luke. And I wasn't. Not at all. It was too quick and not fleshed out enough. Unfortunate since the story started out so good and I couldn't put it down. Oh well. I may give the second book a try since I am assuming from the synopsis it is Luke's happily ever after, but we shall see. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2


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