Night Shift is well written but lackluster. It’s a very short story, a MM romance with paranormal elements. The characters are likable but somewhat cliché. Aiden Flinn is the ex.con with a good heart who had a hard life and is struggling to reintegrate into society and build a healthy life. His love interest Luka Gabor is your stereotypical….well that’s where the paranormal comes in; but I have to add: Luka is stereotypical for a 1930’s representation…before the concepts of evolve and adapt became popular.
Aiden and Luka meet working night shift at The Snooze-Inn. Aiden is working there as the custodian when he is pleasantly surprised to find Luka filling in for the regular security guard. Aiden isn’t good with people despite his desire for connection with others; but Luka is pretty direct and gets right down to business with breakroom blowjobs – which for Aiden is another pleasant surprise. Aiden wants a real relationship with dating and shared activities and sex outside of the breakroom; but things go slowly because Luka has lots of SECRETS, *wink, wink*.
Aiden has a parole officer who really believes in him. Apparently despite his penchant for non-violent crimes, he really is a very bright guy. With Ms. Simmons encouragement he tames his monster (i.e. curbs his alcoholism), joins a book club reading the Classics and thinks about ways to make a better life for himself. He’d like Luka to be part of that life and Luka wants that too; but Luka has his own demons to overcome (and no, he is not a demon). The boys are very cute together, they are a good match, they have boring sex but they like it and a nice HFN (*wink, wink*).