I received this book for free from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort
Published by Montlake on January 10, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Rock Star Romance
Source: Wunderkind PR
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From The Astronaut and the Star author Jen Comfort comes a wildly electric romance about two musicians who collide on the stage of a Nevada opera house.
Self-professed diva Erika Greene has it all: a starring role on Broadway, legions of fans, spectacular natural talent. But after an accident on stage leaves her face scarred and her career in shambles, Erika retreats to Paris, Nevada, where she’s inherited a ramshackle opera house in desperate need of some TLC.
Erika pours her savings into the building, but it’s not enough to stave off casino developer Raoul Decomte’s avaricious gaze. With foreclosure imminent, she leases the space to some unexpected tenants: a German hair metal band, fronted by glam rock god Christof Daae.
Erika is tempted by Christof’s low-slung leather pants—and even more so by his ambitious drive to make Nacht Musik international superstars—but he’s off-limits. The rest of his band thinks he’s still dating their beloved keyboardist, who is conveniently not present on this jaunt to the American Southwest. When Erika finds out Christof’s been unceremoniously dumped and is trying to keep it under wraps, she makes a deal to keep his secret…for a price, of course.
Christof is desperate to hold the rest of the band together after his keyboardist’s departure, but he can’t maintain the charade forever. Nor can he resist the opera house’s mysterious proprietor, who tempts him with midnight singing lessons. It isn’t long before sensuous nighttime interludes turn into smoldering backstage encounters.
But can their newly ignited passion survive the searing light of day? Or will their beautiful duet turn into a brokenhearted power ballad for one?
The PR company reached out to me about this one as part of a promotional event where they were doing an Instagram live with the authors who wrote “unlikable heroines”. The synopsis of the story sounded good, so I signed up to read and review. And yeah, the first chapter of the book introduces us to a main character that is definitely unlikable. I mean she’s just come from sleeping with the boyfriend of her understudy, and she is going on and on about how she is all that and Broadway’s next big star. So it was with a little relief that she got a bit of karma that led to the next part of the story.
For me it also started a little slow because it was in third person, and I tend to prefer my romance in first person whenever possible. But as the story progressed I got more used to it and being able to tell which character was currently telling the story in their way. One thing that was great about the story was all of the characters. I loved our hero and heroine by the end of the story. Even with how Erika started out as unlikable, I grew to understand her and also really like her as she went through the growth her unfortunate accident had caused her to have to deal with. Now, I had a little trouble picturing Christof at first. I’m guessing he’s maybe supposed to look like Henry Cavill in the pictures I’ve seen from The Witcher. But his look and his goofiness didn’t quite match up for me at first. Again, though, as the story went on, like with Erika, I really did get to like him as well. And the connection between the two was hot! There were a few extremely steamy scenes for sure.
And the other characters in the town as well as especially Christof’s band mates made the story completely a success. I wouldn’t even mind getting a story for some of them to have their own HEAs if that was something the author was thinking about doing. Because his sister Sibylle was a hoot! I also liked how the whole thing with his ex, Gillian, was wrapped up in the end. The solution to the problem to save the opera house was great as well. Although I needed to know how she got those things out of the fire without anyone else getting their hands on them! Of course there was the little bit of Phantom of the Opera feel to this in many ways, which made for extra fun!
Glad I read this one, and hope to have time to go back and read the author’s other book at some point as well.
About the Author
Jen Comfort is originally from Portland, Oregon, and dabbled in astrophysics before spending a decade working in restaurants in New York City and Portland. Now, she writes romantic comedies about hot nerds with very cool jobs. She spends her free time growing plants destined to die before their time, playing video games, and encouraging her two cats and malamute-husky dog to become internet famous with zero success.