Night and Day by Rowan Speedwell ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

NightandDayLGTitle: Night and Day

Author: Rowan Speedwell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/09/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, M/M Romance


2nd Edition

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.

My View:

I’m not sure how to describe my experience reading Night and Day. I enjoyed the story, but I feel like I missed the underlying meaning. I feel that this review will only touch on the surface because this story was overy mysterious for me.

Night and Day was a very original blend of Jazz era and Greek Mythology. The overall tone was mysterious but in the end, the characters were made clear. I am not usually a fan of stories written in second person, but in this case, it fit. The tone mirrored the mystery. It enhanced the setting and played upon that speak easy, hush hush quality the depression era was known for. I liked it.

I have to admit that I spent a good bit of the story trying to figure out where the mythology came into play other than in the references. I was confused for a while and that did take away a bit of my enjoyment, but once all was revealed, I felt the result was unique and creative. I do think there is an element I missed. Something that explained the key to unlocking the story but I feel that I just don’t know what that is.

For those of you who enjoy Ms. Speedwell’s writings, pick this one up. It was well written and creative. It was a bit of fantasy mixed within history.


Night and Day on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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