It’s like the world tilts beneath my feet. Like suddenly I’m Alice down the rabbit hole or Lucy Pevensie through the wardrobe—a girl stumbling headfirst into a fantasy.
Maybe it’s the challenge sparkling in Vincent’s dark eyes, or maybe it’s my anger that makes me so brave, so determined to show him that he doesn’t know shit. Because one moment I’m glaring at him, chest heaving and heart hammering, and the next moment I’m up on my tiptoes with my hands braced on his shoulders and my fingernails digging deep into the cotton of his black T-shirt. Like I can punish him for being so utterly infuriating, so full of himself that he had the nerve to psychoanalyze me in my own sacred space.
Night Shift is a steamy and fun new adult romance.
Kendall Holiday spends her Fridays exactly where she wants to be: ensconced in a romance novel in an empty college library working the graveyard shift. The quiet of the library is dependable, and gives Kendall an excellent excuse for skipping out on the loud, raucous start to the weekend. Lost in the pages of her favorite love stories, Kendall blocks out the world—until Vincent Knight, the school’s star basketball player, turns up.
Handsome, tall, and extremely popular, Vincent’s a standout on the court, but he’s out of his depth in the stacks: he’s got an urgent assignment due and doesn’t have a clue where to start. When his meet-cute with Kendall turns into a steamy make-out session, neither are quite prepared for what comes next.
Opposites might attract in romance novels . . . but it takes a lot more truth than tropes to make it work in real life.
If you are looking for an easy and fast steamy romp, then check this book out. It was so easy to fall into this story and let the world disappear around me. I read it in one sitting and loved every moment I spent with these characters and the plot. One of the things that I loved most about this book was all the wonderful romance book references. Reading this book felt like a love letter to all those romance bookworms out there. Kendall is a huge romance book nerd. Oftentimes, in this book, she is viewing her world and her interactions with others, especially Vincent, as if she were the heroine in her own romance story. There are so many wonderful references to the romance genre, its tropes, and even those cheesy romance covers that we love and sometimes hate. Getting to spend time with someone who gets your passion is incredible. It made me fall in love with Kendall and her story even more.
I don’t read college contemporary romances too often; they aren’t my thing, but I really enjoyed this one. Everything happening in this book just clicks with me. I loved all the conversations between the characters. They were fun, witty, and just felt real to me. I was able to connect with a lot of the characters, especially Kendall. Her passion for reading, her insecurities, and her shyness just made her feel like a kindred spirit to me. Her experiences and fears are so relatable, and I loved the sense of realism that they brought to this story. Vincent’s character was not what I was expecting it to be. I thought he would be this cocky broody alpha male character, and while he does at times give off those broody vibes at times, he’s really shy and a bit insecure. I really enjoyed that unexpected twist in his character. The story is told solely from Kendall’s POV, so we don’t get to see what is going on in his head, and that adds this layer of mystery to his character.
This is an insta love or lust story. They both can feel that crackling, steamy tension between them. Annie does a fabulous job at writing some spicy scenes that are sure to get your pulse racing. Another great thing about this book is that consent plays a huge part in the physical relationship between Kendall and Vincent. Vincent always ensures Kendall is okay and willing to wait until she is ready. I loved how the physical relationship was handled in this book. There is plenty of miscommunication between these two, which creates a lot of hurdles that they have to overcome to become a couple.
Night Shift is a steamy and satisfying book that I will be reading again and again.
Thank you, W by Wattpad, for sending us an ARC in exchange for an honest review.