Midnight Duet is a delightful twist on Phantom of the Opera

Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort. Image courtesy Amazon Publishing
Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort. Image courtesy Amazon Publishing /

Sometimes, a pitch for a book is just too good to ignore and that’s precisely what Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort was.

All in all, Amazon has changed the publishing game. With companies such as Audible and Kindle Unlimited, the world for readers has forever been changed. However, you might be surprised to know Amazon also has its own publishing house.

One of the company’s most popular imprints is Montlake, an imprint for romance novels with all different subgenres, tropes, and authors. With Midnight Duet though, things are a bit different, but that’s not always a bad thing.

However, we’re here to talk about Midnight Duet and my thoughts on it so let’s get into it.

Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort is a unique twist on a classic tale.

Let me start off by saying that I’d like to thank Wunderkind PR for sending me an early copy of this one to read. What really drew me to want to read this one is that it was pitched as a gender-bent Phantom of the Opera retelling and as someone who loves the musical, I was here for it.

This book actually follows Erika, a former broadway starlet turned recluse after a horrible accident left her badly scarred. She ends up inheriting an old theater that’s been in her family for decades and is living there while trying to figure out what she wants to do. It all comes to a head when Christof emails her to ask if his band can use the venue.

Erika quickly agrees despite the theater being in pretty bad shape. From there, things really start to heat up between the two especially after Erika offers to give him voice lessons during one of his midnight sessions. Obviously, that gives you an idea of where the title comes from and honestly, this book was a major surprise for me.

Since this is my first Jen Comfort, I was a bit nervous, but this book was a delight. I really loved all of the characters especially the members of Nacht Musik but the character I enjoyed most was Erika. While the book does focus a lot on the romance, it was nice to see Erika dealing with all the feelings from her accident and how in a lot of ways, she isolated herself before realizing that people aren’t always that bad.

Additionally, I really enjoyed seeing Erika push Christof out of his comfort zone. The two were such a great match because of that and the chemistry between them was delightful. While I don’t pick up many rockstar romances or musical romances in general, this one was solid.

There were a few issues I had with the book which is inevitable. First, I felt like the book was entirely too long. For some reason, the chapters felt incredibly long, and sometimes, it felt like I was reading a single chapter for 20 minutes. Maybe the book was edited down since I read it but that was a pet peeve of mine.

The other issue I had was with Gillian, who is the band’s keyboardist, and Christof’s ex who ran off. While I do think it added some tension, I felt like that storyline was a bit too overdramatic at times. If anything, it felt like that plot was just a little too over-the-top and I either wanted her to tone it down or ramp it up.

Regardless if you enjoy Phantom of the Opera, love rockstar romances, and don’t mind a bit of over-the-top antics, then you’ll like this one. Plus if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, this one will be available through the service.

Midnight Duet by Jen Comfort is available now on Amazon

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