The Night Owl and the Insomniac

J. Leigh Bailey
The Night Owl and the Insomniac


Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
July 2018
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

Long nights lead to intrigue… and infatuation.

Chronically ill with a mysterious condition, Yusuf "Joey" Franke escapes his smothering family and doctors by moving halfway across the country to enroll in Cody College. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. Joey spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out with gregarious and affable Owen, who works the night shift.

When he suddenly shifts from a sick college kid to a massive Asiatic lion, Joey discovers another side to Cody College—it's a haven for shifters like himself… and like Owen, a part-time great horned owl. And being a shifter is hereditary, which means his parents have some explaining to do.

When Joey and Owen investigate, they discover more than they bargained for—a family deception, a dangerous enemy with international connections, and a love that might be too new to survive the backlash.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Jun 16, 2020
12 people found the following review helpful
It was a gripping paranormal book with a nice touch of mystery and romance. Charming characters and the spark of the first love made it a lovely read.

Joey has being ill all of his life. The odd disease has deprive him of a lot of experiences, but he decided to take a chance and live his life the way he want it. As he started college, he keeps bother by Insomnia. In one of his sleepless nights, he meets Owen who work a night shift. They start to spend the nights in the company of each other. While feelings start to develop, Joey's unexpected shift into a lion, opens a web of secrets and lies.

I loved the book. It got my attention from the beginning, with the way Joey described his illness. It was very easy to get in touch with his emotions. The plot was very interesting. I liked the way the paranormal elements were explain to fit a mostly contemporary setting. I also like the mystery, although I felt it was underwhelming how it was solved. The romance might not be the biggest focus of the storyline, but it was very sweet to see Joey and Owen to start developing their relationship. Their time together was what I liked the most about the book.

It was a entertaining book, not overly romantic but enjoyable. I think any reader who likes paranormal books, particularly unusual shifters, could like it.
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