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Night Shifts Black

(NSB #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,346 ratings  ·  434 reviews
His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their café at the same time every mo ...more
ebook, 353 pages
Published March 22nd 2016
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Jennifer Kyle
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

"He's just broken and lost and doesn't care if he's bending the rules about how to behave in a restaurant."

I was very impressed with Alyson Santos’ talent. Her writing style is fascinating and captivating. If you would have asked me anywhere before the forty-five or so percent mark in the story what my rating was or heading for, I would have said it has five star potential.

"I needed to know why he's sad. Why he's afraid. Why he's ok being weird when he's clearly not. I need to u
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

I found this book accidentally
and what I didn't expecT was to like it so much .This was a unique,emotional and intense story.Luke was a complex hero that made me ach for him.I wanted to comfort him all the time


Callie and Casey were also amazing characters they cared for Luke and wanted to help him and see him happy again!!The best part about this book is the fact that I didn't know where the story will take me!!!
3 Stars!
Well shit! I loved the first half of the book! It was 5 stars! I was so excited! Then Casey the drummer came in to the picture and well...I no longer cared about the book.

Callie is a writer and one day she's sitting at a cafe having tea when a man comes in and asks her if she would change seats. The man looks at the seat then leaves. The next day Callie doesn't sit in that chair and the man comes back. They both wind up sitting at a different table and talking. Callie can see that Luke
Wil Loves Books!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author and I've read amazing things about it so my expectations were super high. I really wanted to love it.

The first half of the book is amazing. I was hooked, I couldn't stop reading, I needed to know more about these two people and what got them there. And then the story takes an unexpected turn, a new character is thrown into the mix, and I just didn't love it anymore. The second half of the book just left me disappointed, unfortunately.

It's really hard to expla
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing OMG 5 stars..
Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos 5 stars

This was 5 star read for me truly the kind of book that moved you as read. I am going to try to relay my love for this book, a book with no sex, yes if you know that is so rare, this book is a small elite class of 5 star reads with no sex for me, ok yes I am rambling… back to Night Shifts Black, how do I rely my love o his book without giving away the story, an amazing story about pain, and healing, the power of frie
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Amazing writing. and those song lyrics...! I wanted it to be longer lol
One moment, one look, one life that changed 10 million stars

Callie was just a small town girl living in the city, she was having her cuppa tea at a café she frequented when he entered and changed everything. It all started with a chair, a simple chair that was battered and bruised and it held a mystery that brought Luke and Callie together.

It’s a very simple story yet it has hidden depths that I am coming to believe is Alyson’s specialty. She created two individuals that will draw you in, they w
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

‘He’s Luke Craven. A force. A god. He’s not real. Just a fantasy outside the grasp of our own realities. A face. A body. A cover. A story. A goad for aspiring models.’

First off, be sure to have Tracing Holland (NSB #2) on hand because, believe us, when you finish Night Shifts Black, you’re going to want to dive straight into book two to see how the story eventually concludes! We know we couldn’t have functioned until we devoured both!

We crave good rock star romances, in particular the ones that
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

‘He’s Luke Craven. A force. A god. He’s not real. Just a fantasy outside the grasp of our own realities. A face. A body. A cover. A story. A goad for aspiring models.’

First off, be sure to have Tracing Holland (NSB #2) on hand because, believe us, when you finish Night Shifts Black, you’re going to want to dive straight into book two to see how the story eventually concludes! We know we couldn’t have functioned until we devoured both!

We crave good rock star romances, in particular the ones that
Sunniva Dee
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deep, Genuine, and Subtly Seductive.

I picked up Night Shifts Black on a whim after reading Alyson Santos' author bio on Amazon; it was unapologetic and different, not written to sell books, and through those few words, she convinced me of her talent as a writer.

She didn't disappoint!

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In this novel, we meet deep, complex characters that are so real they jump off the pages with their passion, their pain, and their love. They've got their scarred pasts and a present they live together. They've g
5 "I'm Callie Roland..." Stars

This story shifts my whole view on "rockstar" romance. I can't even in good conscious label this book rockstar romance because it's much more than that. The level of care in which Alyson Santos crafted this uniquely reverent story touched me deeply. It's thought provoking in it's decadency, inspiring in it's desperation. It's not your typical boy meets girl romance. It's the journey of a girl becoming her own woman at the aid and while aiding two men she meets throu
Night Shifts Black is definitely a different rock romance and exactly why I enjoyed it. This story is all about the characters Luke, Callie and Casey. It’s their story. They are incredible. All three of them. I was hooked from the moment Luke enters Jemma’s cafe and asks Callie for her chair. I was mesmerized and intrigued. What was going on with Luke and why was that certain chair so important.

Callie is a fantastic character and tries so hard to not frazzle Luke and just gives him time. Their s
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It was so real and it dove into the effects of depression on a human being who was drowning in hurt, regret, and guilt. Luke was lead singer of a popular band, but was ready to give that all up.

Luke and Callie are brought together at an unlikely location and their friendship slowly built between them. The fact that Callie had no idea who he was made the story that much better. The character development was excellent! I will admit that with Luke as the main character, I
J. McCoy
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Kim Person
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly one of the most REAL books I've ever read

This is my second time I read NSB. I stumbled upon it the day it released quite by accident. See I was searching books that had musicians in them and found something so beautifully haunting that I can relate to. I suffer from severe depression it's not fun and it does lie to you every day. On the outside, I have a beautiful life more than I ever thought but I so lucked out with my husband and family. I strongly recommend this book to everyone! It
4.5 stars rounded up to 5... a super sweet - but also sad (at the beginning, at least) - story of loss, forgiveness, redemption, friendship, and love. Lots of moving poetry/song lyrics interspersed throughout. I loved these characters! Beautiful story!!!
Nicole  Sands
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It’s not often a book will completely catch me off guard in the best possible way. It’s beautifully written, and overflowing with raw emotion, which truly captured my heart. This book felt extremely real. The characters, the journey, the struggles, it was all very powerful at times.Callie and Luke had me utterly intrigued, and completely invested in their story, which made me NOT want to put this book down once I started. So if you’re looking for a book that’s addictive & captivating, intense & ...more
I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed about the first half of this story. I like how the back story was kept hidden while it dealt with things like loss and depression, and how sometimes is not about trying to pull a person out of their head but about supporting them while they get their head around 'it'. It was nice, I cried a bit, and I could feel the 'sweet' in the story just starting to build.

Thennnnnnn, I don't know what. The story just out of the blue took another direction. like, ac
Michelle [Helen Geek]
04/04/2016 --

So, at first I was intrigued and felt hopeful. I read on .. Then, I was a bit puzzled. I read on .. A bit more and I was bored. I read on .. until I just couldn't anymore.

I think it had potential until it lost its' purpose. It just fell apart and couldn't get it back together in time for me and I lost interest.

Not for me. Maybe you will feel differently.

Happy Reading!
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roxie and Jen's Review

10++++++ STARS!!!

When we read the blurb for Night Shifts Black we were immediately intrigued. After reading the sample, we were hooked. We dropped our TBR and forgot the world existed until we read the very last page of this story.

Grief. Pain. Loneliness. Depression. Feelings that are had by so many every single day. It's a wonder how they get out of bed, how they keep going. What moves them forward? Who do you turn to when the clutches of despair hold your heart and
Darlene Avery
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos is absolutely phenomenal. It's one of those books that completely catches you off guard with its depth of character and storyline.

Santos tackles serious issues, including severe depression and suicide. These are hard subjects to tackle, but she does so with grace and compassion.

Callie is a young woman trying to find her own way when she meets the mysterious Luke. Together they forge an unusual friendship, that neither one of them realized they needed. But will
Nic Spears
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You need to read this book. It is such a beautifully emotional, intense and heartbreaking read. Your heart will hurt but you hold out so much hope at the same time.

The characters, the story was REAL. One of the most Real books I have read in a long time.

A book that will capture your heart and stay with you a long time after.

...and the song...

This is exactly how I heard the song in my head when reading the poem in the book. It gives me shivers listening to it.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos may be a fictional contemporary romance but it feels so real. The characters she has created with Luke, Callie, Casey and the members of Night Shifts Black truly touched my heart. The development of these characters is so well done that the reader is totally emerged into the story within the first few pages. As questions start to form you can't turn the pages fast enough to find the answers. Why is Luke at the diner? Why is he obsessed with a diner chair? Why ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author, by way of the New Adult Book Club, in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to love this book... it had so many of the characteristics that normally tick my boxes. A bit of a mystery surrounding 'the chair' right off the bat - check. A hot, reclusive rockstar - check. And I did like it; however, it was a bit tame for my tastes. Plus it was almost like the author changed her mind right in the middle of the book about a major situation as wel
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Started off promising but then took a turn, not for the worse but just not that interesting anymore.
Julie Solano
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Wow. How can I put into words, the way this book moved me? It was unlike anything I’ve read before, so naturally, it had me hooked from the very beginning. “What is this Night Shifts Black?” I thought to myself. “Is that some powerful metaphor for something? Why is the only thing I’m seeing on the teasers a chair? A chair?” My friends kept telling me, “You have to read this book.” I thought to myself, “My TBR list has hundreds of books on it. Why is everyone so desperate for me to read this one ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I’m gonna say I teared up a little bit with this one. It was so emotional. It takes on a really intense subject, but does it in a very relatable way. I love a good brooding and emotionally scarred character so when I read the blurb I had to know what was making Luke so sad.

This book takes you on such a journey. Every character that we encounter has so many layers that are slowly peeled back as we get deeper and deeper into the book. Callie meets Luke in a diner because she was unknowingly s
Kali McQuillen
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
What difference can you make in one person's life? Do you feel that you really can't make a difference? This story will show you that one person can make all the difference in the world.

When you learn Luke's story it will hurt your heart. Luke has made mistakes in the past but haven't we all? When Callie meets him she thinks he's a little odd but they strike up a conversation. Just a little bit each time they talk and they don't talk about anything personal. Their relationship grows gradual
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25- 4.5 STARS

Wow! This book is a dark horse! If you love a raw and gritty rock star read, then this one is for you! Night Shifts Black shares a shelf with Alice Severin’s Access Series and The Resistance from SL Scott.

It’s next to impossible to find a rock star story that is true to the lifestyle, but Alyson Santos sure managed to do just that! It’s been a long time since I found a book that hits all of my reading sweet spots the way this one has. The tone of this book is just……… ugh, perfect
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I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. Not always in that order.

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