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The Night Owl and the Insomniac

(Shifter U #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A Shifter U Tale

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
ebook, Dreamspun Beyond #23, 249 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Dreamspiner Press
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BWT (Belen)
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-fiction, 2018
This has been a cute series, and I'll definitely continue to read any new books that come out, but I admit I keep wondering when more backstory and world building is going to happen.
3.75 stars rounded up

My favorite of the series so far -- I thought Joey (or Yusuf, as Owen calls him) and Owen were adorable together. I loved how they reconnect through night activities because Joey had the insomnia, including playing chess.

I loved that they worked together when they found out that Joey was actually a shifter -- and Joey never knew about this. I liked the mystery behind it too, it provided some good action in the end, and gave the chance to show that Joey was pretty bad ass
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Night Owl and the Insomniac by J. Leigh Bailey is the third book in the Shifter U series and the twenty-third book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I have read the other books in the Shifter U series, and this book while taking place at Cody College like the rest of the series, is a standalone book. There are cameos of Simon and Ford from the second book Chasing Thunderbird, but you do not need to have read the other books to
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Tag Team Review with Ann!

I want to spend at least a semester at Cody College just to prowl around the campus grounds and see if I can see piles of discarded clothes or spot any of the shifters that attend in their shift. I find this community absolutely amazing and endearing that I can’t get enough. I thought I fell in love with Donnie and William in Stalking Buffalo Bill and then I thought I found more love in Simon and Ford in Chasing Thunderbird. But I didn’t know what love was until
4.5 Stars

Tag Team Review with Sarah!

I really do love this series and The Night Owl and the Insomniac is officially my favorite of the three (shhhh - don’t tell the guys from #1 and #2). Yusef and Owen are just ideal characters and I simply liked them so much. Honestly, you could strip out all of the shifter shenanigans and I would still have loved the story just as much.

In the first two stories in the series, one MC in each couple is part of the badass variety of shifter, they are more “in the
Mari  Cardenas
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars

The Night Owl and the Insomniac is book 3 in the Shifter U series and while the first two books were somewhat interconnected, and while I suggest reading all three in order for maximum enjoyment, I think this book can be perfectly read as a standalone.

Yusuf/Joey has been suffering from some type of autoimmune disorder since he was 5 years old and now that he's moved from his parents' home in Chicago to attend school in Wyoming, he's been suffering from insomnia, which leads him to
Serena Yates
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, shifters, read-2018
‘Shifter U’ has become one of my favorite series, set in a contemporary world where shifters are not known to humans and “band together” at certain universities and places where they feel comfortable. Cody University in Wyoming is one of them, and this third story is as funny as the first two, at least initially. But its theme is also more serious – so that in the second half, the suspense just mounts and mounts as the main character discovers the secret behind his mysterious “illness”. With a ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, own-have
I really like this series, set in a university where shifters and humans coexist. However, this book just didn't do it for me. I thought that the overall plot of figuring out how Yusuf (Joey) could be a shifter and not know it for his whole life was done fairly well. All the investigative work, including hacking and searching for records, was captivating. However, the relationship suffered a bit. Also, I didn't feel like it added much to the overall series, and I would like to have more ...more
Cute story with some intrigue, especially in regards Joey's background and why he was a shifter. I loved Owen and how supportive he was to Joey, helping him through his reactions to him being a shifter.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favourite one of the series with lots of focus on family and relationships before we have a twist that I only saw coming a page away and a very action packed ending!

Joey is leaving home for the first time and going to college. A declaration of independence for him, Joey is embracing being on his own and making his own decisions after a long childhood of being sick and isolated. Joey is still sick but wants to live despite it. The onyl problem is since this is his first time being out since he
Elaine White

I was a bit apprehensive about starting this one, when it didn't seem to have any direct relation to the previous 2, that I loved so much. There had been no introduction to either of the MC's in the previous books, like there was in Books 1-2, so I was worried that I wouldn't connect as well to these new characters or their situations.

I needn't have worried.

First off, Yusef/Joey is scarily - and I mean, freakily - ME! I was that kid who was sick a long time, in and out of hospital, always
Truuss / Loveislovereview
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m
When ‘Yusuf’ Joey is wandering the halls at night he sees Owen who works the night shift. They start a game of chess. He could never imagine starting a new life at Cody College would change his so completely.
From a young age Joey was always sick and his parents paid a fortune in medical bills.
Living this new life is doing him good minus his new developed insomnia. Then one night he shifts into a massive Asiatic lion... he doesn’t know what happens to him. Owen doesn't seem surprised at all...

Christi Snow
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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OMG, Joey's story is so heartbreaking. Seriously, what he's gone through is just awful. No wonder he needs an escape, so he escapes to go to college in Cody, Wyoming, not having a clue as to what he's in for. Joey doesn't sleep. After years of being chronically ill, he just can't get his body to relax so that's how he meets Owen, who mans the nighttime desk of the dorm. The two strike up a friendship built on nocturnal wanderings and chess.

And then everything in Joey's life goes a
Cathy Brockman
This is a book 3 but I haven't read the first two and this one read just fine.
Joey has been sick his entire life and is tired of his parents coddling him and his doctor running painful tests so he goes away to college. He begins having more pain and finding himself roaming the halls at night with insomnia. he meets the night worker Owen and they start playing chess and become fast friends. then Joey shifts and still has a hard time accepting his new life. finding out that his parents have to be
Riina Y.T.
So this was absolutely WONDERFUL!

I've enjoyed the previous two installments of the Shifter U series a lot but if I had to pick a favorite it would be The Night Owl and the Insomniac. Honestly, for personal reasons only since they're all fantastically done.

Sweet, innocent Yusuf and charming Owen are exactly how I like my boys best.

Their meeting, when one night Yusuf slips in a puddle from Owen's overwatered plant, is awkward but Owen's charm wins Yusuf over and they slowly fall into an easy
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Enjoyed all the Wyoming bits (wouldn't want to live there, but I do love to visit) and discovering a whole new species of lion (I ponder if these lions are the source of the "king of the jungle" reputation) amongst all the relationship development bits.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Great story. Couldn't put it down.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet ending but, I would have like an epilogue a few years down the road to smooth out some of the rough edges.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick, light and enjoyable
Morgan  Skye
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun series! If you’re a shifter lover – like me! – you’ve already been enjoying this series. If you’re new… well, I’d say this is as good as any to start with – but maybe go to book one – at least…

In any case, book 2 was my favorite and I LOVED it – this had big shoes to fill and … it didn’t - but it was still real damn good! I loved the whole “I don’t know I’m a shifter” and though the “WTF? How did he not know…” factor was pretty high – the author did a pretty good job
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Reviewed by Cindy

There’s a lot to like about this story. I read the first book in the Shifter U series and I enjoyed it a lot so I jumped at the chance to review this one.

I love shifter stories, and the world the author has built for her characters is intriguing. I found myself wanting to know more about not only Joey and Owen, but also about the other shifters who surround them. There’s a lot of room for more stories here (just saying J. Leigh Bailey) and I hope we get a few more in this
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j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty ...more

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