- Unlikeable Heroines: The heroine of Midnight Duet is
a flawed anti-heroine on a path to redemption. Why is this
type of heroine so polarizing in the romance genre and why it’s more
important than ever to write stories celebrating complicated, feminist,
unapologetically sexual women.
- Rewriting the "Alpha"/"Rockstar" Hero: Through the lens of 80’s-era glam rock gender fluidity coming back into fashion (think Harry Styles in a feather boa), Jen explores moving away from gender-specific expectations about what it means to be a strong, confident, “dominant,” romance hero.
- Retellings: Midnight Duet a loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. Retellings of Phantom and similar stories have always been a popular trope in romance, but are
now seeing even more of a resurgence with adaptations that subvert
problematic themes of the past (like being captured and falling in love
with a ‘villain’).
PRAISE FOR MIDNIGHT DUET:
“Comfort delivers a high-heat, high-volume contemporary romance…The spicy sex scenes titillate, and the plot is leavened with humor and unabashed silliness.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Scorchingly hot, delightfully snarky, surprisingly sweet…this fun, bonkers, genderbent modern take on Phantom of the Opera is everything I didn’t know I wanted.” ―Cathy Yardley, author of Role Playing
“Midnight Duet delivers on its delightfully bonkers premise! Funny, sexy, and heartfelt, it takes the archetypes we think we know―the Broadway diva and the arrogant rock star―and reveals humans who learn, grow, and love.” ―Eden Appiah-Kubi, author of The Bennet Women
“The steamy romance novel pipe organists have been craving.” ―Jennifer Bardsley, author of Talk of the Town
“Midnight Duet is the steamy romance musical theater geeks have been waiting for. Leads Erika and Christof have sizzling chemistry, and a cast of outrageous side characters kept me laughing until the last page. So much fun!” ―Addie Woolridge, author of The Bounce Back
“Jen Comfort takes two larger-than-life leads, incendiary sexual tension, and a hilarious scene-stealing supporting cast and dials the amp all the way up to eleven in Midnight Duet―a romance that’s dramatic, campy catnip for theater lovers and angst lovers alike. It’s a horny romp that also accomplishes a heartfelt exploration of loneliness, growth, and belonging―ultimately unbreaking two broken people who realize the power of letting go and letting others in.” ―Jen Devon, author of Bend Toward the Sun
ABOUT MIDNIGHT DUET:
Self-professed diva Erika Greene has it all: a starring role on Broadway, legions of fans, spectacular natural talent.
In Jen Comfort’s MIDNIGHT DUET, an accident on stage leaves Erika’s face scarred and her career in shambles, so she retreats to Paris, Nevada, where she’s inherited a ramshackle opera house in desperate need of some TLC.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jen Comfort is originally from Portland, Oregon, and dabbled in astrophysics before spending a decade working in restaurants in New York City and Portland.