A Midsummer Night's Fling by Eliza Walker
Published by Jack's House Publishing
June 21, 2016
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The show must go on, but the price of admission could be her heart.
Sick of her vagabond life in a Broadway touring company, Nicola is ready to settle down. She wants nothing more than to park her suitcase in California, put out feelers for local auditions, and leave her past firmly behind her.
Too bad her past comes knocking on her door her first day home. All six-foot-three, beautiful man of her past named Max. Stupid Max. The mistake Nicola just can’t seem to stop making.
Even before Nicola—fiery, quick-witted, beautiful Nicola—slams the door in his face, Max is in trouble. She will always be the one who got away. Three times. Which makes convincing her to play Titania to his Oberon a bit…awkward.
Though she has zero desire to re-re-rekindle an old flame, Nicola can’t turn down the chance Max is offering: a lead role with the West Coast’s premiere Shakespeare company. But when their first rehearsal kiss disintegrates into a passionate liplock, she’s questioning her sanity and tempted to jump ship—before Max can break her heart again.
Now it’s up to Max to convince her that the torch he’s been carrying is actually an eternal flame.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book a lot. I think part of that enjoyment comes from the fact that I just recently took a semester of Shakespeare in college. That being said, I don't think you have to have that experience to enjoy this book, it just enhanced the content for me personally. I will definitely be looking out for the other books in this series to be released.
Max and Nicola are both actors who have a past that goes back to high school. Nicola has been touring with a musical theatre company for the past 5 years and has decided that she wants to stay in one place for awhile. She is literally unpacking in her new apartment when Max knocks on her door and pleads with her to step into the lead in a Shakespeare play the company he works for is producing as the centerpiece for their summer show.
It's been years since she's done Shakespeare and never on this scale so she says yes not realizing that she has her work cut out for her. She needs to impress the company owner who is used to playing the lead as well as a new director who has her eye on Max. Max is quite literally a changed man and it's not long before Nicola realizes that even though it's been years she hasn't gotten over Max. As they rehearse for opening night they work through some of their old issues while they decide whether or not they are meant to be together.
The characters are very well developed and the story was filled with fun Shakespeare bits and quotes. The supporting cast was great as well and will make reading this series even more fun. This was an excellent first novel by Eliza Walker I can only imagine how good the next one will be!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*