Susi Reviews A Midsummer Night’s Fling
(Much Ado About Love, #1)
by Eliza Walker
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.
What do you get when you mix a Summer acting job, a second chance romance and Shakespeare? Well, you get a Midsummer Night’s Fling by Eliza Walker. I will be honest, I wasn’t too sure I was going to like this book at the very start. It took me some time to really get to know and like the characters but, once it happened, the rest of the book was a real treat. I am a fan of Shakespeare and it had been quite some time since I read or was reminded of his work. Eliza blended a clever and well written story that was a pleasant surprise from all of my other current reads.
Nicola and Max, the two main characters are actors that are reunited after several years. They had a relationship years ago that didn’t end well. A Summer acting job brings them together in roles that pull at their emotional and sensual strings. This story has humor, angst, love, and a great cast both as actors and friends. Chemistry among lovers is hard to shake and Max and Nicola definitely have it making that aspect of the book so much more enjoyable.
I will mention this, you need to be familiar with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to understand the roles they will play when acting. I had to do a little refresher research to make all of the connections in my mind. Once I did that, the story flowed, made sense to me and was brilliant.
I do love second chance romance stories and I am always the cheerleader routing for the two former lovers to come together. I do recommend that you read the book to see what happens between these two. I won’t spoil it for you.
I look forward to reading the rest of this series. A Midsummer Night’s Fling is a perfect Summer Beach Read.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Eliza, congrats on your debut!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Eliza Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of the Much Ado About Love Series that begins with A Midsummer Night’s Fling. Her experiences as an actress helped inspire the series about actors finding love amidst the bedlam backstage at a world-class repertory theater. Once upon a time, Eliza met her own wonderful husband when they did a play together.
By day Eliza helps corral engineers for NASA (without doing any of the tech stuff herself, of course). By night she loves to write her sarcastic heroes and heroines bantering their way to true love. Eliza is a total geek, a movie buff and a mediocre swing dancer. Eliza and her husband live in sunny Southern California with two of the neediest housecats on the planet.
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