A Midsummer Night’s Fling
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“A magical, joyful, delightful, sexy contemporary romance by a new star in the making!” — New York Times bestselling author, Marie Force
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.
*****4.5 Romantically Theatrical Stars*****
Max and Nicola have what you might call a complicated past. Starting out as high school sweethearts, they loved hard and broke up often, continuing the pattern until they just couldn't. Eight years later, Nicola has put all of that behind her, making a life for herself doing what she loves. Sort of. When Max shows up with an offer that will mean working in close quarters with him again, Nicola does the only logical thing. She says yes...
Like most readers, I have my go-to authors, ones that I would move immediately to the top of my TBR when their books go live. Imagine, then, how intrigued I was, when one of my favorites recommended a new author, one that she was so sure of, she was publishing that author's book. Color me excited, and sign me up.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING by new author Eliza Walker was such a lovely read. If you think that there's not plenty of romance, passion, and intrigue amongst a current-day troupe of Shakespearean actors and actresses, I've got news for you: you couldn't be more wrong. Eliza has done a great job of writing characters that are passionate about their craft, of making dramatic lines and sonnets interesting and inspiring, and of writing a sexy and emotional second-chance love story.
I love that Max is written as flawed, yet reformed, aware of the things that didn't work for him in the past, and willing to do whatever it takes to emerge as a changed and better man for Nicola. And, Nicola, having made choices before that broke her, is now a strong woman, less willing to give up the things that matter to her, yet still self-aware enough to know when to bend.
I loved everything about this book, from the glimpses of life in the theater, to the rich and strong personalities of all of the characters. Eliza Walker is an author to watch, because I believe that she will be gracing us with plenty of good books in the future. I happily recommend A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING, and look forward to reading more books by Eliza.
Light, fun, sexy, & sweet!
This second chance romance is adorable and sexy at the same time. The cast of characters is definitely intriguing and they keep your attention throughout. One thing the author did very well was to inspire emotion toward them, whether negative or positive, I still had feelings for the characters. The plot is fun and has some unique elements. The outdoor theatre and summer Shakespeare cast reminded me of Shakespeare in the Park, in Central Park every summer.
I also enjoyed the witty nature of the dialogue, especially the inner dialogue, it definitely had me giggling at times.
Max is all that is yummy in a hero. I especially liked that he wasn’t the dark, brooding type. He’s quick to smile and put you at ease, funny, loveable, but he still has that masculine alpha thing that sets you on fire. Throughout the story, it’s clear he has done a lot of growing and the author does her best to give the reader situations where he is able to prove it. I loved that he took responsibility as well. He knew he’d screwed up. And, while there is blame to go around, he owned his part.
Nicola actually possesses a lot of the same qualities as Max, although, she doesn’t admit to her part in their downfall quite as honestly. Once you learn their history, it’s easier to understand why she is so wary of being around Max and possibly falling for him again. She’s a strong woman and I love how she stuck to her guns and took the crap handed to her by other characters with dignity and professionalism. This is one of the ways the author was able to show Nicola’s level of growth as well.
These two have crazy chemistry! The sexual tension is thick and when it finally implodes, you’ll walk away with 2nd degree burns!
The cast of characters is fabulous. They are all so unique and I finished the book hoping some of them will get their own novels.
I will say, there was a little too much Shakespeare. And, this is coming from someone who was a professional actor and English Lit major, who adores Shakespeare. So, too much for me is hard to accomplish. It got tedious and slowed the pace down some. There were also a couple of moments where the author almost lost me. I felt like their interest in other people, after being back in each other’s presence and feeling their chemistry, towed the line with me.
Overall, this was on the lighter side, it was fun, sexy, and sweet. I enjoyed it a lot. It goes on my “might re-read list” but I’m definitely going keep my eye on this author.