Jun 21, 2016

*New Release & Review* A Midsummer Night's Fling 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.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Theater is a weakness of mine so when I read the synopsis for Eliza Walker's A Midsummer Night's Fling I knew I had to check the story out. I was happy to find a fun second chance romance that was light on the angst and heavy on heat and happiness.

What I Loved: A Midsummer Night's Fling is an incredibly easy read that I was able to finish in one sitting. Max and Nicola have a wonderful connection and their push/pull attraction had me in turns yelling at them and cheering them on. The use of my favorite Shakespearean play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, to highlight the couples journey back to each other was done seamlessly. There is also a treasure trove of interesting secondary characters that I would be excited to hear more from.

What I Didn't Love: Overall A Midsummer Night's Fling is an enjoyable story but for a passionate couple like Max and Nicola I would have loved a little more insight into the early years of their relationship and their initial separation. A few flashbacks would have helped see how much each character grew in their time apart.

Favorite Quotes:
"As soon as her lips touched his, Nicola knew she'd made a terrible mistake. But, wow, did she not give a shit."
"Half the time I want to kill him. Half the time I want to tear his clothes off with my teeth."
"But Juliet had it wrong: the sea could dry up. The bounty was not infinite, not inexhaustible. You could pour out your love to someone, even receive their love in return, and yet still you might find yourself parched in the end, bereft. Alone."
A Midsummer Night's Fling is the first book in a planned Much Ado About Love Series and I will definitely come back and check out with author Eliza Walker has in store with her future stories. Kudo's to Jack's House Publishing for finding this author and I can't wait to check out more gems from this new publishing house.

Happy reading.

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