I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Midsummer Night's Fling Published by Jack's House on June 21, 2016
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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.
I struggle a bit to rate this one because, while I enjoyed it, there are things that felt rushed to me and the wishy-washy behavior by the heroine annoyed me. She wants him… no she doesn’t… she’s been hurt by him… she’s been made to feel like she wasn’t important to him… she’s too clingy… she’s.. she’s… yeah you get the point. I ended up liking the book because of the hero and the supporting cast.
What we have here is a couple who were so young when they first started seeing one another and all the troubles that can come with this especially if there are underlying trust issues caused by family. We have Max who has changed so much over the years and in many ways doesn’t believe that he’s as ready to be a full grown-up as he truly is. He’s struggling to make sure that he keeps his head around Nicola while still exploring if she wants him or not. He’s also trying to keep up the overall show as the chaos of multiple directors, performers who have their own drama and his own issues with his brother but somehow he keeps his head on straight other than with Nicola.
Nicola has her own hangups with Max and these don’t change as the book moves forward. She’s so wrapped up in what she wants/needs/thinks that she misses how she really impacts Max plus exactly what her own feelings are towards him. We see her struggle with this but it honestly takes her being hit over the head with things for her to finally decide where she needs to be. I liked her but she did annoy me.
Lachlan is someone that I felt for as he was/is a good guy behind the ego but he makes a decision that I saw coming and felt would happen. I hope that we get to see more of this series as I would like to see how he moves on from this and to see what happens with the rest of the cast we meet.
The storyline is interesting and the characters did make me happy but it took a bit to make it thru the heartache, angst and assumptions to the end. If you want a quick read with some fun lines, characters and “tactile-phase” you’ll enjoy the ride.