#BookReview A Midsummer Night's Fling (Much Ado About Love #1) by Eliza Walker #romance

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 was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

I always wonder why couples get back together after breaking up. Three times for a couple is a lot, so I could see why Nicola and Max were fighting their renewed attraction. The romance between Nicola and Max was amazing. The heat between them jumped off the pages and it lasted throughout the book.

One thing that made the story believable was the reason the couple had broken up in the first place. It wasn’t what I had expected, but it made a whole lot of sense. Both Max and Nicola had changed since the last time they saw each other five years ago. Max did a lot to make himself into a better person. He’d changed for himself when his life wasn’t working out the way he’d anticipated and this made him a fantastic hero. Being handsome, funny, intelligent, and in love with Nicola didn’t hurt either.

The secondary characters were very entertaining and I’m curious to see which of them will be next in the series to fall in love.

I’m not the biggest fan of Shakespeare and some of the lines went right over my head, but that was okay because it didn’t throw me out of the story. Some of the other references had me laughing out loud.

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Disclaimer: I volunteered to review this book.

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