Title: A Midsummer Night's Fling
Series: Much Ado about Love Bk 1
Author: Eliza Walker
Release Date: June 21, 2016! 

“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.
One of my all time favorite books happens to be a second chance romance set against the backdrop of a Shakespearean theatre production. So, given that, I was a bit skeptical about how a story that sounded so similar would compare. Well I may have went in to this book without expectations, but I'm happy to say that A Midsummer Night's Fling wholly consumed me from beginning to end. It was not only addictive and sexy, but it was DIFFERENT. It's refreshing. This story is entertaining and angsty and it blindsided me with how much I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The feels...oh.my.word, THE FEELS. I love a second chance romance, but, even more, I love a solid, well written storyline that makes me feel things, both good and bad. This book made me feel ALL the things. I sometimes struggle with finding a deep connection with characters when a book is written in the third person. But this story just pulled me right in, carried me through this unpredictable, emotional journey of second chances and forgiveness right along with these characters. I fell in LOVE with Max and Nicola, I was consumed with their tumultuous past, with all the things I hoped they'd find after being catapulted back into each other's lives. I felt every word, every page, every moment. I was IN this book.

Most impressive was the author's ability to weave the drama and theatrics of a stage production with the authenticity and realism of Max and Nicola's 'real life' romantic saga. Their relationship woes, the past heartbreak, the antics on and off the stage are all woven together so seamlessly. This story is the perfect mix of romance, sex, angst, drama, conflict, humor and heartbreak, and it's crafted together exquisitely against the backdrop of the theatre. Meticulously layered, A Midsummer Night's Fling is unlike anything else I've read. I'm in love with this book, with these characters, with this author's writing. I'm secretly hoping there's more to come for these characters because I miss them already and I'm convinced that there's still so much to learn about all of the side characters in this story as well.

This book came as a total surprise for me in so many ways. I admit I don't take many chances on authors I haven't read before. I tend to play it safe and stick to those I already know and love. Eliza Walker is a new author for me, but after reading and LOVING A Midsummer Night's Fling, I can say with certainty that she's an author I'll be keeping my eyes out for. I loved her writing style so much in this book. Everything from the dialogue to the rich prose to the multifaceted plot completely owned me. I was swept away by this story, by the romanticism within these pages, by the solid execution of this plot that delved deep into the production of this Shakespearean romance while simultaneously allowing a heartwarming love story to unfold.

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  1. Great review, just added this to my TBR pile! Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are 2 of my favorite books so like you I was kind of leery when I first saw this book, but you've convinced me to give it a shot!