Played! (Shamwell Tales #2)
Samhain Publishing / June 30, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital
All the world's a stage...but real-life lessons are hidden in the heart.
The Shamwell Tales, Book 2
Though Tristan must join his family's New York firm at summer's end-no more farting around on stage, as his father so bluntly puts it-he can't resist when Shamwell's local amateur dramatics society begs him to take a role in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The bonus: giving private acting lessons to a local handyman who's been curiously resistant to Tristan's advances. Not only is Con delicious, there's fifty pounds riding on Tristan getting him in his bed.
A late-diagnosed dyslexic, Con's never dared to act, convinced he'd never be able to learn his lines. But with Tristan's help, he takes the chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken. And with Tristan due to leave the country soon, Con is determined not to start anything that's bound to finish badly.
Just as Tristan thinks he's finally won Con's heart-and given his own in return-disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance for happiness.
Warning: Contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.
With the USA legalizing same-sex marriage on a national scale this past week, it seemed appropriate that the next book I’d write about for H&H would be a queer romance. J.L. Merrow’s Played! called out to me because of the catnip: queer men, one witty and theatrical, the other down to earth and conventionally bodacious, finding love and sexytimes with each other. I’m a fan of the UK-styled wit that Merrow clearly channeled with the story, and it was helped by a strong opposites attract romantic storyline. Played! is a tip of the hat to Shakespeare, theater, sharing passions, and male/male romance.