Sunday, July 13, 2014

Title: A Midsummer Night's Fling
Series: Stage Kiss Series, #1
Author: Beth Matthews
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again. 

 Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame. 

 But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max. 

 As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.


Excerpt:
He shrugged, his massive shoulders rising and falling like some kind of geological event. "This is the tent pole production of the company's summer season. We need A-level talent, and none of the girls already in the company are up to snuff. Rita knows you, she's had you in a lead role before, and you've played Titania -- " 

 "In grad school." 

 As Nicola said it, Cassie shot her a shocked look from the bathroom door which was basically, Why are you sabotaging yourself? 

 Nicola pretty much felt the same way: furious with herself for being so childish. But as juicy as this opportunity was, Nicola didn't want anything to do with anything that had to do with Max. 

 Max was a trap, a dungeon, a freaking oubliette. She'd barely managed to survive leaving him five years ago. She didn't know how to process this, how to deal with him. She was swimming in cognitive dissonance. 

Part of her was glad to see him. Part of her was squealing with joy at the opportunity he was offering her. 
 And part of her wanted to punch him in the head and throw him out of her apartment.

 "Which one is A Midsummer Night's Dream?" Cassie asked, turning toward Max with a polite smile.

 Traitor. Nicola glowered. 

 "It's the play with the fairies," Max explained. "Puck. The two couples run into the forest, and the fairies meddle so people keep falling in and out of love with each other. Nicola would be playing the fairy queen -- " 

 "I didn't say I'd do it!"

 "Whose estranged husband, the fairy king, casts a spell on her so she falls in love with a man who's got the head of a donkey. And much wackiness ensues." 

 Cassie frowned, thinking. "Wasn't Christian Bale in that movie? He took his shirt off." 

 Max gaped at Cassie in horror. 

 Nicola bit back a grin. "Cassie isn't much for Shakespeare. You didn't used to be either, Max." 

 "I'm a reformed character," he said, his voice going warm and low.

Nicola shifted, feeling her cheeks heat. Liar.


Beth Matthews is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with two of the neediest housecats on the planet. She also does freelance editing on the side if you’re an indie author looking for someone to read your books.


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