Title: Not Quite Shakespeare
Author: Becky Black, Bette Browne, Sam Evans, Theo Fenraven, MA Ford, S.A. Garcia, Penny Hudson, Annabelle Jacobs, Jules Jones, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Sarah Madison, Jay Northcote, Chris Quinton, Megan Reddaway, Rob Rosen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Take a ride to Northern Scotland on the famous train, the Jacobite, and rediscover desire. Get lost in the Peace Maze in Northern Ireland during a downpour and let a handsome young redhead come to the rescue. Take a tour of historical Blackpool on the English coast and set the stage for the perfect romance. From England to the outer isles, the UK holds treasure troves of romance, history, intrigue, and—naturally—quirky British humor. Not Quite Shakespeare samples it all in fifteen stories.
A man in London makes an accidental confession of sexual need to a virtual stranger who happens to be his boss. An American revisits West Sussex and rekindles an old flame with a romp in the stables. A couple finds their perfect third while vacationing on a pig farm in Yorkshire. In the office, on the race track, or in the kitchen baking bread—romance in the UK is alive and well, and full of sweet surprise.
Ninety-nine Problems by Becky Black
The Jacobite by Bette Browne
Illumination by Sam Evans
Wag, Not a Dog by Theo Fenraven
The Benefits of Hindsight by MA Ford
Apollo, Heathcliff, and Hercules by S.A. Garcia
Misadventures of Mislaid Men by Penny Hudson
Rough Tackle by Annabelle Jacobs
Bread and Butter Pudding by Jules Jones
First Contact by Rhidian Brenig Jones
Chanctonbury Ring by Sarah Madison
Tops Down, Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote
In the Doghouse by Chris Quinton
Wrong Number by Megan Reddaway
Best Vacation Ever by Rob Rosen
My love of anthologies is no secret, and I am pleased to read a collection of stories by Dreamspinner Press authors from the United Kingdom in Not Quite Shakespeare. As is true with many anthologies, this one offers the opportunity to sample the wares of new-to-me authors, and I often search out other works by authors that intrigue me in anthologies.
The stories vary widely, ranging from ones with established couples, new love, and couples who may not even be in love at all. All are interesting, sexy, and give the reader a savory story taking place in the U.K. I am already a fan of two of the authors – I think Theo Fenraven is fabulous (Theo’s story is my favorite of the anthology), and I really like everything I’ve read by Jay Northcote, including her contribution to this anthology. Best of all I found new authors to enjoy – particularly Becky Black, whose story Ninety-Nine Problems is especially sweet.
I recommend that you read and enjoy this delightful anthology … you will love these wonderful stories!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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