Author: Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/12/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Love’s Labours: Book Two
Michael and John, a May/December couple, navigated the repercussions of their gay-for-you love affair in the hothouse of a summerstock theater production.
Back in New York City at the conclusion of their show’s run, John is overwhelmed by his obsession with Michael and the difficulties of learning to date again after the death of his young son and his recent divorce. John gradually comes out to his colleagues, his football rec league friends, and even his ex-wife.
But when he invites his parents over for Christmas to meet the person he’s been seeing, the holiday—featuring Michael’s family’s amateur production of Twelfth Night—quickly turns into a French farce of potentially catastrophic proportions, forcing John finally to take the lead in claiming his evolving identity as he takes the next step in his relationship with Michael.
I have been waiting for this novella since I finished <a target=”_blank” href=””>Midsummer</a> back in June. That story finished with a “happy for now” style ending for May/December lovers John and Michael. Theirs was a love born of a summer in the woods. We knew they wanted to make it work back in New York, but the specifics of that were left for the sequel. That sequel is <em>Twelfth Night</em>.
Once again harkening to the plays of The Bard, Twelfth Night focuses on John and Michael melding their lives together and making their odd romance work in the real world. The primary obstacle is, of course, John coming out and becoming comfortable with them as a couple in public. There is no way Michael will stay a secret. I love that he is bratty enough that he has no problems calling John on his shit but mature enough to know when to hold his tongue.
Michael is an odd duck. John has to come to terms with how the quirks he fell in love with in the forest fit into the concrete jungle of NYC. Of course, this happens over a couple of month of fall and winter — and the holidays. Holidays mean family, so it is fitting that if their relationship can weather this storm, then they are on their way to a happily ever after.
I don’t know if there is another book in John and Michael’s future. I feel they are somewhat settled now, but at the same time they just took a huge step. I wouldn’t mind seeing how that step affects their relationship.
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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