Twelfth Night by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

TwelfthNightLGTitle: Twelfth Night
Series: Love’s Labours 2
Author: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (68 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12 Aug 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: 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.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-494-0

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: Twelfth Night is the second book in the Love’s Labours series by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae. This sequel follows straight on from Midsummer and it is important that you read it before starting on Twelfth Night.

We pick up the story of twenty-five year old Michael and forty-two year old John soon after they had attended some weird summer drama camp for adults (that’s honestly how I remember it in my head). They’re both back home in the big city, New York, though they live in different boroughs. They now face reality after their summer idle has ended and now must navigate their lives together, which includes John getting the courage to jump out of the closet.

There weren’t many Shakespeare in-jokes and puns like the first, which I found a little disappointing, because they kept me amused previously. I will admit that this one isn’t as filled with as much drama or angst as the first installment.

However, it is a nice and enjoyable way to see that these guys, still with their fantastic chemistry, have a chance at getting their happily ever after.

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