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Twelfth Night

(Love's Labours #2)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Michael and John, a May/December couple, navigate 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 g
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ebook, 68 pages
Published August 12th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Ami
Michael's penchant for being a drama prince aside -- this follow-up to May/December relationship between two theater actors is still as angst-free as the previous novella. The main plot in Twelfth Night is John's coming out progress to his friends and family as someone who is now in a queer relationship. Everybody accept it without batting an eye. In fact, the only ripple that comes from it is Michael's reaction to John using the word 'queer'.

Seriously, Michael's pushy attitude towards John --
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SA
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: found-ebook, 2018
One of those scenarios where you read a charming m/m book, and then click to the next on your list to delightfully discover it's a sequel to the first.

This is also charming! Michael realllllllly makes me remember 25. Or, moreso my 25-year-old friends. It's hard for me to get worked up about age difference, in trope or in real life, because it's really not something I think about very often myself -- age in terms of social convention. But this is one of those where the generational difference re
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A.M. Leibowitz
(Originally reviewed for Inked Rainbow)

This is a terrific sequel to Midsummer. It's definitely necessary to have read the first one in order to understand the relationship dynamics between Michael and John. I liked this one slightly less, but only because I think it lacked just a bit of the magic that made the first one so wonderful and memorable.

The story is entirely told in John's point of view, so we only ever see the somewhat otherworldly Michael through his eyes. That's part of what intrigu
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Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O.K. that's two nearly non stop reads in one day and I'm still wanting more. John is still struggling to define who he is, but its more than clear that he and Michael are the real deal. It's hard for John to understand how he's come from a heterosexual marriage into an enduring love of a man, and as such makes his fair share of blunders. Michael has trouble understanding John's confusion having come out at 14 he's got a lot of experience at being true to his feelings but a hard time communicatin ...more
Inked Reads
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
FiveStars
This is a terrific sequel to Midsummer. It's definitely necessary to have read the first one in order to understand the relationship dynamics between Michael and John. I liked this one slightly less, but only because I think it lacked just a bit of the magic that made the first one so wonderful and memorable.
The story is entirely told in John's point of view, so we only ever see the somewhat otherworldly Michael through his eyes. That's part of what intrigued me in this story. I kept fe
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Molly Lolly
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four stars!
I so enjoyed this story. I liked it better than the first one, especially since my main concern in the first (how Michael was treated about his past) is gone in this story. These two guys are still so perfect for each other. I love how they work things out and make a relationship work despite their close-but-not location and two live to mesh. John still needs to work on coming to terms with how others perceive his sexuality by virtue of dating a man, rega
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Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*


This book is the continuation of John and Michael's romance, who met and fell in love during a summerstock theater production, and are now back in New York dealing with real life issues like living more than an hour away, work and dealing with the repercussions of John falling in love with a man for the first time, and coming out to his family.

The road to HEA is not an easy one, but it's
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Jude Sierra
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect escape romance. This series is just what you need when you want to curl up in bed with something feel good.

That's not to say that this book lacks tension. Like any well written romance, the pacing of this book and the driving arc keep you interested and rooting for the characters. Even when sometimes you really want to talk to them about their choices ;)

These books hit that perfect sweet spot of sexy and romantic. I finished this one in a few hours and then went right back to Midsummer
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Brandilyn
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-months, read-2015, mm
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

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>.

For Complete review see Prism Book Alliance

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Rachel Emily
OK…so…I kinda didn't like this follow up as much as the first book in this series, and I think that was mostly due to Michael's attitude towards John wanting him to label himself as gay and that's that. I mean, the man is in his 40's and had always thought of himself as a straight man, so give the man a break and let him come to terms with things on his own time.

But, I kinda adore these two and just want them to talk things out and keep communicating and have a wonderful relationship! I hope th
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Christine
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, glbt
As always Maltese and McRae deliver wonderful characters and enthralling stories. The only bad part is that there isn't more.
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Racheline Maltese is a queer writer living a big life from a small space. She flies planes, sails boats, and rides horses, but as a native New Yorker, has no idea how to drive a car.

A performer and storyteller focused on themes of celebrity, gender, desire and mourning, Racheline has a journalism degree from The George Washington University; studied acting and directing at the Atlantic Theater Co
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