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The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean

(The Middlemark Mysteries #1)

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de V ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew
Points for talking about Shakespearean identity theories and broadly grammatical writing, but nothing more. Daft plot; main MC's alter-ego is completely unbelievable. Impossible to take the book seriously after the first time the MCs get together and one strips for the other:
"It was difficult to drag his eyes from [his buns] until Blaise leaned forward to slide the denim down his legs and uncovered the enticing gap between those buns, to say nothing of some hangy-downy bits that attracted Llewel
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CrabbyPatty
Tan khaki and sweater-wearing Llewellyn Lewis is a mild-mannered history professor by day, and a rogue historical investigator / writer by night, masquerading this identity while in public with wigs, heels and fabulous club wear. Llewellyn is approached at the University with an interesting proposition from Anne de Vere, a descendant of the man some feel may have penned the works attributed to Shakespeare. She is willing to endow the University with $5 million if Llewellyn will research this iss ...more
Pati
This is the most ridiculously stupid book pretending to be a mystery that I have ever read! Apparently the police don't know anything about surveillance cameras, traffic cameras or phone records. Nor do they understand how to investigate a murder as well as a history professor/ researcher/ author. SMH.... Not a single believable act in this cheese fest.

I used to be a fan of this author but this will be the last time I waste my time and money on her books. I don't recommend this to anyone.
Calila
Received A Review Copy From The Author

Cute story, but I didn't fully love it. I mean its kind of bad when you're lowkey rooting for one of the MCs to end up with a side character instead of the shady MC. I didn't mind Blaise keeping secrets because Llewellyn could tell something was not completely on the up & up there. But I didn't like how he "apologized" after the truth came out. He made it about himself instead of actually being contrite, it felt off. I also just never fell for the couple, th
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Stephanie   GooglyEyes
This was a cute cozy mystery.
Llewellyn was adorable with all his stuttering and self doubt, masked in another persona of "Rondell" the flamboyant writer.

I wish there would have been more investigation on Shakespeare being the nobleman, but alas, that would be super hard to write of you're not a dedicated historian.

Throughout the book, you're basically suspicious of everyone, except Maria, because she kicks all the ass.
It felt a little cheesy in parts, but that's OK, because sometimes you jus
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Anna
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This was... utterly ridiculous. Tara Lain can be a bit hit and miss for me and this book was a massive miss. Put it this way, I have tried to read it on three separate occasions over the last few months and could only force myself to plough through a couple of chapters each time. I give up!
Truths Loveislovereview
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq
Llewellyn Lewis is a shy stuttering historical researcher by day and a fluently speaking totally different man named Ramon by night. When he’s at a gay bar as Ramon he sees the most beautiful man ever.
When he meets him again as Llewellyn he can’t believe Blaise assists him in the research case of finding out who Shakespeare was. It’s heavy paid research and it looks like there are some people who are sabotaging it.
Blaise uses all his charms on Llewellyn and both men have affectionate feelings...
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Erica Fisher
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean by Tara Lain is a wonderful mix of history and mystery.

Meet Llewellyn Lewis shy prominent historian who lives to solve impossible historical mysteries with the help of his feisty protective research assistant Marie. Meet Blaise Arthur, an English teacher assistant, finds himself in the middle of a mystery and investigation where he finds love.
Llewellyn and Blaise meet at a fundraising dinner where Llewell
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Tiuri
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gromance
The author blurb mentioned that 'sweet' is an adjective used frequently for her writing and I have to agree. This was well-written, funny and yes, sweet. Llewellyn was an adorable protagonist, Blaise turned out to be a sweetheart and the secondary characters ranged from hilarious to pompous to a great friend. It was more romance than detective story but both parts were well-balanced in intensity. I would've liked a bit more background on how Ramon came to be but all in all this was very enjoyabl ...more
Ekollon
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've put off writing this review because, honestly, I feel kind of strange writing it because I liked it more than I think it truly deserved, mostly because I think Blaise ended up being a creepy creeper and I just didn't like him. I mean, I know we were supposed to end up feeling positive towards him and what was going on with him, but I really wasn't. I feel like he was a grown man with control over his own destiny, and what was going on with him . . . really wasn't acceptable.

Instead, Llewel
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Josy
I won this book in the MM Romance Group Celebration 2018 and I want to say a BIG thank you to Tara Lain for her generosity!
Cathy Brockman
The case if the Sexy Shakesperean is a fun, easy to read, page-turning mystery. I liked Llewellyn a lot. His lisp gave him extra character, though I wondered how he got by as a history professor and speaking, however, brushing that aside since its fiction, I fond that trait made him adorable. There are many likable characters in this story such as his assistant Maria. As in all cozies, there are a lot of characters and that helps throw you off the who did it. I didn't connect with Blaise for som ...more
ReadingAllNite
3.5 Stars
This was a cute interpretation of a cozy mystery mixed with gay romance elements. Llewelyn is a nerdy, introverted history professor, so to release his wilder side, he’s created the alter ego and semi-public face of Ramon Rondell, popular writer of outrageous books on historical mysteries. Ramon is also the professors cruising disguise when out on the town and he is captivated one night by a glimpse of a handsome man. When Llewelyn meets Blaise Arthur at a dinner with Anne de Vere, wan
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Sue
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER -- I was provided an advanced copy of this book in exchange for the promise of an impartial review.

Right from the start I was intrigued by the fact that MC # 1 has an altar-ego. Dr. Llewellyn Lewis is a famed academic. His specialty is researching historical mysteries. He's a tenured history professor at a smallish private college, but doesn't do much actual teaching these days as he's shy and socially awkward. He speaks with a stutter, and lives a decidedly khaki life (including his
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books are love
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am going to be honest and say I didn’t quite know what to expect this time from Tara Lain. We usually get one or two outrageously fun characters with quirky ways about them but this you could tell wouldn’t have that. So I was a wee bit wary. I like a good cozy mystery but didn’t know how Tara Lain would pull it off with her normal writing style. She pleasantly surprised me. Tara Lain went out of her comfort zone and wrote a book that wasn’t full of over the top moments nor was there drama. Jus ...more
Nicole
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

To be honest, I am torn.

Llewellyn Lewis is a history professor. He loves solving or just writing theories of historical people and events, and has 3 cats. But he is also Ramon Rondell. When he is Ramon, he changes his appearance and no one knows what he looks like, no one knows who he really is. Llewellyn also stutters, which for me reading it was a bit annoying. During a night out as Ramon, he sees a beautiful man, that later appears at the university he is.

Blaise Arthur is an engli
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Shannon
This is a tough one to rate for me. I love Tara Lain and enjoyed the story so I'll go with 4 but it's really more 3.5. The reason? Everything about this book felt surface and glossed over. The love story wasn't deep or meaningful, the initial mystery was never answered and I felt like I had more questions than answers at the end of the book. Maybe it's just me but there it is. I adored Llewellyn and his cats. I adored his assistant. I liked Blaise okay but didn't love his motives. This could hav ...more
Kat
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ooh ooh ooh! It's been a long time since I  was tempted - oh so tempted - to cheat and read the ending first.

Llewellyn is a history professor made a little famous by researching historical mysteries. He's adorably awkward with a kick-ass assistant and the cutest trio of cats ever. He meets Blaise, a new grad student, at a faculty fundraising dinner and proceeds to sneezy/snort coconut all over the table and a donor- right in front of his new crush! He has so many deliciously painful moments tha
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kathleen
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean in one sitting. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon read. I loved the mystery elements of this romance. Dr. Llewelyn Lewis stole my heart. He is sweet, unassuming and unaware of how appealing he is. Blaise certainly had no trouble seeing what lies beneath the rumpled khakis and the shy stutter of the cute Dr. Lewis.

With nothing seeming to be what it appears these two are in for quite the adventure. Along the way they find something special together.
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Jovan
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

Tara Lain’s books can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed her first cozy mystery. I liked Llewellyn and was intrigued by the fact that not only does he have an alter ego but that he overcomes his stutter in that persona. The book hints that Llewellyn’s genius and his mother’s bitterness made him a punching bag for her disappointment, and that his stutter, shyness and feeling of inadequacies that he hides behind stem from his childhood.

Blaise is a charmer who has been trained by
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Donna
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
m/m
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean is a fun, sweet m/m romantic mystery. There are twists and turns everywhere and our intrepid hero academic Dr. Llewellyn Lewis has to dig through them to get to the truth. Something he is very good at. What he isn’t good at is peopling but no worries Blaise will blaze a path for him. This story is terrific and I look forward to future Middlemark Mysteries.
Stephanie
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read! Such a fun and cute romantic mystery. I just fall in love with Dr. Llewellyn Lewis and his stutter. He is so passionate about his work and I love it. Then we have Blaise who I was suspicious of in the beginning. However I still think they are prefect for each other. This had twists and turns with romance that I couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happened.
Janeylou
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
3.75 stars
Ilona
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, romance, intrigue
Angie
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery where we are introduced to Lewis Llewellyn, a mild mannered history professor who is famous as a researcher. When he's offered a cool million to prove that someone's relative is the real Shakespeare, it changes his entire life. Blaise may not be exactly whom he says he is but falling in love surprises both men. But before they can pursue their relationship, Llewellyn must solve a murder or their happily ever after is in jeopardy.
Lena Grey
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Frie-drich Nietzsche

Between the lack of nurturing when he was a child and his self-imposed limitations about socializing, Dr. Llewellyn Lewis is a highly esteemed university professor specializing in literature research. Llewellyn's department head requests his presence a
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Mirjam



Middlemark University's history professor Dr. Llewellyn Lewis is a shy person who has a bad stutter making him lacking confidence and difficulty to socialise.
But every once in a while, though, he brings out his alter ego, Ramon Rondell, to play. And than one night he sees The young dancer was tall, over six feet by at least a couple of inches of superlean body that moved like he was made of rubber. Except for the ass. Holy crap, the most perfect, taut, iron-hard butt, The man had an energy, a ch
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Annie Maus
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Tara Lain’s The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean a confident romancer pursues a shy, lonely, professor who investigates the mysteries of historical figures. As their seduction progresses, murder and mayhem interrupt. Sign me up!

Former child prodigy, now literary historian and professor, Dr. Llewellyn Lewis has created an alter-ego to achieve the daring feats he’s too self-conscious to attempt. When he dons a wig and platform shoes, he becomes dashing Ramon Rondell, who publishes his more contr
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Chris
4 out of 5 stars

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Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shak
...more
Penumbra
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean is the first book in ‘The Middlemark Mysteries’. It stars Dr. Llewellyn Lewis a history professor, and Blaise Arthur, a teaching assistant. The story is told in third person from both Llewellyn and Blaise’s povs.

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