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A Late Summer Night's Dream

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Among Oxford’s dreaming spires, can a widowed professor and a wide-eyed scholar make their own dreams of love come true?

Simeon Shakespeare is living his academic dream. As an Oxford scholar, he spends his days in libraries and whiles away his nights at the theater. A mix-up over a seat number leads to a very awkward first act, but that’s nothing compared to what happens wh
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Published February 19th 2019 by Pride Publishing
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do love the way these two write together. Usually it's historical, but this one's contemporary and set amid Oxford's dreaming spires.

The idea behind this one just tickled me, a mix up over theatre seats turns into a pie and mash date between PhD student Simeon and Anthony, the guy he thought was sitting in his seat.

Things look like they're moving to the start of something special but Anthony is older than Simeon and he lost his husband to brain cancer just four years earlier and he has a touch
Barb ~rede-2-read~
What a wonderfully sweet, old-fashioned romance between an older man, who happens to be a professor and a widower, and a younger man, who happens to be pursuing his doctorate. They meet at the theater when Simeon mistakes his seat for one already taken and disputes it earnestly just as the curtain is about to go up. When he realizes he’s in the wrong, he attempts an apology at intermission and is shocked to see the gorgeous older gent, dressed to the nine’s for the theater, with silver in his bl ...more
Frankie Reviews
I do love reading these two fine ladies work, whether its historical, contemporary or even supernatural (Read The Captains Ghostly Gamble ;-)) Curzon and Harkstead together are such a treat for the romance reader and this is a wonderful addition to their ever-expanding CV.

A Late Summer Night’s Dream is another wonderful novella, set in picturesque Oxford. A love-at-first-sight tale, which sees a young wide-eyed, who is living the scholarly dream, who meets a handsome, widowed professor at the t
Cee Brown
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(.• (.•` ღShakespeare & the Professor

"I happen to"—find mature gents irresistible—"not be fussed by age." ~Simeon

One wrong seat began it all. When he'd requested his theatre ticket, all Simeon worried about was getting the best experience. Too bad the play turned out to be a fail in his books. But the seat-stealer turned out to be more entertaining and Simeon was not mad about it. There was a quick flame burning chemistry and instant attraction from jump.

This could quite easi
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
A Late Summer Night's Dream is the delightful story of a young man working on his P.H.D., who has a mix up with his seat at the theatre. What could have been an embarrassing evening turns into a night full of laughter and flirtation.

This is a genteel book, with an old-fashioned style of writing that perfectly fits this story. There is an age gap physically, but mentally and emotionally, these two are the perfect fit for each other. This is only a short book, but the pacing is spot on for it, not
Lillian Francis
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tender, gentle, and, so romantic. Perfect for Valentine's Day.

Beautifully written, and so very British. I cried, I sighed, I smiled.
Annie Maus
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I half expected to be disenchanted by Curzon and Harkstead’s A Late Summer Night’s Dream. After all, May/December romances between the old-fogey professor and his preternaturally mature graduate student are a dime a dozen. Boy! Do I love to be proven wrong!

Simeon and Anthony meet at a bad revival of a Shakespeare play, when 27-year-old Simeon inaccurately accuses 45-year-old Anthony of sitting in his seat. Later they explore their burgeoning attraction over dinner. But each has a ghost from prio
C.F. White
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They've done it again! This writing team can do no wrong in my eyes. Except for maybe making their stories too short.

Out of all their shorts, this one has to be my favourite.... no, wait, I still love An Actor's Guide to Romance, but this is literally on a par with that one. Nope, it's better. Gah! I can't choose. Luckily I don't have to.

Anyway, what makes this story so great? The writing is flawless, the scenes so bittersweet and the ending a lovely dollop of gooey yumminess. In a slightly di
Ruby Scalera
Every time I think this dream-team duo can't get better, they prove me wrong! I think A Late Summer Night's Dream might be my favorite story yet from Curzon and Harkstead. It's chock full of adorable sexy professors, young hottie academics and the cute, cozy setting of Oxford, where anything can happen. I read the story in one sitting and you will too!
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

I love romances that take place within academia, and I’m always game for an age-gap romance, especially with an older character who is apprehensive about finding love again. Simeon and Anthony didn’t exactly have a meet-cute—in fact, they had more of a meet-angry, right before a very unfortuna
Steph Warren
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this story, with thanks to the authors.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

This novella is a short, sweet MM romance that moves at something of a breathtaking speed - I was a little startled by how suddenly we jumped from seat numbers to endearments!

The main characters click almost as soon as they meet, but are hindered from rushing straight from meet-cute to first-date to bed by a combination of their own self-conscious diffidence (mainly rooted in con

A mix up with pocus leads Simeon and Anthony to have a bit of an uncomfortable first half, but after the interval, they share a giggle, and after the play, they share a pie and a pint. It's clear they want each other, but Anthony is still hurting following the death of his husband 4 years ago. Can the much younger Simeon unfreeze his heart?

I came across the book on Facebook, and something called to me about it, not exactly sure what, but you know I'm all about sharing my book feelings and I felt
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Simeon Shakespeare (no link with the famous William) is living his academic dream by preparing his PhD. His time is shared between Libraries and his apartment with his only pleasure for theatre.

When he goes to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he meets Anthony Meadows and what starts as a misunderstanding over a seat is the beginning of their dream.

It was a short, beautiful, poetic novella.

Simeon and Anthony are two lost souls wanting the same thing but too s
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars!

Simeon was adorable in all his fumbling glory and Anthony was like a gentleman from another era. They were really good together despite their age difference. I think the fact that Anthony was a widower played more against their relationship at first than their age ever did. It was all very insta, so it was understandable that Anthony ran away. I'm glad he more than made up for that, though, and by the epilogue, I was completely on board with their relationship. ;)

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Catherine Curzon is an author and royal historian of the 18th century.

She has written extensively for publications including, the official website of BBC History Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are?, Your Family History, Real Crime, Explore History, All About History, History of Royals and Jane Austen’s Regency World. Catherine has spoken at venues and events including the Stamford