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Much Ado About Lady Macbeth | Rebecca Cohen


Release Date: July 21st, 2022

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Designs

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Jacob Milner might have the face of an angel and the legs of a sinner, but his poisonous tongue would taint even the prettiest visage.

David Bell has risen from the London slums to be one of the up-and-coming stars of the King’s Men, the company of players at the Globe theatre. On the cusp of being too old for female roles, he yearns to play one more part before he leaves the skirts behind: Lady Macbeth. But he is not alone in that desire, and his nemesis, Jacob Milner, a soft-bellied popinjay who has never known day’s work in his life, is also vying for the part.

Sparks have flown between them before, but the fiery barbs and risqué name calling are hiding a different passion. But even if they do manage to put their animosity behind them, Jacob has another problem, his father is trying to marry him off to the daughter of Baron Runcorn.

A Shakespearean era enemies to lovers MM Romance.


About The Author

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REBECCA COHEN spends her days dreaming of a living in a Tudor manor house, or a Georgian mansion. Alas, the closest she comes to this is through her characters in her historical romance novels.

She also dreams of intergalactic adventures and fantasy realms, but because she’s not yet got her space or dimensional travel plans finalised, she lives happily in leafy Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and young son.

She can often be found with a pen in one hand and sloe gin with lemon tonic in the other.

With contemporaries, historicals, sci fi and fantasy in her back catalogue, there should be something for every taste in Rebecca’s work.

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An absolute cracker of a Shakespearean romp romance

Much-Ado-About-Lady-Macbeth-KindleMuch Ado About Lady Macbeth by Rebecca Cohen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a belter of a Shakespearean era romp through the court of King James I & VI and has some of the most hilarious period appropriate insults I’ve ever read.

It’s also a new adult tale of enemies to lovers whose passionate dislike for each other is roundly grounded in a much more timeless attraction than hate.

Both David and Jacob are sweetly drawn characters, with Jacob’s naivety being perfectly matched in David’s street awareness and much harder upbringing.

The setting – of London’s different companies of players, the dawning of the age of organised theatre and of Shakespeare’s Globe – is a great narrative choice as it takes the reader through the stews and backstreets of the City and the characters that inhabit them.

The romance itself is period and age appropriate, with fumbled kisses and exploration at first, rather than rushing straight into a full on sexual relationship, although that comes in time as their feelings tumble deeper.

Their animosity becomes a cautious friendship and then turns into a genuine affection and love.

Enjoy the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the South Bank, the City of London and Fleet Street at a time in history when the English Court flourished and great men were treading the boards at The Globe.

It’s loosely tied to the wider Crofton series, with brief appearances from the Earl of Crofton and his actor lover Sebastian Hewell, but works beautifully as a standalone and an excellent historical period piece.

While Beta reading this for Rebecca, I became completely enthralled by the adventures of the King’s Men under Master Burbage as they bickered and fretted over roles and the wider responsibilities of living an actor’s life.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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