Summer Season (Treading the Boards) by Rebecca Cohen – Romance>Contemporary
A Treading the Boards Novella
A trip down to Cornwall is just what Ryan Penniford needs to recover from the daily grind of London life. Ryan and his amateur dramatics society, the Sarky Players, are traveling to Porthcurno to perform at the stunning Minack Theatre.
Stuart Box has returned to Cornwall after earning his PhD, and is killing time as he looks for a job back in London. Spending time with Ryan from the Sarky Players is a great way to take his mind off things.
During their first meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and they must work to get past their initial hostilities to discover they have great off-stage chemistry. Stuart soon learns Ryan is not the superficial man people assume he is, and Stuart likes what he sees. The feeling is entirely mutual.
Pity Ryan is only visiting for two weeks, but both men want to see where this holiday romance might take them.
Reader Rating: Not rated (0 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating: Not rated
Geek love in the West Country.
In between postdoc and finishing his Ph. D thesis, Stuart heads home for the summer in Cornwall. A land onto itself in the West Country at the very edge of the Earth, bucolic and quixotic in weather temperament. The insularity and summer gales are blessedly absent from the story, but is chockfull of quirky characters.
Ryan, amateur dramatist for the Sarky Players is a very good actor. In fact, he’s got most people fooled; it’s not only the parts he plays on stage that are scripted. Will he be convinced enough to step off the stage and live beyond the part?
This is a nice easy read for when you want a few smiles and uncomplicated. I liked the characters, but the sex scenes felt scripted and Ryan was an insecure mess. At one point, I want to slap Ryan–snap out of it, Buttercup. The sense of place and banter when Ryan and Stuart first meet are great.
Question is, does what happen in Cornwall stay in Cornwall?
Big points for puns and Much Ado About Nothing (one of my favorite quotes), put your hands together:
“Oh, you’re no fun—I never got to use ‘we are too wet to woo peaceably.’”