- File Size: 1211 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013OGE6ME
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Overly Dramatic (Treading the Boards Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is book one of Rebecca Cohen’s Treading the Boards series. Overly Dramatic is the type of story you read when you want to just have a good time and enjoy reading. See, I was a huge theater nerd in high school. I directed, stage managed, and acted in the plays and musicals. So this story was such a treat for me.
Andy just broke up with his boyfriend of 4 years because he was cheated on. Yeah we already want to hug Andy right from the beginning. What I loved most about Andy was the fact that even though he had some self-doubt about himself, because who wouldn’t after being cheated on, he didn’t let it rule him. He started his new job, embraced new people, went out when asked, made new friends, and joined an Amateur Theater club and became part of an absurd play.
When he meets Phil, who is also sore from a breakup, he refuses to let Phil jerk him around with his own self-doubt. He gives Phil a chance but when he falls apart he doesn’t hide and drink, he gets back up and keeps going. Don’t hate on Phil give him a second chance… Andy does.
That was my favorite part. Andy’s strength. Now it was also hilarious and the actors were dramatic and chaotic. I mean there’s a cat fight, a ridiculous play, all sorts of romance, and an ensemble that is built up beautifully.
This is the start of a great series.
Andy Marshall is a bit of a fussy out gay man who has recently separated from his long-term boyfriend, Charlie, and returned to London to start over. He moves into Greenwich and begins making friends, Naomi being the first. She’s a work colleague who lives near him and invites him out for drinks on a Friday. She’s not excited to introduce Andy to her husband’s friends however, because they are all members of an amateur dramatics company, the Sarky Players. Andy is happy to connect with them, as he did drama back in uni, and thinks taking it up again might fit with his life makeover.
In the process, Andy meets Ryan and Phil, both out gay men, too. Andy is cast as the rector in an atrocious, irreverent, and bawdy comedy that involves Ryan as a costar and Phil as the props manager. Phil is very attractive to Andy, but emotionally unavailable as he has recently broken off (for good this time!) with his long-time, abusive partner. Andy commits his time to the Sarky Players and their preposterous play, and takes on a cautious friendship with Phil. It seems that Phil wants more, but he pulls away time and again. It’s all so confusing!
This is a breezy read with delicious Brit humor that got me laughing. I do like Andy. He’s all about lists and adding up the pros and cons of a situation, which is completely in character for this professional accountant. He’s a decent bloke, always ready to assist his geriatric neighbor with a blown light bulb, or be the rock Phil needs at a gallery opening. I kinda felt bad for him regarding Phil, because there is a lot of mixed messages going on. And, also because he’s so mortified about his role in the play. He can’t get out of it, even though he wants to, because he’s involved in a bit of spying on behalf of Naomi—and her (potentially philandering) hubby. This strikes all Andy’s bells because Charlie was a cheater and it was one of the last slights Andy took before leaving. I ached for Andy to find a decent guy to share his mostly empty flat with, so, when his sister attempts to play matchmaker, I hoped it would work out. Unfortunately, it leaves Andy at his wit’s end. For the first time in his life he seems to have a handle on his world, and he’s steering it in the direction he wants to take.
I really appreciated that Andy stood up for himself in his relationships. He definitely feels as if he has the right to ask for fidelity and companionship, and won’t settle for less. This is in opposition to how he feels about himself as a partner. He has no illusions about his looks or sexiness, but offers himself as he is—and that is attractive to the right man. I liked the slow build once Andy agreed to date Phil officially. He and Phil take time to discuss their pasts and what they envision for their futures. It’s heartwarming and tender and I really connected with that.
As for the book as a whole, the story is engaging and kept me interested. I always want an early connection, and was a little frustrated by the one-step-forward, two-steps-back going on with Andy and Phil. That is my issue, however, and I enjoyed watching the quiet development of feelings on Andy’s side. He knows his heart longs for Phil, but he’s circumspect about it, ensuring he will not get hurt like he had with Charlie. That open communication was excellent. I appreciated that Phil had been hurt, too, and understood how guarded he needed to be, though this really wasn’t revealed until pretty late in the story. Don’t expect a lot of heat, because there’s just one sexy scene and it’s not long. It is so sweet, however.
Fun and entertaining is certainly a descriptor I would use for this book. And as someone who has participated in theatre myself several times over the years, I really enjoyed how true-to-life some of the off-stage dramatics were portrayed here. The characters (especially the supporting ones) are dynamic and memorable, and there's a level of realism to this story that really struck me as I was reading. I'm glad to see this is part of a series because I definitely am interested in hearing more from this author.
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