I’m delighted to say that Played!, my romantic comedy set in the world of amateur dramatics and the second of my Shamwell Tales, is out today in second edition – rather appropriately timed, too, as we approach midsummer:
Posh boy Tristan Goldsmith has one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York—no more farting around on stage, as his father puts it. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when the Shamwell Amateur Dramatics Society begs him to take a leading role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an added incentive, he’ll be giving private acting lessons to a gorgeous local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances.
As a late-diagnosed dyslexic still struggling with literacy, Con Izzard’s never dared to act before. With arrogant yet charming Tristan helping him with his lines, he finally has his chance to shine. But Con’s determined not to start a romance with a man he’s convinced only wants a casual fling.
Tristan’s never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when he realises his attraction to the tall, muscular handyman isn’t just physical. Just as he thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart—and given his own in return—disaster strikes with a slip of the tongue that shatters Con’s trust and sends him running for cover. This show may be over before the curtain’s even opened.
Available in ebook and paperback:
Placed third in the 2015 Rainbow Awards: Gay Romantic Comedy
Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. Like all of the Shamwell Tales #1 – #3, it’s been re-edited for the Riptide edition but contains only minor revisions.
Shamwell #3, Out! will be, ahem, out on June 26th, and the brand new Shamwell #4, Spun! on July 3rd. 🙂