Series Recap Tour ~ Overly Dramatic (Treading The Boards #1) by Rebecca Cohen ~ (Review + Giveaway
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Length: 41,081 words
Andy Marshall moves to London looking for a fresh start after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. To stave off boredom from his day job as an accountant and to meet new people, Andy joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players based in Greenwich, South London.
Despite his best efforts to avoid it, Andy is cast as one of the leads in a truly dreadful play called Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.
The play might be bad, but the Sarky Players are a friendly bunch. Andy quickly makes new friends and finds himself attracted to Phil Cormack, a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script, so Andy and Phil will have to work hard to improvise their own happy ending.
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This was such an enjoyable, engaging, fast-read read, filled with interesting and fun characters and just a dash of angst for good measure.
Andy recently moved back to London after a bad breakup, and one of his new coworkers invites him out for drinks, where he finds himself roped into an audition for an Amateur Drama Club. Thinking he doesn’t have anything to lose, and considering he barely knows anyone else, he joins into the production of the most outlandish play he’s ever read in his life. Too late to back off when he realizes what he’s gotten into, he makes the most of it. There he meets Phil, who also is out of a bad relationship and while attracted to him, and willing to give it a try, Phil doesn’t quite feel the same, or does he?
I just adored Andy. He was sweet and fun, and very loyal with his friends, but he isn’t willing to be a doormat for anyone, especially after his boyfriend of 4 years cheated on him. He thought he wasn’t ready for something else, but once he meets Phil he quickly changes his mind. Phil isn’t quite at that point, though, and he needs more than a nudge to realize he might end up losing something that has great potential for being unable to move on from the past.
I have to admit that I wanted to slap Phil more than a couple of times. Yes, I completely understood where he was coming from, but it was obvious he wasn’t willing to move on, until he finally saw (or rather, his friend Maddie made him see) what he might lose if he didn’t.
Andy and Phil were great together and had good chemistry. Ussie, Andy’s octogenarian neighbor and the play’s writer, was a riot, and I loved Naomi and Andy’s mother and sister. Also, I have to give the author props for the hilarious play, and her descriptions of the rehearsals and the actual put in scene of it. The story is very British, but perfectly understandable and it was a pretty good read! I’m looking forward to Ryan’s book, it sounds amazing!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Yep, so this one really left me wanting. While I found the story funny and entertaining at first, I became a bit drained by the middle, waiting for something to develop between Andy and Phil. Talk about slow burn. I really enjoyed Andy but as far as Phil is concerned, I wanted to just shake him. I never grew to like him as a romantic interest for Andy. His character, in general, was likable but as a boyfriend or partner not at all.
I usually am a fan of British humor but a lot of the humor surrounding the play the characters are doing just didn't work for me. I loved Andy's humor and his interactions with his colleague and friend Naomi. They're great together. I wanted to see more of their friendship than the drama surrounding Andy and Phil.
When all is said and done, Overly Dramatic is an okay read. I liked Andy and the writing was good. While I may not have cared much for Phil I will most definitely be giving the author a second try.
Rating: 3.5 Stars!
***A copy of this book was provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review***
REBECCA COHEN is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.