Title: A Company of Players
Author: Ken Bachtold
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: TBD (Novella)
Leaving romantic wreckage behind him, Nick Charles and his best friend Barb Anderson use Nick’s sizable inheritance to fly to one of the most exciting places in the world—New York City—with plans to open their own theater. In doing so, they meet Ross Taylor, the handsome real estate man and actor, and Rudy his construction-worker cousin. Ross is determined to heal Nick’s fragile heart, while shy Rudy and oblivious Barb stumble toward their own connection. Will Rosie Dupree, a rigid method actress, and talented but devious Gordon Holmes destroy their theater dreams? Was choosing the original piece, Starting Over, by an unpublished young playwright the best move for opening night? Will the invited critic show up? Amid the frantic and colorful world of the New York City theater scene, Nick and Barb must open their hearts and risk everything for their endeavors to succeed—both on the stage and behind the scenes.
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Nick and Barb are best friends who after graduation and Nick receiving an inheritance, go to New York in hopes of opening a theater. The two meet Ross and Rudy and while navigating the trial and tribulations of achieving their dream, they also find themselves on an adventure in love.
While I found the story entertaining and different, I had a hard time being pulled into what was going on. From the beginning I found that while the writing was very well done and thought out, the dialogue seemed stilted and flowery, as well as too formal or dramatic. At first, I thought it was because both Nick and Barb are theater people but then it just became a bit irritating to me. I didn't find it realistic and it made it hard to connect with the characters the way I'd hoped.
There are some very funny moments throughout the book and I loved the relationship between Nick and Barb as well as Nick and Ross. I was able to see in my head the world the author had created and truly felt saddened that I didn't love it more. This is one of those books I think you have to be in the mood for and I may just not have clicked with it.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*