Kate Bishop is an analyst for a Boston investment banking firm. It’s the 1980s so she’s that rare female in a field dominated by ill-behaving men. But Kate’s really smart, socially awkward and needing more practice relating to the people she’s analyzing. One evening following work, she joins her colleagues for drinks and gets some much needed advice from the enterprising bartender, Will Talbot. Will is a struggling theater actor and is working part time to support himself. He’s quite taken with the unusual Kate and they slowly drift into a relationship of sorts.
Both Kate and Will are unconventional and I was immediately drawn to these two. Neither believed they were interested in a committed relationship so they failed to even define what they had. Despite her awkwardness in social situations, Kate’s honesty was refreshing and set her apart from most in her business. Will is skilled at all things Shakespearean and uses that as a fallback to express his feelings, which Kate often needs him to translate. As much as they enjoy each other, especially the steam, neither can either acknowledge they’re even dating because of their own personal baggage.
I enjoyed this story, primarily because I liked these two well developed characters. The throwback to the eighties was nostalgic as I recall that era pretty vividly. Fans of Shakespeare will be in their element as references abound. I’m more like Kate, needing translation which thankfully Will provides so I got the opportunity to learn more about some of the plays. I loved the ups and downs of their developing romance and how it seemed to sneak up on both of them. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to listen to the story as both narrators made them seem real and had excellent timing. It’s a delightful story with lots of comedic moments threaded through the serious. This is a lovely start to a new series.
- Release Date: June 23, 2020
- Series: Boston Classics #1
- Narrators: Karen White & Joe Arden
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 31 minutes
- Publisher: Home Cooked Books
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(Thanks to the author for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)