A cozy mystery with a tongue-tied nerd of a history professor tempted by a gorgeous graduate student and millions of dollars if he can solve one of history's greatest mysteries -- who was Shakespeare really?
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
by Tara Lain
Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she's willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.
It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.
Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work... and one of them is willing to kill to do it.
When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise...
Available for purchase at
4 out of 5 stars
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean is a new contemporary cozy mystery style m/m romance. This is the first book in a new series by this author.
The premise for this story a sexy,yet shy/introverted history research professor is given the task of proving that a specific person was actually the writer behind William Shakespeare. Needless to say the professor is highly reluctant to attempt this mystery. Along the way various things happen to the main character that add bits of depth and create conflict causing character growth for Llewellyn. Also along the way a new English TA introduces himself to Llewellyn and sparks fly between him and Blaise as they go along attempting to solve the mystery that has been added in to the story.
I generally enjoy all of this author's books but I will admit that I had some trouble getting into this one from the start. I still did enjoy the story in the end it was just a little bit of a slower read for this author's usual books. I was truly engaged by the main character, Llewellyn from the beginning of the story. It was the situation itself around the character that made the story feel a little too plot heavy. That's not to say it didn't all work in the end, but it was generally a bit much to wade through at the start of the book.
I also feel like I never got a true picture of Llewellyn outside of his height and slimness. Where I feel that his alter ego Ramon was almost a bit larger than life even when he was just a small part of the storyline. None of this added up to making the book a problematic read, it was just a bit slower paced. Again, still an enjoyable story with engaging characters and a fun and different plot line for a m/m romance with combining the feel of the cozy mystery to the romance. It's a plot line that hasn't been done to the point where it's formulaic. It's still a fresh and unique storyline to keep you reading through to the end.
For those of you that enjoy a good mystery in your romance, The Case of The Sexy Shakespearean definitely delivers on that plot point. While I did have those few issues, I highly recommend this story as a fun, light romance with a decently crafted mystery woven into the story. Pick this one up for yourself and take a read.
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.