Title: A Company of Players
Author: Ken Bachtold
Series: States of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 137
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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 Was choosing the original piece, Starting Over, by an unpublished young playwright the best move for opening night?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.
The title of the book was quite fitting – the premise is a young man (Nick) and his best friend (Barb) use Nick’s inheritance money to move from San Francisco to New York City to create and open their own theater… right out of college. Along the way, both fall in love and open their theater to great success and drama.
This was an ok read – the story was easy to read, the characters were just ok, and the overall premise and plot was somewhat boring. Perhaps it has to do with the completely unrealistic idea that any of this would ever happen or unfold as it does in the book. It starts out with an odd flashback to Nick’s first boyfriend/fling, and how much it impacted him… but it lasted a semester. Then they buy a condo in New York without seeing it first. Then they want to find a building to buy and build their own theater. And of course, Nick finds his love interest with the first person he meets… and his interest happens to know every single person in the City.
It was just so unplausible and eye-rolling at times, it didn’t make much sense. I liked Nick and Ross as characters – but they were not “real” enough, and definitely didn’t go deep. In other words, this is a good read if you like theater, want to learn how a new theater and production unfolds, or are looking for a quick read.