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Author Stephanie Cowell

Title The Players : A Novel of the Young Shakespeare

Reviewer Veingloria

Genre historic

Kink M/M (real person)

Grade ****-  Very good

Explicitness muted

Summary After basically running out on his wife after a shotgun wedding, Shakespeare comes to London and begins establishing himself as a playwright. He meets the young Earl and they eventually become lovers. A love triangle develops when the Earl falls for Emilia Basano, an Italian musician.

Quality The writing is high quality but it reads more as historical fiction than historical romance -- the romance theme is central but not particularly... romantic.

Sequels/prequels Part of a loose trilogy including 'Nicholas Cooke' and 'The Physician of London'.

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