|About the Book|
When an athletic college senior, Jude Carmichael, is asked to write a play for St. Dymphna College for Men, he takes on the job with enthusiasm. Its l969 and the world is changing, so Jude decides to write a play about William ShakespearesMoreWhen an athletic college senior, Jude Carmichael, is asked to write a play for St. Dymphna College for Men, he takes on the job with enthusiasm. Its l969 and the world is changing, so Jude decides to write a play about William Shakespeares fictional love life and how it might have affected Shakespeare while he was writing Romeo and Juliet. However, as the months pass and his deadline approaches, Jude is stuck and cant figure out a suitable ending...until he meets the best muse hes ever known, an adorable little guy with big brown eyes named Declan Lucas.Declan is an innocent young freshman at Southern Memorial College for Men, St. Dymphnas arch rival. Declans abusive father is the president of Southern Memorial and he expects Declan to follow in his footsteps. But the only thing Declan has ever wanted to do in life is act on the stage. And when his father refuses to allow him to be in his own school play that year because acting is socially inferior, Declan decides to secretly audition for a part in St. Dymphnas play instead. This is against the rules- Southern Memorial students arent allowed to be in St. Dymphna plays. But he does it anyway. With the help of a good friend, Declan dresses up as an attractive young woman and winds up getting the female lead in St. Dymphnas play, Shakespeares Lover.Though everyone at St. Dymphna is fooled by Declans disguise, and they are thrilled to have found the perfect young woman for the part, it doesnt take long for Jude Carmichael to figure out Declan is really the most wonderful young man hes ever met. And when he does, hes not shy about letting Declan know how he feels.While they put together one of the most romantic plays ever produced by St. Dymphna College, and everyone thinks Declan is really a woman named Gill, Jude and Declan fall more deeply in love. Though they cant be seen together in public unless Declan is dressed as a woman, they find creative ways to meet in private so Declan can be a man.If all the worlds a stage, Declan and Jude prove that there is steamy action in the wings...but will they be able to find a future together?