The Rec League: Shakespeare Retellings

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookThis Rec League came from Meg in our SBTB Patreon Discord server. Thanks, Meg!

Do you have recommendations for books based on or inspired by Shakespeare plays? I recently read Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese, which is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing (my favorite play) and it made me want more! Shakespeare’s comedies end in marriage, so they seem like good candidates to be adapted into romance novels.

Sarah: Ramón and Julieta!

Amanda: Eva Devon’s Much Ado About Dukes. It’s the second in a series and they’re all literary-inspired.

Sarah: Nisha Sharma’s two newest. Tastes Like Shakkar ( A | BN | K ) is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling.

Oh there’s a Mary Stewart – This Rough Magic ( A | BN | K ) is the Tempest. And the early Eloisa James novels I believe too – her first few were retellings, weren’t they?

Amanda: She has some fairy tale ones but not sure about Shakespeare

Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights ( A | BN | K | AB ) is inspired by Romeo and Juliet (so not a comedy) but it’s a new adult romance set in a magical 1920s Shanghai and the main characters are the heirs to rival crime families.

Kiki: Ten Things I Hate About The Duke by Loretta Chase is a Taming of the Shrew retelling and one of my favorite romances of all time

Elyse: The Dane of My Existence by Jessica Martin

Amanda: Oh that’s right, she did For Love of the Bard! ( A | BN | K )

Which books would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

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