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Sweet Nothing

Published Date: August 7, 2015

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Would you risk everything for love?

Independent, straight-talking Trix Allen wouldn’t. She’s been in love once before and ended up with nothing. Now safely single, Trix is as far away from the saccharine-sweet world of hearts and flowers as it’s possible to be.

Ben Messina is the man who broke Trix’s heart. Now he’s successful, the only thing rational Ben and free-spirited Trix see eye-to-eye on is the fact that falling in love isn’t part of the plan. But when Ben’s brother sets out to win the heart of Trix’s best friend, romance is very much in the air. Will Trix gamble everything on love and risk ending up with zero once again?

Available in paperback, an eBook, Audio CD and Audio download.

Alison May

Alison Maynard_low resAlison was born and raised in North Yorkshire, but now lives in Worcester. She is a History graduate from the University of York and has a Creative Writing degree from the University of Birmingham. Alison has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager, and is now a creative writing tutor and freelance trainer for charities and voluntary organisations.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and won their Elizabeth Goudge trophy in 2012 for her short story  Feel the Fear. Feel the Fear which was published in the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s 2014 anthology.

Alison writes contemporary romantic comedies.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Yorkshire Gazette & Herald
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    This is a new romatic novel by a York University graduate who is cleverly taking the works of Shakespeare and putting a modern interpretation to them that is both fresh and very readable.

    Reviewed by Bill Spence, BookShelf, Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

  2. Amy
    Amy at

    ….Ben is my favorite character from the book, and I wonder if that’s normal. I’m a bit quirky, and I THINK the book is quirky, too, but maybe that’s just because my perspective is quirky. I love the smart bits about Zero and Infinity and their inherent sameness. I had read some of that aloud to my 12-year-old daughter, and she lays down flat on the floor, moaning in existential crisis.

    …I’ve already read Alison May’s second 21st Century Bard story. They are unrelated and can be read standalone. I’m gobsmacked that this piece of art is her debut novel. Gob. SMACKED. Knock me over with a feather. More people need to read this author. Right now.

    Reviewed by Amy at Double-Edged Words

    Read the full review here …

  3. Marsha
    Marsha at

    I enjoy retellings of classics, plays and fairy tales – what’s not to love about putting a modern day spin on a well known and well loved tale. Sweet Nothing a retelling of the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing is no exception to that standard of mine. First of all, a geek hero? Why yes, thank you very much! I’ll enjoy a geeky hero any day of the week. Unfortunately Trix doesn’t seem to agree with me.

    ….Love rarely runs smoothly, but when the bumps are smoothed out it is well worth the gamble. Pick this one up and indulge yourself with a charming retold love story that is as old as time. Modern day couples haven’t changed all that much over the years, we simply have more technology to add into the mix.

    The earlier title in this series, Midsummer Dreams, was a delightful retelling of another Bard’s tale. If you enjoyed that story by Alison May, you will definitely have fun with this one… and if you haven’t read it, well now you know to look for it once you’ve devoured Sweet Nothing.

    Reviewed by Marsha at Keeper Bookshelf

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  4. Gen
    Gen at

    ….i don’t usually give more than a four star to romances. Why? Because it’s very difficult to produce a plot or churn out characters that haven’t been churned out before – the rehashing of popular historical works has been done to death. One only has to look at the beloved works of Jane Austin to see that (Zombies indeed!)

    That said this does get the five stars from me.

    Reviewed by Gen

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  5. Old Victorian Quill
    Old Victorian Quill at

    I loved Alison May’s retelling of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and was excited to see how she approached this other well-known Shakespeare comedy. Needless to say, she nailed it.

    ….This was a wonderfully written retelling of the much-loved Shakespeare play, with a brilliant host of secondary characters that you will recognise from the original story, but grow to love in a very different, yet just as exciting way.

    5 Stars!

    Reviewed by Sorcha at Old Victorian Quill

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  6. Jayne, Dear Author
    Jayne, Dear Author at

    Dear Author
    Dear Ms. May,

    As I get older, I find myself having problems with some of the Bard’s masterpieces. The idea that Kate is some shrew just because she’s strong willed irritates me while the way Claudio basically announces to the world that he thinks his sweet Hero is a skank before she takes him back now sends me into a rage. I’ve tried some modern interpretations of “Taming of the Shrew” and have basically written it off as a play that I can’t tolerate any more. When Choc Lit offered me a look at your telling of “Much Ado About Nothing,” I crossed my fingers and decided to see if I had to bid this one farewell and ado. Yippee, skippee for me that it can still stay on my “Go to” list.

    ….Read the full review here

    Jayne, Dear Author

  7. Sally
    Sally at

    Alison May writes in an engaging manner and the story bounces along at a good pace. The characters are well drawn and I was soon rooting for the hero and heroine to get together, despite the problems between them.
    Describing Ben, the hero, in terms of chocolate is easy . He’d be a Grand Marnier dark chocolate liqueur – slightly hard and crunchy on the outside but wonderfully sweet and intoxicating on the inside.
    This is a fun read and recommended if you want to escape into someone else’s life for a bit!

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