Reviewed: 2013-01-03 - (Review Updated: 2013-06-30)
Updating my earlier review, written after having read only three chapters, I have to say that the finished story does fulfill my initial hopes and then some. "Audition Notice is a very good read, one of the better offerings on SOL.
The concept behind it works even better than I expected. I won't lay it out here, because that would spoil the fun. It suffices to say that, as the title implies, boy meets girl at a community theatre audition for a new play and they fall in love. What sets this story aside, other than the likability of the protagonists, is that the play within the story meshes very nicely with the story itself, and there are some very enjoyable plot twists toward the end.
The introduction to the protagonists is quick, and while it may seem that a relationship begins too soon, it works. One of the things that saves it is the way the relationships in the play and "real life" mix together.
While at first the rehearsal scenes threaten to be tedious, as the story develops they illuminate both the process that goes into putting on a new play (and I speak from experience here) as well as the romance that develops.
The sex is well handled, not too graphic but still pretty hot, and mercifully lacking in the long, theatrical groans and moans and the "Oh god, I'm coooommmmmmings" that really turn me off.
Technically there are a few problems, but not so many they spoil the story.
Being a writer and having recently found errors myself, and been told of other problems, in stories that hundreds of people have already read, I'm reluctant to be critical. I have a very good proofreader and still they slip through. Perfection is to be aspired to, but is rarely attained. I recently figured out that it is always worthwhile for a corrected version to be posted for future readers' enjoyment. I hope Mr. King agrees with me.