3 Stars for Summer Passion by M.J. Williamz #FF #Romance

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Title: Summer Passion
Author Name & Publisher: M.J. Williamz (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 10, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Movie star Jean Sanders is America’s Sweetheart in 1946. She’s also a lesbian, which she tries to keep concealed from the prying eyes of her public. She’s been very discreet in her encounters until she meets Maggie Crawford, an up-and-coming actress. They fall in love and want to spend every moment together. They devise a guise under which Maggie will move in with Jean to study acting. The ruse works until a reporter snaps a picture of the two of them gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes.

They are told by the studio head that if they continue living together, they’ll be fired, so they split up, each afraid of ruining her career. Can they overcome the social mores of the day and find everlasting love?

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ThreeStar

Jean and Maggie are Hollywood actresses in the 1940s who must keep their passion hidden at all costs.  Their friends David and Spencer must do the same but find it increasingly difficult as witch-hunts are underway by scheming politicians – especially the odious and loathsome Thomas O’Leary.
Before Jean falls for Maggie she seems to sleep with every woman that moves and it seemed a tad contrived.  For someone who wants to hide her true nature she seems to take a lot of risks in order to get it on with so many different people. She tries going out on dates with leading Hollywood men to divert attention but that in itself can be dangerous as she almost learnt to her cost.
I found the story an interesting premise but it didn’t flow too well and the dialogue was stilted and not entirely believable.  I wasn’t even sure I really liked Jean and Maggie all that much but by the end I was rooting for them.
Kitty Kat

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AuthorBio

MJ Williamz was raised on California’s Central Coast which she still loves, but left at the age of seventeen in an attempt to further her education. She graduated from Chico State with a degree in Business Management. It was in Chico that MJ began to pursue her love of writing. Now living in Portland, OR, MJ has made writing an integral part of her life. (from the publisher’s website)

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