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On the surface, it seems like a by-the-numbers lesbian romance. Fake relationship? Check. Two beautiful protagonists with glamorous careers? Check and check. Ice queen? Check.
Because it's Lee Winter, though, these familiar tropes are taken and woven into a satisfyingly long, clever and compelling narrative. The story reminds me a little of one of my other favourite books, K. E. Lane's And Playing the Role of Herself. If you liked that (as many fans of lesbian romance seem to) then you'll like this too.
- ASIN : B07KQ2FXPZ
- Publisher : Ylva Publishing; 1st edition (December 5, 2018)
- Publication date : December 5, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2469 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters were all fleshed out and everything felt believable.
I felt annoyed with how long the Grace thing panned out. And I just didn't understand Elizabeth's draw. Even as it was plainly explained for the readers. I hated that character. I know we were supposed to but still.
And Summer always came across as immature. A young person with a crush and infatuation. It never really felt like anything beyond that to me.
So this is sounding harsher than I really mean to be. It is much better than I'm making it sound.
I liked the weaving from personal to set. And how the emotions bled through so that the lines were often blurred. There was always a sense of anticipation. I liked the length of the book. I wasn't able to quickly devour it. I kept looking at the percentage and feeling glad that I wasn't even close to being finished. So see? I DID like it!
When it comes to lesfic, a lot of fan favorites are: age gaps, ice-queens, Hollywood, fake relationships, good communication, and slow burn romances. Winter provides all of these but with a spin.
For just a few examples, an age gap of nine years is made greater by Summer being a former child star and looking another five years younger than her actual age. Also, the public persona of Elizabeth is that she's an ice-queen but she's actually not at all and merely an introvert. Summer figures this out within the first few pages and Elizabeth is never actually an ice queen to anyone. I was very glad that the author didn't choose to make her pretend to be cold just to drag out the drama. And usually Hollywood f/f romances involve coming out to the public and the "in the closet" aspect is a conflict between the romantic leads used to heighten drama. Not here.
I found Lee Winter's story choices refreshing. Just when I thought we'd hit a tired story line, she took us in a new direction.
In another unique spin, we even get a sex scene that's not a sex scene that is a sex scene. That takes some finesse.
The caveat is that, as much as Summer and Elizabeth are likable and there's some great flirting going on between them, they are not in the same place when it comes to mutual attraction. It takes until nearly the end of the book to get there. Because of that, the sizzle we could've felt from the get-go is doused. However, despite the lower heat, what the reader gets is a romance built on true friendship and respect and Winter rewards us with a final intimacy scene and solid epilogue.
Overall, well done and I enjoyed. Recommend. 4.3
Lee tends to write very difficult characters and even though I could see /understand what Grace was doing with/to Elizabeth/Bess I couldn't for the life of me 'get' why Bess didnt see it. Perhaps, she had known her for close to 17 years and the gradual buildup into frenemies was something she couldnt discern? I have No idea. That said, I don't think Bess was ever ready to deal with her Grace problem till she got involved with Summer and started seeing the difference.
So what was so great about it? It is different from traditional romances set into hollywood and/or fake romance genre. I thought the shooting scenes / behind the scenes was done and described really well. One of my favourites was the prep for their big intimite scene and then the actual shooting(s) of it. As a person who loves details, I liked the insights into the director's thought process too. So yeah one of my biggest reasons for loving Lee Winter stories is the level of detail that goes into them.
I give this one 4.5 stars since I wish Lee had added more to the story after the so called end or gotten Grace dealt with at the 2/3rd mark of the book instead of after 80% of the book had gone by. Wanna know why? I'm just greedy for more happy times :)
Name any element of a novel and I guarantee Lee Winter excels at it. But if I was forced to pick my favorite, it would be her ability to craft dialogue for any given situation, personality, mood, and dialect that feels natural and clean. Lines that flow like honey.
But without her fully realized, complex characters, her amazing dialogue would be wasted. Lee creates characters with backstories and goals, strengths and flaws, baggage and talents. Main characters, supporting cast, even the occasional extra are all given a defined space and purpose.
Lee spins stories full of color, dimensions, tension, angst, humor, love, heartbreak, happiness...all of the emotions of the rainbow. I know going into her books that I'm about to feel all of them deeply. And this book was no different. I felt it all, like I was both Summer and Elizabeth.
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***SPOILER*** I might be alone in this thought but the "sex scene" that Elizabeth and Summer film (after Summer is let loose) is much sexier than when they actually get it on for real. It came across as very intimate and emotional.
This is going onto my ever growing re read list :)
Summer is an all-American actress who, having been a successful child-star, is desperately trying to rid herself of the girl-next-door image. She is passionate about acting and idolises the successful British actress, Elizabeth Thornton. Elizabeth is looking forward to the day her contract in an American soap comes to an end and she can resume more challenging roles. Both actresses choose to remain closeted, believing this to be best for their careers. However, when they find themselves engaged to play a particularly passionate scene, the doors to those closets don’t seem to close as firmly as they once did!
I always love the range of characters Lee Winter packs in to her novels and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Elizabeth and Summer are surrounded by a plethora of quirky friends, colleagues and family. Nearly all the characters, and a great deal of back-story, are crammed in to the first quarter of this novel. It’s a device though that pays dividends and allows the remainder of the story to flow seamlessly from one chapter to the next.
Breaking Character is also full of dry humour, much of it expressed through the tongue-in-cheek use of stereo-typing. Tea-drinking and Shakespeare identify the British interest, the French director is all about passion, and the Americans have a love of interior design, pool parties and junk food.
This is a very good story with a great mix of characters. The only reasons I gave four stars is that (even if it works in the long-run), it does take a while before the story really gets going, and, as witty as it is, I found the stereo-typing a little tiresome by the end. Not my personal favourite by this author, but a solid read and, without question, worth it.
This novel is very, very good. In terms of quality of cinematic setting and underlying story, think Susan's Meagher's Fame, K.E. Lane's And Playing the Role of Herself, Jae's Hollywood series, Lynn Ames' All that Lies Within. Winter says in her acknowledgements that her betas included a film and television actress and she credits her with ironing out many errors. The accuracy of film detail is a big plus but I think I would have loved these characters if they came together working their way through plumbing night school classes.
I am not sure why it resonates with me, but I love the character development, and the way the story blends together. You really don't have any threads that don't get answered, or weaved into the overall tale. No frustrating dead ends here.
I could go on, but don't want to post spoilers.
What I do know is, I have listened to the Audible version many times, which is what prompted me to get a physical copy of the book.