Skirts may be shorter now, and messages sent by iPhone, but passion, intrigue, and a lust for power don’t change. National bestselling author Carol Wolper spins a mesmerizing tale of a twenty-first-century Anne Boleyn.??
Skirts are shorter now, and messages sent by iPhone, but passion, intrigue, and a lust for power don’t change. National bestselling author Carol Wolper spins a mesmerizing tale of a twenty-first-century Anne Boleyn.
Wily, intelligent, and seductive, with a dark beauty that stands out among the curvy California beach blondes, Anne attracts the attention of Henry Tudor, the handsome corporate mogul who reigns in Hollywood. Every starlet, socialite, and shark wants a piece of Henry, but he only wants Anne. The question is: can she keep him?
Welcome to a privileged world where hidden motives abound, everyone has something to sell, and safe havens don’t exist. Henry Tudor has more options than most men, and less guilt than is good for anyone. The two may be in love, but even Anne’s wiles and skill won’t guarantee his enduring passion. With Henry’s closest confidante scheming against her, and another beautiful contender waiting in the wings, Anne is fighting not just for the lifestyle to which she has grown accustomed . . . but for love. Can she muster the charm and wit to pull off her very own Hollywood ending?
While Wolper's latest (after Mr. Famous) is touted as a reinterpretation of the love affair between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, her characters get transported from 16th century England to modern day Hollywood with very little reinvention. Even Henry Tudor's title remains the same the entire cast refers to the Hollywood it-boy and business mogul as "the king." In response to familial pressure and an attempt to elevate the Boleyns' social status, Anne seduces Henry and amasses a troupe of enemies along the way, including Theresa Cromwell, a jealous Tudor business group exec, and Carl Wolsey, a banker eventually laid low by inappropriate relations and shady business dealings. When Anne gets pregnant, she jumps at the opportunity to wed Henry and stabilize their relationship. However, Anne's handle on the situation begins to falter as she struggles to quell suspicions that Henry is cheating and maintain the upper-hand in dealings with vengeful Theresa. The characters' motivations are entrenched in the mentality of 16th century England, making their choices reek of a desperation that does not translate successfully to the 21st century. Even with allegations of incest between Anne and her brother George, Catherine's accidental overdose, and gossip-monger Cliff's opportunistic machinations in the Hollywood rumor mill, the story lacks intrigue and a clear-cut narrative progression.
I think it lacked the real drama of the Anne/Henry story.