Colette Moody has long been an avid bibliophile and fan of history (and swashbuckling). When she isn’t doing research or crafting scenes for her next romp of a novel, she can be found doing one or more of the following: trying to best her high score on Wii Tennis; sequestered in the kitchen eagerly trying to prove that everything DOES taste better with bacon; meticulously recreating classic cocktails from the 30s and 40s; or planning her next trip to Disneyland. While waiting to be generously (and inexplicably) remembered in some wealthy stranger’s will, she begrudgingly bides her time as a corporate lackey, working for the man. She lives in Southeastern Virginia with her beloved dog and her equally Wii-addicted partner.
The Seduction of Moxieby Colette Moody
New York City, 1931: When wry Broadway actress Violet London and her hard-drinking cohorts venture into a speakeasy the night before she is to board a train for Hollywood, she is floored by sassy blond singer Moxie Valette. As Violet
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When Hollywood-bound actress Violet London meets speakeasy singer Moxie Valette, her trip takes an unexpected turn toward love.
New York City, 1931: When wry Broadway actress Violet London and her hard-drinking cohorts venture into a speakeasy the night before she is to board a train for Hollywood, she is floored by sassy blond singer Moxie Valette. As Violet introduces Moxie to an assortment of bootleg liquor, cross-dressers, and sex shows, she vows to find a way to see her again. Moxie is fascinated by Violet in a thrilling and unfamiliar way, and the ensuing evening of bon mots, shameless flirtation, and illicit revelry is unlike anything she has ever experienced.
From Manhattan to Los Angeles, both women’s lives are turned upside-down by separation, unscrupulous motion picture studio executives, self-serving agents, eccentric celebrities, and the collection of hedonistic reprobates that are their closest friends.
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Humorous. I really enjoyed the wittiness throughout
Just finished reading The Seduction of Moxie!! What a wonderful romp! As usual, quick, witty & fun dialogue. Several references to old-time movie stars. Can't wait to read future Collette Moody offerings!!
The Seduction of Moxie is set in 1931, in a world that teeters between the wild days of the 1920s and the weariness of the Great Depression. Violet London is an actress preparing to leave for Hollywood and her friends take her out for one last night on the town in New York City. This is when she meets and is captivated by Moxie Valette, an attractive singer in a speakeasy. After a night of hard partying and even harder drinking, Violet leaves for California, but she is determined to find a way for Moxie and her to be together. Eventually, Violet returns for Moxie, enticing her to move to Hollywood with the offer of a movie careers. A train trip west gives them a chance to reconnect and they enter the movie community with the promise of bright futures for both of them. Hollywood has its own wild side, but is it wild enough to accept starlets who are revealed as lesbians? Is the relationship between Violet and Moxie strong enough to sustain them or will the lure of fame be more than they can resist? Moody certainly captures the spirit of the age when people visited speakeasies and violated the Prohibition laws with little regard for the consequences. The life of the "beautiful people" was fast paced, pleasure based and mostly irresponsible. The fact that most of the characters in this book don't realize they're balanced on the precipice of disaster speaks to their shallow natures. That is part of the problem with this book. If it had been set in 1927 the mood would have been perfect, but it takes place in 1931. That's two years after the stock market crash, yet none of the characters make any reference to it or seem to be having any financial problems. They seem to live in a vacuum totally disconnected from the rest of the world. The other problem with the book is the dialogue. Flapper-type women were very open, but the words that spew out of these characters' mouths just don't fit. The profanity and explicit sexual talk that they use might be common in some places today, but it certainly wouldn't have been in the 1930s, especially out in the public. These characters don't seem to have any kind of censor on what they say and they most certainly would have in that period. The Seduction of Moxie is a patterned romance with interesting characters. Enough famous names and details are scattered through it to give the story a period tone. Some work could still be done on making it more authentic, but that probably won't get in the way of the casual reader. If you're looking for a fun romance to pass the time, this one fits the bill. If you hope to learn some accurate history, be careful what you take away from it. If you have a problem with profanity and explicit sexual references, this book may make you uncomfortable.
The Seduction of Moxie was a fun read. Not only did it have great characters with hilarious dialogue, but the overall romance was well written. Fans of old movies will appreciate the Hollywood research and cameos, and fans of lesfic will appreciate the strong, non-formulaic leads.