Giving up her successful career as an actress to marry Phillip Evans, Joi Weston finds her marriage in a shambles when Phillip decides to pursue a political career and she has a romantic encounter with passionate writer Michael Brockmier.
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McCann (Forever; Until; Always) turns out another succinctly titled contemporary romance aimed at African-American audiences, this time focusing on two individuals who find each other while trying to find themselves. Nearing 40, successful sitcom actress Joi Weston is forced to give up her dreams of a Hollywood career when the Tinseltown powers that be decide she's too long in the tooth to star in a feature film. Frustrated, she moves to Florida, where her husband of 18 years, Phillip, is launching a political career. Despite the couple's occasionally rocky past, Joi trumpets: "I'd never have an affair." Famous last words. Enter slightly younger hunk Michael Brockmier, an aspiring writer with his own identity crisis: unable to get his work published, he becomes part of a scam in which he's the front man for a more talented but reclusive writer. When Joi and Michael meet, passion ensues, threatening Joi's marriage even as it affords the lovers the opportunity to come to terms with their lives. McCann gets the celebrity downside of successful authorship in the current publishing climate right, but scores with little else. Most of the Composition 101 admonishments Michael receives could be leveled at McCann as well. No metaphor goes unmixed, no cliche unused; cardboard secondary characters and Hallmark-ready platitudes round out the list of offenses. A neat ending in which everybody finds redemption may supply instant gratification, but it falls far from offering true satisfaction.
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Joi Weston, a beautiful television star, and her husband, Phillip Evans, a successful businessman, are having marital problems. Just as Phillip embarks on a political campaign, Joi meets the handsome Michael Brockmier. The relationship that develops only magnifies the self-doubt and unfulfilled dreams that Joi has begun to feel. Michael and Joi share a deep passion that includes the sensual taboo of a younger single man and an older married woman. As each deals with the unsatisfying aspects of their personal and romantic lives, they find that they are passionately drawn to one another. Yet, as with any relationship, there are complications, and Joi is forced to make choices that are far-reaching and lifelong. After much soul searching, Joi and Phillip learn that their relationship is far stronger and more important than any indiscretions that either of them have had. McCann has written another complex tale about a relationship that offers hope and forgiveness. Lillian Lewis
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Book Description Thorndike Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0786242787
Book Description Thorndike Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000016406