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Ete truth to each other It backfires catastrophically A lesbian romance about the lies we tell ourselves wordsThemes Australia · media mogul boss · New York · newspaper · reporter. This is my first book by Lee Winter I m a sucker for a May December romance so I knew this book would be right up my alley It s a well written slow burner but it s worth the wait This is one of those books that definitely leaves you feeling good and I m looking forward to reading from Lee Winter

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Australian crime reporter Maddie Grey is out of her depth in New York miserable The Brutal PDFEPUB or and secretly drawn to her powerful twice married media mogul boss Elena Bartell w. THIS IS THE FF ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL MY LIFEthe tension the slow burn the yearning it was perfection devil wears prada but make it gay

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Ho eats failing newspapers for breakfast As work takes them to Australia Maddie is goaded into a brief seemingly harmless bet with her enigmatic boss where they have to tell the compl. This book is an unabashed homage to that most intriguing of character tropes the uber successful all powerful untouchable ice ueen No doubt inspired by the two most famous ice ueens in lesfic fandom Miranda and Regina And of course where s the fun in thawing ice ueens if the thawer isn t one of the lowliest and least powerful underlings aroundI ve noticed that the author loves to explore these kinds of relationship dynamics featuring such extreme power imbalances Newbie vs Pro The Red Files Prey vs Predator Reuiem for Immortals and now PA vs CEO I ve also realized how much I love such stories no wonder all the books got 5 stars from me and never get tired of it I don t knowthere s just something so incredibly compelling and satisfying about the whole idea of having an ordinary nobody finding the key to catchingtouchingturning these cold emotionally unavailable superstars into the well less cold and human versions of themselves The sheer impossibility of the task the obstacles the little triumphs the setbacks even struggles and then the final victory the whole journey is an adventure no less exciting than if they d gone on a pirate treasure hunt Yeah I love these stories andI m rambling Let s just say if you re a fan of ice ueens or of any powerful women in general the synopsis alone will prove irresistibleElena Bartell is a self made billionaire publishing mogul And she didn t get there by being nice After being pushed out of a job that was rightfully hers by merit she knows not to play fair Keen business sense and a touch of ruthlessness has seen her sweep up failing publications and turn them into either thriving media or cold edificesemployees be damned To them she is a soulless tiger shark but the stockholders love her and that s all that matters at least to her Actually that s pretty much the norm in many corporations where CEOs are paid to the high heavens for increasing shareholder value so if she were a man she d probably be celebrated and admired instead of being stuck with a nickname AnywaysMaddie a recent NY transplant originally from Sydney finds herself working the graveyard shift crime beat pulling double duty doing obits for a metro paper When Bartell Corp buys the paper everyone is put on notice to shape up or ship out Ice ueen Elena sets up office in the building right next to Maddie s desk And the dance and endless battle of wills beginLike Tarantino s homage films the author takes a campy over the top approach to drawing her characters almost all of them familiar stereotypes either they were inspired by the iconic Devil Wears Prada movie or this was a former fanfic take your pick and imbues and magnifies them with the kind of larger than life personas that make them so memorable And so delicious The book is best enjoyed from this angle as some situations feel contrived or preposterous But ice ueen fans would fall head over heels in love with the book and ElenaAs I mentioned earlier the main characters are all pretty stereotypical But the reason why I loved the book is how deeply the author explores their psyches and the lengths she takes to make her characters connection realistic Imagine that gap a CEO and a lowly night shift grunt It s not gonna happen overnight Or even over time It s going to take a lot of exploration a ton of character growth and a huge dose of fairy godmother dust to make it happen And that s what differentiates an exceptional author from a good one Lots of lesfic authors can do the first two but the sprinkling of fairy dust Only a handful can weave the kind of plot magic that makes the cynical reader go why didn t I think of that or hell yeah or awwwww No matter how unrealistic the plot is the author makes it seem at least plausible And it s highly entertaining to bootIt goes without saying that one of the things that make the author s characters feel so authentic is that they never become someone they re not There s change and it can be huge and life changing but you don t undo 40 years of someone s personality completely and have it last further than the honeymoon And yeah I love that she gets her characters idiosyncrasies and lets them be But not after freeing the real woman trapped inside the iceIt s important to note that this isn t a typical romance where romantic development involves sweet endearing dialogue or PDA displays or whispered sweet nothings or even the protagonists showing special care for each other Every lesfic writer does that already Don t look for it here For a good deal of the book it was either an awkward dance around each other tension filled exchanges downright snark and talking in circles Hence the need for the brutal truth In fact the most romantic parts of the book are when they re actually thousands of miles apart How weird is that More often than I could count their relationship was moving frustratingly one step forward and two steps back The chemistry is off the charts but there is just so much emotional and balance of power distance between them not to mention the multiple layers of masks the ice ueen wears I figured it was going to take Maddie a lot to uncover those firmly welded on protective masks I didn t figure it would take almost the entire book Well most of it anyway As the masks had to be lifted off layer by layer Well I guess that s ice ueen for you And Elena is the toughest of them all They ll never admit to emotion willingly Least of all that most unspeakable emotion of all love That one word signals the ultimate melt and no ice ueen worth their salt will ever utter it if they want their reputation intact Towards the end when Maddie was trying to wrangle that declaration I kept wishing her a mental hah good luck with that In terms of how much I enjoyed the book I should give this book a solid 5 stars especially for putting my faith back in lesfic s ability to make my day But then there s The Red Files and then there s Reuiem Ranged against such formidable opponents a 495 will have to doBut still Elena Bartell earns a permanent place in my pantheon of earthly goddesses joining the likes of Jessica Maddox Mallory Spencer Victoria Willoughby Genevieve Fornier Jennifer Lamont Catherine Ayers and a few others whose names escape me for the moment but who live beyond the books they inhabit and whose exploits and personalities still manage to fill my thoughtsWomen who focused on themselves and their dreams rather than love who had to suppress a good part of their inner selves and acuired a discipline a coolness and even a bit of ruthlessness sometimes even losing a part of their humanity in the process all in the name of success and doing it on their own terms It was such a joy to see them come in from the cold their long suppressed selves unlocked and how love is the secret key to it It s justmagical495 starsARC from YlvaPS Is it sheer coincidence that a crucial part of the plot involves a sexual harassment case very similar to whats happening in the news including even the fallout from it This is one subplot that felt incredibly realistic and totally grounds the whole book


10 thoughts on “The Brutal Truth

  1. says:

    'Ylva Publishing ARC received in exchanged for my unbiased review'What makes this book such an enjoyableinformative and deceptively uncomfortable read at times are the author's freuent and powerfully credible assertions that in advocating for the true potential of professional women or how many working women retr

  2. says:

    This book made me feel good I still have a smile on my face as I type this review Every time I read a Lee Winter book I say to myself “this is a damn good book” I just love the way Winter writes it just clicks for me I’m happy to say this book was right on par with all her others; it was a great read Maddie Grey has moved to New York City from down under to fulfill her dream of being a reporter Things are not going well Sh

  3. says:

    THIS IS THE FF ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL MY LIFEthe tension the slow burn the yearning it was perfection devil wears prada but make it gay

  4. says:

    Something about this didn't click for me Yes it's competently written and there are good parts to it but the rhythm was all over the place There's a getting to know you phase estrangement a move across the world estrangement a severe estrangement a platonic wooing estrangement again one sided romantic interest conveyed another move across the world then both romantically interested but separated another move across the world and finally

  5. says:

    There's just something about Lee Winter's writing style that appeals to me Every time I read one of her novels it ends up capturing my full attention and for just a few hours I feel like I'm a part of the storyI mean this was a straight up DWP plot rip off in many ways but Winter still managed to make it fresh and enjoyable I could have used a tad bit romance but this was still a great read My next read is seriously going to have

  6. says:

    This book is an unabashed homage to that most intriguing of character tropes the uber successful all powerful untouchable ice ueen No doubt inspired by the two most famous ice ueens in lesfic fandom Miranda and Regina And of course where's the fun in thawing ice ueens if the thawer isn't one of the lowliest and least powerful underlings around?I've noticed that the author loves to explore these kinds of relationship dynamics featuring such

  7. says:

    The Brutal Truth 108000 words is a rewrite of a DWP fanfic of the same name 54505 words The fanfic version was great but this published one is just brilliant5 starsFeb 17 2018

  8. says:

    This is my first book by Lee Winter I'm a sucker for a May December romance so I knew this book would be right up my alley It's a well written slow burner but it's worth the wait This is one of those books that definitely leaves you feeling good and I'm looking forward to reading from Lee Winter

  9. says:

    What is it about an ice ueen that makes a story so delectable? I mean truly I have a thing for this character trope Judge away I do not care I am always intrigued by that main character with that frosty alpha bitch exterior When you think about it or at least when I do some of my most beloved characters and books in the lesbian romance gen

  10. says:

    5 StarsWhen I read the synopsis and the reviews I thought this sounds familiar and definitely an uber Devil Wears Prada DWP fanfic When I bought it and put it in my Calibre Library I realized I actually read the fanfic about two years ago and it was written by RedCharcoal who I found out is Winter's pseudonym I sorta remember that it was OK and never reread it I decided to not look at the fanfic before reading

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