The Brutal Truth

by Lee Winter

Australian crime reporter Maddie Grey is out of her depth in New York, miserable, and secretly drawn to her powerful, twice-married, media mogul boss, Elena Bartell, who 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 complete truth to each other. It backfires catastrophically.

A lesbian romance about the lies we tell ourselves.




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Genre Romance
Length 339 pages
Publication Date November 1, 2017
Publisher Ylva Publishing
ISBN 9783955339005e

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Master of ice-queen character development & storyteller, Lee Winter, is at it again with this MUST-READ gem, “The Brutal Truth.” It is one of me favourite lesfic!

    Elena Bartell is quite possibly my all-time favourite ice-queen! She’s cold, she’s abrasive with an acerbic, razor-sharp tongue that spews and spits out sarcastic vitriol that could literally render a person immobile, if any ill-advised person crosses her! But she’s so extremely intelligent, so bloody indignant, stubborn, so smart, so incredibly facetious and funny, she’s highly passionate, not to mention, she’s bloody COOL! As you find out more about her gradually, as she thaws, she’s really this irresistibly adorable puppy who needs to be hugged, loved and cared for, who’s just trying to protect herself from getting hurt. It’s all her defence mechanism. She can’t help it because she had to fend for herself ever since she was a kid! So, I totally get her and understand where she’s coming from. And who better to be the one to love and comfort her than her young employee, Maddie, who’s been lurking by trying very hard to grab Elena’s attention and affection? Maddie, whom she’s been trying to push away with her endlessly scathing remarks and scornful behaviour, but somehow her heart refuses to do so, when she finds herself inextricably falling for her! Aaarghhh……the tension, the intensity, the undeniable chemistry!!!! 

    Lee Winter, you have outdone yourself this time! Your incredibly astute knowledge in the human psychology, the emotions that it invokes, the behaviour, all the complexities and nuances, be it verbal or non-verbal, you managed to decipher each intricacy with such richly explicating language, it was truly illuminating to read, so deeply felt. I was emotionally connected with and invested in Elena and Maddie’s journey as they slowly peeled off their own walls layer by layer before finally revealing their true feelings for each other, ultimately marrying their hearts and souls together.

    Ohhhh….their breathtaking slow-burn romance is simply….TO. DIE. FOR. 

    I understand that Winter paid homage to the hugely popular Miranda/Andy pairing in “The Devil Wears Prada” that spanned a thousand ships and countless fanfics. But for me, I’ll take Elena/Maddie any day – FAR, FAR better and much more satisfying…for me!!  Their love, their devotion, their undeniable, oh-so irresistible chemistry….I can’t even!!  They’re indeed one of me all-time favourite couples – immersed in such a terrific, outstanding, intensely emotional and thrilling story written with such incredible flair that I have re-read a few times already and every single time, I got the same emotional effect out of it like the 1st time! Thoroughly sated. Period.

    All I can say is, bloody well done, Ms. Winter!  I bow to you in utter gratitude for giving us this gift of Elena & Maddie and their unrivaled love story in their complex journey. 

    An enthusiastic MUST-READ!!!

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