The Red Files by Lee Winter


What was the book about?:

Lauren King always wanted to be a hard-hitting news reporter. She left her small Iowa town with big dreams but ended up in L.A., instead, working as an entertainment reporter. Catherine Ayers, the iciest of ice queens, is a disgraced former D.C. Bureau chief who has been exiled to the same entertainment beat as Lauren. Lauren and Catherine have a love-hate relationship, as in they love to hate each other. When they stumble on a huge story, they have to work together to get to the bottom of it while dealing with private corporations and government agents trying to stop them at every turn. This brings them closer, and I mean really closer, together. After the story is published, Lauren realizes she is in love with Catherine, but Catherine doesn’t seem to share those feelings. 

Featured Tropes: Age-gap, ice queen, enemies to lovers

Book Strengths:

This book has it all: action, adventure, intrigue, murder, hot sex, and love. All the characters bring something to the story. Nothing is just there for filler, and every character is unique. It is one of the things I adore about Lee Winter’s writing; she builds an entire world of people who are real. This is a truly magnificent book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading it. 

Character Chemistry: 

Lauren and Catherine are amazing together. Catherine’s acerbic personality perfectly complements Lauren’s sweet Midwestern charm. If you love an ice queen like I do, you can’t help but fall in love with Catherine Ayers. I have also listened to this book in audio, and Victoria Mei really brings all the characters to life, but Catherine… well, like I said to begin with: SWOON!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Lee Winter never fails to deliver an entertaining book. The Red Files takes this to another level.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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