The Awkward Truth by Lee Winter

The brilliant Lee Winter has written yet another magnificent story.

What was the book about?
Felicity Simmons has only one thing in mind; fulfilling her dream of reaching the highest echelons of her career and impressing her boss, media mogul Elena Bartell in the process. Felicity is determined, and nothing will derail her from reaching her ultimate goal. When her boss sends her to investigate a little South Bronx charity that helps homeless people’s pets, Felicity’s objective is to find out where the money donated by her boss was spent. She never expected to meet the mesmerizing veterinarian, Dr Sandy Cooper who proves to be a wonderful distraction. Will Felicity embrace it and open her eyes to life changes?

Featured Tropes
WLW romance / slow burn / opposites attract

Book Strengths
The first thing that came to mind was how much I missed Elena Bartell, including her iconic phrase, “we’re done.” How can someone be so breathtakingly powerful in a few words? It was good to see Elena Bartell again, even if so briefly. Lee Winter allowed glimpses of the woman behind the legend, which made me love Elena even more.

The book is pure gold, and I loved it from the first word to the last period. Ms. Winter is a genius.

The dialogues are fun, quirky, and intelligent, and I can’t remember when I laughed so much. Felicity is so amusing, sometimes unintentionally. The character development by Lee Winter is exquisite. Felicity’s growth is impressive, beautiful, and perfectly written. I’m so glad the author allowed us to see another side of her, more profound than the ice-cold façade.

The path taken by the character is brilliant!! I never thought I would admit; I love Felicity! I was surprised to be able to relate to Felicity’s character, but I found it growing the more that I read. Hot blood running through the ice-cold veins of Felicity is something that I never expected to see, but it was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect to see a wild animal within Felicity. LOL.  Having Felicity and Maddie not hating each other was a total gift from the writer to her readers.

Witnessing the growth in a character is a true and pure delight, and in The Awkward Truth, this is interwoven perfectly with the plot.

I loved the easter egg; thank you, Lee. Keep an eye out for it.  

On a personal level, there are so many things I loved about the book, including how the character adored Seven of Nine and Janeway. There’s a mention of my favourite baseball team. She reminds me at times of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and Dr McCoy (Star Trek: The Original Series), two people I can relate to as well.

This book has become my second favourite of Lee Winters’, second only to Requiem for Immortals, which remains at the top of my Lee Winters books

I’m amazed by the outstanding job Ms. Winter!

Book Weaknesses
It ended

Heat Rating

Character Chemistry
It astounds me how two people as different as Felicity and Sandy can work together so well. It’s so good to see the many layers of Felicity. So many layers that are revealed in front of our eyes. It was nice to see more than the black and white cold lawyer as well, all the thanks to Dr Sandy Cooper. Who would have thought Felicity had a sweet spot. It’s cute and weird at the same time. The way Sandy pushed her out of her comfort zone and inspired her to be her authentic self while getting to know each other is excellently written.

Wrap up
The novel had me hooked from the first page—a great story from a brilliant writer—a must-read.

The story was outstanding and engaging, undoubtedly a great tale; there’s intrigue, plot twists, remarkable character development, and a happy ending. I recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good book. I was sad to see it come to an end, but I look forward to seeing what Ms Winter has in store for us and these beloved characters.


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