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Publisher's Summary

From Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw comes an enemies-to-lovers romance about the journey of self-discovery that follows a life-changing event.

After a brush with death, I realize it’s time to make changes in my life. Big changes.

First, my job. I love being a journalist, but I hate my megawatt magnate boss, West Maxwell. When he demands I rewrite an article on short notice, I turn the tables on him with a scathing new column and quit in a blaze of glory.

But West isn’t about to let me go that easily, the jerk. He offers me an unexpected new position: mentor to his rebellious teenage niece. For some reason, I agree—I like helping people, but I’m also admittedly curious to glimpse the man behind the mogul.

However, I soon discover that my new assignment isn’t what I expected. As I learn about the private side of my enigmatic boss, I start to see the heart he hides behind his icy facade. The old Elle hated West...but maybe—just maybe—the new Elle can tame him.

©2022 Nom de Plume LLC (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

“Winter Renshaw is the queen of being unpredictable in the best way possible! Angst, chemistry, and all the feels will have you glued to your Kindle.”USA Today bestselling author Ava Harrison

“Winter Renshaw makes my little, dark romance-loving heart pitter-patter with her fast-paced, sultry, intense thrill rides. Her books are addicting, drawing you in with nail-biting suspense and intimacy so hot, I usually devour them in one sitting.”—Angela from Shameless Book Club 

“Winter Renshaw is my go-to author when I’m looking for a book with a sexy alpha male and strong heroine.”—Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author 

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Narration is not great.

This was an ok book made into a not so good by bad narration. The female narrator’s skills are limited to only reading the book. She didn’t even try to alter or modulate her voice to match each character. She read the male part dialogue with the same voice that she read the female parts, which needles to say made it confusing and hard to follow in conversations,not to mention extremely off putting. It really kept me from engaging and forming a connection with the characters especially the male character. She also had an unnatural pacing while reading. She made awkward pauses and bits of complete silence in the middle of sentences or paragraphs. It really took me out of the story. Last but not least she mispronounced quite a few words and I found that pretty distracting as well.
The male narrator is just ok, however he isn’t my favorite, but that’s just a personal preference. I just don’t find his style appealing.
All in all I would have enjoyed the story a lot more had I read it instead of listened.

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so many mispronounced words

story is ok. narration isn't bad but there are so many mispronounced words by both narrators, especially Lambo

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Quality Issues on the audiobook but cute story.

So... I'll keep this one short.
While i did liked the story, the characters and their interactions. Also the whole idea of doing something meaningful with your life, after a life and death situation, the pace of the story and the lack of sexual details bothered me.

Everything were slow and half of the book have passed without anything not even close to happen between the main couple.
It's a romance after all.
When out of the blue, they kiss and make out, it was barely described and faded to black.

So you see... I want to be the classy adult here and say that the story was beautiful and i was happy with that, but let's face it... I'm not!
I want my romance books with a touch (or a handful) of smut or at least some good steamy scene to show their chemistry.

You won't find this here.
And I don't think the audiobook helped this one either.

So if you're into "clean' romances, i recommend this one. It's cute.

🎧 About the Audiobook Narration 🎧

Narrated by Aaron Shedlock and Nicola Lambo.
Both narrators are new to me and while they have a pleasant voice, i have a few points to make.
Nicola can sip a whole gallon of water any time she wants to, but why do it in the middle of sentence? Can't she wait at least until the end of it? It's so freaking annoying! And i hope she was doing sipping water and not swallowing saliva, otherwise it'll be even more disgusting to do it while recording am audiobook line! Come on... Limits!
Also she should work on her male voices, cause what she did there, can't really be properly described. It was bad!

Aaron wasn't as bad as her, but he also needs to work on his female voices.
That's why I prefer dual narration!

The audiobook itself have a bunch of repetitive quality issues, like long pauses in the middle of the paragraph or between dialogues, as if it was a chapter break, but it's not. It's annoying and interruptus the flow and the understanding of the story.

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Female narrator mispronounced too many words

I don’t judge anyone who mispronounces words. It means the person learned them by reading. That’s admirable. But when you’re profession is narration, it’s a required skill. Things like 'matinee' being pronounced mat-a-nee drag the listener out of the story. There’s a list; it’s not just a one off.
At one point, the FMC says: “Oh, honey. If you’re going to be a New Yorker, you have to know your designers.” And then the narrator mispronounces Hermes. Twice
The two main voice actors don’t even pronounce the heroine’s last name the same. The female narrator mispronounces it so badly, the reader knows she: 1) never looked it up (it's the last name of University of Florida's current football coach) so google/Youtube would have worked, or 2) could've clarified with the author herself.
These are things that can easily be rectified and distort the beauty of Ms. Renshaw’s story.
DNFing the audio at 51% -- at least 25% after I should've. I'll grab in the kindle store, because this book is better read than listened to.

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female lead drags the book down

story is ok, could be good but the female Mc is terrible. Her phrasing takes you out of the book and her accent is ... not good. I'd rather have read this one.

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Not for me

This one just wasn't for me. I found it boring and never felt a connection with the characters, the narration didn't help!

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loved this sweet story

Not what I was expecting but a very good book to listen to. I highly recommend listening to this one.

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Horrible narration ruined a great book.

This story was really cute. I liked it so much, so you are probably wondering with 3 stars and not at least 4. Well buckle up because I'm about to rant on how narration can ruin a great story...

The female narrator the mispronunciations drove me batty: matinee pronounced matin-knee, mortality pronounced morality. But the one that made me stop listening was amorous pronounced a-MORE-us. Seriously, it's a romance novel and you can't say amorous?

Then there was the fact that other than Elle's mother (who had a southern drawl) I could not tell who was speaking when she narrated her chapters, even with the men's voices. it was not good. I'm not sure who this narrator is but I will be sure to avoid her books in the future!

I don't mean to harp on the female narrator, the male one wasn't great either, but he was ok. And with how bad the female narrator was, he seemed like he was stellar in comparison.

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♥️♥️♥️ The Dirty Truth ❤️❤️❤️

The Dirty Truth by Winter Renshaw was a great read. With both a strong H and h, I particularly enjoyed the development of the H over the course of the story. Not a typical single parent trope, the way the difficulties of raising an adolescent were addressed came across as quite authentic. The HEA was extremely appropriate and satisfying.

Shedlock is one of my fav male narrators…he and Lambo gave stellar performances that truly enhanced the author’s work. I highly recommend The Dirty Truth!

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major editing issues

this audio book has major editing issues. several seconds will go by with nothing And you wonder if there's something wrong with the book. It's probably just very bad editing.