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Breaking Character

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,974 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Life has become a farcical mess for icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thornton. America’s most-hated villain stars in a top-rated TV medical drama that she hates. Now, she’s been romantically linked to her perky, new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. As a closeted actress, that’s the last thing Elizabeth needs. If she could just get her dream movie role, l ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Ylva Publishing
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Lex Kent
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This was just the book I needed. There is a reason Winter is one of my favorite authors of the last few years. The quality story after story she puts out is really impressive. While I do admit this was not my favorite of hers, it was still damn good. After my mini reading slump, this story made me feel good about reading again.

This book hits two storylines I love, Hollywood and a fauxmance. Some people also claimed the storyline of an ice queen in the character of Bess, but I have to
Diane Wallace
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
'ARC Generously provided by Ylva-Publishing in exchange for a honest review'

**'Don't be afraid to take risks or to put yourself on the page.Who you are is what will make both your writing and story special..Don't think.Thinking is the enemy of creativity..'

For any reader who loves a good story or combine with a peek at some of the incredible experiences from a behind-the-scenes perspective and storyline tidbits that give a look into the filmmaking process,'BREAKING CHARACTER' has lots of it. Fro
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-gap
This was my 2nd time reading this book. Just as good as the first.
Highly recommended!

I've never been disappointed by a Lee Winter book, but this one could be my favorite one yet. This was a great story, and I read it in practically one sitting. Age gap & a fake relationship. I'm in!

"Breaking Character" is a well-written, pleasant, and satisfying romance, hitting a lot of tropes in a unique way. I think romance fans will really enjoy this read with one caveat.

When it comes to lesfic, a lot of fan favorites are: age gaps, ice-queens, Hollywood, fake relationships, good communication, and slow burn romances. Winter provides all of these but with a spin.

For just a few examples, an age gap of nine years is made greater by Summer being a former child star and looking another fi
Whelp, I'm officially upset that I'm done reading this book. For me, give me a great ice queen character or a fauxmance as a theme, and I'm immediately interested in the book. With Breaking Character, readers don't just get one, but we get BOTH themes in the same novel, topped off with the fact that Winter is a top tier author! I was shamelessly 100% invested the moment I saw the blurb, and this book completely lived up to my expectations.

I absolutely adored both of the MCs, and completely belie
Perfection! A fabulous 5 star read!!!

Nobody writes an ice queen like Lee Winter. She truly is the queen of the ice queen. She builds up their walls, fortifies their heart and brings in the perfect lady to thaw all that ice. I live for her writing. Over the past few months I have hit a major wall with reading, nothing really piqued my interest and the books you thought would be knockouts were just meh. Happens right? Well, I am so glad I picked this one up because I don’t care how big your funk
5 stars.

Absolutely wonderful read in every sense. Amazing characters, lovely story, great supporting cast. All of that delivered through engaging and expertly written prose. This book is definitely in my top 5 of near 300 books I've read this year. Do yourself a service and get the book right now. Lesfic romance does not get any better than this.
Winter’s writing really just works for me. I get completely involved with the characters and totally drawn in to the story. She’s taken a fairly common trope and made it more complex and different. The difference is not only the story line but also in the array of characters who all seem to take on a life of their own. Even the characters being played by the characters are tangible. The connection between her main characters is built and sustained even when it becomes almost too painful to conti ...more
Why did I not read this sooner?! I'm such a sucker for fauxmances and Lee Winter did a great job writing this (really) slow burn. I always know I'm in love with a book when I keep glancing at the number of pages left and dreading it the lower that number gets.

I absolutely loved the way the characters were written. Winter can write an ice queen like nobody's business and Elizabeth's frostiness would make ice cubes tremble in their tray. I was a little worried about Summer being a bit of a pushov
Jude in the Stars

What is it about Lee Winter’s books that makes it so difficult for me to write intelligible reviews?

Summer Hayes is a former child-star making her debut in a not-so-good medical TV series. In addition to providing her with her first potentially big part as an adult, Choosing Hope gives her a chance to act beside her idol, British actress Elizabeth Thornton – Bess to her friends -, who plays the part of the show’s villain.

Summer is absolutely adorable but not annoyingly so and that makes her
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not but when I saw Breaking Character by Lee Winter, I immediately added it onto my tbr and pre ordered it . Couldn't be bothered with the blurb, just a book by Ms.Winter, that was it. When the book came out, reading the beautiful reviews, then only I realized what it was about - Hollywood and Faked Relationship.

Ms.Winter's wisdom continue to shine through Breaking Character, she wasn't a lazy / OTT author. Every single idea planted in the story received great care, the way she in
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had second thoughts about picking up this book. It featured not one but two of my least favorite subjects-- actresses and fake girlfriends. The former because they're probably shallow and the latter because of the contrivance that's often involved. What's more, unless one has only just discovered the wonderful world of lesfic, these storylines have been done to death already by almost every other lesfic writer, especially in the last couple of years. But... It's a Lee Winter. And there's an ic ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes after finishing a book I have to think about how to rate it. I weigh the pros and cons, my feeling of appreciation, the writing style and lots of other things to get to a result. Not in this case though. This is without a doubt a 5 star book for me. I knew that even while still reading and savouring it. I enjoyed every chapter and page of this book and every minute that I spent with it. The characters were very well and lovingly depicted and the story was marvellous. I won’t go into th ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had reviewed this book a month ago, the outcome would have been different. I liked Breaking Character but it was not a wow for me. I especially was not fond of Elizabeth and was clueless as to why so many fans sang arias to her and flung rose petals at her feet. Then people left and right told me that I had not really experienced Breaking if I had not heard Angela Dawe’s narration and insisted that I do so immediately. Just you wait and see, they said. So for the first time ever, I dove rig ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I am in the minority on this one, so obviously, this is merely one opinion.

I have adored every Winter book I have read to-date, so leaving this review is almost painful. I usually get to jump up and down and fawn over her characters and praise her writing and storytelling. I wish I had the same opportunity here.

I felt as though “Breaking Character” could have been written by any well-known lesfic author who continuously uses the same formula. Put Winter’s name on it, however, and it doesn’t fe
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I have really mixed feelings about this book and don't know if I'll be able to put it into words. The story is excellent, with a British actress, Elizabeth, who has gone from reciting Shakespeare in London to starring in a television series shot in Hollywood. When the situation in the series can't be more tense and stressful for her, Summer appears to bring an unexpected turn in the series and in her life. Summer is a woman who is not what she seems. She is an actress who starred in a successful ...more
I stayed up until 3AM reading this. It is so well written that hour after hour went by in a blink. This is definitely one of my favorite books this year, and probably my favorite Lee Winter book. The humor in the early chapters had me laughing out loud.

It was even more enjoyable on the second read. I love these characters.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: Recently listened to the audio book of Breaking Character and Angela Dawe, I want you to narrate my LIFE (actually no....that would be boring as fuck). God she is good, all of her voices were spot-on, she can do any accent, and Elizabeth and Summer's voices were better than I imagined. The enunciation was perfect, and I felt like I was reading the story for the first time. Bravo bravo, yes yes YES, I already want to listen to it again.


Solid 4/5! L
Corporate Slave
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lee Winter is a genius .. you can’t go wrong with any of her books! While this isn’t her best, it’s still a lovely romance ..
What can I say that hasn't already been said in reviews. Loved the audiobook version of this book. I avoided reading Breaking Character when it first came out because I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with books featuring celebrity romances and all things Hollywood.

Silly me. Lee Winter elevates this romance from predictable to awesome thanks to her deep look into the psyches of her main characters. Elizabeth and Summer are not cardboard cutouts in fancy dress but living breathing wo
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This year is starting to look promising regarding my book choosing skill! The few I've read has all been fantastic, but I get the feeling that this one is going to be one of the best books I read this year.

"And Playing the role of Myself" is one of my favourites. So, I was excited to read this one. And well, Lee Winter definitely nailed it. Elizabeth who has an Ice queen reputation(but actually is a very sweet and lovely person) meets Summer who look young and is loved by everyone(who has a litt
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While there are so many reviews written about this book I’m going to keep this short.
For me Lee Winter is an author I don’t really need reading the blurb before I buy it, so far they were always absolutely enjoying and well written. Breaking Character was no exception.
I loved the storyline, even though it isn’t a new one. It’s fantastic how this author creates all the different characters, not only the MCs, also the secondary characters.

Bess and Summer are both loveable women and I wanted them
This is the first book I have heard by narrator Angela Dawe and I really enjoyed listening to her. She did a great job with each of the characters. I usually read the books before listening to them but I couldnt pass on the opportunity to listen to it via Scribd. The book is good. I havent read much by Lee Winter but I really enjoyed the characters. Give it a listen, or a read. I dont think you will be disappointed
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Second read / listen.

So everyone knows that I'm having a difficult time with audio books. But this one was extremely well done. Thanks to those who suggested I should listen to this one to get out of the bad narrator rut.

And I don't know if it was the narration or what, but I ended up liking the book even better than the first time.


I think I went into this with too high of expectations based on all of the ARC reviews. I was a bit let down. Don't get me wrong, this was a really solid s
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, f-f
I wanted quality so I picked a Lee Winter, without checking reviews or blurbs. I had only the cover as clue so I knew it was about stars or celebrities.

And damn ! I had swear I would try to avoid the fake relationship trope till the end of the year, and when the shoe dropped around 33 percent, I was already hooked. So here goes my end of year resolution ... But it was worth it.

So worth it that I have already started rereading it and will add more about my impression later !

24 hours later, I
Could have been so much sexier, that was very long winded, I hate it when authors draw the inevitable out too much, sometimes it works but in this instance it became annoying for me, I love an ice queen and Elizabeth was no exception and summer I really liked too, this was quite angsty and long but I did enjoy it and it did hold my interest alot although it pissed me off being so drawn out this definitely deserves a solid 3 stars, good writing but was all that drawn-outness worth the wait, “nah” ...more
Sky Brown
I have seen a lot of great reviews regarding this book, therefore I was curious about it. This is the first book by Lee that I have read and I can truthfully say that it was absolutely amazing. The chemistry between Bess and Summer is evident from the start. This book was well-written. It made my feel so many emotions, I found myself laughing, sad, angry, smiling and being giddy. Every part of the book was well-written from the beginning, the end, the love story, the plot, the sex scenes. Everyt ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this for both Elizabeth (Bess) and Summer and particularly them together. I love that the author pulled off an ingénue who was a strong Hollywood insider with enough confidence to avoid the pitfalls so common in child actors. It's an interesting mix of confidence and enthusiasm that she just engaged me immediately. I particularly liked that she never came across as thinking she was too big for the side-part she had or that she couldn't wait to move on to something bigger and bet ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When famous British actress Elizabeth Thornton shares the set with American former child prodigy Summer Hayes, a series of random accidents made the press portray them as girlfriends. The mistake escalates when a French director offers the pair a career changing role assuming that they can act on set the intimacy they share as a couple. How hard could it be to fake a relationship for a while?

Lee Winter knows how to write a story about older ice queens and inexperienced younger women who idolise
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

That’s in exchange of an honest review that I received an ARC of « Breaking Character » …
So, here it is !!

Thank you Ylva Publishing for providing me this book.

My rating : 3.5 ⭐️

The story is mainly set in Hollywood (Los Angeles - CA, USA)and focuses on :
° Elizabeth « Bess » Thornton, a so-called icy British A-lister and America’s most-hated villain stars in « Choosing Hope » a top-rated TV medical drama that she deeply hates.
° Summer Hayes, adorable former child-s
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Lee Winter is an award-winning veteran newspaper journalist who has covered courts, crime, news, features and humor writing for almost three decades around Australia. Now a full-time author and part-time editor at Ylva, Lee is also a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a triple Golden Crown Literary Award winner.

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