The Dirty Truth Read Online Winter Renshaw

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Total pages in book: 85
Estimated words: 80652 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 403(@200wpm)___ 323(@250wpm)___ 269(@300wpm)
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The Dirty Truth

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Winter Renshaw

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English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B09J91J15Z
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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.
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CHAPTER ONE

ELLE

I didn’t see God when I died. I didn’t meet the Dalai Lama, the Buddha, Mother Teresa, or my beloved grandmother who passed unexpectedly when I was twelve. There was no parade of loved ones lining up to greet me. No bright light or radiant euphoria. Fortunately, no blazing hellscape. Just a simple, no-frills black void.

While the team of doctors who attended to me post–brain aneurysm assured me I was clinically dead for three minutes, not one of them can tell me where I went.

“Why aren’t you in the meeting?” My assistant, Leah, perches outside my office door, mouth agape as she double-checks her watch. “It started fifteen minutes ago . . .”

Blinking out of my trance, I close out of my hundredth “near-death experience” Google search of the week, close my laptop lid, grab my files, phone, and keys in one impressive swoop—and promptly spill my lukewarm coffee down the front of my ivory wool pencil skirt.

This is not me. But in all fairness, I haven’t been “me” since two months ago, when my life came to a screeching halt—literally—on the floor of my ex’s apartment.

Rushing to my aid, Leah plucks a handful of tissues from a nearby Kleenex box before falling to her knees and dabbing the burnt-umber stain in vain.

“It’s fine, Leah. You don’t have to do that.” I take a step back, arms still crammed with meeting materials.

I’ve been back to work exactly one week, and every time I turn around, I’m met with sympathetic regards and notoriously self-consumed colleagues suddenly jumping at the chance to grab a door for me, refill my coffee, or invite me to lunch like we’re old friends due for a catch-up.

That’s the thing about death. Or in my case—near death. Not only does it change you, but it changes everyone around you. At least that’s what I’m learning so far.

I’m still new at this . . .

Still finding my bearings . . .

Still trying to make sense of everything because the die-hard journalist in me demands all the answers and then some.

Leah rises, examining me with unblinking intensity as she motions toward the door. “I’ll phone the conference room and tell them you’re stuck on a call . . .”

“That won’t be necessary.” I straighten my shoulders, drag in a long breath, and gather my composure, because I’m going to need it once I throw myself to the judge-eyed wolves in the conference room.

“You’re just going to go in there?” Her confused hazel stare flicks to my coffee-stained skirt. “Like that?”

“As opposed to no-showing?” They’re not going to fire me for spilling my coffee. They can, however, fire me on the spot for not doing my job. They’ve fired people for lesser offenses, and for every sad sap they send packing, there are a hundred more lining the Manhattan sidewalk outside waiting to take their place.

“They’ll understand . . .” She worries the inner corner of her pillowy lips. “I mean, after what happened—”

“Leah.” I offer a tepid smile and move for the door. “I’m just a little late, and it’s just a stain . . . it’s not the end of the world.”

“I know, but . . .” She trails after me. “Maxwell’s here.”

I stop hard, my blood cracking like ice in my veins.

For five years I’ve typed my fingers to the bone for Made Man magazine, but the number of times I’ve been in the same room as our infamous editor in chief I can count on six of them. While the general public knows West Maxwell for his jaw-dropping good looks and larger-than-life persona, those who work for him know him for his rare presence and a reputation that sends most of his drones hiding behind cabinets, files, and laptop screens at the mere sound of his Italian loafers stepping off the elevator.

“You didn’t tell me he was going to be in today.” I tamp the disappointment in my tone. Leah’s nothing like my last assistant, a charismatic type A Columbia grad student who married some Rothschild she met in the Hamptons and peaced out before the ink was dry on their marriage certificate. “A heads-up would’ve been nice, hon.”

She bites her lip. “There was a company email that went out this morning.”

“Oh.”

It probably pinged my inbox when I was thirty-nine pages deep on some near-death message board thread on this nineties-looking website that was crammed with all kinds of fascinating experiences. Experiences that were nothing like mine.

Exhaling, I pinch my nose. “I’m sorry, Leah. I didn’t mean to—”

“I have some yoga leggings in my bag,” she says, voice pitched higher, hopeful. “If you pull your blouse over them, maybe they’ll think they’re just regular leggings?”

It’s a thought.

And it wouldn’t be the worst option.

I tug one corner of my silk blouse from my skirt—only to stop when I realize it’s a crepey mess beyond fixing in this current scenario. I’d need a steamer, at minimum, and even then, those things take time to heat up and—no. There’s no time.


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