• Breaking Character

  • By: Lee Winter
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,077 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, life would be so much better. The only problem is that the eccentric French film-maker offering it insists on meeting her "girlfriend", Summer, first. 

Summer Hayes is devastated when her co-star shuns her for accidentally sparking rumors that they're lovers. Now the so-called British Bitch has the audacity to ask Summer to pretend to be her girlfriend to get her a role? Elizabeth doesn't even like Summer! Oh, how she'd love to tell her no. And Summer definitely would if it wasn't for the fact she's maybe a tiny bit in love with the impossible woman. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Lee Winter (P)2019 Tantor
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Winter and Dawe: double trouble!

I regularly find myself in trouble after finishing a Lee Winter book, as no other book on my to-read list seems capable of holding my attention.
This edition of Breaking Character pairs Winter's exquisite writing with a masterful performance by Angela Dawe, and the result is... double trouble!
How am I supposed to listen to another audiobook after *this*? 😭

This audiobook raises the quality bar for the genre, and I would highly recommend it.

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Ice Queen Heaven

I loved this book so much when I first read it. Now, on audio, it's even better. Lee Winter has a way with ice queens. And melting them. If I only had 50 books that I was forced to read & re-read for the rest of my life...this would be one of them. Oh, and Angela Dawe's narration is wonderful.

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This book is now in my top 5.

I wasn't expecting to like this book much. I don't mind the ice queen storyline, but I've never been into the Hollywood scene in lesfic. There was one review that convinced me to give it a shot. The narration and expert accents (to this plain American) totally drew me in. The storyline kept me listening from start to finish with no breaks. I loved the humor, the plot progression and the love between the two. This will definitely be a repeat listen for me!

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One of my TOP TWO favorite books all time!!

I absolutely LOVED this book, it is definitely one of my top TWO favorite books of this genre, EVER! This and Casting Lacy are my two favorites so far. I love anything Angela Dawe reads, her and Abby Craden could entertain me just reading a phone book! Definitely worth your time and credit!!

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Angela Dawe is amazing

The story line is good and it was very sexy but it was Angela Dawe who drove this story. she has been a long time favorite and this book with its many characters and dialects proves her awesome talent. great story, great narrator equals a home run

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This is the sign you’re waiting. GET THIS BOOK!

This story has now become one of my top wlw romance novels and one of my favorite audible books. Breaking Character definitely warrants several listens again in the future. It’s a great story with depth, storyline, character growth, and an amazing narration. Get this book. Treat yourself and fall in love with Elizabeth and Summer’s story like I have.

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  • 05-07-19

Lee Winter is always Amazing!

I love this book, and the audio just made it better. Angela Dawe was impressive to say the least!

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Entertaining Book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Angela Dawe is an excellent narrator, whose different voices, accents, and intonations bring the entire cast of characters to life. Summer, a former child star is trying to cross the bridge into adult roles. She is a cast member of Choosing Hope, a hit medical drama starring renown actress Elizabeth, who has become disillusioned with her role as hated villain in the show. A phot of Elizabeth grabbing Summer to prevent her from a fall leads Hollywood types to speculate on their “romance,” which leads to movie roles, a fake relationship for the movie, a friendship, and finally something much more. It is a charming story!

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Excellent!

I found it difficult to push pause on this one! The classic show-mance was everything I had hoped it would be and more! Excellent narration Angela Dawe is so easy to listen to. I will be revisiting this one in the future!

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5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. The story was well written and entertaining. The narrator brought the different characters to life. Highly recommend!

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  • Dr. S. E. Beresford
  • 04-27-19

Fabulous

Wonderful book. Great storyline with fully rounders, believable characters.

I loved the ‘slow burn’ of the developing romance and the added bonus of fake girlfriend.

The sex scenes were great.

Angela Dawe deserves special mention. The narration of a book an make or break it. Angela Dawe makes this book. Her narration is wonderful - eg - different and distinctive voices for the characters. Her English accent wasn’t half bad! Her voice has a lovely cadence and timbre to it.

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  • Alice
  • 08-05-19

truly amazing

great story with characters that are very endearing. spend an evening or 5 with these lovely people. you wont regret it.

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  • SVC
  • 06-17-19

loved it!

yet another of Winters stories that draw you in, never wanted it to end. Will be listening again soon.

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  • 03-27-21

absolutely bloody fantastic

I've never given a review even after the hundreds of books I've read and audiobooks I've listened too. This has got to be one of the best books ive listened too the story was just fantastic so enjoyable, Lee Winter u are a genius and Angela's performance was the best audiobook I've ever heard and that's saying something never thought I'd ever enjoy a performance more than Abby Craden but here it is. Angela's voices were spot on I'm British and I couldn't hear any fault with her british tone at all, her voice for Elizabeth was so captivating I'm going to listen to this book over and over again that's the rest of my year planned out lol. 😂😂😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-19

My first Lee Winter experience

I bought this with a bit of trepidation, since most lesbian fiction tends to fall on the cringe side. However after reading some reviews I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. The characters are so full and addictive, the development of the relationship between Elizabeth and Summer is absolutely superb. I finished this within days and I am off to indulge myself in the works of Lee Winter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

yassss

listened to it in one day
I loved it soo much ugh.
it rocked me

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  • A. Crossan
  • 07-21-19

loved it

I loved this book from start to finish. great narration and story. only complaint is that it ended!

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  • Nora Calder
  • 09-29-22

The best of the best

In short, this is the best Lesbian Romance novel I’ve ever listened to. Didn’t want it to end.

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  • Bennett
  • 03-14-22

Really good!!!

Loved the story and what a performance by Angela Dawe. my first Lee Winter novel but won't be the last.

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  • el.
  • 02-01-22

if i could give more than 5stars I would!

Fantastic book with a fantastic narrator. I have listened to this book so many times now that I thought it about time I give it a review. Lee's books are always stellar, but this one just wormed its way into my heart that little bit extra. I don't want to just gush with superlatives so lets just say, if you want a great plot, well rounded interesting characters and fantastic narration, this is the audiobook for you. Lee winter and Angela Dawe are a match made in heaven.

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  • ILoveReading
  • 01-28-22

Excellent

Five stars is probably not enough for this book/audio. There's just enough of everything in it. Wonderful characters. Touching storyline. Heartache. And an amazing happy-ever-after. Coupled with an incredible narration, it slips into my re-readable and re-listenable list.

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  • Sam
  • 03-18-21

Great book

Loved this book, the chemistry between the characters is amazing, story line and sex scenes are done very well. Once I got half way through I couldn't stop listening to it. The chemistry between the characters voices come right through to the audience listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-20

Best Book I have listened to

Wow!
This book is so powerful. I enjoyed every tantalising moment. Such a beautiful story of self acceptance, faith and love.

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  • Audible Listener
  • 07-02-19

OH. MY. GOD

what a book.

I was just casually skimming through something light and easy to listen to and did not expect this book to be as great as it is. it was captivating from the very beginning, not to mention the performance from Angela Dawe is one of the best I've heard in a long, long time. she captures the characters so perfectly that I never wanted it to end. and when it finally did I listened to it again.

this book is highly recommended for anyone who wants humour, angst, lovable characters, great story telling and simply a memorable love story.

wow. is all I have to say. and a sequel would be good too! not to mention if this book ever got turned into a movie I think my heart would explode from happiness!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-22

Another one by Lee Winter I had to finish in one sitting

First of all, Angela Dawe is AMAZING with all the different character’s accents. It really made it easier to follow the story with all different kinds of accents separating them.

The story is really layered. The leads are never one dimensional and it’s really well written. The backdrop of the story Hollywood or Saving Grace is really well researched and it’s just very in-depth. I loved how close to home she wrote about medical drama. I couldn’t help but think if Grey’s Anatomy ;)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-22

Enjoyable as always

First time listening to Breaking Character and it was even more enjoyable than reading it! Love most of Winter's books and have found Dawe to be an excellent narrator! her Kiwi accent is really good - not as good as her Scottish but still good! Being Australian myself, I'm particular about the accent and know both my favourite narrators (Craden and Dawe) drop the ball on the Aussie accent, which I forgave because they're so good at the overall story (although it was distracting and prevented total emersion into the story). Regarding Chloe's Kiwi accent though Dawe did an awesome job and I honestly loved hearing her take on all the characters.
The book was very entertaining and had a great plot. Both MC's were strong and very lovable ...Summer a little extra lovable (again, her voice suited her very well!). Winter's ice queen/feminine love tropes are the best, and as such this does not disappoint. Whilst characters struggle with certain things in their lives I don't feel like the book is heavy on angst, which I love! Another smart read from a great author that has been narrated very well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-22

A Must Read

This was the first book I read from Lee Winter and it was the first narration from Angela Dawe that I listened to, both of which just blew me away. Needless to say, I've purchased every single Lee Winter book there is to date and eagerly await the next release. I have listened to this multiple times because it's literally just that good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-21-21

Kind of boring

I had this in my wish list for a long time and was saving it for a rainy weekend because of all the positive reviews. I felt a little bored on the story line. I was waiting for the angsty, build up but never really got it.

TLDR; we have Summer (a young rising closeted gay actress) working with an older, grumpier actress who is being slated as a monster by the directors of the show. They don't hit it off straight away, but Summer is persistently trying to get her attention. Then out of nowhere they are linked romantically and have to do a movie together. They then gave to get to know each other because they are trying to convince a movie director that they are in a relationship.

My problem with the romance part of it was that there didn't seem to be a reason for Elisabeths change in heart and Summers persistence...anyways I liked the sexy chapters but that took a while to flourish too.

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  • Jess
  • 11-07-20

It’s official, I have a Serious Problem

I have now listened to all of lee winters back catalogue, and my girlfriend has given up trying to interrupt my listening. Even when the plot (eg holywood) does not interest me, I find myself connecting with characters humanity and their sizzling chemistry. Without too many spoilers, I also love that a wedding trope was avoided, power embalance addressed, men not hated. Guilt free ethically.

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  • claire e cowan
  • 06-29-20

Predictable but satisfying

The only thing that does this light and enjoyable romance a disservice is the narrator’s absolutely terrible attempt at a kiwi accent.

I enjoyed the book a lot and found it hard to push stop.

The character of the kiwi housemate Chloe was a caricature of a New Zealander- obviously the author just googled “New Zealand facts” and tried to put in a few random quotes to make it believable for those who don’t know. The accent and the sentence structures were a mix of overdone rural slang and Australian outback! Apart from that, Summer and Elizabeth’s voices were pretty well done (even though Elizabeth feels 10-20years older than her character is supposedly). I’m still rating this book as a good light read, just beware if you’re a kiwi, the accent will grate!

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