Truth and Measure by Roslyn Sinclair

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Book One in The Carlisle series

Author: Roslyn Sinclair


What happens when the world’s fiercest fashion editor learns she’s pregnant—and her distracting assistant is the only one she can turn to? This wildly popular age-gap lesbian romance mixes humor and chaos with self-discovery.

Jules Moretti is newly single, an aspiring writer, and the hyper-competent assistant to the most powerful woman in fashion. It’s a tough job, but her ice queen boss won’t settle for less than perfection.

Vivian Carlisle helms the internationally revered fashion publication Du Jour. She might be smack in the middle of a messy divorce, but you have to make sacrifices to be the best. That’s what she tells herself, anyway.

When the unthinkable happens, Vivian’s regimented world is turned upside-down. Her life is about power, success, and dominance—not a baby!

This single, shocking moment throws boss and assistant together into an intimacy neither could have imagined. With their lives in chaos, every day brings a new challenge bigger than the last. But everything will work out…just so long as they don’t do anything totally ridiculous.

Like fall in love.

Truth and Measure is the first part of a two-book series. This slow-burn office romance is a steamy story of fashion, passion, and the power of the unexpected.

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Publication Date

April 2022


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120,000 words




978-3-96324-645-6 (mobi), 978-3-96324-646-3 (epub), 978-3-96324-647-0 (pdf)


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4 reviews for Truth and Measure by Roslyn Sinclair

  1. Karola


    ***free ARC
    Vivian Carlisle isn‘t the person you like immediately, she isn‘t the one you trust with private informations, she‘s sure not the one you fall in love with and god forbid you know anything about her. Except that she‘s the best in things about fashion, period. And as her assistant it seems you‘re the only person she‘s got to talk to and trust herself with private things. So Julia learns how to take care of all professional and private things for Vivian. Not only is she falling for her boss but let also Vivian see how good a friendship (and more) can be. They just didn‘t count on the big boss.
    I really enjoyed this book although I‘m absolutely not into fashion. And I‘m so looking forward to part two in this serie.

  2. Betty Harmon


    I’ve been looking forward to reading Truth and Measure by Roslyn Sinclair since I heard this novel was being published. After all, who doesn’t love to read a slow-burn, age-gap, workplace romance with an ice queen for a main character? Add in the fact this is the first of a two book series, and I’m hooked before I even open the book!

    The story is set in the world of high fashion. Vivian Carlisle, at age 42, is at the pinnacle of her career, the head of the popular fashion magazine, Du Jour. She has had to sacrifice to get where she is, which may be the reason she is going through her third divorce. Then the unthinkable happens. Vivian finds herself pregnant, and the only person she can trust with this new development is her assistant, Julia (Jules) Moretti. Jules has worked hard to be the perfect assistant, though she secretly wants to be a writer. While being Vivian’s assistant is not her dream job, she just can’t seem to leave. Could it have something to do with those secret feelings she gets when she is around her boss?

    This is a fast-paced tale of love, lust, intrigue, and fashion set in the upper crust areas of New York and London. The characters are well-developed and are perfect for their roles in the story. Vivian is the consummate ice queen in this world. There are also moments of humor that will sometimes sneak up on you and have you laughing out loud as you read.

    Truth and Measure has all of my favorite tropes. I’m so glad I had the chance to read this love story. I can’t wait for the next book in the series which will continue the tale of Vivian and Jules. Luckily it will be published very soon.

    I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  3. Katharine


    Sinclair has outdone herself. Truth and Measure is a brilliant opening to the Carlisle series, her duology about a ruthless fashion editor and her all-capable assistant who are thrown together emotionally due to the former’s unexpected pregnancy. By all rights, this book should catapult her towards the top of sapphic romance readers’ lists.

    What especially impressed me throughout was the character work. Vivian Carlisle is hard to like at first, but her brilliance—demonstrated wonderfully in the opening chapter—quickly enables readers to understand her appeal to Jules Moretti, who wants more than anything else to support her ice queen boss. As the novel develops, Vivian doesn’t thaw so much as revolve slowly, allowing us to see her multidimensionality; she’s spent decades putting up walls that will clearly take longer than a single novel to crumble. Jules is equally delightful. So often in ice queen workplace sapphic romance, the younger love interest is significantly less capable and less put together than the ice queen, but it’s a pleasure here to watch Jules do her job and do it brilliantly, albeit with a lot of inner conflict and confusion over her developing feelings for Vivian. She’s also extremely funny! I laughed out loud a number of times over her third-person narrative, especially at this moment: “…[S]he hadn’t slogged through four years at Du Jour as intern and assistant to turn down the chance to talk fashion with Vivian Carlisle. That’d be like making it to the top of a Himalayan mountain, meeting the Dalai Lama there, and saying, ‘No, thanks, I’ve got a pretty good meditation app.’”

    When the two finally do get together, it’s explosive. I absolutely loved the slow burn, and although we ultimately move quickly from burn to fire, it’s more than earned. Another Sinclair hallmark is that her sex scenes never feel superfluous to the plot and character work. Here, they do an especially wonderful job of contributing to the exploration of the power dynamic between Jules and Vivian. As in The X Ingredient, Sinclair’s previous novel, the boss-employee exchange is thoughtfully considered; the book is very aware of what a bad idea it is to be intimate with someone who has control over your professional life. Without spoiling too much, Vivian is less of the pursuer than the pursued, which went a long way towards addressing concerns I might have had about their relationship.

    I loved this book, and am incredibly excited for the second part, Above All Things, which comes out in just a couple of weeks!

  4. Jane


    I read about 500 books a year. Your books always linger with me. Thank you for knocking another one out of the park, Ms. Sinclair

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