“Dirty Headlines is a fantastic enemies to lovers office romance with a perfect filthy asshole hero that I wish I’d written myself.” – Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance
from bestselling author L.J. Shen is LIVE!
DIRTY HEADLINES is unlike anything LJ Shen has written before. Does it have her signature Alpha assholes, her unique heroines, and insane chemistry? YES! Absolutely. But it is tad lighter and more comedic at times. I found that I enjoyed this side of Shen’s writing just as much as her angst driven books.
Celian is everything fans have come to expect from her heroes. This man is on Vicious level when it comes to his cold heart, but he is also a man of integrity and brutal truth, even if it cuts a person to the core, making him a bit more honorable than he originally appears. The one thing Celian wins is the dirty mouth award. The man made me blush, and there are no limits to the things he says and does to satiate himself and Jude! I swear I combusted reading these scenes. He is at times crude with his comments and humor but it fits with the man she has created. What LJ shen has mastered, though, is turning this cold hearted hero into someone readers care about. They see the softening toward the heroine, they learn about his past, and they see the man he can be, making readers putty in another Shen hero’s hands.
Jude is going to be my new Favorite Shen heroine. Like Celian, I am enamored with her fierce loyalty and dedication. I’m impressed with her backbone, and her ability to stand up to Celian when he is at his worst. I’m in awe of her ability to shoulder her weight of the world, and standing back up when she crumples a bit. Like most of her heroines, she is incredibly unique as well, marching to the beat of her own dream, expressing herself no matter how it looks to others. She is the perfect person to bring Celian to his knees, and boy, does she ever.
Enemies to lovers and lust to love perfectly encapsulate everything that is Dirty Headlines. LJ Shen starts this story off with a bang, getting to the smutty goodness, and then throws us right into the hate/lust part of be story creating tension so thick it is like sitting in the eye of the storm. The move to love is slow, but it doesn’t feel slow. We see the lust and the power struggle as we transition, but the move into love is done at their own pace and is wholly fitting for Celian and Jude. The conflict is not one that will shock readers, but revelations that occur as a result are shocking and fell into place with the resolution of the story. By the end of the story with the epilogue, I had the biggest cheesy grin on my face.
Dirty, sexy, with a Laurent-esque side of sweet, Dirty Headlines is another must read, enrapturing readers with a chemistry so palpable and romance so dirty and surprisingly romantic, readers won’t be able to put it down.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Heir to a media empire.
…And my new boss.
I could have impressed him, if not for last month’s unforgettable one-night stand.
I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory—namely, his wallet.
Now he’s staring me down like I’m the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I’m supposed to take it.
But the thing about being Judith “Jude” Humphry is I have nothing to lose.
Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch.
When he looks at me from across the room, I see the glint in his eyes, and that makes us rivals.
He knows it.
So do I.
Every day in the newsroom is a battle.
Every night in his bed, war.
But it’s my heart at stake, and I fear I’ll be raising the white flag.
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About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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