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ARC Review | Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen

Dirty Headlines

by L.J. Shen

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SYNOPSIS

Célian Laurent.
Manhattan royalty.
Notorious playboy.
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.
Brooklyn girl.
Infamously quirky.
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.


REVIEW

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First she got into my bed, then under my skin, then into my heart.

I have a confession to make: I’m cheating on Vicious with Celian.

I’ve said it before: L.J. Shen is my Queen of Asshole Heroes.

First, Vicious. Now, Celian. I know, I shouldn’t compare these two ruthless men because fundamentally they’re both very different, yet at the same time they’re eerily similar. They both share an obsession, a deep-rooted love for the women they want. They’re cold and mean. Assholes, inside and outside the boardroom. I could continue comparing these two wonderfully amazing fictional personas, but that would ruin the reading experience.

In short, if you loved Vicious, you’ll love Dirty Headlines.

Célian Laurent was the biggest jerk to ever walk on planet earth, and he carried that title like a badge of honor.

Dirty Headlines is flourishing with signature asshole personas, a unique heroine who doesn’t bend over backwards (I’m staring at you, Indigo Bellamy), an insane amount of titillating chemistry, tantalizing drama, unexpected storyline turns and comedic value. It is lighter, less angst-driven than any of her previous novels, but that doesn’t deteriorate this upcoming release’s value. It only furthers it.

Where to begin?

Celian Laurent is perfect. I know, how does an asshole be perfect? Guess what, L.J. Shen has the answers. Underneath his no-nonsense attitude and imposing personality is someone intelligent, brutally honest, ruthless and oftentimes humorous. He is rude, crude and has the filthiest mouth imaginable that’ll leave you blushing and fanning yourself vigorously. Beyond this persona though is someone with integrity, honorability and vulnerability. Celian Laurent is complex and somewhat damaged.

My heart is not a lonely hunter. My heart feels. It beats. It loves. It breaks.

Judith Humphry is going to become my next favourite heroine. I’m inspired by her ambition and determination to succeed in journalism. Enamoured by her fierce loyalty and incredible amounts of carefree love. She isn’t shy, or awkward or terrified to stand up against Celian, making her impressive as she doesn’t bend over backwards for his possessive and demanding attitude. I adored her witty and quirky sense of humour, her strong-willed manners.

First she got into my bed, then under my skin, then into my heart.

Some authors are meant to write.

And the amazing Leigh Shen is one of those. She’s established this reputation as someone capable of writing beautifully constructed sentences that are both concise and poetic. She’s also mastered the ability to transform cold-hearted bastard heroes into loveable characters, who are the perfect matching piece to the sassy, usually quirky heroines she writes.

She’s capable of changing writing styles and genres without disrupting the quality. It is indisputable proof that she’s a gifted storyteller and character creator; her future stories will continue to become better and better.

Dirty Headlines is rife with burning hatred and fierce passion and all-consuming obsession. It is the perfect enemies to lovers story, as it begins with delicious smut goodness before thrusting is into love-hate scenes, creating mouth-watering tension. It is light, filled with comedic value, humorous situations and references to various films and shows.

The girl was a lioness at work and a lamb in bed, the perfect combination for a predator like me.

Within the office environment, Celian and Judith are equal, but inside the bedroom Celian’s dominance and commanding presence, along with that sinfully filthy mouth, shined. They have intense chemistry, a captivating romance that is both dirty and romantic. They’re a complicated, but entertaining mess of emotions and passion.

Despite the missing angst-ridden story lines we’re used to, Dirty Headlines is still an enrapturing and addicting read. A perfect enemies to lovers office romance with a hint of slow burn.

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