My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gah….LJ Shen has done it once again with Dirty Headlines. Just when you think she can’t possibly out-do herself after the emotional angst of Bane, along comes F-ing Celian Laurent. Oh this man will infuriate you while at the same time make you want to bend the knee to him!
There are so many amazing things about this book that I just honestly don’t know where to begin…the setting – NYC, the A-hole hero – Celian Laurent, the sassy heroine – Judith Humphry, the witty banter, the music references – the ipod playlist, the tragic pasts of both Celian and Judith leaving one broken and broody, and the other determined and compassionate. GAH….I just couldn’t get enough of these characters.
Jude Humphry is one of my all-time favorite book heroines. She is brilliant, generous, selfless, optimistic, gorgeous, sassy and has her own sense of style. Seriously, this girl wears Chucks every. single.day. – And pairs them with her mood! She is my idol. I want to be her – live in her Brooklyn apartment, have her job, and steal her man. She puts up with no BS – and is a big reason why I fell for her & Celian.
Celian….oh boy Celian. This man is the definition of the A-hole boss. He intimidates the heck out of his employees, and doesn’t let anyone into his life or heart. It was amazing to read how this strong and powerful man allowed a young woman to wreak havoc on his lifestyle and his idea of love and relationships. The witty and sexy banter between Celian & Jude is THE BEST! Every time I thought Celian would crush her – she bit back, and that would win him over and crack his tough exterior a little more each time. He met his match with Jude. The more you uncover about Celian’s past, the more you will fall for him and forgive him for his behavior. And when he is a powerful a-hole and stands up to those who wronged him, you can’t help but laugh your A$$ off at his remarks and cheer him on.
You will fall for these characters. They are deep, smart, sexy, and determined. They have both fought battles and come out on the other side, and still keep on fighting. They balance each other out and are the epitome of the saying “opposites attract”. Jude is the light, and Celian is the dark, and together they are perfect. Well done once again L.J. Shen!!