First Line Friday: Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen

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Today’s book: Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen.

On her deathbed, my mother said the heart is a lonely hunter.

            “Organs, Jude, are like people. They need company, a backup to rely on. That’s why we have lungs, tonsils, hands, legs, fingers, toes, eyes, nostrils, teeth, and lips. Only the heart works alone. Like Atlas, it carries the weight of our existence on its shoulders quietly, only rebelling when disturbed by love.”

She said a lonely heart – such as my lonely heart – would never fall in love, and so far, she wasn’t wrong.

Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen

About Dirty Headlines: This is one of my favorite books. Jude’s a bit quirky by nature but she loves fiercely and has a true passion for her work. Célian is a sexy stranger who charms her on the worst day of her life and gives her the best night of her life but the illusion is ruined when they meet again and she learns everything he said was a lie. As far as Jude is concerned, he’s the devil incarnate since he’s her difficult new boss when she finally lands the job of her dreams.


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.

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