First of all, no one does anti-heroes like LJ Shen. Celian is not a nice guy. He’s pretty much a rude, arrogant a-hole. Even if he promised to hire Chris Hemsworth as my personal assistant, I would not work for Celian. But somehow, through the magic that this author wields, I ended up really liking him. I shouldn’t like him. I know I shouldn’t. But I do. The more I read about him, the more I liked him. Damn it! How does she do that? (But reader beware: If you have a low tolerance for dirty talking heroes, don’t pick this one up. Celian will scandalize you and probably scar you for life. For the rest of you—enjoy!)
Jude is a phenomenal heroine. She’s quirky and fun and smart and sassy. She doesn’t take any shit from Celian. A lesser heroine would’ve been a doormat when faced with his huge, um, personality, but not Jude. She holds her own nicely, which made her the perfect match for this alphahole.
Sexy times in the book are absolutely scorching. The chemistry between Jude and Celian is combustible. Readers of romance and romantic erotica alike can probably love this book equally.
And something I noticed in this book that isn’t usually so noticeable in other LJ Shen books is the humor. Celian and Jude are hilarious! (At least in their inner thoughts) There were some 1-liners in this book that had me darn-near snort laughing. And that doesn’t happen often, folks.
So, needless to say I’m highly recommending this book. My reviews will probably be banned from Amazon and Facebook because they’ll assume I’ve been paid to write such a gushing review, or that I’m a family member of the author’s, or some such nonsense. But I’m not, folks. I’m just a fan. (Not to say that I don’t stalk the author on social media. That’s allowed, right???)
Full disclosure: We received a free copy of the book from the author.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s stigma free. No rehab needed!
Other reading suggestions
Read everything this author has ever written. Start with Vicious. And if you love Vicious, you’re going to ADORE Celian...