Review: In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

Posted January 4th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments


In the Unlikely Event

Review: In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: L.J. Shen
Publisher: L.J. Shen
Release date: November 12th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Audible

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Star rating:
Heat rating: four-flames

From #1 Amazon Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a new, star-crossed lovers romance about loss, love, and meeting The One when you are too young to know how to keep them.

Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.
In New York.
And he’s America’s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too.
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?

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The Faerie Queen’s review

This is one of those books that I shouldn’t have liked at all, and yet I couldn’t stop reading it. It should come with content warnings for:

  • drug use
  • alcoholism
  • cheating
  • grief
  • domestic abuse
  • emotional manipulation

And probably others I can’t think about right now, but yeah. All of those make me uncomfortable generally, particularly the cheating. I am very anti-cheating.

OH, there was also some absolutely bonkers stuff that happened. Like sections written from the POV of a cow. And chocolate in places that chocolate should not go. GAG… And people listening to each other having sex.

So why did I keep wanting to read?! Here are a few reasons:

  • I have a weakness for Ireland and Irishmen.
  • I wanted to see what craziness would come next.
  • I needed to know the source of ALL THE ANGST.
  • The note from the cow wasn’t the only weird note.
  • Would there be any more weird sexual stuff? Because that chocolate… shudders
  • The sexual tension and the hate and the longing all mixed in one. ‘Tis potent stuff.

Lovelies, I don’t know. I couldn’t stop myself. It was disturbing and compelling and very sexy at times.

Honestly, if you have Kindle Unlimited, just give it a go.


About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author of contemporary romance books. She lives in California with her husband, son and lazy cat.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading a good book with a glass of wine and catching up on her favorite HBO and Netflix shows.

Yeah, she's a badass like that.


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