“The perfect blend of soul crushing angst, laugh out loud wit and heart melting romance.”--Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, contemporary romance with heart-wrenching twists and laugh-out-loud moments. This standalone is like no other by this author. In The Unlikely Event is available now!
"Romance masterpiece" - Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author
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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"Mal," I breathe. He slowly looks up. I see bad things have already slipped into his broken interior. "Have you ever been in love?"I ask.
A huge smile breaks on his face. It is true and big and real, and it can keep me burning forever. I know as long as I see this smile every day, I will never be cold. "Funny you should ask. Yes, yes, I have been. I still am. It started eight years ago, in the most unlikely event, and it has no expiration date."
Oh boy, how to rate this book. I know I am in the minority here and I know that there are people that loved this book, but I also know (after reading others reviews) that I had similar struggles with this book as others did. I want to start by saying I DID enjoy parts of this book. Even though I hate insta-love and typically avoid it, if possible, Leigh did make the insta-love work between these two characters. This book had that certain intrigue right out of the gate. Leigh brought in this mysterious element that had me continuing to read because I was curious to see what exactly that mystery was. EVERYONE in the book seemed to know what was going on BUT the reader and the heroine, Rory. Unfortunately, my enjoyment shifted to *insert Tom Hanks REALLY? gif* and *insert any EYE ROLLING gif* around 70%. That's where Leigh started to loose me, unfortunately. (If I'm being honest, my intrigue was up and down with this book). At around 70%, all the mystery was coming to light . The BIG reveal was finally happening! But it was reveal, after reveal, after reveal after reveal... Some of the reveals were OH MY GAWD *insert I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING gif* moments, I can admit that, so I can applaud Leigh for those moments, but on the same token, some of those reveals were, like I said above *insert any EYE ROLL gif*. I just didn't care for how everything was tied up at the end in a nice little bow. It seemed to me, there were some relationships that got mended, that to me, just wouldn't be possible. *insert WTF gif*. And then there was the fact that nearly everyone in this book was either a liar, a cheater, a drunk or a combination of all three. NO JOKE. And Malachy...I really wanted to love him, but man, he made it difficult! He had some good qualities, but more not so good qualities. And there was SO MANY lies, deceit and SO MUCH miscommunication in this book it about killed me! EVERYONE was lying to everyone about EVERYTHING! *insert RUBS FOREHEAD gif*
And then this book was told in MULTIPLE POV's. Like we get a POV from a napkin, a cow, a chocolate bar, dead people, a best friend, a mom, etc etc. I still don't know how I feel about all of those POV's. Yes, they added an interesting layer to the story and brought in MORE drama, but were they necessary? Some yes, some not at all. The chapters went back and forth from past to present, which worked in the beginning of the book, but made the book drag to me as the story went on. The past chapters just added more drama as the book went on.
"I loved you when you hated me, I loved you when I thought you were indifferent me, and I loved you when you were on the fence about me. But when I realized you loved me back? All bets were off. The world kept spinning. Days went by. Things changed--other than one thing, my love for you."
This book was SO promising, but unfortunately, it didn't gel with me. (You'll understand that reference if you read this book.) I really tried to love it. But it eventually got to the "point of no return" for me. *insert SAD gif* It might work for you, like it did others, so if you want to give it a try, go ahead. If you want a second chance, serendipity/kismet, insta-love type of story, then this one might be for you.
About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.
She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.
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