Release Blitz with Review: In the Unlikely Event by L. J. Shen

November 19, 2019

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“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

In the Unlikely Event AMAZON

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?

Well, damn. My opinions and emotions were all over the place the entire time I was reading this book, and now that it's over, I feel like they are in such complicated knots that I can't unravel them. I've been thinking about this story all day nonstop, and to be honest, I'm still unsure if I have my thoughts sorted out even now. That being said, I'm going to try my best. 

In the Unlikely Event is nothing like what I was expecting it to be and completely different from anything else L. J. Shen has ever written. I thought I knew (based on what the author warned on social media) what type of book I was getting into. I did not. 

It's hard to describe such an original story in a way that doesn't spoil it or misrepresent it. I wouldn't call this a romcom, but I wouldn't say it doesn't share some similarities. The first half of the book reminded me of a chick flick that I could easily see as a movie. The meet cute was perfection. The first night Rory and Malachy spend together is sexy, adorable, and gave me all the feels. Then, the second half took a turn that changed the way I felt about the book entirely. It could still totally be a movie, but it would be somewhat heavier and a tad bit twisted. One thing that didn't change was my level of enjoyment. In fact, the more crazy and messed up the story became, the more I couldn't stop reading! 

Bottom line, don't think ITUE is light and fluffy, because it's not. This book is not all moonlight and roses. There is tragedy, betrayal, death, alcoholism, abandonment, and that's not all. I have to leave out a few more things that are super fucked up, because they could be considered spoilers. In other words, it's not the Hallmark holiday movie the cover may lead you to believe it is. That's a selling point for me, because I don't really like sweet, simple romances or Hallmark movies (gasps lol). 

For example, the characters in this story are incredibly flawed and downright unlikable at times. In fact, I can't say that I loved any of them 100 percent of the time. That includes the hero and the heroine. Yes, you heard me right. No one person was completely innocent. In fact, some were guilty of more than one instance of despicable behavior. 

By the same token, the characters weren't all bad either. Most of them had some redeeming qualities. I got emotional several times in the book, because of how much I felt for them.  They were clearly purposefully written to be complicated, imperfect individuals. It seemed like the author enjoyed playing around with morality in this one. Everyone does messed up things to people they are supposed to care about, and fucked up things happen to them that can't be taken back or changed. 

I can't conclude my review without talking about an unique aspect of the story that I absolutely loved. The points of view of inanimate objects, a farm animal, side characters, and a few deceased family members are sprinkled throughout the usual dual perspective narrative we're used to in Leigh's novels. If that sounds bizarre, that's because it is. The thing about weird shit though is that I like it. Lol In my opinion, it was a cool addition to the story. 
In the Unlikely Event is a fresh and surprising second chance romance that will have you laughing, fuming, smiling through the tears, and absolutely captivated from the very first page. This story may be something we've never seen from this author before, but her writing is just as incredible as it always has been. Her characters make you feel all the feelings, and her story stays with you long after you finish the last page. 

If you want something new and different from one of the best authors in the romance industry, this one's for you! 


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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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