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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! the Unlikely Event AMAZON-1

In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Cover designed by Hang Le

~ Synopsis ~ 

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?

I can always count on L.J. Shen to deliver a whopper of a story filled with passion, angst, and characters that I surprisingly come to adore. However, she has really upped the ante with In the Unlikely Event. It had everything I have come to love about her romances, yet somehow even more with the way she wrote this unique story. Princess Aurora of New Jersey and King Malachy Doherty of Tolka’s journey was such a wildly romantic ride, and I totally loved it!

With their witty and playful natures along with the amazing chemistry between them, I really loved how Mal and Rory’s characters just clicked perfectly together!

‘He is beautiful, true, but that’s not what stands out to me. He is radiant. It’s like his presence has a presence. He sucks the air out of everything in his vicinity, making it impossible not to look at him. Malachy is tailor-made for a huge, colossal heartbreak.’

I absolutely adored Mal, the supposedly pissy and pouty Irish poet. He was surprisingly very charming and fun, and with his busking ways and passion for writing music, his character just provided everything unexpected when it came to the woman of his dreams. I also really enjoyed Rory’s feisty character and admired her determination to find success with her love for photography, as well as in finding the closure she needed from growing up with her absentee father.

Although there were many secrets, years, and even oceans to keep them apart, their passionate pull kept bringing them back together, and their journey was oh-so-romantic!

‘You’re the four seasons, Rory. And I promise to be your shelter in the winter. To bask in you in the summer. To crash into love with you in spring like it’s the first time we’ve met. And when you fall? I promise to always pick you up.’

Shen did such a fantastic job writing this emotional story! Where it stands apart is in the unique way in which the many layers of the complex plot were revealed throughout which kept the flow fast-paced, suspenseful, and absolutely unputdownable. It was told mainly from Mal and Rory’s point-of-views, but there were also a few from the secondary characters (living, dead, and otherwise) that added a warm and really funny touch that kept the story light-hearted. While it still had Shen’s trademark passion and angst that I love so well, she wrote it with an almost dreamy or fairy-tale quality to it, and everything combined made for such a refreshing read!

From the ending of the story, I’m curious to know if there might be a follow up in the works for Rory’s friend Summer and Kirby, the handsome stranger she meets on the plane home to the states??? I’m not sure, but I would love to know their story as well! kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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In The Unlikely Event is now available in audio!

Narrated by: Shane East, Muffy Newton and Savannah Peachwood

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Chapter One

Present day


My life is contained in a round, beautiful snow globe.

The kind no one has bothered to pick up from the dusty shelf in years. Unshaken. Quiet and still. From the outside, my manicured Swiss village looks perfect. And it is. Kind of. At twenty-six, it appears I have my life together.

Perfect job.

Perfect apartment.

Perfect roommate.

Perfect boyfriend.

Perfect lies.

Well, they’re not lies, per se. All my accomplishments are real. I worked hard for them. Problem is, I promised eight years ago to give them all away in the blink of an eye if I bumped into him again. But back then, I wasn’t the same person I am today.

I was lost. Grieving. Broken. Confused.

Not that it matters, because that was then, and this is now, and it’s not him I’m staring at. Nope. There’s no way.

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Cup of coffee with marshmallow on wooden table 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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4 thoughts on “New Release Review ~ In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen!

  1. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this one so much. I’ve heard mixed feelings and ease waiting for your review. I’m still not sure if I’m going to read it. I might just wait for her next All Saints High book.

    1. I haven’t been following the reviews on this one so I didn’t realize (???). It seems to be the year of ‘different’ for me so I’m really enjoying the unique ones and loved the way she wrote it so differently. I’m excited for the next in the All Saints High Series too!   😁

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