In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen ~ Review & Teaser (@lj_shen)

This was certainly an interesting read. It was entertaining, angsty and not something to take too seriously.
In the Unlikely Event
Title: In the Unlikely Event
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 17th 2019

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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?

I've read a few of L.J. Shen's books now, and they've been hit or miss kind of reads. I picked up In the Unlikely Event because I like second chance reads, and I wanted to see the napkin contract unfold. It turned out to be a good read, despite some interesting perspectives, and I really did like Mal and Rory's story.

Rory went to Ireland looking for closure after her father died. What she didn't expect was to fall for her father's protégé—Mal—the carefree Irish busker, who showed her an amazing final night in Tolka. They had an instant connection and it was sweet to see them fall so hard and fast!

Jumping eight years into the future, and their paths finally crossed again. They had both changed so much, but their connection was still there. Mal kept so many secrets that were slow to unravel, and Rory had a shiny boyfriend that was the opposite to Mal. There were so many secrets, lots of miscommunication and meddling people in their lives, that it was hard to see them get back together.

Mal tried to draw out the cold and heartless girl that he thought Rory had turned into, but soon it became apparent he wanted his Rory back and was willing to do anything to do so. Rory tried hard to fight her feelings but Mal was always the one, and it was nice to see their connection rekindle.

Some aspects of this read were just plain weird and I will never look at a chocolate bar the same again. Some twists puzzled me but overall I did enjoy watching Mal and Rory fall once again. If you are looking for a read that you can't take too seriously, then this read by L.J. Shen is for you. There are plenty of moments that will grip your heart and leave you asking why? but honestly, I thought it was a solid read.

THis was a little amusing and really cute!

“Have you ever been in love?” I can’t swallow the emotions lodging in my throat.
He grins down at me. “Goodbye, Rory.”
My eyes flare, but I grin. “Bastard!”
“What?” He laughs.
I laugh, too. This time it’s a real laugh. We both needed this, I realize. An icebreaker.
“Why did you tell me to ask you this if the answer is no?”
“I didn’t say the answer is no.” He runs his hands along my arms. “But if I admitted it to you, I’d admit it to myself. Then I’d have to look for you, and that’d be a breach of contract. You have to understand, Rory, next time I see you, I’ll have you. I won’t care if you have a boyfriend, or a husband, or a harem of men vying for your love. If you have children, I’ll raise them as mine. So, I guess an apology is in order.”
“For what?” I blink.
He turns to leave. I’m not ready to say goodbye, but I know I never will be.
“For no doubt disrupting your life and tearing it apart next time I meet you. All’s fair in love and war, yeah?”

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L.J. ShenL.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and 
never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

Other reviews featuring L.J. Shen
The Kiss Thief
Dirty Headlines
All Saints High
Broken Knight #2

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