Monday, November 25, 2019

Blog Tour: In the Unlikely Event by LJ Shen

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"Romance masterpiece" - Kylie Scott, 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.

In The Unlikely Event is available now!

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?

In the Unlikely Event AMAZON5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Aurora “Rory” Belle Jenkins works as a photographer for the Blue Hill Records record label. She’s in a
relationship with Callum, her boyfriend. They are like night and day. She’s all nose ring and punk rock and he’s a successful stockbroker. He’s solid and dependable and his conservative appearance seems to make hers appear more outlandish.

Rory thinks she sees someone in the office who looks like Malacy Doherty, the man she spent a brief time with who has haunted her for the last eight years.  Rory’s past is complicated and messy. Her father who passed away was absent for most of her life. He lived in Ireland. Although he wasn’t there in person, he sent money and gifts over the years. Her mother never spoke well of him. She raised Rory by herself and is a bit of a train wreck herself.

Why would Malacy be meeting with her boss? He despises shallow people and big time record labels. This can’t be him. But oh, it is and things are really about to get crazy.

That’s all the background info that you need. Let me tell you, Malacy and Rory will break each other apart. There are so many secrets and lies in this story. And it’s not just told from their POV’s.  This story has POV’s from the living and the dead. I’m talking candy bars and barn animals and napkins. Right? Sheer craziness. And yet, the best writing ever.

This book will push your comfort zone. At times, I didn’t want to keep reading. I don’t like that hurt, burning feeling. I stepped away. Watched TV.  Caught my breath, but you know I came back. Had to pick up where I left off. Had to know if any of my theories were going to turn out to be correct.

God, I loved this book. This shouldn’t work. It’s too deep and too dramatic and there is so much craziness that it should just turn into a big muddy landslide into that stack of oblivious books that end up in the back of a closet. Unworthy of being displayed. But no, this one is going to stay in your head, where you will pick it apart and see where all the crumbs were that you should have followed.

It just works.


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Narrated by: Shane East, Muffy Newton and Savannah Peachwood
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When I finally come face to face with the street artist standing on the side of the pavement, his guitar case open and full of rolled-up notes and change, I understand why his grandfather told me I’d recognize him with the self-assurance of an avid believer.
I’ve never seen someone like him before.
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. Everything about him—his tattered jeans, filthy boots, white shirt, and leather jacket that was broken in decades ago—screams trouble. He looks like a seventies heartthrob. An icon. A Terry Richardson muse. Bruce Springsteen pre-fame.
His voice is like honey and warm spices. It lulls me into a place in my mind I’ve never been before, even though it’s far from beautiful. It is gruff, throaty, and smoky. When someone bumps my shoulder to get closer to him, I snap out of my reverie and realize what I’m listening to.
“One” by U2.
The coincidence is strange. I try to tell myself it’s nothing. This is Ireland. U2 is a national treasure.
His eyes are squeezed shut as he sings. It’s like no one exists other than him and his guitar. Something warm rushes through my skin, like a heat wave, and I shudder in delight.
I always thought there was something melancholy about street performers—the way people walk past them, ignoring their music, their art, their passion. But this guy, he’s the one doing the ignoring. The tables have turned. He’s got the crowd eating from the palm of his hand. Every woman here is under a thick, sweet spell. He’s got that Harry Styles quality that makes girls want to bed him and older women want to adopt him. The men are a cross between impatient, annoyed, and jealous. You can see it in the way they tap their feet, check their watches, nudge their wives and girlfriends to move it.
The song ends, and Malachy Doherty cracks his eyes open and stares directly at me, like he knew I’d be here. Like he watched me watching him through closed eyes. Disoriented—and for some reason wanting to do something, anything—I throw a bill into his guitar case and look away, realizing to my horror that I threw the fifty euros his grandpa gave me. Everyone around me murmurs and whistles. They think it was intentional. I can feel my face flaming red. I bet he thinks I want to sleep with him.
Do I? Probably. But should he know that? Hell no.

LJShenAbout 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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