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In the Unlikely Event

By: L.J. Shen
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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"The perfect blend of soul-crushing angst, laugh out loud wit, and heart-melting romance.” (Helena Hunting, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author)

From number one Amazon best seller L.J. Shen comes a new, star-crossed lovers romance about loss, love, and meeting The One when you are too young to know how to keep them.  

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?

©2019 L.J. Shen (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Should come with a warning about dodgy accents

Could only get through the first couple of chapters and had to turn it off. Irish accents were terrible and distracting. Story failed to grab me.

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Loved it!

The narration was Excellent and the story line was enthralling yet funny! Absolutely loved this book!!

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Amazing

L J Shen is such a quality author. Her books are always so much more.
In the unlikely Event is another great read.
Loved it.
Worth more than 5 stars.

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  • Cas
  • 28-11-2019

Wow wow

I usually only have one wow, but this story deserved two. O M Goodness. This was intriguing from the first word till the last, all the hidden secrets and intricacies going on. A blockbuster.
Narration was superb.

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  • DeeGip3
  • 22-11-2019

Amazing, Amazing and Amazing!

I knew that I was going to fall in love with this book... So it wasn't a surprise when I did and I fell hard. The characters and their personalities, the notes that let you see a bit deeper into the minds of everyone... and everything?! which was hilarious btw. Mal and Rory were meant to be, it was written in the stars, it was kismet. But of course life and love is never easy especially when there are lies and secrets involved. This read pulled at my heartstrings, confused me at first and frustrated the heck out of me. I wanted to yelled at them to get it together because Communication is key ppls, if you start to assume and withhold truths it will cause nothing but trouble.... When these two were around each other you felt the intense attraction and steam that pulled them towards each other. Let's not forget
The. Things. That. Comes. Out. of. Mal's. Mouth. Omg!😜
Also, I never thought this before but the Irish accent is yummy, hot, sexy, goodness! 💚 Just thought I'd throw that out there. 🤷🏽‍♀️
I laughed, I cringed, I was teary eyed, I gasped, I sighed, I whisper yelled, so many different emotions reading this book. It was beautifully written, the audio and performance was Amazing, It was Angsty and emotional and funny and a wonderful experience. I enjoyed it so much from the very beginning till the end. L.J. Shen you are truly awesome.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 25-11-2019

WOW, 10 ⭐️.. WHAT A RIVETING EPIC LOVE STORY

Oh where oh where do I start with reviewing this breathtaking, epically original, intricately woven, beautiful yet tragic love story? Should I start by explaining that Rory and Mal are star-crossed lovers from different Continents who fell in love the day they met.. which was the day before they had to say goodbye.. naively thinking they’d leave their futures to Fate? Or should I explain their destinies, like their hearts, were always with each other - but life, lies, betrayal, secrets and heartbreak got in their way? Perhaps I should just say what an utterly moving, beautiful, complex, powerful, unique, emotionally gripping, stunning masterpiece this was and I’ll never forget it. Ms. Shen gives you a loveable hero and heroine who just click and are destined to be together. But she also gives you villains too.. and lets you peek behind their masks by giving you brief glimpses from their POV’s which was insightful and flips your thoughts. Finally, and maybe most importantly, I should just tell you that this riveting, romantic, beautiful, heartbreaking, unpredictable rollercoaster is, in my opinion, Ms. Shen’s best book yet.

Told from dual PoVs (Joe, I loved your sexy Irish accent for Mal) - with other characters and objects PoV’s.. (yeah that’s right objects!) being mixed in there too. The wonderful narration by these talented actors brought the story, its characters and the wealth of feels to life making it a perfect listen.

Worth a credit? Oh boy oh boy YES.. please don’t miss this book. This well-crafted, intense, second-chance journey of Rory and Mal’s was painful to my heart, profoundly touching, very addictive, emotionally suspenseful and ridiculously romantic. It made my senses soar high then plummeted them hard when the tide turns on a sweet couple whose ‘not yet’ love takes eight long years, tears, tragedy and many misplaced steps before it can finally turn into a forever together love.

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  • Kate
  • 05-12-2019

Uhhhhh

So here's the thing, to read/listen to this book and actually enjoy it, you have believe in fate and make believe. There's so many issues I have with this book. There are SPOILERS ahead, just a warning.

First of all, at the end Rory finds out that everyone has been lying to her about everything and she just forgive them after a chat? What? Her whole life gets flipped turned upside down and she's just like "I accept your apology, we're good now". Huh? No. No one reacts like that and ends up happily ever after.

Also, there is a scene that is supposed to be super hot, steamy, sexy, whatever. And as a female, I'm sitting there thinking, you have a UTI for sure, please go to urgent care. AND the messiest clean up that won't be done for WEEKS. And, again, please go to urgent care, you need antibiotics.

Lastly, this has bugged me so much, how does Mal go from the verge of DYING to spry as young lad in the matter of one nap?

I have a lot of issues with this book, the fantastical of it all. I can't.

Narration was decent.

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  • John
  • 04-12-2019

Awesome book

This is a great book. I really enjoyed it. My last name is Daugherty so lol. The narration was great as well. Thanks for the great book

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 30-11-2019

Amazing

LJ Shen never disappoints. I have to admit I was a little distracted when I started but once I got through the 1st chapter I couldn’t stop. The narrators some if the best and among my favorites. The relationship of Mal and Rory was one a decade in the making all from a one night stand, a promise, misunderstanding and love. Great story to listen to “In The Unlikely Event” you need something to do.

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  • tim pollard
  • 27-11-2019

This book deserves more then 5 stars!

I love this story of Mal and Rory! They show that true love never dies and will always find a way back to each other. You definitely feel what these characters go thru. I also love POV from the napkin, cow and chocolate bar. Best. Day. Ever!
I highly recommend this to anyone bc this story is so good you don’t want it to end.

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  • NAH
  • 25-11-2019

Absolutely Fantastic!! 👍

This story is intoxicating and unforgettable. I read the book and then listened to the audio. I found listening to Mal and Rory's story enhanced my enjoyment of this amazing adventure!
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  • AB
  • 23-11-2019

L.J. Shen is getting better and better

This book was beautiful. It will not disappoint!! And it is wittier than her other books so it’s a mix of chuckles and emotions that is even more entertaining than any of her past books. I will say the narrators struggled with some of the accents (kind of cringeworthy at times - so much so that it is impossible not to chuckle) but it didn’t take away from the overall presentation so I still give 5 stars. Get this book!

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  • Old n'tired
  • 01-12-2019

Disappointing ending

EVERYONE lied to Rory, EVERYONE betrayed her. I get that this is a romance and happy endings, no matter how ridiculous, are mandatory. But why couldn’t Rory be angry, at least for little while? It would have been a lot (immensely, enormously, immeasurably) better if she was allowed to succumb to a realistic melt down like 99.9999% of all other women. Instead she gets to be angry at her mother who sacrificed everything for her but hurt her self-centered, selfish, myopic Irish poet!...the same person who treats her like trash, as well as those around him because he feels sorry for his pathetic self.

No, Rory, a mix between Mother Theresa and Mary Magdalene forgives everyone without any angst...sigh. Oh, and she gets to live in a tiny village where everyone hates her because her beau is a pig and only cares about himself.

The story was great until the end, the plot was great, until the end, the performances were great throughout.

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  • Beatriz
  • 30-11-2019

Overdramatic, poor narration, unlikable characters

It was difficult tog get through this, but it's the one book I downloaded to get through a long flight. I struggled through hoping it would get better. It didn't.
The author relied too heavily on main characters who fall into ridiculous romance tropes, jump to the worst conclusions, make idiotic decisions, overdramatize everything (but who confusingly don't react more strongly to actual tragedies in the plot), and who refuse to make even slightly plausible choices that would clear up mistaken assumptions.
Even the narrator for Rory's character overdramatized 90% of her part, sometimes even giving misplaced gravitas to something as simple as stating the chapter heading. Also, her attempts as an Irish accent were terrible. At times it seemed like she used loudness as a substitute for quality, as if all the Irish characters were yelling their way through certain chapters.
Of the few things I enjoyed, the only one I can remember a day later is that there are surprise interjections from the perspectives of side characters (and animals, and objects). These round out the plot a little and give some humor. Those brief chapters were actually wonderful, and it's sad their brilliance is nowhere to be found elsewhere in the book.

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  • LI5A
  • 28-11-2019

Pure enjoyment!

Everything about this book was perfect for me, I loved the story, the characters, the love, the drama and the comedy. Brilliant narration as well. Thank you L.J. Shen!

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  • Sandra
  • 23-11-2019

Omg !!!! Sooooooo good

I love yourbooks .. this one hits the mark again .. more more more please Ms Shen .. it’s a must read 1million %

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  • For Old Times' Sake
  • 20-11-2019

A contemporary romance with a twist

This was such an unexpected story from Shen. It felt fresh and quirky, and was so funny and snarky in places. There were some really standout monologues from the many different perspectives within this story. It was just a delight.

Mal and Rory were the kismet star-crossed lovers who were torn apart by multiply different lies and multiple layers of mistruths. This book had passion, and angst, wit, and heartache, but it was never dull, was continuously unexpected, and it really was fun. It is definitely worth immersing yourself in this unconventional romantic experience LJ Shen has created.

I listened to the book on audible and thought it was amazing. The four narrators really added alot to the charm and atmosphere of the story, and definitely brought the novel to life for me.