Release Day Blitz ? The Monster (Boston Belles 3) by LJ Shen ? Available Now ? Book Review

Posted June 15, 2021 by Maria in Blog Tour, Book Recommendation, Book Release, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Monster, an all-new emotional and angst filled standalone romance from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

The most important thing I’d ever read was scribbled on the door of a portable restroom, engraved into plastic at a carnival on the outskirts of Boston.

Lust lingers, love stays. Lust is impatient, love waits. Lust burns, love warms. Lust destroys, but love? Love kills.

Maybe it was always my destiny to fall in love with a monster. When other kids stayed awake at night fearing the pointy-toothed beast hiding in their closet, I longed to see mine. I wanted to feed it, domesticate it, understand it. Sam and I were only allowed to love each other in the dark. Once our story unfolded, and the truth came to light, I was the one to cut the cord.

My name is Aisling Fitzpatrick, and I have a confession to make. Sam Brennan is not the only monster in this story.

~ Maria’s Review~

Can’t fight love! Every Beast needs a beauty!

Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021
The Monster by LJ Shen was one of my most eagerly anticipated books of the year. I have been waiting for Sam Brennan’s story and like they say, good things come to those who wait!! Author LJ Shen delivers an addicting story filled with twists, steam, and angst in a world that is her own. Her talent continues to draw me in and hold me captive from start to finish. The Monster is my new favorite, sorry Cillian.

This is book 3 in The Boston Belles series and is Ashling and Sam’s story. Oh, Sam. Troy Brennan’s son from one of my favorite books of all time, Sparrow. He stole my heart. Sam is broken. A complete jerk most of the time. Rough and gruff, with definite ideas on who and what he is, but he doesn’t allow his heart to shine through. Author Shen does a fabulous job with his character. He is so frustrating at times, but you understand why and my heart hurt for him.

Ashling has her own damage and vulnerability. She is trapped in a dysfunctional dynamic and has secrets of her own. Her desire for Sam is not one of them. She has wanted him forever.

They have a connection and a palpable attraction. The push / pull is intense. The banter is sarcastic, funny, and fantastic. They have a lot to overcome and their journey is not easy.

I love the development of this story and all the supporting characters, especially Troy and Cillian. They just add so much and so does Sparrow. It flows so well. I was turning pages, devouring every word. The twists left my jaw dropping.

The Monster is a fabulous story. It will intrigue you and keep you engaged from start to finish. It is steamy with secrets, lies, and twists that make this an angsty ride. Definitely recommend!


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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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