May 13, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Hunter by L.J. Shen

THE HUNTER really surprised me. While Shen's writing is as clever as ever, it took a while for me to warm up to Hunter. Initially, I was not a fan.

"He was fearless, and a rebel, and a sinner, and a saint. 

A prince who'd never wanted his title. A pure-hearted rake."


The story begins with Hunter knee deep in debauchery from the jump. And, it's shockingly gross debauchery at that. I'll just say that it involves a sex tape of a very public orgy and keep it at that.


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Hunter is completely different from the heros that I'm used to seeing from Shen.
He's a manwhore with a potty mouth and can turn anything into a sexual innuendo. He has zero shame and gives zero f*cks.

But... he has his moments.

He's funny and flirtatious. He's kind and charismatic. He can be completely charming when he wants to be. And, let's not forget that he is F-I-N-E, fine.

He is Sebastian from Cruel Intentions (minus the stoicism).
He is Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl (minus the snobbery).
He is Wade from Hart of Dixie (replace the southern accent with a Boston accent).
He is John Tucker from John Tucker Must Die (a hundred times filthier). 


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Despite Hunter's arrogance and gross sexual habits, he grew on me and I had fun watching his character grow and develop. 

There are a few brief cameos of Knight, Vaughn, and Luna, but don't expect to see much of them. Vaughn's only appearance is in the very first chapter. Although, Troy and Sparrow do have a solid showing and it was great to catch a glimpse of the Brennan family dynamic.

THE HUNTER is a funny and delightful read, but there's very little romance and it wasn't my favorite.



MY RATING


OVERALL: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 👥👥👥👥
STORYLINE: 📚📚📚📚
STEAM FACTOR: 🔥🔥


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