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I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

394 pages, Paperback

First published May 10, 2020

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L.J. Shen

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L.J. Shen is USA Today, WSJ, Washington Post and #1 Amazon Kindle Store bestselling author of contemporary romance books.

She writes angsty books, unredeemable anti-heroes who are in Elon Musk's tax bracket, and sassy heroines who bring them to their knees (for more reasons than one).

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1,043 reviews2,396 followers
May 5, 2020

This was literally the look on my fave when I finished reading this AMAZING story. It is hands down one of the best romances I’ve ever read. Hunter called to me like a siren song!

I read this book in record time, flipping through the pages like a madwoman — simultaneously wanting to know what happens, but also not wanting the story to ever end. Books like this are why I began reading romance. It is riveting, sexy, and hit me right in the feels. The characters are vivid and bold. Reading this book was just downright fun! THIS IS QUINTESSIAL L.J. SHEN! The best of the best!

Here’s what I loved:
Hunter MF Fitzpatrick owned me body and soul. There's so much to this character. Layer upon layer. And once you really dive in and start to get to know him, you literally have no choice but to fall in love.

The writing is emotive and evokes so many feelings. And as always, the flow and banter are to die for. This is LJ at her best!!

I felt for these characters like no other! Both of them hold a special place in my heart.

This book is fire! The sexual chemistry is off the charts hot and the physical encounters between these two will leave you panting.

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571 reviews220 followers
May 3, 2020

OMG! OMG! OMG! I AM TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH THIS NEW WORLD AND CHARACTERS! L.J. Shen opens her new series with a BANG, this book hit me like a truck. I'm a mess trying to handle so many emotions.  The Hunter is an explosive mix of laugh out loud, intense angst and scorching sensuality that consumed me completely and left me BREATHLESS! My stomach was a swarm of butterflies from beginning to end, I don't know what to do with myself anymore, I think I'm still in ecstasy.

IT'S OFFICIAL, HUNTER IS MY FAVORITE HERO EVER!! OMG, no other  hero has smitten me the way that he did!, Hunter is every single thing that you want, utter perfection, sexy AF, sweet, and sooooo hilarious, I had so much fun with his antics, his mouth so dirty, dear God, accelerated my pulse and melted my panties, he made me swoon like no one! My love for him has no bouds! And our heroine Sailor, she is such a brave, determined and fierce, such a badass character. I love the way they complement each other, they crawled under my skin and reached the depths of my soul I WILL REMEMBER THIS COUPLE FOREVER!

Hunter and Sailor start as enemies being roommates for a deal that benefits them both, but as time passes, their relationship evolves to friends and is EVERYTHING,  they are so sexy, emotional, and humorous, laughed out loud so much with their dialogues and text messages!  Their romance is an exquisite slow burn, wow, THEIR ELECTRIFYING CHEMISTRY BRINGS THE BOOK TO LIVE LIKE NO OTHER, their  scenes loaded with deep tension and attraction  made my heart beat so fast, and their banter, OMG, I almost died of spontaneous combustion.

The Hunter owns my soul, mind and heart, I am fascinated, soo addicted to this story,  I want to live forever with these characters. In addition, the glimpses we had of the other characters, and the clues the author throws towards the possible couples, it leaves many possibilities open, I am dying to know more of them.  A standing ovation to L.J. Shen, her ability as a storyteller has no comparison, this story was OUTSTANDING, unputdownable, and there are not enough stars to rate how much I loved it!

Get ready for your new obsession! This exquisite romance will ruin you for the other books in the next decade, it will take your breath away and will own all your senses!

Versión en español
¡DIOS MIO! ¡DIOS MIO! ¡DIOS MIO! ¡DIOS MIO! ¡ESTOY VERDADERAMENTE, LOCAMENTE, PROFUNDAMENTE ENAMORADA CON ESTE NUEVO MUNDO Y PERSONAJES! L.J. Shen abre su nueva serie con un BANG, este libro me golpeó como un camión, soy un lío tratando de manejar tantas emociones. The Hunter es una mezcla explosiva de carcajadas, angustia intensa y sensualidad abrasadora que me consumió por completo y me dejó sin aliento. Mi estómago fue un enjambre de mariposas de principio a fin, ya no sé qué hacer conmigo, creo que todavía estoy en éxtasis.

¡ES OFICIAL, HUNTER ES MI HÉROE FAVORITO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS! ¡Ningún otro héroe me ha fascinado de la forma en que Hunter lo hizo! Él es todo lo que quieres, perfección absoluta, sexy, dulce y tan divertido, me reí tanto con él, su boca tan sucia, querido Dios, aceleró mi pulso y derritió mis bragas, ¡Lo amo tanto! Y nuestra heroína Sailor, ella es un personaje tan valiente, decidida y fiera, tan genial. Me encanta la forma en que se complementan entre sí; esta pareja se arrastró debajo de mi piel y alcanzó las profundidades de mi alma, ¡LOS RECORDARÉ PARA SIEMPRE!

Hunter y Sailor comienzan como enemigos siendo compañeros de apartamento por un trato que los beneficia a ambos, pero a medida que pasa el tiempo, su relación evoluciona a amigos y  es TODO, son tan sexys, emocionales y divertidos, reí carcajadas con sus diálogos y mensajes de texto. Su romance es exquisito, SU QUÍMICA ELÉCTRICA TRAE EL LIBRO A LA VIDA COMO NINGÚN OTRO, sus escenas cargadas de profunda tensión y atracción hicieron que mi corazón latiera tan rápido, OMG, casi me muero de combustión espontánea.

THE HUNTER posee mi alma, mente y corazón. Estoy fascinada, tan adicta a esta historia, quiero vivir para siempre con estos personajes. Además, los vistazos que tuvimos de los otros personajes, y las pistas que el autor arroja hacia las posibles parejas, deja muchas posibilidades abiertas, estoy muriendo por saber más sobre ellas. Una gran ovación a L.J. Shen, su habilidad como narradora no tiene comparación, esta historia fue EXCEPCIONAL, majestuosa, ¡y no hay suficientes estrellas para describir lo que me encantó!

¡Prepárate para tu nueva obsesión! ¡Este exquisito romance te arruinará para los otros libros en la próxima década, te dejará sin aliento y se adueñará de todos tus sentidos!


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May 10, 2020


HOLY F-*%#ING LORD IN HEAVEN! I’m so freaking in love with HUNTER and his heroine! I’m dying! I freaking laughed out loud so much at Hunter’s antics. The story is phenomenal. The cameos! DEAD. This new world. Thank god it is book one! I don’t want to leave it.

The Hunter is quintessential LJ Shen, and Hunter is the hero we have come to love. I am sucker for a playboy hero who is a bit broken on the inside. Shen wrote him in a way that made my heart break for him, his pain is palpable. I just wanted to reach into the pages and hug him, and it is really part of what makes him so charming. Don't worry, though, he he has all the other characteristics of a LJ Shen hero we have come to love - comedic, arrogant, charismatic, and skilled. He is MY FAVORITE SHEN HERO.

Sailor is fantastic. I love that she is goal oriented and is willing and able to put Hunter in his place. I felt like she was such a unique character, and I couldn't have loved her intelligence, her sass, and her banter with Hunter. I adore her as a heroine and all the ways she fixed Hunter.

This story. The world. It has that old LJ Shen feel. I loved every single page. Every single moment. Seeing Hunter grapple with his self worth, seeing Sailor come into her own more than she was with him, and seeing these two come together and fulfill each other was PERFECTION. I couldn't get enough of them, and this world. The cameos, the new characters, the series set up has me more excited than my words can express. This series is, I am sure, primed to take me top spot in my LJ Shen favorite list.

The Boston Belles world starts off with a bang. Hunter and Sailor captivated my heart, and LJ Shen has guaranteed that I will never want to leave this brand new world. It will be a top read of 2020 for me.

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December 23, 2020
1.5 stars

k first of all, 5 GIRLS. at the same time. seriously?? how does that even work? i know that's disgusting and all (and it is) but im here like
did he use his toes? knees? elbows???? man, this boy needs jesus.

ANYWAYS. so we were all introduced to Hunter Fitzpatrick (H) in broken knight and he's 1/3 of Vaughn and Knight's threesome friend group and we were told that he was the hoest of all them ho's and at that time i thought they were exaggerating but nope. what they were saying was 100% true. and as for Sailor Brennan (h), she's the daughter of Sparrow and Troy from sparrow and she's apparently this prodigy when it comes to archery and she's trying to qualify for the olympics.

this has enemies to friends to fwb to lovers cuz after Hunter's orgy and how it's all over the internet, his dad forced him to live with Sailor for 6 months where she has to basically be her bodyguard and stop him from getting drunk and make sure he's celibate.

this sounds like a fun read but honestly, it was ruined by Hunter. he was just SO disgusting and i absolutely hate and dread when his chapters come up and his character was ruined for me in CHAPTER 1! THE VERY FIRST CHAPTER PEOPLE. that's how bad he is. why? because in that chapter, it was a day after his orgy, he wakes up with 2/5 of the women and starts f*ingering one of them while sucking their boobs and also we were treated with a nice little recap of what happened:
"In the video, Stacee let me pull out of her, peel off the condom and jizz all over her face. She'd licked the hot white cum from her cheek and giggled in delight while Kylie sucked my cock so hard she almost swallowed it. Not to mention Bianca, who did all the work while we did a reverse cowgirl with Kylie sitting on my face, bouncing it like I was a trampoline."

sooo swoony am i right? totally book boyfriend material right from the beginning!!??! but in all seriousness im sorry y'all had to read that but i just had to share my trauma cuz we are all in this together.

so obviously, his ass is shipped to Boston where he has Sailor as his nanny and right away, Sailor is enamored by him while he thinks she's not all that. im glad she fought back in the beginning but her inner monologue compared to Hunter's inner monologue makes it seem she was always more into him than he was. i'll show y'all why:
"He was my self-medication. My alcohol. My cocaine. My unprescribed ADHD pill, designed to enhance my emotional performance."

"Obviously, I would be sad to see her go, but keeping her had never been an option. If I had to guess, the loss of Sailor would feel like the loss of a really good pizza some asshole sneezed on. It'd suck balls, but at least I'd have had a taste, and there were more restaurants to choose from."

these quotes were a chapter apart and it was around 50% mark. you would THINK that Hunter would feel something genuine for Sailor but nope. her love was unrequited.

i have another one,
"I thought her chances of getting that Olympic spot were really good. It was going to soften the blow and give her shit to focus on when we were over, I couldn't wait to drown in unlimited pussy and cheer on Sailor as she kicked ass and took names in the Olympics."

this was said in the 62% mark after they've been intimate for 6 weeks and by then Sailor was already falling for him so as you can see Sailor was definitely more into Hunter in the entirety of the book.

and now let's get into the OW drama. ok so we all know about the orgy and im not gonna get into that ever again cuz i still have nightmares from it so anyways. right after a genuine connection between MCs where they were at this charity thing and Hunter helped Sailor with her anxiety as she gets anxious when she's under the spotlight, during the ride back home this asshole was scrolling through naked pictures of the women he slept with while Sailor was swooning in the same car...
"My screen was stuck on a thirst trap of Alice squeezing her tits together and winking at the camera with a cherry in her mouth, wearing nothing but a tiny, sunflower patterned bikini.
"Who is this?" she asked.
"A chick I went to school with."
"Nice," she said, in the way girls lilted the word when things were anything but nice.
She turned back to the window. I turned back to imagining myself fucking Alice's tits."

like- excuse me sir? EXCUSE ME?!
what the fuuuu? and when they got home, he asked for one of his f buddies in the past to send him nudes and video of her touching herself and he "jerked off twice" that same night. UGH. SO SWOONY AM I RIGHT???

another time is when he invited this random DoorDash delivery girl into their apartment cuz- well, i don't fucking know. i guess he was bored or something? he didn't plan on sleeping with her but he still invited her in to watch movies and eat the food and flirted with her. this happened after MCs have already kissed btw. OW propositioned him to the point where she was topless and Sailor caught them but yeah nothing happened. and Sailor also caught him with her nemesis, Lana, in a compromising position and it was all fake BUT it was one of the main drama for the last half of the book. i don't wanna get into it cuz i makes me angry but Sailor thought he cheated on her and saw he had lipgloss residue on his lips but he didn't really specify if he kissed her or not but knowing Hunter, he probably kissed her.

all in all Hunter is the epitome of an annoying, spoiled fuckboy who tries hard to be funny. the only fuckboy who is actually funny is Damon Salvatore and this douche has got NOTHING on my boy Damon. he was just so annoying and i NEVER, not once, believed he loved Sailor because of all the shit he said. after their first break up? he was only sad because he didn't want to be celibate again. from the very beginning, i only believed Hunter was into Sailor cuz she was the only one available. all the romantic shit that i wanted to see that would've probably made me believe he felt something was told to us instead of shown because of the 6-week time jump.

i usually prefer it if the guy is into the girl more just because i wanna be genuinely swooned but the whole time, Sailor was lusting over him and literally thinking he looks like a Greek god while Hunter thinks she's just mediocre while impatiently waiting for their arrangement to be over so he could have sex with other girls. i guess it wasn't properly shown when it comes Hunter's "love" because of his annoying inner monologue and dialogue. because of this i felt bad for Sailor but was also so annoyed with her cuz it seemed like she had the dreadful betraying body syndrome.

because of Hunter being Hunter the whole entire book, i never believed his character development and his love for Sailor, so when i got to the part where he was "grovelling" at the end, my face was literally like this
yes, i was judging this asshole.

ALSO, for visual preference this is the summary of Hunter & Sailor's relationship.

i probably would've given this a higher rating if we only had Sailor's pov. now tho? i wanna erase my memory from the visual i had with that orgy. yuck. i have a feeling Cillian (Hunter's older brother) will be worst than Hunter and his book is next... imma prepare my holy water if there's anymore disgusting shit that will 100% happen.

Boston Belles series:
#1: the hunter1.5 stars
#2: the villain1 star
#3: the monstertbr
#4: the raketbr
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717 reviews63 followers
April 6, 2021
Every time you discover a new LJ Shen book, it's like finding a pot of gold.
The Hunter is a gorgeous read full of warmth and heartfelt emotion. It is wildly addictive, beautifully written, and uniquely captivating.

I read THE HUNTER straight through without moving. It's RIVETING!!!

It’s no secret that Troy has always been my favourite so when I heard that He will be making an appearance with Sparrow in The Hunter , I was super excited... when I found out that Sailor was their daughter..: I DID A HAPPY DANCE!!!

Sailor is driven, determined to achieve her goal and vulnerable at the same time. When she decides to become “ Hunters babysitter” , she thought it would be an easy task and that she knew all about the Boston playboy/ bad boy!

The banter, the texts and dialogue between them had me in stitches several time and it was a stroke of genius from the author.
The Sassy heroine was no door mat and she was Hunter Mama Bear.

Secrets, betrayal, friendship, angst, love - ALL THE INGREDIENTS THAT MADE THE HUNTER A TOP READ OF 2020 for me!

The introduction to the Belles world was epic and only make the reader crave for the next books.

Cillian is my man!!

I challenge you to not love Hunter as he’s one of the best characters if not the best , written by the author. You get to know him and you love him more, you want to hug him and give him the love he’s been chasing.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵.

'𝗧𝗼 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝗜 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 . . . 𝗜𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗲 ...

𝗟𝗝 𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗳𝗲𝗹𝘁, 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 .

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2,000 reviews11.8k followers
May 8, 2020

He was a lonely prince. Untouchable yet in need of a hug. Brilliant, yet deeply misunderstood. Sitting on a throne of broken expectations and disappointment.

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me. With. This?!!!!

Welcome to your next addiction, people! Because this new series from LJ Shen is the best sort of crack. Not that crack is good. Crack is whack. But you know what I'm saying so just go with it, mkay? What I'm saying is this book was finger-licking good. Like want to slap your own ass and have a cigarette after kind of good. And I don't even smoke. GAH. Let me calm my tits for a hot second here.

This was easily, without a doubt, my favorite LJ Shen Book to date. And considering I'm obsessed with everything the woman writes, that's saying something. Hunter forever owns both my heart and my ovaries and I never want them back. Addictive, unputdownable, and all encompassing.

You know when you crack open a book and you get honest to god tingles? That's what this was for me.
I thought I loved Shen's Sinners of Saint and All Saints High series, but that was nothing next to my giddiness of this new series. And it has the mother of all crossovers. I won't tell you which book or who because you need the element of surprise, but DANG it was good.

I love a strong heroine, and Sailor was all of the things. This woman was FIERCE with a capital F. I loved the way she stood up for herself and stood her ground, even when the odds are stacked against her. Then again, with a family like hers, fierceness is damn near guaranteed. She couldn't NOT be a awesome.

As for Hunter? GAH. This guy. He's this incredible combination of goofy but with a good dose of intensity. He's quick to joke and easy to smile, but beneath the handsome good looks are plenty of hidden layers. And the more they get unraveled, the deeper into this rabbit hole I fell.

I was hooked, line and sinker on this new world. I was obsessed with the characters. I was gaga over the romance. SO. FREAKING. GOOD.

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608 reviews4,736 followers
October 14, 2020
1.5 stars

EDIT: Lowering this to one star, cause every time I see this book all I want to do is buy a pizza, sneeze on it and make Hunter eat every little crumb of it 😤

A short preview of what you're getting:

This review is going to be negative enough, therefore I'd like to start it with my favorite scene of this book:

Vicious Spencer kicking Hunter's ass six ways to Sunday. Can we take a moment to appreciate that he's the only character to make an appearance across 3 different series (all SOS, ASH and now he's even starring in The Hunter). Again I want to thank his highness for saying what no else wanted to say.

Although Baron was a lawyer by trade, he didn’t practice criminal law. But it was my understanding that sometimes he helped relatives and close friends with legal shit. It was also my understanding that he charged $5,000 an hour to justify his reputation as a world-class cunt.

“The sexual harassment will be a hard sell, seeing as the girls seemed lucid, active, and present. The obstruction of justice charge is due to the fact that Mr. Cole had confiscated Bianca’s phone. According to Miss Evans, the order came from you. Fortunately for you, at the time she entered the media room and party with the rest of students who’d had their phones confiscated, your dick was already softer than marshmallow and you were passed out on the floor, long after the orgy. There are several witnesses to attest to that time discrepancy. In other words, your incompetence saved you.”

Imagine being so dumb that your incompetence saved you from going to prison. Only Hunter Fitzpatrick things.

“I need a stronger drink.” I shook my head.
“What you need is a good spanking.”

Baron had the same ink black hair as his son, identical glacial eyes, and the hunger to be successful, powerful, and capable. I wondered what it felt like to be a Spencer—adept, driven, motivated. Talented.

That was the highlight of the book, I kid you not. I'm willing to give an additional 0.5 star just for that one scene with Vicious. I'm generous like that.


You know a book is going to be fantastic when the hero of the story wakes up next to two women and starts sucking their tits and fingering them while talking to their best friends all on page numero 1. My love for Hunter started and ended there.

Then dear Hunter discovers that he has a sex-tape on the word wide web with FIVE other women through Vaughn and Knight and all this airhead thinks is that he is blessed with physique fit and an 8-inch dick. Thanks for this information. It's the only thing that makes up Hunter's personality.
“There was a leak.” Vaughn’s icicle eyes tapered with displeasure. I waved him off with the cigarette. “That’s just a natural discharge designed to tell you the female body is ready for mating. You’d know that if you fucked women who were alive.

Who else wants run after this dude with a chainsaw? What's wrong with him…

Further, Hunter plays this sex tape and is proud of it and describes how he managed to satiesfied 5 chicks at the same time all in the span of 20 minutes. WHAT IS THERE TO BE PROUD OF YOU DUMB F*CK?!

I had to read this so I really like to share with you the content of this infamous video:
I watched as three fellow recent high school graduates—Alice, Stacee, and Sophia—giggled into the camera and strutted their way to me, asses dangling, high heels on full display. I was on the couch, getting sucked by a chick named Kylie while another one, Bianca, was circling my nipple with her pierced tongue. I was wearing an open varsity jacket with no shirt, my jeans rolled down to my shins. The camera zoomed out, and the person shooting the video and I pounded it. He lowered the camera to show that he was fucking Kylie from behind while she was sucking me off. He came on her lower back, stepping back and tucking in his semi. After five minutes of acrobatics, I somehow managed to get my hands, mouth, and dick on all five of the girls combined.

Can someone get me bucket. I don't feel so well. WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS? It's a serious question.

NEXT POINT: Hunter's intelligence. Or lack of it.

My brain can not process that apparently his IQ is 147. This must be a joke. Some quotes how Hunter sees himself:

As for Harvard, I didn’t think an idiot like me would survive it, anyway. I’d probably fail at finding the classes, let alone deciphering the lectures. It was just as well.

“You’ve never finished anything in your life, Hunter.” False. I finished analogies, beers, and orgasms on a daily basis. But even my dumb ass knew better than to point it out.

Don’t ask me how I got into Harvard. Da probably donated enough money to feed the entire state of Massachusetts for a decade to make that happen. I wouldn’t trust me to write a grocery list, let alone an essay.

“Specifically speaking, I don’t have any. Just think of me, like, as Bambi: cute AF but super stupid and in total need of supervision.”

This guy has a one track mind and it's leading to his dick. Everyone around him including him thinks he is not capable of anything. When Sailor asked him what he wanted to do if he could be anything, he answered with his whole ass chest that he wants to be a male prostitute, because fucking is all he is good for. So don't tell me he is a hidden genius. HA HA HA. Joke is on you.

The important thing to remember was, my balls weren’t going to fall off. I’d Googled it a few times (twenty-three times, if we’re being specific here) to be on the safe side. It was confirmed: I could live for six months without having sexual intercourse and still survive.

This paragraph sums up Hunter's whole personality. There's nothing more to say. ALL HE EVER THINKS ABOUT IS HIS BONER. Hunter is annoying, immature and stupid. One quality is already bad enough but combine them. WOAH MIND NUMBING.


Hunter and Sailor go to a fundraiser event together and share moment on the dancefloor. And then this happens:

���I shoved her into the limo and spent the time scrolling through pictures of hot girls I’d fucked. I needed to clear my head. Also, to empty my dick.

HE'S LOOKING AT PICTURES OF GIRLS HE FUCKED while Sailor is sitting next to him. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HIM? And then he is surprised if she's pissed?! Told ya, dumb as fuck.

Then they are home. He is in his room and writes Alice (one of his highschool fuck buddies) a text:

Hunter: Send n00dz

I followed it up with a GIF of a dog humping a pillow. Courting in the twenty-first century was the shit. Instead of smarting off, or breaking down, or generally being a mess—cough, Sailor, cough—Alice replied with a picture of her from the neck down spread eagle on the bed, wearing nothing but a neon pink thong.

Hunter: Now a video of you touching yourself.

I jerked off twice that night to unholy videos of Alice.

Disgusting. Disturbing. Degrading.

And then there is Hunter's description of Sailor:

Like, yeah, she wasn’t fuck-hot in an obvious kind of way. She didn’t have big tits, curves for miles, lips that looked like a neatly shaved vagina, and glossy hair. But she was the kind of girl who, the more you looked at her, the more her beauty crept up on you.

AWWW, isn't he sweet? LOVE HIM SO MUCH. That's exactly how I want the love of my life to think about me.

Then there is that scene when Hunter comes home. He hears Sailor moaning in the bathroom, he think she is masturbating and like a creeper he goes and watches her through the slit of the door. What the fuck dude? What the fuck? She's not masturbating, she's actually in pain but still what a creeper. YIKES.

Then there is this scene where Hunter is alone for a couple of hours and invites their neighbor Emily to eat with him. After eating she's basically stripping and throwing her bra at him and that's what he has to say when Sailor comes home and finds them:

“CT, this is Emily.” I motioned to my guest, pretending this chick hadn’t been in the process of hoisting herself onto me a hot second ago. Swear to God, the idea of fucking her hadn’t even occurred to me. I mean, in the future—one-hundred-and-ten-percent yes. Right now, though? Too risky. My bloodline, my inheritance, my future depended on my ability to keep my pants on. Plus, I was putting a dent in the Sailor project.

Did I mentioned that we're almost halfway through and he still thinking about fucking other people after the arrangement with Sailor is done. Wow, just wow.

Sailor and Hunter have like zero chemistry. Their banter is to sleep for. But still the way Hunter still thinks about her even after they sleep with each other is hard:

Obviously, I would be sad to see her go, but keeping her had never been an option. If I had to guess, the loss of Sailor would feel like the loss of a really good pizza some asshole sneezed on. It’d suck balls, but at least I’d have had a taste, and there were more restaurants to choose from.

Did he or did he not compare Sailor with the loss of a pizza where someone sneezed on it? HE TOTALLY DID. GIMME A BASEBALL. Nothing less of an electric chair is enough for this manwhore. I'm tired of excusing his behavior cause he has mommy and daddy issues and there is no one that loved him, so of course he turns to sex and alcohol to get the validation. For fuck sake, get help.

“Let me buy you a burger,” I offered, internally sweating my balls. A rejection would crush me. “I don’t eat garbage,” he drawled. “But I’ll treat you to the best meat you’ll ever have.” I very much doubted he could offer me any meat better than what I was pounding into these days, but agreed anyway.

YIKES. Why does this guy not get bullied more often for the way he talks and thinks.

And then we have the lovely scene where Knight and Luna are visiting and Sailor/Hunter and Knight/Luna go to watch a movie where Hunter ignoes Sailor for the whole evening, but follows her into the bathroom when she seems upsets and fucks her:

Hunter turned and walked away, not even bothering to answer his best friend or pick me up from the floor, with his cum still dripping from my chin.

I'm running out of insults to describe Hunter.

Hunter is calling his brother Cillian for advise cause Sailor broke of their fuck buddy arrangement and he doesn't know what he should do. Some of Hunter's best of.

“Anyway, we were supposed to keep this shit happening until she moves out, but she wants to break it off now.” “And?” “And I don’t want to be celibate again!” I snapped.

“What do I do now?” “Grovel.” “Screw that.”

The worst part was, I was going to apologize. I’d bought flowers from Trader Joe’s. I even Googled best flowers to get a chick. I put work into this thing.

He literally only cares for the sex. I feel so bad for Sailor. Archer girl deserves better than the fuck up that is Mister Fitzpatrick. He brought flowers and called it 'work'. I- I- lost for words.

AND THE ABSOLUTE BEST SCENE. Sailor goes to her training facility and there she sees Hunter and Lana (her biggest rival and enemy) and they are both naked. YEAH WE'RE WINNING BIG TIME.

“Jesus Christ!” My throat burned with the scream. Hunter was sitting in Junsu’s chair, naked. Lana was on top of him, straddling his narrow waist. She was wearing his dress shirt and seemingly nothing underneath. She had her back to me, but there was no mistaking the lush, brunette hair extensions. Her arms were wrapped around his neck possessively, her face buried in his chest.

And then we have the most cringy proposal of all existing proposals scene. Hunter waking Sailor up and fingering her.
“I want to be your husband,” he finished, my body clenching tightly around his fingers as the orgasm washed over me. He used his available hand to produce something from under his pillow—a little box—throwing it into my hands.

I'm losing faith in humanity right now.

Add the most ridiculous plot of company fraud mystery to the story and you get the hot mess that is called 'The Hunter'.

Finding all these quotes about Hunter took all of my brain capacity that the only thing I can say regarding to Sailor is that I expected more from Troy and Sparrow's daughter. I'm sorry to say it, but Sailor was such a bland character. All she really cares about is archery and making it to the Olympics which she didn't even make because of Lana.

The only redeeming things about this book were the girl group (Sailor, Percy, Belle, Aisling). I liked how supportive they were of each other.

Cillian seems like the Vicious of this story, so I'm very intrigued about his story. I feel like he has the biggest potential.
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May 9, 2020

GAHHH!!! L.J. Shen did it again!!! I absolutely fell in love with Hunter Fitzpatrick in the All Saints High series but could never have expected how he would take my breath away in The Hunter. This story left me completely spellbound!!! His connection and banter with Sailor was pure perfection. I fell more in love with this story and this couple after every page and truly feel that there is no greater hero than Hunter. He is NEXT LEVEL MAGNIFICENCE and is L.J. Shen at her very best!! 

When I found out that this story would feature the daughter of one of my favorite Shen heroes, Troy Brennan, I was so intrigued. I expected a take no prisoners kind of heroine, but Sailor Brennan just blew me away. She was a fiery redhead that could rival any siren but with the heart of an angel. She was the perfect combination of both Troy and Sparrow. An independent straight shooter who stood on her own two feet. I loved the connection she and Hunter shared as their spitfire back and forth banter and comraderie rivaled the insanely combustible heat between them. 

All in all, I loved this opposites attract story so much. Sailor and Hunter were so different on paper but she was the only one capable of seeing through his playboy exterior to the man he was lonely and vulnerable man inside. Likewise, Sailor was the gamechanger Hunter never saw coming and she slayed him right to his knees, catching the Hunter as her very own prey with his heart as her prize. Bravo! 6 Stars! ~Ratula 
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771 reviews11 followers
May 10, 2020
Spoiler Alert - You will love THIS book !

You WILL LOVE this book !!!!!!!

Mrs  Shen oudid herself, with proving again that  She is a master storyteller !!! That She is the right person, on the right place. THAT She knows how to play boldly with my bookish heart. She and this book made me laugh - HARD, with breaking my soul a few moments later.... The Hunter's title is so accurate, and I was His willingly prey. 

Hunter played me like a professional poker player, since the begining... With every next paige,  He keeps showing me all the time how much I was wrong about Him... how much I need to think twice, before I would want to say anything about Him. Maybe as a woman I should feel more connected with Sailor, but no - This time, it was all the way Hunter, the boy who - keep joking around, but inside.... HE IS A TOTALL MESS. A BROKEN SOUL.... A broken heart, which is laughing outside but roting slowly inside. Today, I'm sure - He is everything... my whole bookish world right now and EVERYTHING what You don't expect.

He will came. He will see. HE WILL CONQUER YOUR HEART. 

Sailor is a rival perfect for Him. Their story is a slow burn, but from first moment together, I felt flames around them - and I'm suprised that my kindle didn't set up on fire !!! They both are fiesty, stuppborn but loyal and very generous for the right people... 

The Hunter is not only the book - it is an experience. 

The Hunter is not only an imaginary story - it is a masterpiece with capital M. 

The Hunter (and The Belles) is a new world and new challenges, but the same LOVE for Bad Boys and Alphas.

I'm a little sad...The waiting is over. My date with Hunter has ended in an epic way... but for sure He and Sailor are AMAZING, be sure to one click this book when You will only can !!!!


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2,136 reviews7,343 followers
May 13, 2020

'THE HUNTER' is the first full length romance book in L.J. Shen's 'Boston Belles' series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.' This is Hunter Fitzpatrick's and Sailor Brennan's story. Buckle up and get ready to fall in love..

God first it was the cover, Holy shit because he's kind of hot
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Author 55 books11.9k followers
May 10, 2020
Same, same, if you don't know now you know.

Which you may have known if you follow me on any social media platform. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I feel so spoilt. Having all these talented authors dropping art on my kindle, but I ain't complaining.

Now, where do I start? I don't want to go too in depth with my review, because Hunter is definitely a character that you need to walk with blind, but this is Leigh at her absolute best. Take everything that you LOVE about a LJ book and this book will stare it down like "Sup, who's your daddy?"

Hunter. Hunter is your new daddy.

Once again, Leigh has spun a beautiful tale of love, but not only that, she has also created characters that will stay with me forever. Hunter is one of a kind. You're flipping pages without realizing that he's taking your soul while you're doing it.
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755 reviews153 followers
May 6, 2020
Prepare yourself ladies, Hunter is in town and this is a guy you do NOT want to miss out on.

From the very get go Hunter DEMANDS your attention, everything and everyone around him doesn’t mean a thing. He’s cocky and sure of himself and KNOWS he can get any woman he wants just by looking at them but there’s so much more to this alphahole than meets the eye.

Sailor, this woman is the absolute best heroine I have ever met. She’s sassy and beautiful and can hold her own against anyone. She has her mind set on one thing and one thing only and is determined to achieve it.

The relationship between Hunter and Sailor is a truly fascinating one. Their banter in this book is so much fun, you find yourself wanting more and more and never being able to get enough.

LJ Shen truly kicked off this new series with an outstanding BANG. She has one again blown my mind with this new beauty of hers, she never fails to create a masterpiece and deliver us a new alphahole to love on. It blew me away and blew all my expectations of this book to shreds, it was so much more than I ever could have expected.

Hunter has my heart, truly and completely. No matter how hard I tried to slow down and make the book last I couldn’t, I devoured it and loved every second. Well done to Shen for delivering.

The Hunter is a mixture of alphahole with a dirty, dirty mouth and a heroine that’ll put you down as quick as look at you. A ton of humour and a lot, A LOT of sexy mixed in with feelings that’ll give the heart a little beating.
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1,421 reviews77.6k followers
November 26, 2020
"The prince is not going to save you, aingeal dian. He is stuck in his castle, fighting his own battle. Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and live?"

Hi, hello, and welcome to my bumbling review of The Hunter. I say bumbling because I am still fairly new to reviewing romance books, and I feel like so many people do it so much better than I am capable of, but... onwards. So far, I've read Shen's entire Sinners of Saint Series, along with her All Saints High series and Sparrow. I feel like it's given me a decent taste of her writing style, but prior to this book I had really no experience with one of her lighter, more humorous novels. Hunter and Sailor are a glorious blend of sarcastic, witty banter and steamy STEAMY relations.


"With you, I'm outmatched, outwitted, and outrageously irritated."

Returning customers will be pleased to know that we get a Knight, Vaughn, and Vicious cameo right off the bat, and since this story features Troy and Sparrow's daughter, Sailor, we get a healthy dose of them plus Sam as well. New characters include Hunter's family, and I've already made my bets on which players will be featured in the remaining 3 books of the series. If we don't get a Cillian + Belle book I WILL RIOT. If you've read the synopsis, then you know what the premise of the book is, and you probably know where this enemies-to-lovers romance is headed, but I can promise you that there are some suspenseful twists and turns along the way. To be honest, I wasn't a diehard Hunter fan based on his appearances in the ASH series, but true to Queen Leigh's form she made me swoon hard for this playboy once she showed us his true colors.

No spoilers here, but if you've enjoyed Shen's books in the past, you NEED to get your hands on this one ASAP. If you're new to her books, I would suggest picking up a few books from her past series, although it's not necessary and this is a standalone story, but the backstory on certain characters would just make the interactions more meaningful. (AKA Sparrow would be extremely beneficial!) If you need me, I'll just be here sobbing until The Villain goes live.

*Many thanks to Social Butterfly PR and LJ Shen for the digital arc.
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717 reviews
May 10, 2020
LJ Shen has once again left me grinning like a schoolgirl after reading this absolutely brilliant book! Hunter Fitzpatrick was every single thing I was expecting and MORE. SO MUCH MORE. Is he a playboy? Yes. Is he crass? Also yes. But did I laugh, sigh and swoon at every one of his comments? HELL YES! This author thrives in the language of "dirty" romcom and I LOVED every page of this story!!

I tried to savor this book. I really tried. But the banter, chemistry and completely addictive characters had me awake til the late hours devouring every morsel. I DID NOT want to put this book down, nor did I want it to end. Hunter is the type of character who reels you in with his charm, crazy antics, and addictive personality - not to mention that he is DROP DEAD gorgeous. He is unexpected, surprising and hides his lonely heart behind his big ego and charm. I was smitten. Everything you think you know about Hunter going into this book, leave it at the door.

Sailor Brennan is the one person Hunter never knew he wanted or needed. She is fierce, determined, and bold. She never let Hunter put her in her place - yet instead, she found herself protective of him at times. Their relationship evolved so naturally and organically that I was completely consumed with them. The way they fought, yet protected the other at every turn; how they both let their walls down around the other, yet still put them back up in place to those outside of their bubble. They found comfort in the other when they least expected it, and their chemistry and steam ramped up a notch with every chapter. As their story unfolded, I found myself turning the pages faster and faster cheering them both on like a proud parent.

This story does not have one dull moment. It is so much more than the romantic chase of The Hunter and the Prey...(and at times you don't know who is who). It is about loyalty, forgiveness, acceptance, and self-doubt. You will both laugh and cry with these characters, and stand up and cheer when certain cameos appear. I will never get enough of this world, and I can't wait for the stories to come with the rest of the fascinating and alluring characters of the Boston Belles. Well done once again LJ Shen!!!
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129 reviews1,430 followers
December 5, 2020
The Hunter - 2 stars
The Villain - tbr

ETA : this was supposed to be short, with mostly memes doing the talking, but Halsey was ripping G Eazy a new one in my ears. I blame her for this rant.

OKAY, people. I put on my big girl panties and read this book.
Truth be told, I got this sucker the second it went live. I know I said I was on a LJ Shen strike (and i was i swear), but can you really blame me? Have you seen all the 5 stars reviews and the "never in my life have i read such literary genius" comments? I have my wolf moments but i'm also a sheep, dammit.
Now, once I actually got the book, the 1 stars reviews started pouring in.

At this point, I was hella curious but still hella hesitant (because grudge, remember?!). But my curiosity was killing me, I had to join the party. 🙄

And it went like this :

I started this book yesterday. Read the first 4 chapters and put it down, only picking it up again this morning. Why, you ask? because it was too much. This is the part where I inform you I live for assholes. They do it for me. In fact, I have a GR shelf called just that : assholes-do-it-for-me . But Hunter wasn't an asshole, he was an immature, disgusting manchild. I'll get back to that in a minute, tho. Anyway, my first reaction upon reading those first chapters was to shut this party down. But then I thought, what if he redeems himself? What if, by a miracle, he ends up half decent? I knew I had to give him a second chance, but in order to do that, I had to bleach my brain of those chapters. You know how in court, one of the lawyers mentions something that was suppressed from evidence and is therefore inadmissible, and the judge asks the jury to not take whatever he said into account? That was me yesterday. It took me all day, but by this morning, I was ready.

Let's talk about the characters now, please.

Is it normal for a person to be this obsessed with sex? I've read more than my fair share of manwhores, but for the life of me, I can't think of anyone who was this...this...this...*insert appropriate word because fuck i cant figure out one*. It was too much, at times. I won't get into details about the incredibly disgusting things he thinks about and sometimes even says (there are tons of reviews with quotes and stuff), but seriously? The fuck is wrong with this boy??? I kept waiting for his come-to-jesus moment, for him to redeem himself. I didn't want him to suddenly become the pillar of goodness, because let's be real here, the chances of that happening are slightly lower than those of me being the long lost child of Princess Diana. What I wanted was just a teeny tiny sign sliver of hope for him, and at moments I almost got it, to be honest, but then he'd say or do something to set him back eons. I'd finally glimpse another side of him, and BAM, he'd be like no bitch think again. I finally lost hope around the 50% mark, when I started slightly warming up to him (and i was colder than a witch's tit, trust me) and he goes and compares Sailor to a pizza someone sneezed on. At 50% of the book, people. We get it, you don't find her attractive. We understand she's the only hole available to you atm, woe is you, but do you have to constantly mention it? I usually love it when the hero isn't initially attracted to the heroine only for it to sneak up on him, and he'd find himself constantly thinking about her even though he hates it. But I didn't get that here. The only thing I got is how Hunter cannot wait to get back to his life of unlimited pussy and how Sailor will thankfully have the Olympics to soften the blow of him dumping her, which leads me to

Girl, you're the daughter of Troy Brennan. In my book, when you're the daughter of a strong man, you don't bow down to no weak bitch, no matter how hot he is. You don't lose your logical thinking, your fucking pride every time he invades your personal space. Girl, I had so much faith in you, and I know it's super creepy I'm directing my speech at you, but whatever. You had so much potential, you stood up for yourself against others, where the fuck is the girl who put those girls from the bathroom in their place? Why would you fall at Hunter's feet knowing you're just convenient for him? Why would you allow that to happen? Why would you go and have a complete makeover for a guy? Now, I don't normally mind the whole makeover stuff, but in my defense, the heroine usually does it to get another guy to like her (not the hero), the hero helps and falls in love with her along the way (I love that shit). But you, Sailor, did it to impress Hunter. Girl, if you wanna get your hair done and buy flattering clothes, GOOD FOR YOU! This girl is cheering you on, because you do you, do whatever makes you feel good and beautiful, but babygirl, not for a guy. As cheesy as this will sound and I'm saying this from first hand experience, if he can't see you for the real you, he doesn't deserve you. Period. You deserve better, Sailor Brennan.

Emmabelle, Persephone & Aisling
I warmed up to them. Hopefully, they won't suffer from betraying body syndrome. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Can we talk now about how Troy set up his babygirl to be in a relationship with Hunter? I know some people expect women to tame men, as if it were their job, but Troy? I just can't. His reasons weren't convincing, either. A seven digits contract and his daughter's "introduction to life"? Fuck that.

You, my friend, are a testament of LJ Shen's superpowers. How, for a one page featuring you, thousands are buying this book is proof that this author can do magic. Sadly, it wasn't the case for these last releases. 😭

I admit it. I wanna read more about this asshole (don't look at me like that, I have issues, okay?). But I swear, if we're gonna have another Knight/Luna/Vaughn debate or another Vicious/Emilia/Dean love triangle, I will cut a bitch.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
She, sadly, was a fool whenever he touched her.

Also, that super spy subplot? And that Good Morning, Boston appearance? And that proposal?

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148 reviews493 followers
May 10, 2020
Buckle Up Buttercups.....it’s about to get interesting....or not!

So here’s the thing, after BK, ITUE & AG y’all know I pretty much put LJ on my blacklist. I had NO INTENTIONS of reading this but it was graciously GIFTED to me.

Chapter One-

" Based on the hard surface underneath my aching muscles, I gathered I’d crashed on the floor again. And by the sticky feeling in my groin, followed by the breeze rolling through my neatly trimmed pubes, I knew I’d shoved my cock into holes I shouldn’t have the night before, and I was gloriously naked. I groaned, squeezing my eyes shut and rolling over on top of another warm, naked body. Tits. I felt tits. Nice, plump, and natural. Without opening my eyes, I brought a nipple into my mouth, suckling on it idly. “Want some coffee with your milk?” Knight wondered aloud. My hand descended its way along the chick’s stomach, down to her holy grail. She was wet and hot, arching her back, her thighs quivering with need. I began to rub her swollen clit, prepping her. My cock yawned its way into a semi, just as another body pressed against me from behind. “

By now y’all know that Hunter sex tape was leaked and the whole shebang is about him getting a babysitter to keep him on the right track.........y’all remember in my review for AG I said LJ keeps writing about the SAME CHARACTERS " inserts Midnight Blue blurb here” ...

Moving on, so this sexist pig tape got leaked and the description are as follows ...

" The video already had 1.2 million views and an 89-percent customer satisfaction rate. Damn. The tags on the video included: #FratParty #Orgy #Hotsluts #Cheerleaders #Billionaire #Anal #Oral #69 #Creampie #TagTeam #BestFriendsEx And all I could think was, I managed all those things in the span of twenty minutes with one dick? Im-fucking-pressive. I was dead-ass serious. I was dead-ass serious. Were the Guinness people coming for me, or what? The title of the porn video was “Polo Billionaire Prince Fucks Five Chicks.”

So here’s the thing I can continue talking about how disgusting this book was but I’m tired.....
I’m not even touching on how stupid and completely bland Sailor is, the only good thing about her is her name!

I am SICK & TIREDDDDDDDD of authors romanticizing these types of guys in books. Hunter is a man child and NOTHING about him was redeemable at all.

I guess if you’re into immature characters, man whores, dumb female leads, lots of talk about how big a guys dick is and how much he can pleasure multiple women, little to no plot and a bunch of repetitive shit then congratulations this book is for you!!!

I said what I said....everyone knows my reviews are always honest so I don’t know why ppl are still coming to my page expecting me to butter shit up!
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300 reviews272 followers
May 12, 2020
1 ⭐️

➸ genre: New Adult
➸ tropes: enemies to lovers- frenemies with benefit- roommates-opposites attract
➸ Fist person, dual POV
➸ Standalone? #1 book in the Boston Belles Series
➸ Cliffhanger? No.
➸ HEA/HFN? Yes.
➸ Trigger: No.
➸ Steam? Medium/High .

After reading (and hating) AG and ITUE, I wanted to take a break from this author
because I don’t like the direction her books has taken. I loved her SoS Series (especially Bane, one of my all time favorite NA) and some of her Standalones but sadly she doesn’t reflect my tastes in Romance anymore. Nothing personal..Just not my jam.

I changed my mind after reading the blurb of this book..It seemed so promising and I decided to give it a chance.


Unfortunately The Hunter was a disappointment and the third LJ's book in a row I disliked.

I swear, I don’t get off on writing rants but after reading so many enthusiastic ARC/Beta reviews about this book I NEED to share my opinion. I lost count on how may times I wanted to dnf'ed it because this book was BAD!

Let's go for a ride, shall we?

HUNTER Fitzpatrick :

Hunter introduction wasn’t exactly charming :
Our lovely hero wakes up after a wild night of #orgydrugandrock&roll

”I gathered I’d crashed on the floor again. And by the sticky feeling in my groin, followed by the breeze rolling through my neatly trimmed pubes, I knew I’d shoved my cock into holes I shouldn’t have the night before, and I was gloriously naked.”

And Surprise.. He's a Porn Star !
His new celebrity status doesn't worry him.. Hunter is actually pretty proud of himself:

“I did?” My eyebrows shot to my forehead, genuine surprise tinged with pride filling my chest. “Are the Guinness people on their way here? Will they bring actual Guinness?

The tags on the video included: #FratParty #Orgy #Hotsluts #Cheerleaders #Billionaire #Anal #Oral #69 #Creampie #TagTeam #BestFriendsEx And all I could think was, I managed all those things in the span of twenty minutes with one dick? Im-fucking-pressive.

Hunter Fitzpatrick was simply one of the worst male characters I've ever had the displeasure to read: arrogant, dumb (157 IQ my 🍑), shallow, one dimensional, spoiled, entitled, immature and most of all a SEXIST PIG.
My inner feminist was plotting his murder because his tunnel-sex vision and hideous behavior toward women was disgusting.
I know I'm harsh but I don’t care..he deserves it.
Take a look at this fine specimen of a man and judge for yourself :

There was a leak.” Vaughn’s icicle eyes tapered with displeasure. I waved him off with the cigarette. “That’s just a natural discharge designed to tell you the female body is ready for mating. You’d know that if you fucked women who were alive”

“ We both grew up learning that women were disposable, born to serve us, and sire heirs. Da cheated on Mom. Mom cheated on Da.”

She. He said she. That meant she was female. That also meant I could fuck her behind his back. No matter her age and looks, I was willing to do it if it meant dipping my dick into something that wasn’t my own hand.

Why buy a cow when you can develop lactose intolerance by drinking milk from every single tit in your vicinity?


At this point I was still able to overlook Hunter's sex-escapades/nasty mental process since he hadn't met Sailor yet.
“The Manwhore reformed by the love of a virginal good woman” is a pretty common trope in Romance. Been there, read that.
What made me so angry was his behavior AFTER he met Sailor.

This was his inner monologue when he discovered the identity of his new babysitter..

“Sailor Brennan.”
Yeah, never mind. Ain’t touching that with a condomed ten-foot pole.
“Why? Let’s count: Sailor was a goody two-shoes. Straight-up, straight-A, boring-good kind of girl. She was a tomboy, and possibly a lesbian. The few times I’d met Sailor, she’d seemed annoyingly resistant to my charms (as I said, lesbian).

I barely remembered the chick. What I did recall was carroty hair that looked about as soft as blistered feet, more freckles than a face, and the body of a malnourished, five-year-old boy.



I shoved her (Sailor) into the limo and spent the time scrolling through pictures of hot girls I’d fucked. I needed to clear my head. Also, to empty my dick.

Hunter: Send n00dz
I followed it up with a GIF of a dog humping a pillow.
“Hunter: Now a video of you touching yourself.
Alice: Are u sure? Heard Daddy got you on lockdown.
Hunter: This is not breaking the rules. Just tilting them a little. To the right. ; )
Alice: LOL perv. They say you moved in with someone. A girl…
Hunter: Not what you think.
Alice: I don’t think anything.
Ain’t that the truth, baby.
I jerked off twice that night to unholy videos of Alice.

So basically after S. and H. went to a fondraiser where they shared a pretty emotional moment together H.
a) watches naked picture of his ex in front of the heroine
b) sexts his ex while the heroine throws a pity party in her room

So romantic.


“I had to guess, the loss of Sailor would feel like the loss of a really good pizza some asshole sneezed on. It’d suck balls, but at least I’d have had a taste, and there were more restaurants to choose from.”

Yes, he really compared Salior to a "Sneezed" Pizza.
And yes, they are already intimate at this point.

“I thought her chances of getting that Olympic spot were really good. It was going to soften the blow and give her shit to focus on when we were over. I couldn’t wait to drown in unlimited pussy and cheer on Sailor as she kicked ass and took names in the Olympics.”

Well.. at least he will be a fab supporter! #teamSailor

And now I'll share the final nail in the coffin of H & S relationship.
Luna and Knight go to Boston and visit Hunter.
Hunter ignores Sailor in front of his friend, hurts her feelings and they have a fight. Hunter calls his BigBro asking for advice:

“Anyway, we were supposed to keep this shit happening until she moves out, but she wants to break it off now.”
“And I don’t want to be celibate again!” I snapped. Idiot.
My brother chuckled.“What changed her mind?”
“My friend from Cali was over with his fiancée. I kind of ignored her when they were here. And when we did talk, I reminded her that it was just temporary. I think I called it fuck-buddy purgatory.”

So after five months (in which they lived in the same house, had sex several time a day and spent every single free moment together) he isn’t afraid to lose Sailor because he cares about her.
No, his only concern is his soon-to-be status of celibate.


I can go on and on because this book is full of “gems” but I think these examples are enough. Hunter and Sailor have NO chemistry and the only reason Hunter wanted to have sex with her was because she was the only available female.
In other circumstances Hunter wouldn’t have looked at her twice or even acknowledge her existence. I didn’t believe in his attraction and love declaration. Hunter doesn’t show any redeeming qualities until 70-75%.
To Late Buddy. I'm not able to look past all Hunter’s fuck-ups (and the list is very long). Maybe now you can understand my disbelief when I recall all the glowing reviews stating that Hunter is LJ Shen's BEST hero ever or a fabulous Book-Boyfriend.
But to each his own..I guess.


“Hunter’s hotness made me stupid.” Well, at least she's aware!

I don’t hate her but she isn’t a type of heroine I like..I love “enemies to lovers” but I NEED a strong heroine. At first I really liked her because she fought back.
Plus, she was (yes was, she changed her appearance because she wanted to impress Hunter *eyeS roll*) a tomboy who doesn’t care about her appearance or what people think about her. Her laser-focus was archery and she was willing to do anything to realize her dream: the Olympics.
Unfortunately any resolve shatters in the face of “but he's hot and handsome and my downstairs parts can’t take it.”
You all have understood what kind of shitty male is Hunter..and she fell in love in a heartbeat. So basically she fell for a pretty face and a 8 inches D (Hunter's only positive qualities).. and I expected SO MUCH MORE from Troy and Sparrow's daughter.
Sorry, I can’t respect a heroine with no self-respect:

“But that’s just sex, I scoffed inwardly. A part of your arrangement. He doesn’t see you as more than a warm hole to keep him satisfied, a means to an end. Namely, his very fat inheritance.”

And still.. you have sex with him EVERY SINGLE DAY.
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 *eyes roll*
Girl, you can do better than that!

Hunter: Jesus fuck, Sailor! What did you want me to do? Kiss you? Make out with you in public? That’d throw us out of fuck-buddies purgatory, which is exactly where we’re supposed to be. I have a shit-ton of money on the line. You’ve got your career. This shit’s almost over. Why kill the fun now?”

What do yo think she does after this romantic love declaration?
Kicks his ass? Dumps him? Nope..wild SEX.


➸ PLOT: I loved the concept of this book. The execution? Not so much.
Plus the last 20% was just ridiculous.
A telenovela.
⚠️ Now I'll write MAJOR SPOILER about the end of this book.
If you plan to read the Hunter you should stop reading now .


◉ Lana Adler (Sailor's nemesis and competitor) hates Sailor and wants to ruin her life because...*suspense* *suspense*
When they were children, at Archery Camp, there was an accident and S. accidentally killed Lana's dog (accidentally because she was blindfolded and the other kids tied him to the target, she didn’t know)

So Dramatic! It was an Accident!
Telenovela? ✓

◉ Junsu (Sailor's coach) betrayed Sailor: Lana paid him to sabotage Sailor.

So predictable! I saw this coming since chapter 5 *eyes roll* Telenovela? ✓

◉ Hunter hears a phone call in which Syllie (Gerald's right man) vows to ruin his family. He tries to warn his father and brother but nobody believes him. In his spare time he becomes a spy (LOL! ) and eventually finds out the evil plan (WOW). FBI gets involved (eyes roll) and Syllie was arrested. Eventually Hunter finds out that his family was already aware of Syllie's plan but they didn’t say anything to H because he needed to prove he wasn't a complete idiot and is able to do something other than sex in life his worth.
Telenovela? ✓

◉ This book is a teenage 2.0 version of Sparrow: Hunter and Sailor were set up by their family. They had been placed in an arranged relationship without their knowledge because their parents thought they were a perfect couple *eyes roll*
Telenovela? ✓

Once again LJ screws up one of her original characters because the Troy Brennan I know wouldn’t have choosen a manwhore/player/porn star for his baby girl.
I refuse to believe this!!!!!

◉ Hunter takes inspiration from Tom Cruise's declaration of love for Katie Holmes at The Oprah Winfrey Show.
He declares his love for Sailor during a talk show.
This is how I pictured this scene:


As I said before this was a Telenovela.

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747 reviews59 followers
July 8, 2022
LAWD! I'll be Hunter's prey ANY. DAY. OF. THE. WEEK and TWICE ON SUNDAY!

I just want to say that Hunter & Sailor have my whole heart! This story was refreshing and exhilarating and addictive! I wasn't sure what to expect. Would Hunter be cruel? Would he be broken and brutal? I know there's so many things that can make us fall for a hero. But TOPS on my list? LOYALTY! It gives me a lady boner. So imagine how smitten I am with Mr. Hunter Fitzpatrick. Does he have a reputation? Sure, foul mouth? You bet. An uncanny way of turning any statement into something sexual? Definitely but you know what else he has? A fucking HEART OF GOLD and he'll burn down everything before he lets harm come to the ones he loves. I am a goner. Sigh.

Sailor, Miss Brennan if you're nasty is one of my new favorite heroines. Dude, she's so strong, a bad ass, independent and true hearted AF. I mean, you know she's from good stock, look at her parents and on top of that an archer! Come on!? What did I say? BAD. ASS.

What starts off as kind of an uncomfortable and embarrassing arrangement soon turns into this very intimate friendship/ hot as hell relationship and guys, nothing is better than Team #Huntlor! Throw in cameos from some of my favorite characters and that Shen magic and this is pure perfection on every level! I actually don't want to let them go!!!
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187 reviews287 followers
October 5, 2020
If I have to Summarize this book with one song then it will be ⬇⬇⬇

Opps I did it Again- Britney Spears

And exact lyrics will be⬇⬇

I think I did it again
I made you believe we're more than just friends
Oh baby
It might seem like a crush
But it doesn't mean that I'm serious
'Cause to lose all my senses
That is just so typically me
Oh baby, baby

Oops, I did it again
I played with your heart, got lost in the game
Oh baby, baby
Oops, you think I'm in love
That I'm sent from above
I'm not that innocent

In this case Hunter will sing this to Sailor and me 🤧 bcz Almighty knows b*t*h played me too 😣

Longest Review of the century
with full of spoilers aka the summary of full book here 🙄 so consider before proceeding

So I was avoiding this book like plague
I Don't need to clarify why because those who have already Read
Broken (my real bae) Knight and
Angry (junior) God already know who Hunter is
And knowing him is enough to have the will to avoid his book 😑

Then I got to know from somewhere that the female protagonist Sailor (h) is
Red and Troy's daughter meaning Sparrow 's spin off I was like⬇

Another issue I think needs to be addressed which was preventing me from reading the book ⬇

The Big fuss about the "number five"

Trust me or not no one is more bothered than me with the idea of it
my sorry a** can't even take number three
but L.J pulled it off really well
That little stunt injected the element how unacceptable and blunt Hunter is
"pre-Sailor period" (never mind afterwards too)
so it was necessary

First let's discuss the most unfortunate baggage of the book which is

"Mr Ho...unter"

I was sitting there reading his POV like

It was rollercoaster ride I f**king didn't signed up for 😖😭😭

Why am I calling it a rollercoaster ride ?
Because I went through phases with him both pleasant (surprisingly) and unpleasant

Thankfully b*t*h was not this 🤐

Because it was only thing he didn’t pulled off 😑

Let's talk about his psychological cycles

Cycle one

This thing-

He gave Salior foot massage ⬇

“You’re wondering how many times I’ve done this as foreplay. The answer is never. I’m doing it because you look like crap and need a break,
and because you cleaned our apartment even though the housekeepers arrive tomorrow.”

I was like

Then he went like⬇
"How about we strike a deal—if I play the doting saint all week and stay out of your way, I can sneak in a few fucks with a rando? I’ll have to bring her home because Da has people following me—I’ve already seen them around—but you can always help a bro out and tell the building staff they’re your friends.”

So yeah that was him throughout the book when he want something (especially this 😽) then the man would pull off caring drama like this
so dare not to call him Dumb
He is the least person to consider dumb but best candidate for the throne of Mr. Selfish

Cycle two
So I couldn’t fully be on this team called #burrytheHo6feetUnder

The way he treated Sailor warmed my heart time to time And he was funny and crass

For the first half of the book was highly entertaining and full of humour
when a romance book has humour in it,
It already conquers half of my heart 😍😘
how many times I laughed out loud while reading this I am amazed my parents haven't put me in an asylum yet 🤣
I had this big fat smile while reading this because of the blunter between Sailor and Hunter and double meaning jokes always does the trick
I am not kidding I was gasping for air time to time Because I couldn’t stop laughing 🤣😂

At times i was getting less Apprehensive towards Hunter
But then his POV comes, I read his inner monologue my every positive feelings towards him evaporates and afterwards I just go into Shock for good 2 mintues

Even after that I tried to reason with him but then Finally Knight Luna's part came and it was like a smack on my face.
How Knight treats Luna was my wakeup call that Hunter is just a Good Hookup.
His respect towards Sailor in nonexistent.

After coming back to my senses I didn't wanted to strangle him I wanted to strangle myself

Let's just say Sailor(h) was nothing more than a steady lay for him and he would have replaced her in a heartbeat if he could.

But I can't blame Sailor that she "sort of" fall for his charms and joker like sexy persona because I fall for it too untill I read his inner monologue 😤😤

Final Cycle

How Hunter fell for Sailor afterwards I didn't get it, he was far from convincing, it was like author has to put them together so she just did that 😑 it was just pure mess.

But thanks for the steam buddy 🤧at least my girl Sailor got something out of the Pornstar 🙄 (also she made sure to know about his STD reports were clean, smart girl I tell you 😂)

Also I can't even say he grew spine Because he didn’t It was all Sailor (h) but anyway thanks for this ⬇
(Only good thing came out of his mouth)

"If you’re asking me to choose between my family fortune and a girl,
my answer is obvious—the fortune.” I paused, watching his throat working behind his silky orange tie. “But if you’re asking me to choose between the family fortune and Sailor Brennan, I’m going to have to kiss your money goodbye and bow out of this one, Fitzpatrick or not.”

Now Lets talk about my baby 😭😭 The Hero of the Book who deserve the world and much much much more better man 😑

Sailor Brennan

She is the Girl with ambition and purpose
not bothered about looks or money , she was sassy , feisty, defiant, funny and most importantly honest
She kept the "Manho" exclusive and on his knees
Also she was Protective towards Hunter
the authority sailor had was mesmerising
Lets just say she is the recipe of my favourite Heroine
I think if she wouldn’t have given up on her Olympics Dream she would get more points from me.

And also loved this part
"You are my butterfly, Sailor. And maybe I’m not Gerald’s flesh and blood, but make no mistakes—when I finally catch you, I intend to capture you, too.”

Honestly speaking this was the only place I felt some sort of connection
And I think They are better off as friends

I would rather see someone like Sailor with Cillian

The Brennan Family
My Red sparrow and Troy are the best parents 😭 as I expected they would be.
They were as good as Vic and Em
They were there for Sailor and give her freedom and let her live her life ❤ in short the best functioning family of whole L.J Shen Clan 😂

So yeah as a whole book it was an
Average read
But as a Romantic Fiction nope not happening

I wish Hunter's Inner monologue was not so awful IDK how people adding him to favourite hero self 😑 even after reading his thoughts and major lack of grovelling.
He can't even get over of Himself

A Man without ambition is as appealing as rotten eggs 😴
so what should I call him?
Doesn't qualify as a main lead to me at least.....
I know people will say it was because his Childhood was bad
Yeah sure I could pity him for that
But Like him? And god forbid Love him?
Hardpass sweetheart

⚠Another unpopular opinion alert⚠

I wish Vaughn was paired up with someone like Sailor
the archer and the sculpturist
two intellectual personalities both of them asexual untill they meet the right person
Whoa what a couple they would have been
( include the sanitary pop the cherry life 😂 I am so sorry for the innuendo I had to...)

So in short my point is anyone would have been a good match other than Hunter 😑 for
my real Huntress

slán 👀
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Author 18 books4,576 followers
May 9, 2020
Absolute perfection. I DEVOURED this story in record time. Their chemistry was tangible, their banter hilarious, but it was the unexpected emotional aspect that made me fall head over heels for Hunter and Sailor. Definitely in my TOP 3 LJ faves!

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2,134 reviews39.4k followers
October 4, 2021
Firstly I admit I loved L. J. Shen’s unique formula to make us tolerate with the arrogant heroes who push our endurance of douchebag characters threshold harder than we may manage! At first we deeply hate the heroes she created and we think million ways to assassinate them! But as soon as we pass the first half of her books ( I know some of the readers chose dnf option and they never see what comes next: their loss) we realize we actually start understanding the reasoning behind their behaviors and we finally start rooting for them as we reach the final chapters.

You can easily give one star to her books and write reviews by quoting the lines of heroes by discussing the high profanity level and the humiliation of poor heroines but I have to say if you don’t enjoy reading erotic romances and the basic formula of character development, the execution of stories, the extremity of triggering subjects including graphic details about abuse, rape, mental illness, terminal disease etc. these books are not great choices for you!

In my opinion to write an objective review for the series, you should dig a little deeper and go backwards to the beginning by starting to read the series created by L. J. Shen.

For having an objective opinion about this book: you have to know the backgrounds of the characters. If you want to get used to the universe Ms. Shen created ,firstly you should read Sinners of Saint series ( even though I hated Ruckus and Bane but I highly recommend you to read Vicious pushes you to take cold showers during your read! ) and All Saints High series ( we’re introduced our hero Hunter on Broken Night book as Vaughn and Knight’s sidekick, Pretty Reckless is my favorite book of the series)

For giving a better look to this book, reading Sparrow is necessary because Hunter’s innocent, quirky, lovely heroine Sailor Brennan is product of Sparrow’s MCs : Troy Brennan: one of the most hatable, punchable heroes in LJ Shen universe and her mother Sparrow: the one of most innocent, sweetest heroines. When you look at Sailor’s father, you may easily understand the similarities between him and Hunter. So you can understand why an innocent, smart girl like her fall this a**holish douchebag so easily.

And Hunter Fitzpatrick gives us enough bad boy vibes at the beginning: I wish Sailor didn’t accept babysitting duty of a man whore who caught online with his special orgy video ( yes, the book started way too much entertaining and created so many question marks how an intelligent, resilient woman like Sloan endure the unfair and unacceptable treatment Hunter gives.)

But after passing the first half Hunter’s character started to grow hell up just like the other LJ Shen characters did and showed his true colors which helped us to connect with him.

The book was steamy. The chemistry is palpable. Just like the other author books hyperventilating levels and needing to get cold shower necessities went over the top.

Enemies to lovers troupe was so well executed and wrapping up of the story was satisfying.
Just like any other books of the author, it put a wide smile on my face at the end.

Thankfully there are two more books to dive into!

Overall: without overthinking the relationship dynamics, profanity levels or heroes’ douchebag inner monologues, just relax, dive into this book, enjoy the smart banters, fiery chemistry and steamy scenes and don’t care about the rest! Enjoy the full ride!
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456 reviews84 followers
May 18, 2020
What happened to you LJ? You wrote Sparrow, Defy and Vicious! You have talent, but this shit is getting old. The same unredeemable asshole, too much cliche sex, and trying to be badass to the point it becomes ridiculous. We want a guy to actually find interesting, not a disgusting waste of space who is as deep as a puddle. Try a different story, a different mc personality, and seriously get some new beta readers, because this shit is toxic. I also forgot to add the fucking insult that is Sailor the heroine is Troy and Sparrow’s daughter! Seriously! First of all with her upbringing and parents she would in no way shape or form put up with a scumbag like Hunter, and Hunter would be six feet under for treating Sailor like a dirty secret, courtesy of Troy. Also, Sparrow is not shallow and is a pretty strong heroine, so Sailor falling for a decent sized dick and pretty face is just ridiculous. Why does Shen continue this pattern of tuning the foes of previously amazing characters? But should I be surprised? All off the Sinners kids turned out to be disappointing in their series! Also there is no way in hell I would ever be convinced that Troy would say something like this over a douche who is binge guck buddies with his daughter!

“Because it’s not so black and white. And anyway, we’re not together-together.” I felt my cheeks heating. I couldn’t believe I was talking to my dad about this, of all people. It was like taking dating advice from Dracula.
“He is not serious about me,” I admitted, my voice coming out softer than I intended.
“I wasn’t marriage material before your mother made me. Be patient.” He flashed me a rare smile, ruffling my hair.
“Now get the fuck out, sweetheart. I have work.”

So because he was a cheat and an asshole in the beginning with Sparrow he thinks it’s sweet his daughter is accepting the same behaviour? Sorry that does not wash, and completely contradicts the idea Troy changed at all and is decent for Sparrow, of his attitude over a fuckboy is that his daughter should wait him out? Ha ha not if hell froze over would any loving dad ever take thy attitude!

Also, as a side note if we had to have more cliche books, could they not have included more decent characters like Lenora’s best friend Pope from Angry God, he actually seemed to have some depth and be loyal, which would make a change!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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408 reviews88 followers
May 13, 2020
This was not for me. I'm usually all in for L. J Shen's crazy shenanigans, but this was just too much.

I just don't understand why you would describe in very nasty details your supposed hero having an orgy with five other girls, very publicly, being filmed, being exposed, being charged with rape (even if it was consensual) and then having not only any remorse but feeling proud and happy about it. Also, he's a 19-year-old boy, with five girls... which in itself is ridiculous. Also, who are these 18/19-year-old girls who would be ok with all of that? They sounded like bad caricatures.

If you do manage to survive the cringy beginning, it does get a little better. We are introduced to Sailor, and I was really enjoying her character and her background wanting to be an Olympic Archer. It was different and refreshing and I loved that she was Sparrow and Troy's daughter. But, the girl is done dirty in this book, because all of a sudden she becomes more focused on getting a makeover, falling in love, and then she decides that she never wanted to go to the Olympics anyway. There's a whole subplot that was predictable, but also overdramatic and just didn't add to the story. I wanted to root for her, but then it fell flat.

And what can I say about Hunter? Even with his somewhat growth he was just so dislikable. For a guy that supposedly has a genius IQ he speaks in a way that is SO annoying. It's a combination of 25% cuss words, 50% stupid sexual innuendos, and 25% imitating The Great Gatsby. Honestly, the innuendos were nauseating, because there was so many of them until the last freaking page, it was like a joke book for 12-year-olds, ha ha ha, boobs, haha. I don't understand how this would make a guy interesting to be around with, I would want to smash my head in the wall.

Anyway, this was not for me. I thought for some reason this would be years after All Saints High, so I was expecting a more mature Hunter, some mafia tension mixed with the wealthy side of Boston, some insights into the dark underbelly of the city... but this book, unfortunately, was not it.
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961 reviews1,070 followers
May 13, 2020

I feel like I just went through an intense sexual tension cat and mouse game that was a prolong foreplay. The game intensified as the chemistry grew and I knew that one or another, these two characters were not only going to love hard, but bring heartache to each other along the way.

Seeing that this is the first book in the Boston Belle series, the Hunter started out with a pretty good bang and we were introduced to new characters that we love and some we couldn’t stand no matter how hard we tried. Sailor Brennan always knew what she wanted out of life and that was to make it to the Olympics doing something that she enjoys. She’s focused, level headed, and has no time for any distraction. When she’s presented with an opportunity of a lifetime to get one step closer to her dream, will Sailor take it even if it involves the one guy she can’t stand?


Hunter Fitzpatrick is a new kind of manwhore. There’s no way to sugar coat this and quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to because his actions spoke very loud. With his family at their wits end with his self destruction and overboard promiscuity, Hunter is forced to abstain from any type of sexual activity for the next six months and get his sh*t together or he can suffer the consequences. Making a deal with his father to have a roommate and babysitter was not on his top 5 favorite things to do but when your future is on the line, you do it. But the one thing that Hunter never saw coming, was falling for the feisty redhead who changed his whole perspective.

I’ve always enjoyed the banter between leigh’s characters because it felt natural and in those moments, you laugh a little bit and feel the excitement. I will admit that Hunter was not the best and he had a lot of flaws but I liked that he chose to change and he tried his best when it came to Sailor.

If you’re a fan of this author, then this is another one that you wont want to miss.


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114 reviews348 followers
June 19, 2021
"The Hunter" by L.J. Shen is one of the most anticipated reads for the romance community in 2020 & praised as a book with excellent writing, great romance, funny banter & to die-for hero.
If you're going in expecting all those things, I'm gonna tell you now that you won't be getting any of them & would be literally wasting your time, patience & money on that one.

The Plot:
In Chapter 1 we meet the main hero, Hunter waking up after a night of partying & feels the breeze on his "trimmed pubes" & "sticky dick", that's 8-inches in size (very important).
Hunty took part in an orgy with another guy and five girls, people recorded it and it went viral. He's quite proud of the accomplishment & how he managed to do so much with 1 8-incher for 20 minutes.
His dad, head of a multi billion dollar fuel company, isn't thrilled, the stunt consted millions. He makes him go sober & celibate for 6 months and live with Sailor. Breaking the rules would cost his inheritance and place in the company.
The blurb hints S might burn down his kingdom, another thing that doesn't happen here. She would do anything but ruin things for H.

The characters:
- Sailor "Discount-Merida" Brennan: the only thing she has going on is her passion for Archery & the dream to win the Olympics. Despite training for so many years, she sounds like she knows nothing about this sport: "I lifted my bow, which looked like an arm ripped from a Transformer robot". You'd think she would have more to say about it rather than act like she's seeing a bow for the first time.
In looks Sailor is skinny & boyish (I see you all putting super models on your teasers like you haven't even read the book :D), she doesn't like to dress girly or own any fancy dresses (the alternate cover makes no sense, she wore a dress like that ONCE), she's very insecure about her looks, red hair & small boobs.
Sailor's sexual experience is almost non-existend, she avoids boys because of her enemy Lana & flusters anytime Hunter talks about sex (all the damn time). This heroine is as far from a badass as one can get, she would be self-aware & think clearly for a second before feeling guilty about it and slipping back into her role of the horny fool that exists just to worship Hunty. She goes from "I'd rather die than kneel to him" to throwing her backbone in the trash & dying to suck his 8-incher 2 seconds later. S's basically brainwashed by his 8-incher & would constantly excuse his shitty behaviour and try to sell you how amazing he is.
Shen literally had S tell H she's looking out for herself & then feel guilty for telling the truth about being a manwhore & how he'd probably cheat on her.

- Hunter "No-Jay-Gatsby" Fitzpatrick: all he talks/thinks about is sex & his "the size of the Eiffel Tower" dick. He tries & fails to be funny, would throw a tantrum & destroy stuff when he doesn't get what he wants. He never does anything selflessly, it's always with a plan in mind of how to get laid. Hunty would constantly say how he's not a cunt, or an asshole only to contradict himself the next minute. He hates all adults & successful people & would non-stop talk how STUPID he is & complain how he's not allowed to sleep with anyone for 6 months.
Hunty actually Googled 23 times if he would survive without sex. He calls everyone "Old Sport" & believes he's The Great Gatsby. He keeps telling Sailor how rich he is, despite the fact he's on the verge of being disowned & the money is actually his daddy's & that he depends on his mother to Venmo him cash. His dick size is more important than his age, Shen reveals it quite late in the book, like she didn't want you to notice it. AT 19 YEARS OLD, this dude is having orgies, drinking illegally, calling everyone "old sport" like he can ever be Jay Gatsby & telling Sailor how he's A HUNTER & she's a PREY he has to domesticate. Hunty is literally an example of a teen that heard Christian Grey is loved by women & thought he can do that too.
I'm beyond baffled how anyone can ship this manchild that had no growth & is absolutely one dimentional. How can anyone say this excuse for a hero would dethrone any bookboyfriend. It's laughable.
A big twist is that Hunter has IQ of 147, which Sailor qualifies as "a literal genius", yet he says: “Butterflies lead short, interesting, decadent lives./ They prefer nectar to food, and just like me, they have three legs". 1. This is just one example of his original "humour" 2. In what world do butterflies have 3 LEGS? Nature is big on symmetry, you'd think Shen would know it, that Hunty would also know it for having such high IQ or that the damn editor would correct stuff like that. This is the excellent writing people talk about. The best book of 2020.
Hunty loves pinning Sailor to doors/walls and blocking her path, to a point he can be a traffic cone if he gets disowned. His most frequent jokes are about dildos, farts, sex, incest & getting a blow job from a horse. Hunter has no respect towards women, all because he hates his mom for sending him to boarding school, he definitely needs therapy for his anger issues & sex addiction. He always smells bizarre: "a mixture of clean laundry, cinnamon, and corrupted male" (the fuck is the last part?), "of cinnamon and male and (Sailor's) full-blown demise".
Hunty beats a man to a pulp & Sailor isn't worried about the insanity in his eyes, gotta love a main hero with anger issues that beats people to a bloody pulp despite never have fought before & having soft hands. She's actually turned on by his messed up & covered up in blood face. Hunty doesn't miss the opportunity to tells us how he was just being a gentleman by beating up a man.
He sees his inheritance as a compensation for never truly being part of his family, but he can't really take anything seriously or spend 6 months following the rules. He always finds a way to make it all about himself and what loser he is.
He's the type of person who would drunk drive: “Of course I’m not too intoxicated to operate this heavy machinery.” & describes himself as: "a two-hundred-pound, six-foot-fourinch ex-polo player made of sheer muscle and pheromones."

- H&S as a couple: The chemistry is non-existent, they never truly bond or do anything together beside have sex, order food & listed to tapes of a conspiring dude.
The banter between them is predictable and most of the time painful to read. Pretty early in Sailor is already seeing Hunter like she's his mom & has to protect him, while Hunter sees her as just a hole he can stick his 8-incher in.
She gets annoyed when people tell the truth about how immature H is, she looks at him as this "misunderstood prince" that just didn't have the opportunity do discover himself. Hunter looks at her as a pizza someone sneezed on: "If I had to guess, the loss of Sailor would feel like the loss of a really good pizza some asshole sneezed on. It’d suck balls, but at least I’d have had a taste, and there were more restaurants to choose from."
He cannot wait to go back to sleeping with others & gets angry when Sailor tells him he treats her like shit, then proceeded to "prove her otherwise" by degrading her with sex & discarding her on the floor after he's done getting a blow job.
When Sailor is on the verge of having a panic attack Hunter almost comes in his pants, describes her reaction as a toddler throwing a tantrum & once she closes herself in her bedroom, he doesn't check on her, but just tells us how she's probably ashamed of her little meltdown & goes back to sexting one of his "friends".
While she's in excruciating pain because of her shoulder, Hunter can't stop staring at her naked body, talk about her fluffy pubes & fights an erection. In a time when Sailor doesn't touch his 8-incher, Hunty just puts her hand where he wants it without checking out if she's okay.
Yet 6 chapters in Sailor is worrying about his mental wellbeing & how his dad never asks about it. She defends H in front of Cillian & Gerald time & time again, hides how he broke the rules multiple times (even inviting a girl over with the intend to sleep with her), when it come down to telling the truth to his dad, she still protected H by saying he did so much work & deserves his inheritance, despite believing he cheated on her with her biggest Enemy.
Hunty knows how insecure Sailor is about her small boobs & uses that as a joke in their banter. He basically says fuck it to her insecurities, her feelings & wishes because those puts his sex life in danger.
The first time they do anything sexual, it's after he almost slept with another girl & he refuses to make Sailor come until she gives his 8-incher attention.
When he needs to apologize, he feels like apologizing is a great sacrifice he's doing & has no clue why he has to do it in the first place.
Shen had many opportunities to include moments where H&S grow as a couple, to show some type of actual connection that would back up their confessions of loving each other to death in Chapter 26, yet she chose not to.
They hardly talk, Sailor didn't share her darkest secret with H, them being in love & wanting to spend their lives together felt unreal because the author was too lazy to write them as anything but fuck buddies.
When S's carrier was in danger, H offered his help by getting her a good physiotherapist, but it would cost her: "if I do this, you make out with me—full-blown, second-base, tit-sucking, dick-rubbing make-out sesh. Oh, and I get to tour that orange forest between your legs. My time of choice, of course.”
He can't do one thing without wanting sex favours in return. How are we to believe he ever cares for her truly or loves her?! He has no patience when she deals with her friends, at one point whines in front of his sister he's not getting laid & makes Sailor throw her friends out of the apartment so they can have sex. When she refuses to do it, he traps her in the bathroom for sex while her friends are still in the living room.

The writing/story/world building:
A big thing in this book is how The Fitzpatricks speak Gaelic, H even has a nickname for Sailor in the language, yet all the phrases are grammatically incorrect, straight up Google Translated. Shen coudn't be bothered to research even that.
At times TH feels like it was written with predictive text bot (Botnik), especially the sex scenes. It's painfully obvious that Shen was trying way too hard to make H sound like a teenager.

Quotes that speak for themselves:
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The twist are very predictable & one of them creates a plot hole*:
- The families plotting the relationship between H&S
- Gerald & Cillian being good guys
- Hunter being a bastard child: I hated how Sailor blamed the whole 6-month punishment as a result of that & not because Hunter is a trainwreck that costs Gerald millions.
- *Sailor's secret/what made Lana hate her so much: Sailor killed her dog by shooting arrows blindfolded when she was 12 (here we got a way too detailed description of how the poor puppy looked dead, so TRIGGER WARNING if you read this scene). All we got as an indication is her repeating there was this accident with Lana. You'd think Sailor would have some type of trauma & bad memories from that moment that would hint at this twist and haunt her anytime she shoots, but nope. She was totally fine shooting at Hunter & trained Archery for years.
- Lana & S's trainer Junsu working together: Lana's villain speech that Hunty recorded was so cliched, just yet another bad guy that confesses everything to the hero. H also made it seem like he took one for the team by having a hot woman sit on his lap & would repeat he's not interested in her because he knew it would be on tape. Question is: how would he have acted if there was no recording.
- Sailor giving up on her dream & saying she can now live life (by fucking Hunter)
- Syllie wanting to kill off the Fitzpatricks so he can take over the company: another villain confession cliche. Hunter wanting to save "his asshole family" yet joking around with Sailor like time isn't running out & his bro & dad wouldn't be exploded soon, it was just ridiculous.

The foreigners representation in this book sucks: they're either the help or the bad guys, Junsu, the Korean that lived in America for 30 years, speaks English like a robot & ends up working at a fast food place.

The messages of this book: stop being yourself & change your looks so you keep your man entertained; love can make any manwhore see love in people's eyes and would keep him interested in one girl forever; Cillian advising Hunty to cheat on his college assigments & so many other good examples of what not to do in life.
Sailor was told to be less HERSELF by both her father & Hunter. She preaches how Troy told her the people you love never mean you harm & you should take no offense in their actions and words.
The Final Chapter & Epilogue:

Final thoughts:

This being said, if you're on the fence about reading TH or you're curious about it after seeing all your favorite bloggers & authors gush about it everywhere, don't. What they promise you, isn't what you get. I highly don't recommend it.

My review of The Villain
Profile Image for Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads.
686 reviews13.5k followers
May 7, 2020
“Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and live?” he asked, almost brokenly. I’d never seen him so bare, so raw. “You have to let life touch you. Drown a little with me, baby.”


Oh my gosh, I AM A MESS FOR THAT MAN! I don't even know where to start. All I know is that every time I finish a LJ Shen book, I feel as if I need to sit back and release a soul deep breath. Her words wind me, and I lose myself in them completely. They're all-consuming, her characters so compelling and smart, so sassy and sarcastic, so wicked and heartbreaking. They have FIRE in their souls! You can't stop yourself from FALLING deep deep deep in love. You have no control. And goodness, does she know how to write an assholes hero (lol), all the while delivering on the most EPIC romance!

“He was fearless, and a rebel, and a sinner, and a saint.
A prince who’d never wanted his title.
A pure-hearted rake.
He was everything a woman should run away from, personified. And yet here I was, falling deeper.”

IT'S THE BEST. I have to say that The Hunter is yet another LJ Shen HIT. It's chock-full of magnetic characters, sharp comebacks, witty remarks, and achingly tender feels. It grips you by the heart, holds you completely captive as Hunter crawls under your skin. This man is something special, you guys! He's a lost boy—beaten down and broken and empty—desperately trying to find things to fill up the bleeding spaces of his heart.

Sailor Brennan (Troy Brennan's daughter) is the downright PERFECT fit for him. She's sweet and sassy, smart and driven, kind and good. She's definitely the light to his dark, and she brings our man to life. She makes you see him, feel him, understand and love him, and it hurts so damn good.

“You can survive this,” he whispered into my mouth.
“Us. I have a glass soul, baby. Pretty to look at, but it breaks easily, can make you bleed, and nobody gets attached to it.”

From start to finish, this was next level. I devoured it, couldn't get enough of the push and pull between Hunter and Sailor. I lived for the drama, for the suspense, the complicated family dynamic, for the scrumptious romance. It was everything good—heart aching feels, filthy sex, loads of angst. I LOVED it. An absolute FIVE STAR must read.
Profile Image for Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog.
1,260 reviews9,932 followers
May 10, 2020
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

No one had ever touched me the way Hunter Fitzpatrick did—like the world was ending and we had to cram all our passion into one defined moment.

I am convinced that no one is better at writing romances with bad boy alphas as good as L.J. Shen. Every time I read one of her books, I start off thinking the Hero is an irredeemable villain who only has wealth and looks going for him, but by the end of her stories my original opinion is usually reversed and I've fallen for the character and his flaws. It always takes a Heroine who seems to be his polar opposite to help the Hero reach his full potential.

”THE HUNTER”, is a spin-off of the ”All Saints High” series and one of her earlier books ”Sparrow”. Hunter Fitzpatrick is one of the popular boys who ruled Todos Santos along with Vaughn Spencer and Knight Cole. At nineteen, Hunter is driven by pure hedonistic pleasures. He winds up being wrapped up in an embarrassing sex scandal, which has his father dragging him back home to Boston. Hunter is given an ultimatum to stay sober and to curb all sexual escapades for the next six months or he will lose his inheritance and his future position as a high ranking executive in his family’s company. His dad has arranged for Hunter to have a roommate who is tasked with ensuring that he doesn’t go back to his old self-destructive ways.

Sailor is the daughter of one of Boston’s infamous hitmen, Troy Brennan, and world-famous chef, Sparrow Brennan. It would appear that history is about to repeat itself for Troy and Sparrow’s spirited daughter. She is forced to be in an ”arranged” relationship with Hunter, in return her campaign to win a spot in the upcoming Olympics as an archer is funded by the Fitzpatricks.

These two are like oil and water from the word go, but slowly they come to realize that they are kindred spirits. We find out there’s more to the sexually promiscuous playboy than his good looks and the tiny red-headed spitfire has done the unthinkable—she’s taken residence in Hunter’s heart. Will he be ready to be in a committed relationship by the time the six months are up? Or will Hunter go back to his old bad boy ways, leaving Sailor’s heart torn up in pieces?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THE HUNTER is currently available!

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920 reviews64 followers
May 10, 2020
Holy crap, Leigh Shen! What did I just read? The Hunter was everything I hoped it would be, nothing like I expected, and everything I didn’t even know I wanted! I was stunned, wowed, and thoroughly entertained.

This couple was magic! I loved Hunter and Sailor in equal measure. Hunter was the lovable man-hoe I expected him to be, but he was also SO. MUCH. MORE. And Sailor? The girl was a freaking delight! She was bold, fierce, and never really at Hunter’s mercy. Their chemistry was electric and their banter was Grade A! I’m talking laugh-out-loud one-liners and sizzle and steam so good it damn near turned my sitting room into a sauna.

What an introduction into a new series! I’m dying to see what the rest of The Boston Belles bring to the table. And oh my god, wait until you get a load of the cameos! *bites fist* But don’t let me tell you about it, experience it for yourself! Because that’s exactly what The Hunter is; an mf experience! 5 stars.

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