Review: The Hunter (Boston Belles #1)

“I am strong, yes. But being strong doesn’t mean never getting hurt. It means having a high pain tolerance.”

Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Format: e-Book




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.

The Verdict

It’s official L. J. Shen and I are taking a break.
I’m going to keep this relatively short and sweet because I think from my 1.5 star rating it’s pretty clear that this was a total flop for me.
So, let’s just get right into it!

What I Liked

🔥 Smut. Listen, I’m all about giving credit where credit is due so I can’t sit here and say I hated everything about this book because I would be lying. The reason I’ve stuck around for so many of L. J. Shen’s books despite being disappointed by most of her newest books is because the smut is always really steamy and well written. I go into these books not expecting to be blown away by the plot or take anything from the story aside from just a good ol’ smutty romance.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Overlapping characters. This another thing where if it it wasn’t for her books being connected I think I would have jumped ship a long time ago. There’s just something about a lot of her older characters (that I actually enjoyed) still showing up in her new series years later that always made me look forward to her new releases. I was pretty excited to see that this series – since its brand new – still had some of the older characters present…but that went downhill quickly.

What I Didn’t Like

🧓🏻 I thought the characters would be older. Shen’s previous series All Saints High was a pretty big flop for me, mainly because there is nothing enticing about high school boys thinking they’re hot shit and sex gods. It was pretty uncomfortable for me to get through knowing the characters were 17-19 max during the books until the epilogue where they were 21-23 married with babies on the way. I thought with this being a new series we were finally going to get some older characters so imagine my surprise when it was stated the MC was best friends with the All Saints High boys…I should have know then.

🙅🏼‍♂️ Hunter. To make matters worse, out of all the boys L. J. Shen has written Hunter is hands down my least favorite. He was an annoying, immature, disgusting, literal pig, fuck boy, entitled, spoiled brat to put it nicely. Try saying that five times fast. From the minute he was introduced to the very end I couldn’t stand him even when the author tried to paint him as some lovesick, borderline genius, who went from having sex with anyone that had two legs and pair of boobs to not being about to live without Sailor.

❤️ Romance. Sailor straight up deserved someone better than Hunter. Period.

🤮 Weird one-liners. I don’t know about you but there’s something about characters saying things like“permission to wreck you uterus?” or describing how their male genitalia wants to drop out of the sweatpants they’re wearing to wrap about a girls leg that just….doesn’t work at all.

🤬 Why does the girl have to give up her dream? Throughout the book both Hunter and Sailor are working towards personal goals. Hunter’s being that he will one day be able to join his older brother and help take over the family business and Sailor’s is to compete in the Olympics for archery. Of course there’s a convenient plot line with a rival archer and Sailor’s family wanting her to realize that there’s more to life than archery. It just didn’t sit well with me that Hunter got everything he wanted and Sailor had to give up on her dream of being an Olympic athlete.

So….yeah, this was definitely another flop for me on so many levels and as mentioned in the beginning of this review L. J. Shen and I are officially going on a break. That is until Cillian’s book comes out next 😂. But I swear it’s only because he’s older and dark and twisted so naturally I have to see what happens. As for the rest of the books in the series after Cillian’s I won’t be picking those up because I really just don’t care.

Until next time,

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