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The Monster

By: L.J. Shen
Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood,Jacob Morgan
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Publisher's Summary

From Wall Street Journal best-selling author L.J. Shen comes a brand-new romantic mafia stand-alone about the thin line between love and obsession.

“Maybe we were never meant for each other. But that night at the carnival, when you showed me who you were, I figured out who I wanted to be.”

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

Lust lingers, love stays.

Lust is impatient, love waits.

Lust burns, love warms.

Lust destroys, but love? Love kills.

Maybe it was always my destiny to fall in love with a monster.

When other kids stayed awake at night fearing the pointy-toothed beast hiding in their closet, I longed to see mine.

I wanted to feed it, domesticate it, understand it.

Sam and I were only allowed to love each other in the dark.

Once our story unfolded, and the truth came to light, I was the one to cut the cord.

My name is Aisling Fitzpatrick, and I have a confession to make.

Sam Brennan is not the only monster in this story.

©2020 L.J. Shen (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Least Fav...

I don't think I need to say more about SP & JM narration. If you are new to either.. well.. just go in blind. You won't regret it.

As for the book.. LJS doesn't always hit the mark for me. I usually can't stand when she writes the heroine as a door mat.. and Ash was a door mat. No matter how vile Sam was, she buckled when he was near her. The other part to my dislike of this book.. 7 hrs into the listen and there is no connection btwn Ash and Sam. He is still a distasteful character. I am all for drawn out connections but give me something other than lust to hold to on this ride. This listen just didn't do it for me. Even with stellar narration, there was nothing intriguing about the story that hooked me.

Not worth a credit, just wait until it is on sale....

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Female narrator’s voice for Sam ruined it for me

I loved this story, and loved both narrators. However, when the female narrator did Sam’s voice I would cringe bc she gave him a Brooklyn accent. I gave up and read the book. Great story though!

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The female narrator 🤦🏻‍♀️

I would have given it 5 stars, but the female narrator created a lead character that needed to be slapped a few times to be likable.

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not her best book

Usually I finish LJ Shen's books in one sitting but I struggled with this one. The female lead was weak and kept being manipulated by her parents. The male lead didn't have any redeeming qualities. As a non-smoker, the fact he is a chain smoker makes me think his kisses taste like an ashtray. He hates women. Now, I love a bad boy. Vicious and Villain were great. But they were into their women in a way that Sam Brennan didn't appear to be. He lusted for Ashlyn, but it wasn't made clear that it went beyond that until the end of the book. Of course I will continue to buy LJ's books. There are only two of her books I rated lower than 4 stars. This is one of them. The voice of Ashlyn's governess in her head, like her conscience was irritating, to top it off.

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I Fell in Love with The Monster!

L.J. Shen has a way of sucking you into her books, allowing you to get completely lost in her stories and leaving you never wanting to return to reality! Shen’s world-building is second to none, her writing style is brilliant and her characters are complex and multi-layered. Sam Brennon is The Monster but he’s so much more and only one woman can truly reach him and make his heart beat again. Aisling’s character surprised me in a good way...there were a couple times I wanted to scream at her and say, “no, don’t do that!” but overall she was strong, determined and Brennon’s perfect match. When you have to wait for something, fight for it, it’s all the sweeter in the end. I loved this rocky but entertaining ride to their HEA and can’t wait for the next installment in the series. Narration is the best you’ll find...Jacob Morgan...sigh...and Savannah is wonderful too! 5 UTTERLY AMAZING STARS ALL-AROUND! Buy it, you won’t regret it!!!!!

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Enjoyed it very much!!!

I really enjoyed this book and the story in general . I only have to say that when the female narrator did the voice of Sam unfortunately it just didn't sound right, especially because when the male narrator did his part it sounded natural of course but when she did it it sounded forced, like he was choking. I wish they wouldn't narrate this way and there would be no comparison.

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Another fantastic story!!

First of all I Loved the narrators they are my favorite and them combined was awesome. They brought the story to life. The author yet again made a captivating story. The monster and nix together was kismet, that they were bound for each other since they first met. It is a perfect tale. Yes there are lots of rejection from his part but she never gave up because she loved him but like always men are too easily scared for love. Anyways, before I purchased this some reviews had second guessing but I love Shen and plus I wanted to know more about Sam’s story since the beginning so the negative reviews out there in regards to this are just negative and shouldn’t be taken into consideration. I can honestly recommend this and you won’t be disappointed.

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Brennan's Book Let Down

I was really excited for Sam's book but this was a let down. the story dragged and the plot was shaky. The female narrator did not do justice to the characters either. I expected more backbone from the heroine, emotional growth from the hero and more spice from the sex scenes.

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Love

I had been anticipating this story ever since reading "The Villian" and also finishing "Sparrow." Sam is by far my favorite of the characters so far and I really loved how Troy and Sparrow appeared semi-frequently in the story. Something I really liked about this book was it wasn't just about the relationship between him and Aisling. It was also about how each interacted with their families and how they grew with them. I would argue it almost takes up as much time as their romantic relationship.

While I wouldn't say it's required to read Sparrow before this, it will certainly give you a lot of context for his mother, Catalina, and Troy/Sparrow. I think it definitely helps you get more into Sam's state of mind and what he experienced growing up to make him the person he is. In particular, the person Troy is impacted Sam a lot.

Out of the other three books in this series, I feel like this one is the rawest, darkest, and more believable. Would highly recommend it.

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♥️♥️♥️

Honestly couldn’t LOVE this book more!!! From the narration to the story & characters, it was PERFECT!!! Definitely my all time FAVORITE in the series!!!

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  • Jules A
  • 11-27-21

different kinda story...

Took a while for me to get into this one....I persevered and enjoyed it in the end, but took a while. Still a good listen. Didn't like the female teller when she did the voice of Sam, but other than that it was fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-21

Disappointed

I usually love these books, and I really enjoyed the Boston belle series. However, I found this story underwhelming and hard to keep motivated to read. The accents were not great. The story was tired. I found myself unable to finish, and putting it down for ages. Such a shame 😭

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  • Vanessa
  • 08-04-21

Sam & Aisling 4 life

my favourite out of the Boston Belle series. Aisling is an unexpectedly flawed intricate character. the layers to these characters are so refreshing
spice level 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶/5

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  • C. Georgiou
  • 06-18-21

Amazing

This is book No3 in the Boston Belles series. it was an amazingly well written book with fabulous narration, a very worthy read

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  • Polly
  • 11-16-22

Life changer

This book completely changed my life..

You want to be your own monster after reading this!

It’s romantic, sexy, thrilling and just damn right amazing.

The storyline is wonderfully written from the romance to the families (characters) and interconnections between LJShens other books …

If you have a book funk even as a one off read this will truly get you hooked !!!

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  • Jo 🦊
  • 11-04-22

Surprisingly good

Surprisingly good. After Cillian's very dark story, this was a very good surprise. I enjoyed these characters most so far. Good plost twist too, just in the right moments.
Perfomance is great, except the representation of the male characters by the female narrator, since he does not speak like that? seems to be a common thing in these series.

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  • P
  • 10-17-22

Another Excellent story by L J Shen

These Boston based stories are fantastic.
Every box ticked in the making of these.
Fabulous storyline, superb characters, drama, intrigue, comedy and fitting and very hot sex scenes,as per all the LJS I’ve encountered so far. Just brilliant from start to finish.
Superb narration by this fabulous pair of narrators. #dreamteam 😁
Absolutely loved it, very highly recommend ❤️👍👏5⭐️

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  • Mrs williamina Scott
  • 09-23-22

Excellent

Second book I have read and much to my surprise I truly enjoyed them so very much , I usually read Victorian Romance or Crime Thrillers so this has been a pleasant change for me.

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  • Adrienne
  • 01-22-22

Deliciously Dark!

L.J. Shen is my new favourite author, this dark romance will burn fast and keep you hanging on every word. Super hot with a strong female lead, character development for literally everyone and new twists/themes that got me thinking hard about the circle of life. A Must Read!

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  • Zoe B
  • 10-31-21

Brutal and Deadly....

This is one of my favourite authors and I enjoy listening to books that she has written.

This story was the third in a collection, that I have listened to in order and it didn't disappoint! Sam is a real monster, but of circumstance and the fact that he knew, subconsciously, for years that he had met the one, and as the listener you can hear it in how the story is read makes you want to scream open your eyes!

Now waiting on the last book to be added!

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  • J Sab
  • 07-25-21

My OH my!

such a great romantic story. even though it has a long playtime, I feel it never really had any dull moments or frustrating moments. Towards the end I felt was very very rushed. I feel it could of focused more on what happened during his recovery and what happened after, for both of them. I'm a sucker for Jacob Morgan, he has a brilliant voice, very versatile and comes to the party, where as the female version of the male voice, was a bit distracting. but very well written and preformed. will listen to this again and again.

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  • Aniëlle Tholasee
  • 01-11-22

Disappointing

I struggled with the book because of the performances at first, then the plot was non existent and the characters annoying!

Aisling's narrator attempt on a French accent killed me each time she tried to say 'merde,', the whole thing sounded so wrong, it sounded more Russian than French!. There were a couple of grammatical error too :" Mon chéri
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The constant bickering and banter were really unnecessary and some of the dialogues were repetitive and so cringey.... The author made Aisling weak at first then obviously wanted her to grow but the whole thing felt rushed and dragged on and on and on.... I WILL RETURN THIS BOOK.. Do yourself a favour, don't waste a credit on it

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  • Cas
  • 12-03-21

Wow

Just loved this story of two souls making the connection. Then all of life’s hurdles thrown at them. Just such a great love story. I read it twice.
Narration was awesome.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-29-21

Good book but nothing like any other L.J. Shen

The story line was good but not great, the writing was ok. Every other novel I have read from this author has been very well written but not this one. Thinking about it the Kiss Thief was on the same as this one not as good as others.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 09-08-21

Killer monster

Sam was a mafia boss.
He was a killer.
Aisling was Texas- oil royalty.
Both had poor childhood rearing.
Sam was disgustingly cruel and Aisling too accepting of his sadistic use of her.
Sam’s about turn at the end was too much for me to believe, even though Aisling grew a spine and demanded serious changes to his behaviour.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-02-21

Worth every penny.

I enjoyed everything about this book. it was breathtaking and a real challenge to stop listening to when I needed to get to sleep at night. the voices were spot on a and easy to listen to. was read beautifully .

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  • Starry eyed
  • 07-04-21

Combustible!

Loved listening ro this book. Both narrators had the characters down. The heat that the two generated was phew HOT. The plot held heaps of interest to follow how the two Monsters were going to get together