About two days ago I finished “The Hunter” by author LJ Shen (Book 1 in the Bosten Belles series). I have read a few of her books over the last two years and liked them all pretty much. So I was curious about this one too, because I had seen it on Instagram in several book reviews.
Since I didn’t read too much about the story itself beforehand, I had to realize after reading the first pages that I’ve got a New Adult book again. Well, maybe I should read “Flirting with 40” by K. Bromberg really soon. Maybe I will be on the safe side with this one and find a story with protagonists who are a bit closer to my own age…
But anyway, back to “The Hunter”. The story started pretty well right away and at least our Heroine was sporty, so that you can still classify the story under Sports Romance. Which I like to read. So before I come to my review, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):
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.
Ok, so here is my book review, short and sweet: This was a nice read, very entertaining and funny. I really fell in love with Hunter, a sweet guy with a loud mouth, thats for sure. I laughed out loud so often, his sense of humor is definitely my sense of humor too. I liked all the banter between Sailor and Hunter and their slow development of friendship and more.
I know that I remain a bit superficial in my assessment, but I focus mainly on the relationship between our two main players. At this point, I deliberately overlook the fact that it is once again the man who is extremely experienced and active when it comes to the opposite sex. While the woman concentrates on her sport and has almost no experience with men. The classic cliché. And that with protagonists who are not even 20 years old, phew.
I’ve read lots of negative comments in many reviews on Goodreads about this. But in the end I didn’t think it was that bad (there have been worse books that have used this cliché) and the story was entertaining and funny. At least for me. And at the end of the day, I don’t expect more than that.
Allright, that said, the book gets 5 stars from me and – although it’s NA – I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I like the writing style of the author very much and I will read more books by her, that’s for sure.
And by the way, the book cover is nice too, isn’t it?