Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is LIVE
Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.
Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.
She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.
She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.
More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.
” A LIAR. A con. A godless thief. My reputation was a big wave that I rode, one that swallowed everyone around me, drowning every attempt to fuck with what’s mine.”
“I didn’t just say the words. I felt them. They crushed into my chest. Because I needed her, too. Not just because of the six million bucks. The five minutes in front of the mirror felt like a lifetime. I needed some kind of atonement. Closure. Something to seperate me from him. And that was one truth a liar like me couldn’t deny.”
“We weren’t a boy and a girl. We were two lonely fucked-up souls. It made wanting Bane in my life acceptable. I wanted him to fix me. To cure me. To hold me. To make me laugh. To make the pain go away.”
“You’re all my good parts wrapped together in a satin bow, Snowflake, and I can’t lose you.”
Boy, oh boy, did LJ Shen pull out all the stops with Bane. Bane was so unexpected. This story took my heart and ran for the hills. I was was swept away in Bane and Jesse’s story. I never stood a chance. I was utterly, completely, 100% consumed by this story.
Bane is the fourth book in The Sinners of Saint Series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked into the story that LJ Shen created. And that story was not your typical love story. No, it is a complex second chance romance. The characters are real. They are raw. They are so very flawed. They are anything but perfect and are just begging to be loved. They have been put through the ringer in more ways than one and demand that their story be told.
Bane and Jesse captured my heart instantly. My heart ached for Jesse and everything that she had experienced. She was a tough girl, but had lost her way. She was living the status quo and just taking one day at time. When Bane blew into her life, she never stood a chance. He was the bad boy that your parents warned you about, but that you found impossible to resist. He has a sweet side that no one and I mean no one sees. And while Bane may think he wants to save Jesse, they both end up saving one another in the end.
I absolutely loved Jesse and Bane together. These two couldn’t be more opposite, yet perfect for one another. Their chemistry instant and their burn was oh, so satisfying. I couldn’t help but root for these two to find their way. The road to happily ever after for Jesse and Bane wasn’t an easy one. It was one filled with bumps and bruises along the way. Where secrets from the past hold more weight than you’d except. Where lies add up and destroy everything. But, if there is one thing that we learn from an LJ Shen love story, it’s that she gives us strong characters that can take whatever she throws at them. She makes them fight for their happily ever after
Bane was everything I was hoping for and then some. It was heartbreaking, captivating, intriguing and downright frustrating, all wrapped up in a little bow that just knocked me off my feet and had me begging for more. The writing just flowed and consumed me. I was left hanging desperately to each word, waiting in anticipation to see just how Bane and Jesse’s story was going to play out. To say I couldn’t put this book down would be an understatement. I was totally lost to the story that LJ Shen wrote.
Bane was an amazing book from begging to end. It is a story of overcoming the past and not giving it the power to consume your life anymore. It is a story of finding yourself again and taking chances. It’s a story of being brave and finding love in the most unexpected place. This second chance romance knocked me off my feet, gave me all the feels, and kept me begging for more. I never stood a chance. This story was unforgettable, raw, sexy and just EVERYTHING.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
A godless thief.
My reputation was a big wave that I rode, one that swallowed everyone around me, drowning every attempt to fuck with what’s mine.
I’d been known as a stoner, but power was my real drug of choice. Money meant nothing. It was tangible, and therefore easy to lose. See, to me, people were a game. One I’d always known how to win.
Move the rooks around.
Change the queen when necessary.
Guard the king at all fucking times.
I was never distracted, never deterred, and never jealous.
So, imagine my surprise when I found myself being all three at once.
It was a siren with coal black hair who robbed me of riding the biggest wave I’d seen that summer. Of my precious attention. Of my goddamn breath.
She glided from the ocean to the beach like nightfall.
I crouched down, straddling my surfboard, gawking.
Edie and Beck stopped beside me, floating on their boards in my periphery.
“This one’s taken by Emery Wallace,” Edie had warned. Thief.
“This one’s the hottest masterpiece in town.” Beck had chuckled. Con.
“More importantly, she only dates rich bastards.” Liar.
I had all the ingredients to pull her in.
Her body was a patch of fresh snow. White, fair, like the sun shone through her, never quite soaking in. Her skin defied nature, her ass defied my sanity, but it was the words on her back that made my logic rebel.
It wasn’t her curves or the way she swayed her hips like a dangling, poisonous apple that warranted my reaction to her.
It was that tattoo I had noticed when she swam close to me earlier, the words trickling down the nape of her neck and back in a straight arrow.
My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You
I only knew one person who went gaga over the Russian poet, and, like the famous Alexander, he was currently six feet under.
My friends began to paddle back to shore. I couldn’t move. It felt like my balls were ten tons heavy. I didn’t believe in love at first sight. Lust, maybe, but even that wasn’t the word I was looking for. No. This girl fucking intrigued me.
“What’s her name?” I snatched Beck’s ankle, yanking him back to me. Edie stopped pedaling and looked back, her gaze ping-ponging between us.
“Doesn’t matter, bro.”
“What’s. Her. Name?” I repeated through a locked jaw.
“Dude, she’s, like, way young.”
“I will not repeat myself a third time.”
Beck’s throat bobbed with a swallow. He knew damn well that I didn’t mess around. If she was legal—it was on.
Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me.
Before I even knew her.
Before her life turned upside down and her fate rewrote itself with her blood.
So here was the truth that even my lying ass wouldn’t admit later on in our story—I wanted her before.
Before she became business.
Before the truth caged her in.
Before the secrets gushed out.
I never did get to surf that day.
My surfboard broke.
Should have known it was an omen.
My heart was going to be next in line.
And for a small chick, she did one hell of a fucking job obliterating it.
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About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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