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.
Stephanie’s 5 Blush Up All Night Review
My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You
Bane is book #4 in the Sinners of Saint series but can be read as a stand-alone. There is so much to say about this story! Raw & gritty are the two words that kept floating in my head. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are so many layers to this story! It will grip your heart then make you laugh.
Roman “Bane” Protsenko does things his way. He is a naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud. He is a mover and a shaker. He has a lot of irons in the fire. He is also feared. He does what needs to be done. Survival is key. Bane is the ultimate anti-hero. But there is so much more to him….
“I didn’t see the point in making an effort to look like them. I wasn’t them. I was me. I was an outsider, with no lineage, no fancy last name, or historic legacy.”
His quest to secure financing to build a surf park leads him to oil tycoon Darren Morgansen. Part of the deal to secure the financing is to befriend his stepdaughter Jesse, give her a job, and help to bring her out of her shell. She is a self-imposed shut in. Only leaving the house when absolutely necessary. The prologue was devastating as we learn why Jesse doesn’t want to leave the house. Her story is told bit by bit.
The combination of Bane & Jesse is amazing. Two halves that make a whole. They have crazy chemistry. Jesse sees Bane for who he is, not the outcast that he is portrayed as. Likewise, Bane connects with Jesse and sees through her issues. He embraces them. They challenge each other on many different levels.
The story unfolds and the layers are peeled away like an onion. There are so many back stories. There are so many emotional parts but funny parts as well. I loved watching the evolution of both Bane and Jesse. It is a long fight to overcome their fears and really open up to one another. And let’s talk about sex! Whooo! Bane is not shy or simple. Hot hot stuff! I also love the way Bane encouraged Jesse to be herself and heal herself – not wait to be “saved.”
“You don’t need a prince, princess. You need a sword.”
Strap yourself in and get ready for the ride! Bane will have you flying around on a roller coaster! Just when you think the ride is over, you hit another huge drop. Ruckus move over, you have been replaced.
“I wanted to see for myself.”
“What my successor looks like.”
Gues Reviewer – Leeann’s 5 Blush review
5 snowflake Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I’ve read every single one of Leigh’s books and every time they just get better and better. This is one of my favourite books by L J Shen and I can’t wait for more.
I’m trying to put in words how much I loved this book.
Bane is just as broken as Jesse but they both heal each other.
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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