Blog Tour + Review: Bane by L.J. Shen

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Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is LIVE

Bane

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.

Jesse Carter

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.

 

Review

5++ Stars!!! 

“My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You”

For days I have contemplated how I would write a review for Bane, what words could I possibly say that would do this book justice. Even now as I sit here and type out my review, I still find myself at a loss of words. How does one simply articulate that they loved a book that they weren’t sure was even possible to love. I supposed I am going to just have to do the best I can.

Bane was the best friend of Edie in Scandalous, and he just wasn’t someone that jumped out to me when I read her and Trent’s story. Sure, when LJ Shen said she was writing this book I was excited. Hello, It’s LJ Shen and another book that was in Sinners of Saint world so of course I was excited. I just didn’t expect to love Bane so much, more than Trent or Dean at that. Let me say this, Vicious is top dog for me but Bane is now right there with him. Side by side. Did I mention that if you love Vicious as much as I did and haven’t read Bane yet, well he makes an appearance. Yes!!!!

Bane is wrapped in tattoos, and has a reputation. He built his reputation and simply doesn’t give a damn what anyone else has to think about him. He runs things, and others fear him. It’s exactly how he wants things to be. Until he makes a deal. A deal that he needs for Surfcity to happen, his dream! What he didn’t expect was for the deal to be impossible especially once he gets to know Jesse.

Jesse has a past, a reputation that has been spun around her name, but it’s not the reputation she created. It’s the reputation that just thrown itself around her and she is unable to escape it until Bane makes a sudden appearance into her life. He is determined that he is going to be her friend, to save her from her own demons.

“Roman ‘Bane’ Protesenko was my knight. The piece of the chess game that needed to be moved sooner than the pawns, the bishops, and the queens.”

This book does touch on some sensitive topics, and for some it could bring up emotions that are hard to deal with. Personally, I get it. However even with such sensitive topics I felt like LJ Shen did such an amazing job conveying this story, and of delivering the perfect justice. A justice that many never have. Reading this story, reading how there is a justice that is delivered is uplifting in such a tragic situation. So be warned, if you are someone who chooses not to read books with tough topics then this book may be a hard pill to swallow but if you are able to read them and feel like reading a book that is going to leave you with feeling hope then dive in head first.

I truly LOVED Bane and would recommend it to friends and others. I wish I could write a solid review that didn’t make me feel like I’m rambling on and on about a book, or that gave solid details without spoiling the story line but this is the best I got and this book was Phenomenal!!

 

 

EXCERPT

Bane

Then.

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’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

Pushkin.

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.”

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

LJShenL.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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