Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen, is NOW 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.
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Bane was a sexy, gritty, surprising, and addicting standalone contemporary romance set in the Sinners of Saint world, and I absolutely loved it! Bane was freaking AMAZING from beginning to end, and I honestly couldn’t get enough! L.J. Shen completely blew me away with the storyline and characters, and I loved her writing style. Bane has definitely been one of L.J. Shen’s BEST books (if not THE best) to date and one of my top favorites from her so far!
Bane and Jesse were amazing and I loved them and their story so much. More than I thought I would, honestly. I loved their personalities and sizzling chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Bane and Jesse’s POV, and all of their banter and interactions with each other. The push and pull dynamic of their friendship/relationship was immensely entertaining, and definitely made me want to read more. Bane and Jesse’s story was different than I expected in a lot of ways, but no less amazing and addicting. There were some themes and content that I didn’t like and wasn’t prepared for at all, but luckily it didn’t hinder my love of the story and main characters. There were several secondary characters that I hated, you’ll know who they are and why when you read the book, but all of the others were amazing and I very much enjoyed their addition to the story. There are always pros and cons to a book, and every reader has their own opinions, but thankfully Bane had more pros than cons. Bane was sexy and entertaining from start to finish, and I was so freaking ecstatic with the conclusion to Bane and Jesse’s story. It was absolutely perfect and more amazing than I could have hoped for.
Bane was a sexy, unexpected, addicting, and entertaining standalone contemporary romance, and I would HIGHLY recommend it and the entire Sinners of Saint series! L.J. Shen did a phenomenal job with this book, and I was over-the-moon happy with the outcome to Bane and Jesse’s story. L.J. Shen is so freaking talented, and I absolutely love her books. It’s truly impossible for her to write a bad romance, and each and every story she releases gets better and better. She is one of my top favorite contemporary romance authors, and I can’t wait to read more from her!
ARC received 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 the Author
L.J. Shen is a USA Today and 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.