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.
Bane by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC BOOK REVIEW
I seriously feel like I’m in a major book coma here, so fabulously good reading was “Bane”.
If I could give this more than five Stars I so bloody would, I found this that good.
How on earth is my next read going to live up to the spectacular experience that was Roman/Bane’s and Jesse’s totally messed up and unique onward sprint to there forever life with each other.
Never have I been rooting for a couple’s happiness more than these two.
They just had such a zen-like ability to reel my emotions along with them for the ride and I was so invested in their overall future together.
It was like they were a favourite friend or family member of mine that I was watching over like a proud parent.
I also really embraced the underlying humour portrayed throughout this book.
I found myself chuckling along with both Bane and Jesse as they both came out with such classic one-liners that easily brought a big grin to my face.
“I’ve signed so many NDA’S, at this point, I don’t talk to anyone about anything other than the weather”
“Let’s Hear them” “Suka blyat. Horosho. Kak Dela. Pizdets. Privet” Those were all curses and pleasantries. Your Russian family must be really fucking passive-aggressive”
“Bane” in itself was just so refreshing with such easy to like main characters contained within its pages.
First, we have Jesse Carter and can I just say what a girl she was.
A Russian immigrants daughter from the wrong side of the track.
With a trainwreck of a mum who has married into the wealth and prestige of all that is Todos Santos.
And still, after everything she has endured, when most people would have thrown in the towel.
Jesse still manages to project such a fragile hope and earnestness about herself.
there is such an innate inbuilt strength and resilience to her overall character.
Hiding from a world that has shown her nothing but heartbreak and fear.
Her only friends an old lady with Alzheimer ’s and her trusty pet dog.
This girl still manages to retain her quirky sense of humour and is really just waiting for someone to give her a helping hand out of the dark and into the light.
and that tattoo of hers is a beacon, a sign reaching out towards Bane saying “I’m Waiting for you to catch this crazy train too”.
“My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you”
So poignant and true.
And my god Bane/Roman what a revelation he is.
Not quite good or bad but someone uniquely himself.
With an ego the size of a city and a smart dirty mouth to boot.
what he wants he goes for and usually gets.
Thief, Con artist, Liar and Town whore.
He owns his labels proudly, with head held high.
And what starts out as just a stepping stone to his ultimate goal swiftly morphs into something so much more.
This book has everything it needs to make it a smasher and I just couldn’t put it down it was that entertaining.
The drama and revelations here were like dominoes they just kept on coming.
This also had marvellous side characters some I adored others were major toxic.
But each and every one of them added an extra layer and flavour to the proceedings.
I cannot recommend this book enough its one hell of a read and I devoured every word.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Bane (Sinners of Saint, #4)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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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.