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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 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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5 out of 5 ‘My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you’ Stars
Oh-emmm-geeeee!!! LJ’ Shen’s greatness knows no bounds! Her words ensnare you and slay you all in one sitting. I’ve read the entire Sinners of Saint series. All the books can be read as standalones but all have interconnected characters and some of their stories interconnect as well. But why would you stop at just reading one? Can you eat just one potato chip? The answer is no. So don’t be ridiculous and just read them all! Each story was unique in the emotions they evoke from you; Bane was no different.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I originally saw that Bane was getting his own story. I mean, you knew from previous stories that he was a bad boy….the wild card. I mean, c’mon, he’s Roman “Bane” motherfucking Protsenko!! The story in which I fell into was not one I would’ve ever have been prepared for. It’s raw and real and passionate. It made you feel so, so many feels. Anger. Pain. Love. Happiness. Betrayal. Disgust. I honestly could go on and on. Just so many feels.
Bane is looking to be the next big developer for a surf park he wants to build but needs the capital. He strikes a deal with an oil tycoon who has ulterior motives. (Of course those are unknown at the time). As a part of his deal, he has to bring the oil tycoon’s stepdaughter out of the reclusive lifestyle she has chosen to live after a horrific event happens to her. The terms of the deal are for Bane to bring her back to life – so to speak- and not to touch her. Things get more than complicated and Bane realizes he’s in way over his head when it comes to Jesse Carter.
I loved Bane’s viewpoint. From the way he dealt with people to life philosophies, Bane was a complex character to say the least. I felt like this was a guy I know or could know. LJ Shen’s ability to breathe life into fictional characters is a god given talent!
I felt for Jesse. What she went through was devastating. Beyond devastating. Her resilience, even though it took a while for her to bounce back, was one of reverence. The transformation that she goes through when she starts to hang out with Bane is nothing short of beautiful. To see a phoenix rising from the ash- in human form- is just incredible. (Sappy much? Yeah so what. Fight me.) I know I wouldn’t have been able to shine like she did after something like that. But in the end, Jesse didn’t need to be saved. She was the hero in her own story. And I fucking love that!!!!!
This story had a lot of twists and turns….ones I never saw coming. I loved that!! I love being surprised when I thought I had it figured out. Yeah, not so smart now are ya? It’s all good because it’s these kinds of stories that keep me coming back. Now I want more. I often wonder why one authors words, when combined, can create an entire world in your head and others cannot. These stories by LJ Shen are things that I can see and people who I feel like I may pass on the street one day. It’s eerie but comforting. I want to see where she takes me next. What now?
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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.