Friday, 18 May 2018

[Blog Tour Review] BANE by L. J. Shen

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

Bane by L.J. Shen
Source: Received a copy from the author to
give an honest review.
Release Date: May 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer:  Letitia Hasser at RBA Design
Photographer: Pavel Lepikhin
Model: Vadim Ivanov



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.

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Ever since I read L. J. Shen's VICIOUS she's been one of my absolute favourite authors. Her books never fail to touch every single one of my emotions. I love her writing, and I'm constantly impressed by just how much she manages to pull me into her stories. BANE was no exception! It was amazing and I couldn't put it down!

I'd been eager to read BANE ever since L. J. Shen announced it after SCANDALOUS released...and it was soooo worth the wait! It was raw, passionate, intense, and addictive! I loved it so much! Roman “Bane” Protsenko was absolutely magnificent! I was pretty sure when we met him in SCANDALOUS that I'd love him, and I was so right! He’s brash, and a bit ruthless, but underneath it all he’s unerringly good and kind. It was an interesting dichotomy when you think about him in comparison to Vicious. They’re both pretty cruel when you get on their bad side, but while Vic never cares about other people’s feelings (Emilia being the rare exception for the most part), Bane always tries to be “nice” about things, even if it’s just on the surface sometimes. ;) I loved the power and dominance he wielded, and I really loved how he interacted with Jesse right from when they first met to when he was utterly consumed with her...sooooo good! And Jesse: I hurt for her so much throughout the story, but I also admired her and was so proud of her. She was so strong, and I absolutely loved her wit and definitely related to her love of romances! 

I gushed about Bane and Jesse already a bit, but I have to continue to gush a bit more about Bane! My ultimate L. J. Shen book is still VICIOUS and Vicious is still my favourite of her leading men, but I have to admit that Bane has come the closest to topping my love of Vicious--both character and book-wise! He's so sexy, and this book was soooo good! I loved the romance between Bane and Jesse, and I loved how Bane helped Jesse realize her own strength and grow! I loved their friendship, but I loved when it became a full-fledged romance and relationship even more. The chemistry between the two of them was sizzling! As far as plots go, BANE was pretty heavy. Jesse had a some pretty rough moments in her past, and Bane grew up being pretty much the only kid on the wrong side of the tracks in a town where there wasn't really a lower class. I loved how they helped each other move on from their hang-ups from their pasts...and while parts of BANE were tough to read and face, L. J. Shen did a wonderful job telling this story.

Overall, I absolutely loved BANE! It's moved right up to the top of my favourite L. J. Shen books alongside VICIOUS, and I think that romance readers who like their romances a little rawer, darker, and on the sexier side will absolutely love BANE! And just in case this is your first experience with L. J. Shen, BANE can be read as a standalone, but it also fits into her series of standalones, the Sinners of Saints, so feel free to choose this as your first L. J. Shen book! And then if you love it, you can go back and see where her stories set in Todos Santos all began. ;)

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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