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 ‘Snowstorm’ Stars***
I’ve loved and adored all of the Sinners of Saint books, but Bane just may be my favorite of them all. Though, I could actually put it separately from the others since Bane (the guy) isn’t a HotHole….But that’s a whole different conversation. Simply put, I devoured this book. It had all the feels, and I mean ALL. OF. THEM. It was smexy, funny, didn’t all the things to my heart and had me falling into full adoration with the characters.
After meeting Bane in Scandalous I needed/wanted more of him and though he is everything described in the description he is SO. MUCH. MORE. Seriously...just MORE. I need a little of Bane in my life. He’s charming, charismatic and the things that run around in his head and come out of his mouth killed me, but it’s his heart that is the winner. It may not be the first thing you notice about him, but when you see it, you’ll never forget it.
Jesse is on my girl crush list. What this girl has gone through in her short life would bury most, and when we meet her she’s definitely in the beginning phases of the decline, but there is a stubbornness to her that just won’t allow it. She has a fire in her that, when it finally comes out to play, is insane. She’s sassy, quirky and simply golden.
Despite the machinations behind their first physical meeting, what developed out of it was something beautiful. They ended up pushing each other to be more, feel more and truly take stock of who they wanted to be staring back at when they looked in the mirror. I loved their bantering, the chemistry between them was smexy as hell and I loved how they connected on so many levels. Their journey wasn’t an easy one and there are a lot more issues than you can imagine, so when everything is revealed, the shit really hits the fan, groveling happens (I totally approved of the groveling btw) and in the end they get the HEA they so richly deserve.
This really was a fun read. I loved the journey that Bane and Jesse went on, the spoiler in the beginning was spot on, and how it all worked out for them. The tone of Bane and Jesse’s relationship was definitely different than the others and it totally worked for me. But there are some issues that pop up that will definitely be triggers for some, so prepare yourself. The supporting cast of characters were all well written, some I loved, some I hated, but they definitely made for some good reading...and the HotHole’s sightings were definitely awesome. And though this is the last of the Sinners of Saints series, we aren’t really saying goodbye to Todos Santos and the Sinners. With the spin off, All Saints High, in the works we’ll have the next generation to keep us entertained and considering how all of the Sinners are tied together I have no doubt we’ll get updated on what’s going on with everyone!
Note: Yes, Bane can be read as a standalone, but you really should read the series from the very beginning.
~ Copy provided via Social Butterfly PR & voluntarily reviewed ~
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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.