Blog Tour + Review: Bane by L.J. Shen


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 teeth for it.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's no secret I'm an LJ fan and have been since her first book. This is her best yet! Both Bane and Jesse are in my top favs. Bane wasn't fully what I expected and neither was this story, it was even better. Jesse is one strong heroine, my fav of LJ's by far. She's head and shoulders above the rest. If you're only going to read one of LJ's books, this is it. Highly recommend!

*I voluntarily read this ARC*

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

« Love is like death. It’s inevitable. »

She did id again! I think I could start all my reviews for Leigh’s book the same way!Every. Single. Time. She. Does. It! Mark my word : every single damn time!!!

Bane was one of my most anticipated read of 2018. I love all the books in the Sinners of Saint series. I can’t say who I love the most because it could be Vicious, Dean, Jaime or Trent, all of them are different and I enjoyed their books tremendously for different reasons.
This series is one of the best I’ve EVER read Bane is just the cherry on top of an already fantastic cake!

L.J. Shen changed her traditional enemies to lovers trope to something more emotional. Bane is not about hiding your love for someone with condensing words. No Bane is about making friends with the one you didn’t expect. It’s feeling confortable with the one you wouldn’t have known if not for a business transaction. It’s letting your walls crumbling without knowing it. It’s about trust, it’s about making someone laughs, it’s really about small meaningful things we all do in life but don’t pay enough attention. And this ladies is Bane. Plain and simple. Forbidden, yet an evidence all at one.

« The only man I felt safe with. If it wouldn’t be him, it wouldn’t be anyone—and that thought scared me. Everyone needed someone. »

Bane. Roman Protsenko. Everybody wants a piece of him, most already have but only one knows him truly. Until Jesse.

« What’s the antonym of hate?”« Jesse. »

Roman was such a complex but oh so interesting character. He’s trouble, he’s a bad boy, he’s tough and you wouldn’t want to mess with him but when you scratch the surface, you see the layers, you see his motives, you see his ambitions and you see who he is behind it all.

« “You’re poisoned. Sheltered. Yet, you’re no Snow White. Wanna know why?”“Why?” “Snow White waited for the prince. You’ll be the one saving yourself in this story. »

Jesse Carter has been burned badly in her past. What happened to her is intolerable. It left her with no friends, no family - at least not what a family should be like - and no future perpective. Until a meeting, until someone gives her the « tool » to survive. By herself.
I admire her strength even when she felt weak and how she grows from a girl to a woman.
All of Leigh’s female characters have a lot of backbone. Jesse is probably the one with the most of it. Her story is really painful and could be a trigger for lots of readers.

« no one said we needed to touch each other to get off. »

Jesse & Bane together was torture for a long time! L.J Shen knows how to give angst, how to give unbearable sexual tension. It was everywhere! I couldn’t believe this was a slow burn. Bane’s story is a slow burn, you read that right! It was incredible because you know the reward at the end will be fantastic.


~I voluntary read a copy of the book provided by the author ~


Bane Then. A liar. A con. 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 Pushkin. 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.” 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 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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