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Bane

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 - 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--king teeth for it.

©2018 L.J. Shen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A MONUMENTAL & SLOW-BURN TO REDEMPTION

L.J.Shen is an auto download author for me.. and, this lyrical poetical book not only highlights why, but it also cements her place as one of my favorite author too. The quick-witted, snappy dialogue, witty one liners, thought provoking raw scenes, passion-filled pleasures, heartfelt sentiments, rich multi-layered characters, seismic chemistry, simmering sexual chemistry, the anti-hero you can’t help but fall in love with and the addictive storyline are all here.. but so is a lot more. More.. that had me holding my breath, more that had me reeling in disbelief, more that had me high fiving a heroine who claimed her life back, more that had me swooning a hero who started off as anything but one.. but redeemed himself beautifully. And more because their touching journey to forever was filled with dark pitfalls they climbed out from, unforeseen hurdles they cleared, mountain they moved and demons they slayed.

Twenty-five year old Bane is a self-professed asshole, a pot-smoking surfer, an extortionist, a liar, a con artist, a thief, a manwhore and a paid escort for anyone’s hire.. his moral compass is way waaay off and he’s unapologetically proud of it too. He is also a beautiful, sexy-as-sin, tattooed and pierced bad-boy alpha, a brash and blunt player, a business owner and an entrepreneur.. which is what leads him into Jesse’s life.. because, for the backing of $6 million dollars from her stepdad for Bane’s dream project, he is secretly contracted to bring a broken girl they call ‘the ghost’ back to life. However, that comes with one caveat.. do not, under any circumstances, have sex with her.. well that’s no problem she’s so not his type. He’s a carefree player, a warm-hearted womanizer, he doesn’t need or want complications and can get any woman he wants - so he takes the deal.. the deal that’s going to blow his well-ordered life apart, shatter his world and piece it all back together again.. and Bane has a broken, damaged, haunted, untouchable twenty year old to thank for that. Because it will eventually unlock her bitter dark memories, empower her inner strength, ignite her buried courage, enable her to face her past and she’ll become an avenging angel.. and slay all their demons. And Jesse’s heartbreaking tale?.. well that’s her emotional story to tell.

Worth a credit? Pheweee, where do I start with saying how much this is definitely worth a credit. Is it the writing skills of this well-loved author who has penned an unforgettable love story weighted down with so many emotional feels? Or is it the drama, angst, passion and pleasure that balanced and blended and brewed and baked over howevermany delicious hours? Perhaps it’s the awesome character growth that bends and binds and alters and remoulds them both? Or maybe it’s the dual POV narration which make these characters and their stories so captivating to listen to as I smiled and sighed and frowned and cursed and prayed along with them? Well, whatever the answer is, I’m grateful.. and long may this trio continue to mix and weave their magic. The last story in the Sinners of Saints series.. and each one can be a standalone.

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Absolutely a must read

I love Bane’s story and the girl who captured his heart. It was everything you want in a love story. If you haven’t already please pick up this book

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Bane!!!!

Bane!!!!! I am still experiencing a major book hangover with this one. I was hooked from page one until the VERY LAST PAGE! I wanted to move in and live in this story, in this town, with these beautifully flawed characters. This made me feel ALL THE THINGS and I loved it!! Gahhhhhhh! Pure freakin' magic! The narration was spot! I can't think of a better narrator to bring Bane to life and Savannah was the perfect Jessie!

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Like her use of humor

Enjoyed this series and truly didn't think would. The Authors use of humor kept heavy or potentially dark topics from becoming hopeless and depressing

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Couldn’t even past the first quarter

I usual love this author but the minute Bane talked about screwing guys for money, I was out. I’m not into guy on guy action, if that’s your thing than great. It’s a deal breaker for me.

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My heart!

Oh my! This book got to me! My heart broke for Jesse and everything she went through. Amazing story and great love scenes! I esp loved the recent pop culture references throughout the book.

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Holy Wow!

Really great read and the voices were amazing. They matched each character perfectly. The story line was new and fresh not the same old same old.

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Awesome!!

I'm so happy they put Bane in the romance package I listened to viscous and ruckus and so wanted to hear this book and it was worth every minute of listening to it!! Great book and Great job by the author!

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My Two Pennies

I’ve read all the Sinners books and didn’t think I would ever find another in this standalone series that I could love more but here is Bane. A complete page turner that has repeatedly asking yourself will he or won’t he. Jesse has has lived through some horrible events and although she’s here at the same time she’s not. When Bane pushes his way into her life everything changes. I enjoyed the slow burn chemistry these two shared and seeing a whole other side to both of these characters. The twist of event at moments left my jaw on the floor, a well written story with a HEA ending you’ll adore. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.

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Bane is a Next Gen Hothole - I'M SO HERE FOR IT!

L.J. Shen is basically the Shonda Rhimes of books - she is the master of sexy, turns, twisty plots and I am ALL HERE FOR IT!!! I can't compare Bane to the original Hot Holes of Todos Santos - he's definitely next generation and exactly what we need to bride the distance between Jamie, Vicious, Dean, and Trent and their children. Bane is dirty and intense and sexy, but oh so sweet in such an unexpected and delicious way. And Jesse... I thought Edie had a rough back story but Jesse takes the cake. It was such a gripping journey watching Bane and Jesse come together and change each other - it was riveting and breathtaking and I just wanted more more more! I swear, every time I read one of the books in the series I say it's my favorite - and then I do a reread and I have to switch up the order again! So as it stands right now, in terms of the books and not necessarily the characters, I'd have to rank them as follows: Scandalous, Vicious, Bane, Ruckus, then Defy. Some days Vicious beats out Scandalous, as I'm sure Bane will take turn as number one or two in my heart. This is one of those series, written by an author so talented, that I wish I hope and pray that we get series after series, spinoff upon spinoff, into perpetuity. I never want the stories to end. 5 out of 5 wine glasses.

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  • Marcela Diaz
  • 11-28-18

Takes you in a compelling emotional ride!

All the human emotions put together in a seductive ride. LJ Shen draws you in and doesn't let go. Yhe chemistry between the characters is amazing! Plus, Savannah Peachwood is the best voice actor out there.

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  • KJ
  • 08-28-18

Highly recommend - dark, gritty, intriguing

Dark, gritty, intriguing. The characters are very likeable; I enjoyed the plot and wanted to listen to more. I liked that characters are featured from other books.

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  • BookLover
  • 10-30-18

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT BANE!!!

Bane is probably the best L J Shen book to date. Vicious being a close second. But there is something about Bane. He’s damaged, yet willing to live. He’s a smart ass, but as clever as hell. He’s dirty and sexy. He is the absolute paradoxical anti-hero.

But one of the best qualities I enjoyed about the book was Bane’s dialogue. His clairvoyant attitude sets him apart.

The male narration by Christian Rummel was spot on for Bane’s character. He speaks at a faster pace than other narrators which is consistent with the speed at which Bane’s thought process works. He’s constantly thinking and debating and reflecting and at times philosophising.

The female character was very well developed but I found her narration annoying at times. I think Christian Rummel did a better job.

What’s not to love! Well done Shen! My only regret is it appears there won’t be a Bane part 2.