ARC Review: Bane by LJ Shen

BANE_AVAILABLE NOWThe Cover: I really do not like this cover, at all. I don’t know why I don’t like it and honestly I’m disappointed that I don’t like it. The font and color are nice though, it’s not just my taste.

Basics: Bane was released on May 6th 2018 and is part of the Sinners of Saints series but can be read as a standalone. Genre wise Bane belongs to contemporary romance and standalone romance. 

Description: 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—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.
1I'm not afraidOverall thoughts: Bane was an emotional, heart-wrenching, up and down, curvy rollercoaster. It was downright hard to read sometimes and throughout most of the book, I’m a very empathic person and my heart just went out to Jesse for everything she went through. LJ Shen certainly loves to lure her readers in and rip our hearts out suddenly with her books. Bane was the worst and best one yet in that sense because the curveballs Shen kept throwing had my eyes bugging out of my head in confusion and shock.

Jesse has had some of the most traumatic things done to her and she’s just trying to heal from her past, she has her way of doing things and doesn’t want to change any of that. Bane ever the businessman and scoundrel (I call him scoundrel lovingly by the way) is the perfect man to shake up Jesse’s world. When he is given an opportunity to further his business and a young woman, he doesn’t think twice. Besides Jesse and Bane have more in common than you think, in several different ways. Again, Shen loves torturing her readers. 

I enjoyed Bane, I didn’t think it would be such the angsty, roller coaster ride that it was but I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite read mainly the fact that A LOT of traumatic things are discussed in the book and I would of appreciated a warning at the beginning of the book to prepare me for what I was about to read, but besides that Bane is without a doubt LJ Shen’s best book yet. If you can handle some dramatic and angsty romance, Bane is the pick for you.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
 5 shells

Favorite Quotes: “Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me. Before I even knew her.” -Bane 

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
4 stars
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About the Author:
 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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