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Bane

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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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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.

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 30-07-2018

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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  • Monica M.
  • 18-10-2018

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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  • Gamers
  • 18-07-2018

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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  • KDM
  • 26-08-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2018

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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  • Lisa M.
  • 22-05-2019

Well-written, gritty romance

I really enjoyed listening to Bane. The narration by Savannah Peachwood and Christian Rummel was great. I am a big fan of Christian Rummel's deep voice! I got a kick out of the hero's crude, witty commentary and laughed quite a bit more than you would expect, considering that the novel is more than a little gritty and bleak at times. Two examples: "It was going to be long-ass six months if every time she grinned, my dick wanted to give her a mouth-to-mouth." and "...that wasn't a stroke to my ego, but a full-blown hand job."

Even though the hero has sex with married women for money, and even though he enters into an arrangement that will ultimately hurt the heroine, there is a lot to like about him. When she shows him her scars, he thinks, "I wanted to lick it and bite it and show her that she was still sexy, with or without it. Actually, especially with it. What's sexier than a goddamn survivor?"

In addition, he believes in her strength, something no one else has done. Although she's "poisoned" and "sheltered," he says, she's "no Snow White" who waited for a prince to save her, because she'll be "saving herself in this story." He tells her, "You need a sword, not a prince."

And this statement by Bane is an example of another reason I enjoyed this book. The author doesn't go with the typical or expected. Instead of a strong hero who swoops in to save the damsel in distress, this foreshadowing tells us she is strong enough to fight her own battles. And she is the one to pursue him sexually, despite her past trauma, while he resists her, even though he is a male escort who is paid for sex. Finally, the hero's job is to coax the heroine out of her shame and fear. What you don't expect is that this heroine would try to help the hero see that he is also hiding from his own fear and shame.

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  • Johanna
  • 20-05-2019

So Many Emotions!

This book is not your typical romance.

Both characters are broken in some ways but strong in others.

They support each other and lift each other up.

What’s most interesting is the story can go from the highest hottest high to a super sad low with such ease you don’t see it coming!

The narrators are amazing!

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  • JJ
  • 08-05-2019

finally

there is nothing sexy about a man bun!! I'm so glad that the author finally had the main character get rid of that stupid thing. that description ruined the entire image of the main character.

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  • Tatanisha Glass
  • 02-05-2019

Gasp, moan, breathe, cry, smile

I generally don't write reviews, but will star rate, however, this series was just all enveloping!!! I loved it, and let me tell you L.J. Shen knows how to write men, SO well! Following this group has been my honest pleasure! Crude, crass, imperfect, loveable, and real! I also love that the thread of who they are carried throughout the series.

Now, this book was tough, and I do suggest that anyone with triggers beware, but please try, because there is love, life, survival in it! These two main. characters are not the status quo and you get quite a few angles from this series overall.

There's still hot steamy fun involved and I will revisit this series. I will also read more by this author. 5 stars for the series 💕

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  • Lisa
  • 20-04-2019

Not as good as others

I could have left this part of the series in the stacks but I loved some of the other books in the series, but Bane?........ idk he just doesn’t seem like the fall in love type and I couldn’t really get into the Jessi character either.
A pretty good book but the others were better for me. LJ Shen is fabulous but I’m glad this was the last on the series

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  • Emma
  • 04-04-2019

loved it

loved the story of Bane and Jessie, just felt slightly like jessie was very repetitive. Other than that, great story!

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  • Marcela Diaz
  • 28-11-2018

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
  • 28-08-2018

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.