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Bane

By: L.J. Shen
Narrated by: Christian Rummel,Savannah Peachwood
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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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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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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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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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Doesn't go well with the series

I found it hard to get into this - there was so much dialogue and I couldn’t find an anchor into the story. I also didn’t like the characters - I found Bane vulgar and seedy, and Jesse inconsistent, and weak.... the author kept trying to tell me otherwise, but I didn’t need to be told, I needed to be shown through their actions. There was a lot of tell vs show in this. And I felt like the pacing was all off too - it wasn’t slow enough to believe. Like, Jesse is house bound, but one encounter with Bane and she’s not anymore? It was too quick. Considering what she is went through I would have liked a deeper look the psychological side and have Bane actually work to pull her out of her shell. It couldn’t have been something really deep and beautiful, but this was surface level. I mean, she knew him a few days and was grinding against him? It was too quick.

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Best 🙌👏

Ok - I have to say that I was hesitant to listen to Banes story because he wasn’t a Hot Hole and the synopsis didn’t really thrill me BUT I am so glad I did. I loved his witty comments “Moses on a Cracker” and his nonchalant attitude. I loved that Jesse gave him a run for his money and pushed him. I loved Jesse’s strength and come back after all she went through. I am holding my breath for another from Shen. She is becoming one of my favorite authors.

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“Waaayyyy Late to the Party” Review

I LOVE LJ SHEN! Her books are magic!! I’ve read all her books multiple times and haven’t given one less than a 4 star rating. This book is no different. It has depth and meaning. As usual, beauty is found in the broken. The main characters breath life into one another and make each other whole. It’s perplex and lovely. However, a couple things did bother me with this one...first, Bane is literally a male gigolo when they meet and when they finally have sex...no protection. AND the only convo about this sexual encounter centers on the fact the h is on birth control. I’m sorry but he’s been screwing anything with a vagina and two legs for years yet nothing is said about cleanliness/testing (gross!). Also, Bane’s mom...I mean, I really don’t want my mom screwing friends my age...Ummm...not feeling it. Otherwise, excellent read! Still worthy of 5 stars with AMAZING narration. Worth your money/credit/time!!!

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Sad the Series Has Ended.

I have been reading this series for the past two weeks and I can honestly say that I’m sad that there are no more stories to tell us. I really wish that Vaugn would’ve had his own story. I actually read the stories backwards. I picked up Luna‘s story first and then read Daria’s.

I didn’t think I would like Bane’s story because he wasn’t one of the original hotheads. I also am not into a lot of tattoos, but I do like Russians. It was nice to have Vicious in the story because Bane was a lot like him. I like the fact that they both had to save each other, even though Bane was hired to help Jesse.

It was a really sweet story. I love it when the bad guys lose.

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Definitely Recommend but Trigger Warning

I just love this author! I'm not going to lie out of all of the series this was my least favorite, but by no means did I a dislike it. It was great!! I hope to hear more about Bane & Jesse like we do with the others in the series in the All Saints High Series. I love that Jesse is a strong self-sufficient woman, who saved herself in the end. Also that I brought sexual assault & the trauma it can cause to light in it. I would absolutely recommend, but with a trigger warning.

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L. J. Shen....you are simply absolutely amazing ❤

Bane and Jesse's story will steal your heart ❤ Their story has all the feels ❤

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  • Alex
  • 11-24-21

wow, what a story!

This is not for the faint hearted, filled with nasty people, child abuse and rape. In fact the subject matter is really sordid. Having said this, it is well written and I am so pleased that Bane and Jessie saved each other.

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  • Beckie
  • 11-27-22

Obsessed!

I loved this entire series. I listened to all four books in a week and will definitely be revisiting them...once I've devoured the rest of the books written by LJ Shen.

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  • Mama Pippy
  • 11-24-22

Sooo good

A hard hitting story which had a lot of realism and acknowledgement of a tough subject. I loved the character development and strength of Jessie and watching Bane become who he had tried to hide being. Greet book x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-22

strong characters

strongly drawn characters. extremely funny in places. great dialogue. much better than the first 2 books in the series, mainly due to the above.

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  • Jo 🦊
  • 10-31-22

Wow!

I loved the narration and the characters. They are so real and intricate. This was one of the hardest stories I ever had to listen to. Heartbreaking but beautiful at the same time. So much pain and sentiment. loved it!!!

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  • Miss N R Jones
  • 10-20-22

Ok written but a content warning would be good

It’s written similarly to other stories by the author, alphahole fluff but doesn’t shy from tricky subjects.

That said this one could do with a content warning for graphic rape and child abuse/rape. Though Jessie finds her sword as well as her hero.

This is a faint hearted or comfortable book, don’t read it expecting it to be so. But the author manages to make you care enough about the characters that you keep reading.

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  • Kelly M Gallier
  • 09-24-22

Love it!!

I loved the whole series but I think this one might be my favourite!! I love Bane, I love Jessie! I laughed, gasped (out loud whilst listening to it shopping got some odd looks!!) and cried! Want to listen to the whole series again now!

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  • Rossana V
  • 08-06-22

why is this not a movie???

the full series should be a movie. so well written and the stories are all great. there are components of drama that are really dleicate, but treated with respect by the author. the characters are very believable and i just loved every single minute of it. the cover of this book has become my wallpaper. the narratpr were absolutely PERFECT. loved it.

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  • Angela Burnell
  • 07-20-22

TW: SA, SUICIDE, RAPE, Child SA

Just be aware there is a LOT of triggers in this one.. Overall good. Just a bit triggering in parts.

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  • FIONA CHRISTIE
  • 07-16-22

Loved it!!

Loved the whole series! Recommend listening lots of everything, fantastic narration, twists and turns. Thank you!

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  • Linda D.
  • 10-02-22

Awesome

Very well written story. Bane was intense, I could not put the book down! well done and look forward to reading more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-22

OMG

i think this is my favourite in the Sinner of saint series. Thank you L J Shen. Now the book does have dark matter that maybe disturbing for some readers in parts and a little for me too-I would have to say regardless, I absolutely loved it. Both Jesse and Bane are great characters. Bane had me laughing out loud more often than not with his mind banter. :) The narrators do a truly wonderful job!! Especially Christian Rummel, such a sexy male voice.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 12-24-21

Bane and Jesse

Bane :- Man-whore, escort, surfer, conman, drug dealer - making deals and trying to match it with the money men.
Jesse :- Gang rape victim, knife scarred, recluse.
Her stepdad wants Bane to bring Jesse out of hiding and back into the world. There are rules, but Darren will put money into Banes development if he succeeds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-21

Great story

Very different story not a love story to start but certainly ends ups as one

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  • Cassie Fox
  • 04-10-21

TW - some very dark themes

I loved the characters in this book even though some very dark themes were explored.

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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.