“I was the guy everyone knew, and she was a ghost desperate to be forgotten.”
To say that I was excited about the release of Bane by L J Shen would be a massive understatement. I have waited with baited breath for book 4 in one of my favourite series of all time, Sinners of Saint, and it did not disappoint. It was definitely well worth the wait. L. J. has such a talent for writing her heroes in all their unrepentant anti-hero glory; those who are always branded a bully and march to the beat of their own drum. Underneath, what is shown on the outside, there is always something more to them, a story that is bursting to be told. I always find her characters to be fascinating and the more I read about them, the more I want to get to know them.
If you love your sexy as sin bad boys then you are going to love Roman Protsenko, AKA Bane, he is bad to the bone and completely unapologetic for the way he is. Bane is a really interesting character though, probably one of the most fascinating and intricate characters I have ever read. He consists of many, many layers and the more layers you peel back, the more you discover, only to realise he’s not all as he seems. To know him really is to love him.
I have no words really to express how much I loved and adored Jesse, AKA, Snow White. She is such a beautiful broken soul and with everything she’s been through, I just felt gutted for her. Even though she had been to hell and back and become a shell of the person she once was, she portrayed so much strength, courage and bravery. She was an absolute inspiration in the true sense of the word.
“Love is like ivy. It wraps around you, chokes every part of you quietly. It is not patient, or kind, or gentle. It is needy, cunning, and suffocating.”
The relationship between Bane and Jesse was phenomenal and I don’t say that lightly. They had the kind of understanding and mutual appreciation I have waited a long time to read. I tend to be harder on the heroines of a story I read because I put myself in their shoes and what I would do in a particular situation. Even though Jesse was scarred, she still accepted Bane for who he was and in return they had such a profound connection. While Bane was all about the tough love with Jesse and he did give her the push she needed, it was in fact Jesse who was the one who would save herself and get her life back in order.
Bane was a multitude of emotions for me, a complete rollercoaster that I never wanted to end. This story was heartbreaking, sad, raw, complex, and unique. But above all else it was a story about finding love when you least expect it during your darkest hours. As much as I loved this series and L. J.’s work in general, nothing could have prepared me for what I was to discover. No review I attempt to write will do justice to this epic story, so my advice is to just delve in and enjoy the ride that is Bane in all his naked surfing glory.
About the Author:
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.