Bane (Sinners of Saint #4) by L.J. Shen

Bane – L.J. Shen

A COMPLETE standalone and a Sinners of Saint spin-off.


Bane – L.J. Shen



by L.J. Shen

Expected publication: May 10th 2018

Bane – L.J. Shen


Bane – L.J. Shen


“Snow White waited for the prince. You’ll be the one saving yourself in this story.”

This isn’t your typical romance and certainly isn’t a fairy tale. In this story, Cinderella saves the Savage!

With Bane, L.J. Shen holds no punches. I’m really afraid she’ll eventually ruin me for other authors!! Her writing is lyrical. It’s poetic. It’s simply beautiful! This book is sexy, flirts with the dark side, and is one of her grittier works. I COULD NOT get enough of these characters.

“Don’t fuck with me. I fuck harder. Comes with the territory of doing it for a living.”

Bane is sexy, rough, and raw. A bad boy in the true sense of the word. Let’s face it, his moral compass is not fully operational. And I love that about him!! Gah, he’s sexy AF. Jesse’s been to hell and back. I love the different feel of this book. It’s not so much about a sexy guy swooping in and saving a girl. It’s more about each character finding themselves as their relationship progresses. They are both truly effected and made better by the other. Character development and an intricate plot are the shining stars of Bane.

Both main characters are equally intriguing. Neither fits a general mold the reader expects. It feels different from the previous books in the series, but is no less engaging. In fact, it’s my new FAVORITE. The story packs a HUGE EMOTIONAL punch. It’s one the most impactful and had me equally sobbing, cursing, and falling in love.

“Maybe that was the difference between Bane and all the others.
I didn’t want him.
I needed him to remind me how to breathe.”

Here’s what you really need to know.

L.J. Shen pushes boundaries each book is better than the last. It’s one of the main reasons I love her books SO MUCH! You have to expect the unexpected. The drama is bigger and the characters are larger than life! It’s a fucking emotional, twisted, topsy turvy ride that I want to experience again and again.

Highly Recommended!


Bane – L.J. Shen



I honestly did not think this day would ever come.

Ever since reading VICIOUS, I was in love with him. He was a glorified jerk, an asshole extraordinaire, the high school meanie, and just all around dick. And I ADORED him!! I knew from that moment on that I loved LJ Shen’s heroes. She wrote characters that played by their own tune. Unapologetic, unrepentant, and remorseless. Heroes that were original, unique and in your face honest.

Today is the day when my darling VICIOUS is being dethroned. I didn’t think it was possible – I was proven wrong. 

BANE was the PERFECT blend of what I love in a fictional hero. He was brash, in your face blunt, confident in his skin, sex on two legs, and too alluring for his own good. But under that self-assured and cocky as all demeanor was a man who loved his mother dearly, and someone who was not too stubborn to acknowledge the ONE person that was meant for him.

“My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you…”

A chance encounter on a fateful day started a fascination that lasted years. When Bane and Jesse finally met again, all bets were off. The way Bane spoke to her on a visceral level, challenged her and pushed her by just breathing the same air, was all she needed to fight back and return to the living. His personality didn’t allow a NO, it was his way or the highway, until he met Jesse. I melted every single time he did something out of character just to make Jesse happy. He could be such an asshole, but then he turned around and did something so sweet – I wanted to swoon right away. He was perfection in my eyes. The perfect blend of a jerk and a smidgen of a sweetheart. On top of that he was funny, sarcastic, giving, but also very shrewd and astute. He was everything I love about a guy. Meeting Jesse didn’t change him, she just brought his hidden qualities to the surface.

Jesse was an enigma. She was barely existing, and a shadow of her older self. Her journey was one of revelations, of strength and courage. Just by being around Bane she found the grit to move on, to change the status quo.

I honestly think Jesse and Bane are the author’s best work yet.

They were a couple that understood each other without having to spell everything out. Jesse accepted him for what he was, no sugar coating or attempts to change him. She embraced all his flaws, his past as well as his reputation. I adore women that can accept pasts, as sordid as they may be, and move towards the future. Jesse was a shining beacon. A phoenix, who clawed her way out of hell with a little push from the resident hell-raiser. And the end result was PHENOMENAL!!!


“What’s the antonym of hate?” I blurted, drunk on pleasure.

He collapsed to his couch, cupping the joint with his thumb and forefinger and sucking hard. “Jesse.”

BANE was the perfect conclusion to an otherwise already AMAZING series. It’s bittersweet to see this generation of Sinners come to an end. But I’m stoked and excited to read all about the second generation in the All Saints High series.



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 teeth for it.Midnight Blue – L.J. Shen


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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.

SCANDALOUS (Sinners of Saint #3)

Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2)

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

Defy (Sinners of Saint 0.5)

Midnight Blue

Dirty Headlines

Bane – L.J. Shen

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42 thoughts on “Bane (Sinners of Saint #4) by L.J. Shen

    1. Your welcome Kathy!!!! I’m pretty sure you don’t have to wait much longer 😉 she pushed the publish button, now it’s just a matter of hours. 😁

    1. Lol – haha!!! Paula I felt he same 🤣🤣🤣 I couldn’t believe it but Bane was SO yummy!! Just perfect!! 😍😍😍 hope you’ll love him!

  1. I’m so freaking excited to read this! I’ve been waiting for it. Vicious has always been my favorite but I’m waiting to have Bane turn my world inside out. Love your review, such great descriptions of character highlights and it just makes me want to meet this couple even more ❤️

    1. WOW, thank you Lacy!!! I sure hope he rocks your boat!! Because he definitely worked for me. He was everything I thought he should be. I’m so amazed by LJ Shen’s writing, it’s just the BOMB!!!

  2. Vicious was my absolute favorite in this series! I’m one book behind though so I need to read it before I get to Bane! You’re making me excited though with your fantastic review 💕

    1. Amanda, I’m with you. He was my EVERYTHING!! I never thought the day would come – but it did 😀 BANE is a worthy opponent for my affection. I can’t wait to see what you think of him.

  3. What a great review. Thank you. I’m ready to read Bane. I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book.

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