Bane by L.J. Shen
I’ll admit that I am very late to L.J. Shen’s Sinners of Saints series, having read all four books in less than a month. But as someone who enjoys binge reading a series, I can definitely say this is a series worth reading and I’m more than glad I got around to meeting this diverse group of characters.
Bane isn’t an original HotHole but he intrigued everyone with his presence in Edie and Trent’s story Scandalous and I’m thrilled he got his own book. This story is a perfect example of how two broken people can find a way to be whole with and in spite of one another. I’m such a huge fan of seeing a beaten down heroine rise above her demons and become a better person because of it and the journey Jesse Carter goes on is nothing short of incredible. I was cheering her on as she began to come out of her shell – due to, mainly, Bane/Roman’s influence – and seeing her defeat those who beat her down was epic!!
“Maybe love wasn’t about feeling happy and whole. Maybe love was about breaking so the person you cared for would feel a little more whole.”
Roman “Bane” Protsenko is well known in Todos Santos for his “business” schemes, his laid back surfer attitude and his reputation as a ladies man. But all that begins to change when Jesse enters his life – albeit for circumstances he keeps from her for most of the book – and the growth Roman also goes through is a pleasure to read. This book had me hooked from the first chapter – and OMG 😮 what a chapter 😭 – and had me guessing and turning pages until the very end. I was stunned by some of the twists and that’s an absolute credit to Leigh and her ability to craft a fabulous story!
Jesse is one of my favourite book heroines this year and Bane is definitely a book I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.