I received an ARC of Bane in exchange for an honest review.
I really don’t know where to start to explain how much I loved this newest release by L.J. Shen. Bane is certainly a book one should devour slowly, to really savor the story in small dosage to fully grasp the full concept of the story. I’m blown away at how well-written and developed Bane is and how the author is able to capture her reader’s attention from the very beginning. The characterization of Bane and Jesse, the impactful writing as well as the good and bad happenings of the overall story were the major factors in my decision to rate this book as one of the best reads of the year. Bane is one book that I will think about for a long time to come.
I didn’t expect this book to be so deep, so real. My emotions are all over the map after finishing it. Bane is so realistic in every way. I have to say I admire how Ms. Shen was able to draw upon real issues that transpires in our word today. Readers’ if you have a problem with dark subjects/moments, then Bane won’t be for you. However, Bane is more than just about ugly tragedies. It is also about healing, finding ways to cope and living again while opening your heart to someone else, someone that’s worth knowing and loving.
Roman aka Bane is my newest male favorite of L.J. Shen. There are so many layers to Bane’s character. It is like peeling back an onion, you never know what side of him you’re going to get. I liked learning the different aspects of his personality. Yes, he’s borderline rude, an asshole and often times a bastard, but he’s also one of the good ones. Bane’s a natural born protector. When Bane loves, he loves hard and completely. I love how much he loves his mom and Jesse.
Jesse is such a fascinating character. I felt empowered by her strength. I loved her attitude of taking back control of her life again. Her resilience to overcome all the terrible things she’d been through made me love her character more than I already did. She wanted to slay her own demons. As a reader and lover of strong female characters, I could respect that. I enjoy whenever female characters are able to stand up for themselves. Jesse’s fierce, good, and beautiful.
Jesse’s friendship with Bane gave her the courage to find herself, to trust in the opposite sex again. She needed him, and he needed her. I loved their connection. They got one another. I enjoyed the fact that their characters shared so many similarities. I don’t mean to sound like such a romantic nutter, but Bane and Jesse were always fated to be together.
The chemistry between Bane and Jesse was incredibly hot, intense. Bane and Jesse created heat whenever they were together. Readers’ you will definitely be able to feel the fire between them right off the pages. The undeniable attraction between Bane and Jesse is out of this world. I loved how much Bane fought against his attraction for Jesse. He didn’t want to screw up with her. He wanted to give her time. He wanted to do the right thing even though Jesse made it next to impossible for him to hold on to his control.
Bane wanted to show Jesse just how much she was different to all the other people he screwed around with. Jesse got under his skin. Bane got under Jesse’s skin, into her heart. The two of them were doomed from the start. Jesse and Bane weren’t truly living until their lives intercepted. They found their peace and happiness in one another.
I never realized how much Bane could be so thoughtful, so caring until this book. I found new appreciation for his character. I just fell in love with him as well as with Jesse’s character. The two of them are amazing together.