Hello and I hope you’re having a nice day! I’ve had a rough week filled with books and this was one of the highlights of it. I’ve been waiting for this book for months, and now that it’s here, I’m sad that this is going to be the last one of this series. I’m happy that author L.J. Shen has decided to write a spin-off series of the sons and daughters of the guys and girls from the previous books, and it will come out in 2019 most likely. Until then… enjoy!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 4 of 4
You can buy it HERE from Amazon.com
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.
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.
When I first read that Ms Shen was going to write another book of this series that it wasn’t about the core four HotHoles, I was a bit skeptic because I liked Bane in “Scandalous” but of course when there is a whole book dedicated to him, things are different. A whole book means discovering more backstory, more personality, and sometimes since this is a series and the characters can’t be identical, you cannot love each one the same way. This happened to me with “Ruckus” and “Scandalous”. I love the HotHoles, I really do, but my favorite remains Vicious. But… Bane became the second favorite.
Despite not being a HotHole but the complete opposite since he is not filthy rich and is way deep down in corruption and all that jazz, he was a bad guy you love to hate but with reason. He needed to survive in Todos Santos like everyone else, except his journey had been more difficult since he came from a humble family. We met his mother Sonya in “Scandalous” and we already knew that he was close with her, and this was a nice thing. Bane “Roman” Protsenko is a piece of work who never falls in love and has mastered his way to get in people’s beds in order to fuel his business. His life is fifty shades of complicated from outside, but he is a guy with a heart and with morals. This is why when he is a step from reaching his dream, he doesn’t blink twice and accepts the proposition to help the man who will give him money get his stepdaughter out of her shell and back to life, but without touching her.
Jesse Carter is our main heroine. She is off-limits not only because even kissing her would result in breaking Bane’s contract, but also because something happened in her life that made her wary and closed-off. Jesse’s past is not bright. She used to be a normal girl until one night something changed it all. Now she is living hidden from the world and only sees her therapist. She could be pitied from many, but she doesn’t want their pity. Jesse is a survivor, even though what she lost weights on her heart and her soul. She is one of those people who suffered something brutal and who needs to stand up from the ashes of her previous self and start again. I think that to do this she needed to meet somebody new who would help her see that in the world don’t exist only people like the snotty trust fund babies she’s had the misfortune of going to school with, but there are a lot of other people who can still show her that love and friendship and trust exist; she just needs to go around the world more than she has been doing during the last few years.
Bane is easy to love. He has a big reputation and he is not bad at maintaining it, but I guess he also needed to meet Jesse to turn his life around. He is at the height of his twenties, but somehow told me he wanted to settle down. Enter Jesse. He’s never treated her like a charity case or the girl he had to spend company with because of a stupid contract. On the other hand, he’s started acting like her friend and it all went from there until he couldn’t live without her anymore.
Jesse is a girl everyone can relate to. She has been traumatized and the trauma she went through is not easy to fix with weekly therapy session. She also needed a strong support system around her, but her so-called family was anything but. Bane showed her that the world had still much to offer despite it threw dirt at her for a long time. And ultimately, like the strong woman that she is, she will save herself.
Here’s the allure about Bane and Jesse. They could seem like different souls, but they are similar people. They are outsiders. They are both from humble backgrounds and didn’t have an easy time growing up, but they have a lot of love and affection to offer. Bane is the guy who will make Jesse rethink that she will never let herself love again. He also made her think that somebody will love her someday and will empower her and make her feel normal and not inferior. Jesse is the woman who will make Bane think that maybe he isn’t unaffected by this crazy little thing called love. Together, they move past prejudices and labels people have put on them and live their lives to the fullest, not caring about what anybody thinks of them. At the end of the day, what’s important is the love they feel for each other.
RATING: 5/5 stars