“Everyone needs to read this book. “
– Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author.
Broken Knight, an all new standalone about first loves, betrayal and loss from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!
5+ RIDE OR DIE CROWNS
My words will not ever live up to the emotional journey that is Broken Knight. I sobbed for a good portion of it, my hands covering my mouth and heart in anguish, and yet, and the end of this story I felt a sense of hope, a sense that life moves on, pieces fall together, and more than anything that life needs to be lived, that forevers aren’t promised, and we must live and grasp every moment we can with the ones we love.
Knight fits his title perfectly. He is broken, shattered beyond repair for most of the story, spiraling into an abyss. He hides behind the perfect facade, punishing himself with his love for Luna. Like his heroine, it is hard to watch the self-destruction, hard to see this compassionate, caring soul crumble under the weight of perceived unrequited love and loss. Because he is hurting, readers will be able to look past all his mistakes and pain he causes because at the end of the day he is a teen dealing with intense emotions, not quite mature enough to deal or even know how to handle them. The one aspect of his life that always grounds him, always brings him back is Luna. She is his ride or die. His forever. The perfect match to his fractured heart.
Luna Rexroth is small and silent, but mighty. She is a force, and as the novel progresses she develops her own power, no longer being the weak one or the one who needs protection, but the one who protects and cares for others. Her development over the course of the novel is phenomenal, one of the best I’ve seen from Shen, because her evolution is about needing to be an equal in a relationship. Luna recognizes that the power dynamic between her and Knight isn’t right, she makes hard and mature decisions for them both which aren’t always received well, but are needed nonetheless. I am so in love with the person Luna becomes, the rock she is for her family, and the love she emanates for all those around her. She fills a vital role that is needed by all in this book.
This is not an easy story. From the opening pages, Shen started slowing slicing my heart until it was tiny slivers on the floor. At one point, I was weeping uncontrollably while reading this book, but it would be a travesty to say that this is all this book is about. It isn’t just sad or angsty. It is a story of hope and healing. It is about broken kids finding their way to each other during the tumultuous teen years when you are just trying to figure out who you are. It is a story that shows us that even in the darkest of moments, there is hope for a better day in the future if you surround yourself with those you love. It is a story that life goes on, even when we don’t want it to, and that we need to make the most of every moment because forever isn’t real. It all ends eventually, and so we must live every moment, every day cherishing those we love
Broken Knight is one of those books that my review will NEVER do it justice. It is one of those books that you just need to hand to someone and say read it now. You won’t regret it. Broken Knight is angst and heartbreak, but there is love and joy, and imploring that we need to have a life well-lived. We need to find our hearts in the body of another, and hold onto them tight, loving all the cracks and flaws just as they will love us back. There are moments of darkness, yes, but those moments of darkness are cast out by the moonlight. And although I cried, I felt at peace by the end of this book. Peace with where these characters are and how they are thriving. I couldn’t have loved these two and the whole Sinners of Saint families more if I tried.
All The Stars
Every so often a book will come into your life and change you on a visceral level. This is that book for me. This book shredded my soul and as Leigh’s words slowly stitched it back together, they stitched it different. Her words seared into my soul with pieces of this book embedded into my very marrow. This book will live with me forever.
Always. Whenever. Forever
Leigh took this book to the next level; I can safely say this is her best work to date. Everything about this story hit’s you like a punch to the gut. You feel every emotion, every heartbeat, every moment on Every. Single. Page. You will not be able to walk away from this story without having your emotions run through. But with all the heavy emotions you still get Leigh’s signature dirty humor to help lighten this heartbreaking beautiful story and help lift your spirit.
You changed on me, even though we were in this together. You never, ever let me have a say. I stayed the same, and you just… you just changed!
I don’t want to say too much as what Leigh’s already stated it’s so very important that you go into this blind. But Knight and Luna are so beautiful. They’re so much more than I ever could have imagined. I loved everything about them and their story. Their journey was everything I never knew that I needed and now couldn’t live without. Its so special and undeniably them. Leigh wrote them with this raw realism you just can’t look away from. Each of them is broken in their own way and those broken pieces fit in each other perfectly. Their fire burns brighter and fiercer than any other’s I’ve read in a long time. They are my new favorite Leigh couple.
Our love always had a pulse. Sometimes it was faint. Sometimes it was beating so hard I couldn’t hear anything else. But it would never die. It can’t. I won’t let it.
Honestly it took me some time really get my emotions in checked after reading this. I straight up ugly cried and I have not done that in a long time. This book is unputdownable so only start it if you have time to finish. You will love every word on these pages and every emotion that it pulls from you. Leigh has this undeniable way with words that causes them to wrap around your heart and squeeze, it’s the most delicious kind of pain. You will not be disappointed it’s not possible. So, go read this, live this story as I have and let it change you in the way that only Leigh can.
Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.
Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.
Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
$2.99 for a Limited Time Only
Pre-order the Audio edition now (Available 8/25)
About LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.
She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.
Connect with L.J. Shen
Stay up to date with L.J. Shen by signing up for her mailing list: