Blog Tour with Review: Broken Knight by L. J. Shen

August 23, 2019


"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!


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.
To live.
To love.
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.

Knight and Luna have been best friends their entire lives. The type of relationship they have is more than just your average teen romance, and Broken Knight is more than just your average NA novel. It's the single most emotional and impactful story Leigh has ever written.

Whatever you were expecting from this book based on Pretty Reckless or the Sinners of Saints series, throw that out the window. I was taken off guard completely by this one. Even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I never could have predicted the effect it would have on me. I didn't anticipate thinking about it for days on end or finding new beauty in it everytime I thought about it. I never knew it would shatter my heart into a million pieces and make me cry at the beauty of it.

I've come to expect incredible storytelling from this author, but this was more than that. I'm in awe of this woman's talent. This novel is painfully beautiful, perfectly paced, and fantastically written. The characters are realistic and flawed. There is so much intense emotion in this story that I physically felt it in my chest, and the feeling didn't go away when I closed the book. It left it's mark on me. Forgettable isn't a word anyone could use to describe this story. Even if you wind up hating it, I guarantee you won't forget it.  

Broken Knight is a work of art. There is no doubt that it will be one of the most memorable books of the year. When we see the top reads of 2019 lists in December, I predict this book will be one of the most frequently mentioned in all of romance. 

I want to point out one more thing before I conclude this review. This may be a standalone, but if you've read the previous books in the "hothole universe", you will get exponentially more out of it. It's what fueled me to read this book all night despite the fact that I knew I would suffer greatly the next day from lack of sleep. It's what made me care to the degree that I did about these characters and made me so deeply invested in the outcome of this story. 

Don't get me wrong, you can still enjoy the book without reading any of the previous novels containing these characters, but I recommend reading them all to get the full effect. You could forgo Bane, but the others all add something to the story you won't feel or see otherwise IMO. I wanted to let you know that just in case you're someone like me that doesn't want to miss out on any part of the story. 

Everyone deserves to experience this book to the fullest extent. I honestly can't imagine it any other way. All of this author's characters are amazing though, so you won't regret reading their stories. It will be so worth it. I promise you that. 

Broken Knight is different from any other book  Leigh has ever written. Like I said before, it's about more than just the romance between Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth. It's a book about the entire Cole clan. It's about love between friends, lovers, and family. It's about healing. It's about life and living it to the fullest. It's full of raw emotion, and it's a fucking masterpiece!

Fans of L. J. Shen and contemporary romance, this one's for you!

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Right now I wanted to just be here in silence with my best friend. And somehow, I don’t know how, but Luna sensed it. So we sat there for what felt like two hours but was probably a lot less, until I opened my eyes again. Her eyes were closed, too. I watched her for a while.
When she opened her eyes, it felt like she took something away from me.
“Let’s jump,” she said.
“I’m quite fond of my limbs, Moonshine.”
“Stop being such a big baby.”
“Big, quarterback baby who just finished a football season in one piece and would like to keep all his body parts intact.”
She crawled out of the treehouse and settled on the branch. It was thick, but I doubted it could carry my muscular ass for more than a few seconds before snapping. I rolled my eyes and settled next to her. She slipped her hand in mine.
“Three, two, one.”
It was a short, sweet way down.

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.
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  1. so agree!! This book was the most heart wrenching, gut sinking, heart shattering books LJ Shen has ever written. One second I was on cloud nine and the other I was betrayed and angsty!! Such an addictive read. Not my favorite ever of hers but I still really enjoyed it! great review :)

  2. Thank you so much!! ❤❤❤ I'm so sorry that I'm just now seeing your comment. I'm still thinking about this book! Lol