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Title: I Dare You
Author: Shantel Tessier

Genre: Sports Romance/Suspense

Release Date: April 27, 2018
Blurb
What do you do
when the devil has you in his sights?
You show him that you can play his game.Austin Lowes is new to town. She’s running from a mom who hates her to her dad
who cares nothing about her. Only a few months and she will be free, or at
least, that’s what she hopes … until she meets him.Cole Reynolds is the devil disguised as a man. He wants her fear, he wants her
blood, and he wants her soul.

Just a little game, he says, I dare you.

Will Austin survive him, or will she lose herself and the game?

Secrets are revealed and justice will be served, but at what cost?

Who survives and who doesn’t?

 

 

I Dare You by Shantel Tessier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-27/4/18

I really enjoyed “I Dare You” By Shantel Tessier a lot more than I was initially expecting.
And although this was a very long read it still managed to engage my attention throughout.
I was actually rather sad to finish this and leave such a vibrant cast behind.
So this was my first experience with this author but I can honestly assure you it definitely won’t be my last.
From the very moment I started reading this, I was absolutely transfixed and invested in this addictive storyline.
The characters portrayed here were vividly brought to life against it’s colourful backdrop.
And as well as an extremely interesting and ultimately flawed H & h there was also a fantastic supporting cast running alongside them.
This was told in dual POV which is my all-time favourite.
“I Dare You” also had for me, just the right amount of angst and drama to strike a balance of interest without totally alienating the reader.
And although Cole is a complete and utter dick to Austin throughout this, I still couldn’t help rooting like a one-woman cheer squad for the pair of them.
So this is really not kittens and rainbows, just saying.
Please go into this with your eyes wide open as this story ultimately centres on an extremely toxic YA relationship.
The kind that really isn’t healthy and you definitely wouldn’t want your daughter in.
But that is actually half the draw here, watching these two damaged individuals play a silent game of chess with each other, where the rules are so obscure they actually seem to be made up as they go along.
This is also plenty kind of hot.
Where were these young sex gods when I was a nipper myself.
Totally unrealistic if I’m being real but do I care? not really I enjoyed all the steammy shenanigans like sooo much.
I also adored the cover image here.
I felt it represented the story fabulously and was super eye-catching.
I Cant recommend “I Dare You” enough it was a super read that was full of twists and turns throughout.
Give this fast-paced read a go I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “I Dare You” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Excerpt
AUSTIN
“Why am I here?” I ask, wanting to get this over
with.
Cole takes the bottle from my hand and brings it
to his lips, taking a big gulp. His Adam’s apple working as he swallows.
I cross my arms over my chest, trying to look
unaffected. But I’m having trouble breathing.
“We’ve been thinking …” he says, rubbing his chin.
“We want you to be a part of our group,” Deke
finishes his sentence.
I look among the five of them and start laughing
nervously. “You’re joking, right?”
“Not one bit,” Deke says, shaking his head.
“No thanks,” I say and turn to the door. I twist
the handle and start to pull it open, but a hand slaps on the door above my
head, holding it shut.
I jump back to look at Cole. He leans against it
casually, getting comfortable and blocking my only exit. “It wasn’t an offer,
Austin.”
My eyes narrow on him. “What makes you think I
want anything to do with you guys?”
“Deke,” Cole says, lifting the bottle to his lips
again.
I spin around to see Deke step up to us, his phone
in his hand facing Cole and me. A video plays, and it’s of me driving Cole’s
car away from the warehouse after he stole the red car.
“How did you get that?” I demand.
He just chuckles, placing the phone in his pocket.
“I don’t kiss and tell, baby.”
My eyes narrow on him calling me baby. I turn back to face Cole. “You’re
blackmailing me. Again.”
He shrugs carelessly. “You can call it whatever
you want.”
“I’m calling it what it is,” I snap. “You know
damn well that I had no idea what you had planned.”
He pushes off the wall and leans down, his face
inches from mine. I can smell the cinnamon on his lips and can’t help the
shudder that runs through me. “I dare you to prove it.”
“You son of a—”
“In order to join,” Deke interrupts me, “you have
to pass a test.” He crosses his arms over his broad chest.
“I’m not interested …”
“Initiation,” he corrects himself.
“I don’t want to be involved with whatever
fucked-up shit you guys are in.” How many
different ways do I have to say it?
“Let her out,” Kellan says, but no one listens to
him.
Deke continues. “You have to fuck one of us while
we all watch.”
My heart starts to pound at his words. And my eyes
widen when he takes a step toward me.
This is a joke. It has to be.
He arches a brow in challenge when I just stand
there staring at him. “You want me, baby? I’m ready.” He licks his lips as his
blue eyes settle on my legs. Then he reaches down to his jeans and unbuttons
them.
He’s
serious!
My eyes immediately shoot to Cole.
His eyes hold their usual anger as they glare down
at me, but a slow, devious smile spreads across his face, and the guys start
laughing. “Well, there’s your answer, man,” one of them calls out from behind
me.
My jaw tightens. “I don’t want to …”
“Leave us,” Cole orders, interrupting me. And like
the trained sheep they are, they all walk out. I can still hear their laughter
as they walk down the hall, the door slowly shutting behind them.
I plop down on one of the lounge chairs, trying to
slow my racing heart. “You can’t force my hand, Cole. Not with this.”
He walks over to where I sit. Reaching out, he
runs his busted knuckles along my cheek. I swat his hand away, afraid of what
will come out of my mouth if he touches me.
His hand grips my hair and yanks me to stand. I
cry out as he shoves my back
against the closed door. He towers over me,
pushing his body into mine. I’m panting while he holds me still. He dips his
head to whisper in my ear. “Are you a virgin, Austin?”
“No,” I growl. My hands come up to push him off
me, but he grabs them and pins them above my head. I whimper, and my thighs
tighten.
“That’s a shame.” He sighs, and his breath skims
across my skin making me shudder. “I like to take pretty, innocent things and
destroy them.”
“You’re sick,” I say, panting.
He chuckles but doesn’t deny it. “But that doesn’t
make you want me any less. I saw the way you stared at me in the car. The way
you licked your lips when I thought about kissing you. The way you whispered my
name. How you stared at me when I got out of the pool. And let’s not forget the
way you allowed me to touch you last night. Tell me, were you disappointed when
I didn’t throw you on the bed and fuck you right then?” I moan. “I bet you’re
wet right now.”
“Cole,” I growl his name, not wanting him to see
how right he is.
But he ignores my warning. “You wore red for me
again, sweetheart. You wanted my attention, and you got it. Now what are you
gonna do with it?”
Author Bio
Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high
school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two
daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.
She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be
a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few
of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her
husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her
high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.
Although she has a passion to write, her family is
most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and
daughters, along with their cat and dog.
Make sure to follow her on all social media sites!
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