Review: I Dare You by Shantel Tessier

Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: NA Dark Romance
Series: Dare #1

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?


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This was my first book by this author and it definitely won't be the last as I was completely sucked in from page 1.  I don't really want to say too much without giving anything away, but this was a really good, dark and twisted romance.  Cole is one of those anti-heroes that I hate to love.  He is a cruel and damaged bad boy, but I couldn't help but love him.  He and his friends take great pleasure in daring each other to do horrible things. Things that are not always legal.  Austin, who was sent off to live with her father, catches Cole during one of these illegal games. Austin is a very likable heroine.  She is strong and resilient and I love that pushes back. The two have a volatile relationship with some very intense chemistry. Cole wants her fear. He wants to destroy her. Austin, fights him every step of the way. 

This book is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the author throws you through a loop. Things are not always what they seem and I enjoyed watching Cole and Austin evolved as people as well as couple.. While this is a book features characters in high school, I would not consider this a YA novel due to the darker nature of this book. I am definitely looking forward to more of this author's works.

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.

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