Excerpt and Book Review: Slaughter by Shantel Tessier

Title: Slaughter
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Dark Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2018


My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about revenge and hatred, misery and violence. I wasn’t always this way even though it was in my blood. I grew up happy and in love with my best friend until she betrayed me and walked away. After that, I fell into the deep, dark world I was meant for.

Presleigh Clarke's actions turned me into the ruthless man I am today. Too bad for her, I believe people should pay for the things they have done. The more painful and messy, the better. I get off on making people bleed. It feeds my inner demon, and right now, he is starving. She crossed me once, so now she’ll know what it’s like to fear me. But not all stories end the way you think they will … mine certainly didn’t.

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Big blue eyes stare into mine with a look of terror. Good, she recognizes me. Even in her drunken state, and eleven years later, she still knows who I am.

Her pink lips part, inhaling sharply. Her entire body goes rigid. I take a step toward her as she pulls me in just as she always did. I never could control myself with her. But this time has to be different. I have to be in total control of myself and of her.

She doesn’t move.

She doesn’t blink.

She doesn’t breathe.

Deciding to close the gap completely, I take two more steps until my body is close enough to feel the heat radiating from hers. Her long, dark hair drapes over one shoulder, and it looks good on her. She loved when I used to run my hands through her short hair and play with it. Now I just want to wrap it around my fists and force her to her knees. We never did fuck. We made love—always soft and slow. Now when I picture us in bed together, she is bound and gagged. That way, she won’t be able to stop all the sadistic shit that comes to mind.

I’ve become one of those men I swore to never be! All because of her.

I want her to beg me.

I want her to bleed for me.

I want her to love me.

But I’m not stupid. None of those things will come willingly. I’m gonna have to take them. And I have no problem with that. She made me who I am today, after all.

She continues to stand there like a deer in headlights. I give her a threatening smile but reach out to tuck her hair behind her ear in an innocent gesture when what I really wanna do is slap that look of surprise off her face.

Her body physically shakes.

“Hello, Bunny. Miss me?”

4.5 Stars. Slaughter is a dark romance that grips you right from the first page.  It is a unique, entertaining storyline with twists, turns, shocking revelations, and suspense.  The characters are interesting and well developed and the book moves at a good pace - keeping you entertained until the very and inducing a book hangover.

Told from a DOV, you meet Avery and Presleigh who started off as young sweethearts and later became enemies.  If you like anti-heroes, the author gives you the ultimate dark, powerful, alpha male, Avery.  He is one of those characters that I hate to love in that he has a bit of a sick mind, but you still can’t help but love him.  I didn’t fall in love with Presleigh right away, but I really came to love her strength, resilience, and determination to survive.  Many times, my heart broke for her.  There are occasional very brief flashbacks interspersed throughout the novel.  I really like how she integrates them into the book, slowly revealing their intense love from when they were younger to what tore them apart. 

*Warning for potential triggers: There is graphic violence, a rape scene (not by Avery), and some BDSM elements.* If you enjoyed Shantel Tessier's previous book, I Dare You, and/or you like the authors such as Bebe Reid or Penelope Douglas, then you will love SlaughterSlaughter has no cliffhanger and a HEA.  I am impatiently looking forward the next book in this duet. I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.

Author Bio

Shantel is a Texas born woman 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 do what she does while getting to work from home. 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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