Release Blitz with Review: I Promise You by Shantel Tessier

April 26, 2019

Title: I Promise You
Series: Dare #2
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2019


It was supposed to be a game.
I Dare You.
We brought her in 'cause I wanted to play with her. 
Destroy her.
But plans change and she got caught in the cross fire. 
Then I did something far worse. I fell in love with her, but she doesn't know I still have secrets.
Ones that could rip us all apart. 
We're sharks.
Raised to hunt and kill.
We take what we want without asking.
We've never needed permission, so I'm not about to start now.
You think you know everything, but we're about to do what we do best and prove you wrong-I Promise You!

Blood, violence, betrayl, sex, deceit, love, murder, and friendship, I Promise You by Shantel Tessier is such a fun dark read! "Fun" might seem like a strange word to use to describe a book like this, but when I think of the Dare series, fun is the first word that comes to mind. It's twisted, captivating, and filled with surprising twists and turns that will keep you guessing the whole way through. If that's not fun, I don't know what is! 

Before I go any further, you need to know that this series isn't incredibly realistic. You will have to suspend your disbelief time and time again, but if you can do that and you love dark romance, I think you'll have a great time! 

*This book cannot be read as a standalone. Everything that happens in it is a spoiler for the first book, so if you haven't read I Dare You, stop reading here.*

This book hits the ground running, picking right up where it's predecessor left off. Cole is covered in blood and out for revenge. Austin is in critical condition, and Celeste is dead. The betrayl of his friend was too much for Cole, and he handles it the only way he knows how. Deke is there with him every step of the way, but the same can't be said for all of the remaining sharks. A divide in the group causes some serious tension and will have you questioning everything you thought you knew. Lies are exposed, friendships are torn apart, relationships are destroyed, and lives are lost before the story comes to end. 

I Promise You is a dark romance filled with action, suspense, mystery, and drama! It's written entirely in male point of view which I loved, because it's something I don't see often in romance. Having not only Cole's but Deke and Bennet's perspectives brought so much more to the story. We find out not everything is as it seems between the boys. They have plenty of secrets, and I enjoyed finding out before the characters and anticipating what would happen if the truth was revealed. 

Deke has the biggest role in this story aside from Cole. Being in his head gave more insight into the dynamics of the group, and it also shined a spotlight on his relationship with Becky. We may not have gotten Becky's POV in the book, but she plays a pretty big part in the story despite that. I'm so intrigued by her, her motivations, and her relationship with the boys. I can't wait for Deke's book, and I hope Becky is in it. I need answers! 

As for Austin and Cole, I'm so glad that Cole finally got his head out of his ass. Austin is finally being treated in the way she deserves, and that makes my heart happy. Austin's unconditional love and acceptance of Cole is heartwarming and completely insane (on account of him being a murderer and all), but it showcases just how perfect she is for him. I absolutely love them together. 😍

I want to address one more thing before I go. There are a lot of flashbacks in this book. Some we have never seen before and some are things we already read in the first book. Were all of the flashbacks necessary? No Did some of them help me remember shit I forgot? Yes! All this is to say that, I'm not as mad at them as I might have been if I remembered all the details coming into the story. Other readers may be more aggravated with the recap, so just a heads up. 

Overall, I had an awesome time reading this one! I'm looking forward to uncovering more about what the hell is going on with these crazy motherfuckers lol, and I'm excited for the story to branch out more to other characters. If you enjoy intriguing, drama filled, suspenseful, dark reads, this series might be for you, and if you've read book 1, you should definitely give this one a try!

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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.

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