Review: If You Dare by Shantel Tessier

September 4, 2019

IF YOU DARE (Dare #3) 
by Shantel Tessier 
Release Date: August 26th 
Cover Designer: Tracie Douglas at Dark Water Covers




I Dare You (Dare Series #1) 

I Promise You (Dare Series #2) 
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The game was over. The dares were getting old, and the secrets were piling up faster than the bodies.
But someone had other plans. They wanted to play a new game.
Becky Holt was the love of his life until he found out what she was hiding. Now he wants to seek his revenge in the most daring way.
Deke Biggs has always been a shark. He’s not afraid to kill, and he's about to become her worst nightmare.
But there’s a new player, and she plans on taking everything, no matter what the cost.
Try to beat him— If You Dare!
Who will win and who will lose?

I have absolutely loved reading every book in this series, and If You Dare was no exception!  The savagery, insanity, bloodshed, passion, and twisted agendas mixed with family, loyalty, and love made for one hell of a story! The characters in these books are ones I know I'll never forget, and I promise you won't either!

This is the first installment to primarily focus on Deke and his love interest, and I was so ready for it! At the same time, I hoped I would still get to spend a substantial amount of time with Austin and Cole, too. In case you're like me and were hoping for something similar, allow me to put you out of your misery right now and let you know we got our wish! Austin, Cole, and the rest of the GWS are still very much a part of this story! Everyone we've gotten to know over the course of the last couple of books are present and accounted for save the deceased or incarcerated. 

I thoroughly enjoyed delving more into Deke's mind and experiencing his world through the eyes of his love interest. Deke is just as ruthless as Cole, and his heroine gives him a run for his money on that front, too. She's perfect for him in the same way that Austin is for Cole. His darkness feeds hers, and she's willing to push herself to her limits to get what she wants. Like Deke, she may be a little crazy, but she isn't vindictive and cruel for no reason. There is a method to her madness, and paying back the assholes responsible for her pain is her priority. 

If You Dare is everything I was hoping it would be! It's filled with suspense, darkness, steam, secrets, betrayal, and twists around every turn! New light is shed on the events of the previous novels, and a few lucky souls finally get what's coming to them. 

Do I think this was a good conclusion to the series? If it's really the end, yes! I'll be totally satisfied with what the author gave us in this book. However, I hope it's not! There is more to this story/these characters that can be explored, and I would love it if we eventually got a book 4 and maybe even a 5 or 6. Like I said though, that's wishful thinking. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this ending. The author left open the possibility of more to come, and I'm just casting my vote!

If you've read books 1 and 2 of this series, picking up this one is a no brainer! You have to read it! You know you won't regret it, so what are you waiting for?!

If you're a dark or bully romance fan that hasn't given this series a try yet, go for it! It's everything you could want! All of the books are full of twists, cruelty, violence, blood, and murder! Basically, this series is dark, fucked up, and a damn good time! You don't want to miss it!

Prologue: Deke
Death Is A debt we are all born owing.
It is something that money can't buy nor can it be traded.
You can't bargain for more time. When it's up you accept it like a fucking man.
I've never been afraid to die. Or to love, for that matter.
Aren't they the same?
You surrender to a fate you have no control over.
You don't get to choose when or how you die, just as you can't choose when and who you fall in love with.
Some couples get a happily ever after while others are toxic for one another.
My love was like that.
She lied; I believed every word.
I hurt her; she forgave too easily.
It was a vicious circle of deceit and sex wrapped up in a pretty black bow. Neither one of us could quit.
I wrapped my hand around her throat, and she begged me to breathe.
She stabbed me in the heart and demanded I bleed.
She might as well have been fucking poison, but I would have drunk her anyway.
That was the kind of obsession I had for her.
I knew how it would end-total devastation.
A war zone of Broken bones and bleeding souls.
I should have hated her, but that's the funny thing about love-it’s out of your control.
Even when it leaves you with two black eyes, you beg for more.
People are afraid of the unknown, but I've never feared death, and love was no different.
She was going to destroy me, and I was going to let her. It was a game that could only end one way-a slow and torturous death.


About the Author: 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 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 daughter, along with their cat and dog.

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