An all-new dark standalone romance from the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Shantel Tessier


I vow. You vow. We vow.

Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one.

People think growing up with money is freeing, but I promise you, it’s not. My entire life has been planned out for me. I never got the chance to do what I wanted until Ryat Alexander Archer came along and gave me an option for a better life. He offered me what no one else ever had—freedom.

I chose to be his. He made me believe that anyway, but it was just another lie. A way that the Lords manipulate you into doing what they want.

After being sucked into the dark, twisted world of the Lords, I embraced my new role and allowed Ryat to parade me around like the trophy I was to him. But like all things, what started out as a game soon became a fight for survival. And the only way out was death.

Things to know about The Ritual
It is MF
TW (Please see the author’s note on the inside)
J/P & OTT Hero (jealous/possessive & over the top)
This is a 150K word dark romance and may contain triggers for some due to sexual situations, language, and violence.

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Series: N/A

My Rating: ★★★

I do love a secret society romance, throw in a bit of smut, or a lot of smut as the case may be and I’m sold.

This story has both in spades.

Ryat is a part of a secret society that is as old as the hills. Powerful, with crazy traditions. When as part of his initiation, he is set to pursue the most plain of girls, as much as he doesn’t like the idea, he doesn’t really have a choice but to follow through. He never anticipated that she could become anything more than an assignment.

Blakely is your typical rich kid who wants nothing more than to be loved, seen and cherished by anyone. For someone to see her as her, not just a pawn in a power play. Her mother hates her for some reason, saddled with a fiancé she’s comfortable with but doesn’t really love, and a father who seems indifferent, when Ryat starts pursuing her, finally she feels alive. Finally, someone understands and sees her. But could it last? Could it be more than what she ever thought she could get?

I love this authors work. I enjoyed the story, but I have to say, its not her best work for me. I love smut more than anything, but even I think it was way too much in this book. But I enjoyed the chase, the secrets, the suspense. I definitely would recommend to a reader who likes kinky sex and secret societies.

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