“Deliciously dark, steamy, and full of suspenseful twists and turns, this book kept me up ALL NIGHT. ” Siobhan Davis. USA Today bestselling author
Make You Beg, a dark bully romance standalone from bestselling author Shantel Tessier is available now!
To the world, she’s known as Henley Greene.
To me, she’s a little doll— a toy to be played with and tossed to the side once no longer wanted.
She will pay for her betrayal however I deem necessary.
Imagine living in a constant nightmare where you have no control. Running from someone or something, you can hear him getting closer and feel his breath on your neck. You know that no matter what you do, he’s going to get you.
He will win.
But I don’t have just one. I have four.
Ryan Scout, Van Rellik, Dax Monroe, and Grayson Law are the Reapers of Westbrook High, my ex-best friends, and now my biggest enemies. They run the school and own this town. They want nothing more than to make me pay for what I saw that night at Death Valley. A sick and twisted game that leaves me dirty and bruised with torn clothing.
So how did I fall in love with one?
I was raised to fear the dark side, but he showed me it was in the dark where the truth came to light. He played with me until my body craved his touch. I was going to prove I could be his most trusted servant in every form of the word. Whether kneeling before him or lying on my back, my sole purpose in life was to be his.
But when you’re a toy everyone likes to play with, you’re bound to end up broken.
Make You Beg: A Dark Bully Romance was previously published in the Bully Me: Class of 2020 Anthology but has now been reworked and expanded into a new full-length story.
I look out my passenger window and spot the four guys I want to avoid for the rest of my life. The Grim Reapers. AKA Reapers.
Each one of their cars is backed in, side by side, in the front row. They’re all the same color–flat black with blacked-out windows and wheels to match–intimidating just like them.
All four gather around Ryan Scout’s Bugatti Chiron. Girls crowd around them as though they’re all members of a rock band, and they have to suck their dicks to get backstage. One even stands between Dax’s parted legs, and he’s got his hands on her hip.
Fear sets into my bones like the weight of an anchor sinking in the ocean, pulling me down once again. I grip the steering wheel and drop my head. Closing my eyes, I take a deep breath, trying to calm myself. “I can do this,” I chant.
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The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌏🌍
Character development: 😉😖🤨😤🥰
“The founders of Westbrook go back generations, to the eighteen hundreds. They consist of four families—the Monroes, Laws, Relliks, and, you guessed it, the Scouts. Like I said, my four best friends own this town. They are known as the Grim Reapers—they will fight you to the death on and off the field.”
The heroine: Henley Greene – she turned on her four best friends when she accused Dax Monroe of rape and murder after seeing him do it to a girl at a party. She was sure of what she saw at the time, despite being drunk and on drugs and she testified in court. They are all from wealthy families (including Henley) though she is not from one of the founding families.
The Heroes (a.k.a. The grim Reapers): Ryan Scout – He was Henley’s boyfriend before she made the accusation against Dax. He kept their relationship a secret though, for some reason.
Dax Monroe – He was Henley’s first and he is still attracted to her despite wanting to kill her for what she did to him.
Grayson Law – He has always wanted Henley but never let it show. He will torment her now because of what she did.
Van Rellik – He doesn’t want Henley, he doesn’t really care about much. Though he will always stick with his friends.
The Love Story: This was a weird one, not truly explaining everything at the beginning, though the Blurb did say that it was a MF, MFM love story. We do find out early that Henley has been best friends with all 4 boys since she was little. She was with Dax first (a few weeks prior to being with Scout). But it seems Scout is her true love. It takes a while to find out how that all went down.
It is a bit unnerving that all the guys turned on her after she accused Dax. They have never really talked much about that night, because all the guys completely believe Dax and think she is lying, but she is sure of what she saw. It is unclear of what really happened that night. Though I completely Love that it is told from all points of view.
Of course the guys would stick together and have a terrible opinion of Henley despite her also being their best friend. I can’t say I hate what they want to do to her since I do love the bully romance genre. My favorite thing is when guys realize they were wrong and turn things around.
There were things I didn’t quite like with this book. One was the way Henley acted sometimes. She dressed provocatively and did other things to make the guys jealous and this was before they began bullying her. She also flirted with all of them despite really only wanting Scout. I guess I don’t see how she could be best friends with all four guys but flirt with them too (I can see flirting in a cute way just to give a guy friend the business) but she was really flirting with them to get them wanting her. I do like a girl who is strong and willing to fight back, but I guess I have an issue when they are calculating and she seemed like one of those rich girls who was a bit too into herself at the start.
There is also some public sex and filming of it which I didn’t really appreciate. It seemed to me the relationship between Henley and her “four best friends” was a bit creepy and extremely dysfunctional. Of course this is all stuff from the past that was told in flashbacks in the first twenty percent of the book, my rating is on the entire book, so take that how you want.
Though I liked many of the flashbacks and the suspense was terrific. Every time I thought I knew if Dax did what Henley accused him of, something happened to show me I had no idea. The bullying went a bit too far in this one for my comfort. Usually in bully romances the anti-Hero focuses solely on the Heroine even though they are not together yet. The bullying is in part because the guy or guys are so attracted to someone they technically hate, so they really don’t get with anyone else.
However, in this book they used to be best friends and lovers and still they taunt her by being with other girls. I didn’t like it, but I overcame it and was glad I stuck with it. The story got really good and I couldn’t put it down. Everything I thought I knew kept getting turned upside down until I had no clue what was going on. I ended up really liking Henley and feeling for what she was going through and I really liked a few of the other characters as well, but I won’t say which ones were my favorites. The second half of the book was so enthralling, it overcomes any issues I had with the beginning.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.