Title: Make You Beg
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Dark High School Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have a new book boyfriend, and my goodness, you will understand why when you read Make You Beg, Shantel Tessier’s newest book.
Henley Greene saw her friend do something terrible, and she went to the cops about it and had him arrested. This book starts during the trial, and we find out immediately why she’s estranged from her former besties. It’s hard to have a relationship with people when you accuse them of things that get them a visit from the cops.
The Grim Reapers are the kings of the campus and all football players for the Westbrook Warriors. They are also heirs to the Founders with the family names of Scout, Law, Rellik, and Monroe. You want to care most about Dax Monroe — he had Henley first, Ryan Scout — he had Henley last, and Grayson Law — he always coveted Henley. Van Rellik is okay with her, but he has no interest in her beyond that. He is, however, the most loyal of all the characters. Rellik believes that Henley saw something that night, but not necessarily what she thinks she saw. And he stands by the guys even when they are dastardly because he’s a musketeer, and they are all one for all, and all for one.
Dastardly is precisely what I consider the payback plan for Henley is. Make You Beg is vicious, and the brutal penance that she must pay is not for the fair-hearted. This is a bully book, and Shantel Tessier isn’t playing with her readers; she’s giving it to them raw.
I have to say that not only do the dubcon activities of Henley and the reapers exist here, there are also dub and noncon activities all over the place. Law’s and Scout’s ‘doll’ is treated without care. The only purpose in her being there is to pay for her sins. I started to Stockholm Syndrome at the same time as Henley, though. I wasn’t sure why I was liking what was happening, but conversely, I did.
There is something wrong with my kink. Shame me, please.
My book boyfriend is the most brutal and cold-hearted of the group, Grayson Hamilton Law. If you are in his good graces, then you are in a good place. Once you cross him, he will destroy you without conscience. Scout is a horse of the same color, but he’s a different breed than Law and Monroe. I’d go so far as to say that he may well be the easiest to dislike. At least I was bothered by him early on and wasn’t steered wrong in that opinion. He’s an irredeemable bastard, spiteful as all get out.
I loved this book. It’s a very in-your-face story, though. Please don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be offensive. You will be disappointed because you have no conception yet, as to how offended you will be by the happenings–until you become hooked and the guys start to become attractive in their debasements. Then you are WTFing your entire mindset.
I am okay with my perverted sense of right and wrong in this book. Please read Make You Beg for yourself and see how it falls on your own sense of moral justice. Just know that these anti-heroes/pro-villains aren’t on the grayscale, they are all black and white, and when I say that, you can assume I mean all black.
Little doll, little doll I highly recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
About Shantel Tessier:
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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