Book Reviews, Dark Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Sabotage by Shantel Tessier

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(A standalone)

Publication Date: March 18, 2022

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Enemies to Lovers/Forbidden/Dark Romance

Author: Shantel Tessier

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Where do I begin because I seriously LOVED SABOTAGE!!!! It’s dirty, gritty, filthy, a non-stop read that once I opened the cover I couldn’t put it down until I finished the very last page.

This hate-to-love romance book is walking such a thin margin that it’s almost non-existent. Shantel Tessier pulled out all the stops along the enemies-to-lovers trope and left nothing untouched. So, buckle up for this glorious ride into the forbidden and dark underbelly of degradation.

Raylee and Colton have been twisted up in a game of push and pull, hate and loathing for six long years. Ever since their parents married one another when they were in high school. However, their hate was a mask to shield their desire and longing and the more time that went along the more flames they added to the fire.

Sabotage is not a book for the faint of heart, nor is it a book for someone who doesn’t like diving into forbidden or dark stories. Raylee and Colton push every boundary and poke every vulnerability, but they are also perfect for each other in every way possible.

There is one very intense scene that literally took my breath away and Shantel had me so wrapped up in the moment, where I was so immersed in the scene, that my house could have been burning down around me and I wouldn’t have noticed.

Hats off to Tessier for creating characters that are always gritty and raw and for taking chances outside of the norm. It will keep me coming back and certainly keep me turning pages late into the night.


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

Raylee Lexington Adams is my stepsister and the one woman in the world who can make my blood boil.

She’s vindictive, a lot of crazy, and absolutely stunning.

I hate everything about her except for when she’s on her knees begging me to use her as my own personal toy.

We’ve been playing a game of cat and mouse for far too long. We have used each other for our own sick pleasure.

I’ve ruined every relationship my little princess has ever had. A sure way that she’ll come crawling back to me, begging me for what only I can give her when another man fails her.

But I’m tired of watching others get a piece of what is mine. So, I did what any rational man would do—I staked my claim, showed the world that she belonged to me, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make her believe it too.

Colton Remington Knox is a man I despise but can’t say no to.

He’s what any girl would call a walking red flag. But I’ve never claimed to be a smart woman when it comes to men. Why should he be any different?

I’ve always managed to hold my own against him. But this time, he’s gone too far. Posting a video of me on my knees for him, for what? To brag? Embarrass me? He’s acting like he doesn’t know me very well.

Colt wants to play a game? I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure I win. No matter what it costs me.

People already think I have no dignity, so why let them down now?

Things to know about Sabotage
It is MF with an MFMM scene (no MM interaction. They are focused on her)
TW (Please see the WARNING/author’s note posted at the beginning of the book. If you have no triggers and want to go in blind, please skip to the prologue.)
OTT (over the top) H
J/P (jealous & possessive) H
A dark college/stepbrother romance
Told in multiple POV’s

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