Dash – 4 Stars

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Shantel Tessier

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: June 30, 2015

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book blurb

I’ve never been one to follow the rules…or the law, for that matter. But when you find yourself behind bars and being offered the opportunity of a lifetime, you take it. I agreed to race motorcycles for Johnny Knight. A very powerful man who wanted me on his team, even knowing I was a liability. But will he still feel that way once he finds out that I had a one-night stand with his daughter? I didn’t mean for it to happen. I didn’t even know who she was until she walked into his office wearing my shirt from the night before. Too bad that was all she wanted—one night. It didn’t really matter who she was, I wanted more. So when she ran, I followed. I should have let her go. That would have been best for both of us. But I have never done what was right, so why start now? I’ve always been willing to take a risk, no matter what it would cost me. And I knew she was worth it all.

I’m Erik Dashling; you can call me Dash. This is my story of how I willingly risked one dream for another. But everyone knows that not all dreams come true.

“There are some particularly difficult scenes in this book, all I can say is that they were superbly written, poetic even, Shantel outdone herself in the delivery of the climax to the story, shell shocked would be how I felt…” ~ Book Hooked Brit

“Be prepared to fall in love with Dash, to melt when he brings out his cocky smirks and his sexy promises.” ~ Rosarita Reader (iScream Books)

“Such an emotionally heart stopping book. Loved it!” ~ The Smutbrarians

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excerpt

His face starts to harden, and his gray eyes narrow as they search my face. He looks at me as if he just realizes what my night has consisted of. A physical fight with Rodger. Whereas, I’m sure he got drunk and laid.

I actually throw my head back and laugh out loud. I laugh so hard my body shakes, and it feels good. I lift my head and look up at him as he stares at me with those beautiful gray eyes. They look hard as I watch his eyes follow the line of the stitches that are on my face once again.

I throw my hand up as I continue to laugh. He frowns when I snort, and it makes me laugh even harder. “Sorry…” I try to calm my laughter; it makes my aching body hurt, but it feels so good to laugh. “But this is just too funny.”

“Your ex-boyfriend beating the shit out of you is funny?” he questions. “I don’t see how that can be funny.”

My laughter dies immediately. Instead of standing, I lean back against the bench and cross one leg over the other. His eyes quickly scan my bare legs, and I feel my body heat start to rise. No! Don’t go there, Tabatha. You regret ever sleeping with him, remember? “No, the fact that you keep showing up is what I think is funny. The fact that you think I wanna talk to you is funny.” Oh, good one. Make him buy it.

“You wanna talk about funny?” he asks raising his voice. “I have woken up to you running away. Not only once, but twice. What the hell is your problem?” I take a deep breath that makes my chest rise. Is he really gonna do this? “And why was Rodger there after I happen to leave?” Oh, he’s going all the way. “Huh? Did you call him to tell him how bad I hurt you?” My mouth drops open. “Did you ask him to come over and kiss your wounds?” he shouts.

I stand and shove my hands into his chest pushing him backward. “Don’t you dare accuse me of something you know nothing about,” I shout back. “You were the one who had just been drunk and with your ex moments before. And you kissed her.” I do air quotes around kissed. “Who knows what else you did with her.”

“I was just doing what your father told me to do. Get information,” he says matter-of-fact with a wave of his hand.

“Oh? And he told you to stick your tongue down her throat?” I demand.

“No. His exact words were to do whatever I had to do in order to get the information that we needed.”

“Lies.” I spin around giving him back for a second before I turn back to face him with my hands clenched down at my sides. “All you do is lie,” I yell.

“And all you do is run away,” he sneers in my face. “Not all of us are as heartless as you and can just turn our backs on others at any given moment.”

I feel the tears start to sting my eyes, and I blink them away. He truly hates me now, but this is not the time to fall apart. After everything I’ve been through tonight, I can keep it together for just a little longer. I swallow the knot in my throat and lick my dry lips. “Well, you made it pretty damn easy,” I lie. He hasn’t made anything about us easy. It’s so damn hard to stand here and be a bitch to him. My legs are tired, and I would give anything for him to pick me up and hold me in his arms. But that ship has sailed. “But I sure as hell can’t stand the fact that you keep coming around.” Stay strong, Tabatha. Don’t apologize; you can’t take those words back now no matter how big of a lie it was.

I expect him to yell in my face for what I said. For him to shoot the hurtful words right back. But instead, his hard eyes look me up and down, and he snorts as he shakes his head. That hurts worse than any words could. He looked at me as if I was nothing.

He runs his hand through his shaggy brown hair and speaks. “Well, I’ll make something else easier for you. I quit.”

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about the author

Shantel Tessier

Shantel TessierShantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their four year old little princess. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book

She has published five books in the Undescribable series and 2 books in the DASH series. She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. 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 two cats and dog.

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my review

 4 Stars

I am feeling a bit frustrated. And a totally irritated. (Insert scowling red face emoji) Shantel!!  WTH?!

I was loving Dash – literally. I. Loved. Dash. He was the right mixture of charming yet sexually provocative – all the while being completely badass. I thought his book was awesome.  I was fully entertained by the two main characters – Dash and Tabatha.  They were fun and had a super flirty relationship. There was a bit of drama but I was completely captivated and enchanted.

And then I was some where I did not want to be in this story – it did not matter that I wanted to go back. Some times things just cannot be undone.  I felt like Shantel took my heart out and give it a real good squeeze.  The storyline had taken a crazy and swift plot twist, and I just could not stop reading.  I was not prepared and I totally did not see the chaos coming.

Here is where I think reader’s opinions on Dash will be split.  Some people will love extra angst and drama but for me it didn’t enhance the book. Only because I felt that the author concluded the book up shortly afterward with an slightly unsatisfying ending – I wish there had been a more.

However, I would still strongly recommend the book – it’s a great read even though it made me angry.  It is well written and the plot flows well even when you don’t want it to.  It definitely made me feel all kinds of emotions and I devoured it. What more can you ask for from a book?!

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