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First Line Friday: The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

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Today’s book is The Ritual by Shantel Tessier.

I kneel in the middle of the darkly lit room along with twenty other men. My hands are secured tightly behind my back with a pair of handcuffs. My shirt is torn and blood drips from my busted lips. I’m panting, still trying to catch my breath while my heart beats like a drum in my chest. It’s hard to hear over the blood rushing in my ears, and I’m sweating profusely.

About: A dark NA college romance with secret societies and lots of kink, this book is a must-read. Ryat Alexander Archer is one man you will love to hate in every way, except it quickly becomes obvious he’s impossible to hate. This is a very dark read and I did wonder at one point why I loved it so much but couldn’t put it down. This story was an instant favorite from the first chapter, it just pulls you right in. The author builds a world that the characters have to survive and escape and it will blow your mind.


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.

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