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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,506 ratings  ·  293 reviews
My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about revenge and hatred, misery and violence. I wasn’t always this way even though it was in my blood. I grew up happy and in love with my best friend until she betrayed me and walked away. After that, I fell into the deep, dark world I was meant for.

Presleigh Clarke's actions turned me into the ru
Published October 26th 2018
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This book started really strong, and I was sucked into the story. I was dying to know everything that went down between Avery and Presleigh. However, by 40% in I was starting to get sick of the over the top violence towards Presleigh by the hero and pretty much everyone else. There was no forward movement in the mystery of what happened between them. Just scene after scene of Avery abusing and humiliating Presleigh, and Presleigh trying (and failing) to escape. This continues well into the book
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’SLAUGHTER’ Is a full length standalone, dark romance novel by new to me author Shantel Tessier.

Avery & Presleigh (aka Bunny) were childhood sweethearts, their parents were best friends so it was only a matter of time that these two would hook up.

Avery is a product of his father, a man you won’t ever want to meet, if you do it means you’ll the next thing to be sold.

But then thirteen years later Avery and Bunny are no longer together. As the story goes, she broke his heart and
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay I can finally breathe. I feel like I have been holding my breath for hours. I seriously loved Avery and Presleigh. Even if at times, I felt like it was wrong. I went through the majority of this book with a lump in my throat. It was so good and dark. So good!!!
Diana * burningdesire_x3 *
Dark Is An Understatement
*self-purchased on Amazon. No need of sugar daddies called promo teams*


“All those special times I spent with you, my love
They don't mean shit compared to all your drugs
But I don't really mind, I've got much more than that
Like my memories, I don't need that.”

Pretty When You Cry – Lana Del Rey

What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible)
Avery Decker and Presleigh Clarke shouldn’t have been it. Years later, they’re both in different phases. One
~Mindy Lynn~
3 Stars!

I honestly wasn't sure what I was going to rate this. There were times when I didn't even know if I wanted to finish the book. I stopped many times to give my brain a break. I really don't understand why this book doesn't have any warning's about triggers in its summary. It needs them BIG TIME. So much violence in this book. Most of it is sexual and wrote in such graphic detail that you feel like you are in the room witnessing it. I would have liked a bit of a heads up because if I had a
 Mary ❤️ DBO

 ★5 Stars★

Slaughter was an amazing unexpected read. I am first-time reader of this author, and most certainly will not be my last...I went blind in the book, just knowing that it will be a dark and twisted story, only I didn't expect to be that dark and twisted... I don't enjoy that much second chance romance stories, but this one was actually very good.

Avery and Bunny had the missed fortune to be born in the wrong families and fell in love when they were just kids. Their father
Heather andrews
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where his woman is concerned Avery is like a bull in a china shop, "I point the gun at his face and cock it. “You have two options— move or die.” My voice is even and so is my breathing." When his woman is p****d she is p****d, “to bed. And don’t bother coming after you’re done torturing some sorry b****rd,” she snaps. “You can sleep in your dungeon!” She opens the door and then slams it shut." I liked this book, it's very dark and it makes you question what the eff a lot but I still love Avery ...more
Rachel K
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It started well...
Kimberly Garner
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sinfully dark and delicious this book takes you on a ride, of subjects so dark and twisted you will want to read with the light on and a therapist on call. If you like twisted up worlds, with mind games, suspense, action, and heartbreak, this is for you. The story is so sharp it's like walking on a razors edge. The characters are so real the world in which they live, is right outside the door.
The plot, pacing and all the words, are amazing. This is really some top notch writing. I couldn't put t
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's the second book I read from Shantel Tessier and I can tell both were kinda violent, with lots of kicking and beating and killing so vivid! Even her lovey-dovey stuff and romance are mixed with slapping and physical abuse. So it was a new kind of romance for me and a bit hard to get on with at first but the whole story and characters are so good and complicated enough for reader to keep going page after page.

And as ending's always very important for me, as to I want everything and everyone
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deep-or-dark
"My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart".

On boy, this is dark, this is gritty, this is raw, Slaughter is the kind of book you ask yourself, should I be enjoying this?

A dark tale of a teenage romance that goes so horribly wrong through lies and evil actions.

Avery's father is as evil as evil gets, he rapes, beats and turns women into slaves. When Presleigh's parents die she goes to live with her boyfriend Avery in the same house where they witness the battered women co
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Revenge, hatred, misery and violence it says in the blurb and Oh boy it's not wrong! I stopped reading the blurb after I had read that and thought I have just got to read this story. I will say it was what I was expecting and much more!

Avery and Presleigh are the main characters and I love them both. I felt everything they felt and sometimes my heart hurt for them. They were childhood sweethearts, thinking they were going to spend the rest of their lives together only to have it ripped apart. El
Danielle Harris
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is freaking crazy good!

This book is seriously super dark! I was shocked so many times with all the darkness that came from this author. I have read a couple dark books by Shantel but this one took the cake! Avery and Presleigh is a dark story you don't want to miss.

Go into this story blind like I did! I had no idea what I was getting into and I'm glad I did! There is twists and so much more! Oh and if you are a die hard fan of Shantel's like me, you will be gitty when the club Seven Deadly
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet holy hell. I first discovered this author from her book I Dare You. I thought that the book was dark and twisted. It had nothing on that book. NOTHING. This book was like going straight to Anal without any foreplay, preparation, and sandy lube. There are triggers. A LOT of them. This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Yet, The author depicts a tale that had me riveted. The characters were well developed. The players in the story (the good and bad) all had a purpose and set the found ...more
Reviews from the Heart
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the newest work by an author I’ve not read much of up to this point and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! I am a huge personal fan of stories that are dark and twisted. Quite frankly, as far as I’m concerned, the darker the better. This one hits right up there for me and I loved this author for going there!

Avery is a piece of work with a huge chip on his shoulder and when he has a score to settle, he isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get even. Both Avery an
Misti Sonntag
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one twisted, dark love story.
When Avery and Presleigh were teenagers in love they were the most normal ones of their families. Which is a whole bowl of crazy. Then life got twisted for them and turned them into totally different people. Ones that neither of them recognize after 11 years.

Most of the first part of the book I just wanted to cry for Presleigh or Bunny as Avery calls her. Meanwhile I wanted to slap Avery. He keeps her as his slave to protect her but torments for his own rev
Lindsey King
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Angst 4
Tears 0
Value 5
Storyline 4
Panty Scorching 4
Overall Rating 4.5

Holy hells bells!! What a freakin ride I just went on!! One I freakin loved. This book was packed with action. Not just the steamy kind either. Two words to describe this book would be dark and delicious. When I first read the blurb I knew I had to have this book immediately and it did not disappoint at all. Although it was a little darker than what I thought it would be. Which for me was freakin great! To me the darker the read
Becca Stanfield Vernon
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is dark, so dark & yet a beautiful love story all wrapped in black with a blood red bow! Avery & Presleigh (such a beautifully different name, loved it!) are childhood friends, who have everything changed bc they are born into evil. No matter how people are raised; how we are raised & treated can change us. The changes these two endured, the hurt, the pain; make them into such different people, yet the same. The twists, the turns have u wondering what will happen next. This book asks u ...more
Michelle Mclellan
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not a dark book reader. I am however, I huge Shantel Tessier fan. I love each and every book of hers, so I knew a needed to give this a try. There was a few times I was going to stop reading this, but I kept going and OMG thank goodness I did. This story was amazing. The imagination and creativity is like no other. Avery and Presleighs story is incredible. Not your typical fairytale. These 2 kids have been through hell and back, but they are strong and determined to fight, no matter how man ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. It had all the ingredients but fell flat for me.

Started strong and then it just became repetitive. Fighting, abusing, humiliating or fucking. The story just wasn't moving forward.

I didn't warm to Avery the mmc or Presleigh the fmc. Avery was just cold and self righteous and filled with so much hate. The only thing we really learnt about Presleigh was she liked sex and being a slave to get turned on..

And the way Avery carried on when Presleigh was stole
Kelly Merie

This love story is ugly. But it's ours. - Presleigh

This was amazing, I am going to have such a major book-hangover from this - I just KNOW it. This is the second time in such a short amount of time, that this author has thrown me in a total book-slump!! But like the glutton for punishment I am, I'll be waiting at the front of the line for her next release.

I'm a huge fan of dark romances (darker the better, baby), and this one just made a permanent spot in my all-time-favourites bookshelf. I r
Shauna Zey
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Completely blown away. What a tangled web one weaves. I’m still sitting here trying to wrap my head around what I just read. And honestly my thoughts are all over the place. This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s the only book I’ve read so far that is absolutely dark and twisted. This had me pausing so many times to try to gather my thoughts. My heart broke over and over and I cried for Presleigh. And then I found myself crying for Avery. Two young kids completely in love with each other ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Shantel Tessier's darker side after reading I dare You. With Slaughter Ms. Tessier once again introduces us to a thrilling dark ride where the heroine is no shrinking violet and the anti-hero is going to make your blood run cold. This book is dark, gritty and full of triggers. The heroine is definitely put though the wringer and then some. I loved her strength even in face of all the atrocities she's had to live through. I really enjoyed the glimpses of Avery and Presleigh's ...more
Anne Milne
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author gave a warning advising this story would be darker the her other books and boy oh boy did she bring it, this book is deliciously dark.

I was hooked on Presley and Avery's story from the start. I could tell it was going to be something special I simply could not put it down. A complicated love story full of pain mystery and deceit. It's a dark and twisted tale that is so compelling. I can't guarantee you will like the main characters or their actions but you won't be able to stop readin
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Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-from-author, 2018
5 big slaughter stars

Can I just say I am loving Shantel's dark side? this book is so good. Right from the start, I was hooked Avery and Pres Story will pull you in and not let go till the last word. It is twisted it is dark full of mystery. it will have you on the edge of your seat wondering how it all going play out and let me tell you what a ride it is..

You just feel for both these characters.

Great characters to both love and hate. the writing is brilliant I can't wait for Tristan and Chloe'
Shanene Wayne
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect from this story. It’s a dark twisted love story that has so many aspects to the story. I never knew how things would turn out. Presleigh is such a stong but broken soul who has gone through horrific things but is stronger because of it. Avery is such a hot alpha with a really dark past but I couldn’t not love him! Anyone who reads this needs to look past the darkness because yes it has some really dark parts but it is worth it to find out the ending!!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy black soul! I literally could not put the book down, I loved every bit of it even when I knew I shouldn’t! This is one of the books that you spend the majority of it on the edge of your seat! If you love dark books, then this is one for you. If you don’t normally read dark books, get reading now and you’ll get hooked. Shantel has done it again, I’ll be following her religiously, making sure I buy her books as soon as she writes them. P.S. give me more!!! 😂
Jennifer Richey
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Um holy cow this is def a dark read and it is def not a light read at all! Two people not supposed to be together finds away to be but some things happen in the past! Presleigh runs into Avery years later and he literally kidnapps her! What In the world! I loved this dark read!! Presleigh and Avery just wow! And can’t wait to read Tristan & Chloe next!
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy frigging crap!! I absolutely loved this book! I don’t even know what to say!! It was dark, and so damn twisted!! I was hooked from the first page!!
Stephanie Anderson-cochran
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE AVERY! This book is twisted in the most delicious ways, Avery and Presleigh's journey is insane and you are trying to keep up with their madness. The story is cloaked in darkness, mystery and sexyness. When you get to the end you are brought to amazing understanding of everything while exhaling from hold your breath the entire time. Bravo Shantel, cant wait for more Dark! ...more
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