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Tease Me Once

(Shame on You #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  925 ratings  ·  428 reviews
From USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling romance author, W Winters, comes a provocative tale of a club designed for wealthy sinners. It’s a story crafted for those of us who crave the villain. 

Not everyone knows about The Club, which is by design. The main floor entertains the elite. There are dim lights, stolen touches and the liquor flows to ensure the guests
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Published October 26th 2021
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Oct 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
There’s no way I just got left hanging like that. I can’t deal with not knowing the answers.

This book was really good. I loved Declan and was really excited to finally be introduced to another one of the cross brothers.
The book definitely lived up to my expectations that I had coming from reading all he’ll ever be and irresistible attraction.
I already fell in love with the merciless world and Braelynn quickly became one of my favorite girls.
Her relationship with Declan made a lot of sense an
That was something... and, well... I liked it.

Things I liked:

🧡 The writing: This is my first read by the author and I'll be reading more by her. It's not too basic yet not too much.

🧡 The spice: Yup, the scenes were one of the best I've read on the hot scale.

🧡 The ending: I liked the whole romantic suspense that is going on in the read and the ending makes you pick the next book!

Things I wasn't impressed with:

⚫ The male lead: He is so much better than the leads in dark romances that I've read but
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy
Declan Cross. Declan Cross. 𝗗𝗘𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗦 - Holy hotness. Duuude. That man is like a popsicle on a steamy hot day. You just want to lick his badness right off him.

“𝘿𝙚𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙣 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙢, 𝙪𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨.”

Declan is the youngest of the Cross brothers. He is feared by all just like his siblings. He runs the club. The club with dark corners and even darker rooms to enter in if you so dare. All the rumors are true. Leave your inhibitions at the door and let your desires fly.

W. Winters
Oct 24, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Are you ready for Declan Cross?

Declan Cross was very… unexpected. He is next level possessive and their connection is INTENSE but it’s so hot HOT hot! (he’s kind of pervy in the hottest way LOL) Prepare yourself because this book is going to be FIRE!

Snag it here: https://geni.us/xraDfRb
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Willow Winters. But I have to say, her best writing is when she goes back to the Merciless World.
I’ve been waiting on Declan Cross’s story and it’s here and it was absolutely amazing. I feel like Winters stepped up her game with the kink and BDSM. This book was so so freaking hot!

Braelynn got herself out of an abusive relationship and finally in her own apartment. Her friend got her a job at a club to be a cocktail waitress. She had no idea that she was going to run into Decla
Oct 23, 2021 rated it liked it

“Any man who hurts you, won’t live to do it again.”

This book was STEAMY and that ending OMG?!?!

This book follows Declan the owner of an exclusive club and Braelynn who gets a job in the club. Declan and Braelynn know each other from their past and they can’t help the chemistry between them. Are their secrets going to break them?

This book is steamy and has a bdsm relationship. The ending does end on a cliffhanger and I need the next book asap!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

Nov 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Why is the second book coming out next October!??! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT A YEAR!?! Shame on me for not checking the due date for the second book before reading this. 😵‍💫
The Romantic Rush Blog
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Merciless world is pretty much my one Willow Winters reading experience, and there’s a reason many consider this world to be her best- it is just so freaking hot. In this outing, we have Braelynn, our heroine, who has finally escaped her abusive relationship, and thanks to a friend, she finds herself a job as a cocktail waitress at what she thinks is a standard old club- turns out, it’s a sex club, run by none other than Declan Cross- the baby brother of the Cross crew and an old high school ...more
Jessica {Litnoob}
Nov 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so unexpected. I have had a love-hate relationship with the Cross brothers. I didn’t really like Carter and thought that maybe that would mean that I would never vibe with this family. But Declan cross is the king. This story was everything! It was spicy it had sweets it gave all of the emotion. I was invested in this pairing from moment one. I enjoyed that the childhood bond didn’t dictate how the relationship unfolded here. I cannot stress enough how good this book is. If you are a fa ...more
LianaReads blog
Oct 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Willow Winters know how to get you suck up in a dark and sinful romance story.
Declan Cross is more ruthless than I was expecting but I wouldn’t have him either way. He had me on the edge throughout this book and that damn cliffhanger had me gasp out loud because damn, I wanted more and that was brutal. I can’t wait to read the next books in this trilogy and I’m looking forward to see where these two are taking their game out.
If you love dark romance with lots of steamy and suspenseful moments,
Sophie's Reading Corner
Nov 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
"She's like a doll, a pretty little thing to play with. A gorgeous woman to fuck into my ravaged rag doll."

Uhmmm well hello there Declan, I mean Sir. This book should come with a warning to have a fan while reading it.

When Braelynn went into her new job as a waitress, she definitely didn't expect that her boss would be someone she knew from high school or how much he had changed and she definitely couldn't see where this would have brought her.

"Maybe we're just two broken
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Oct 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Whew. *fans self*

Tease Me once is seductive, and dark, and taboo. I enjoyed every moment of it! If you’re a fan of the Cross brothers and have been dying for Declan’s story—look no further because it has arrived!

In fact, I haven’t even read the main books in the Merciless world yet, just another one of the spin-off series, and found this one super easy to get into and enjoy, despite that. So if you haven’t read any of the other stories following the Cross family, I wouldn’t worry too much about
Jan 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD???? that cliffhanger was so evil i can’t

before i get into it, let me say that after this, i definitely have to read the merciless world. like i’ve been like apprehensive to start it because it’s so long and there’s so many books but i literally fell in love with the author’s writing style through this book so now i have to read everything!

moving on, this book was so good! i literally ate this up under two hours and now i have to wait MONTHS for book two omg. but yeah, declan and brae’
Nov 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Book 1 in the new series, Shame on You by W. Winters. Loved Declan and Braelynn. Their relationship was off the charts hot. The chemistry between them radiated off the pages. You won’t want to put this book down once you pick it up. The only reason I stopped reading it was because it ended. I can’t wait for the next book. I have to know what happens to Declan and Braelynn.
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Nov 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for this man for so long! Apparently because of a busy life, I had to put this book aside and pause reading for a few days but omg, I just finished and I am Shooketh!!! It's so good.

Declan Cross is the true devil. He is ruler sitting on his throne, slaughtering anyone who comes in his way. That is until the woman of his dreams comes back. And now he won't let her leave. She is trapped with him and the offer he has made her won't let her leave him. It's all a game and he will
Oct 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMFG!!! I am so excited that Declan Cross is here. I have been waiting and waiting for his story for forever and Willow did not disappoint one bit. If I could, I would give this more than five stars. I could not stop once I started. I was gripped from the beginning all the way to the end. I kept looking for more pages. I am surprised my kindle did not combust. Declan and Braelynn’s story is hot, spicy, steamy, erotic, intense, and heartstoppingly good. Declan is the youngest Cross brother and ha ...more
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Declan Cross, the youngest of the Cross Brothers but the most restless and reckless. This story is sinfully delicious and full of lust and BDSM themes that leaves you heaving for your next breath.

I feel like I was trying to bring myself to swim through these pages that held me captive from the very beginning. Because we all know what the Cross Brothers represent, darkness, a storm of reckless mayhem and Braelynn lands herself in the thick of it.

What starts off as a job opportunity with Declan C
Emma (emjbookshelf)
Oct 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you liked the Merciless series this is Declan & Braelynn's story.
I loved this book, Their chemistry was instant. I loved how Declan softened himself around whilst maintaining his domineering side and I loved how Braelynn started to come out of her shell once she started working at the club and started a relationship with Declan.

This book was intense with mystery and secrets and I read it in one sitting, The only dissapointing thing was I did not realise this was a duet and it ended on a clif
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Willow Winter has done it again. This book caught my attention from the first page. It was a fast-paced, full of action story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Hot, sexy, dark, romantic, intimate, erotic, dirty... The list can go on and on to describe Tease me Once. The plot just sucked me in, there was a perfect amount of suspense, mystery, passion, and emotion and that ending left me begging for more. And i have a feeling Declan might just become my favourite Cross brother. Can't wait for t ...more
Amanda Hansen
Willow Winters is a problematic author and I cannot in good conscience continue to support her work.

I have amended my review after Willow engaged in a smear campaign against a victim of SA.

I enjoyed certain aspects of this, Brae’s coming to terms with what her relationship to Declan is was very cool to see pan out. But unfortunately things happen way too quickly in this book. We didn’t get any information despite it being a multi-perspective novel, and I felt as lost as Brae most of the time.

Claire Annovazzi
Oct 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That was… wow. I knew Declan could become my favorite Cross brother, and he’s on his way, definitely.

Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t a good man. At all. He may even be the more ruthless in a the family, especially since his brothers got themselves a love life. Alone–lonely?–burdened with the feeling that he owes his brother because he’s the youngest and they took care of him for so long, aware that the whole organization depends on him since his brothers are occupied elsewhere, he has learned
Ellen YS
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, bdsm
Scorching hot BDSM romantic-suspense with the perfect anti-hero

But be warned of the cliffhanger. It's a part of the Merciless world and can technically be read as a standalone, but to get the whole experience of the story, I would recommend reading the other books in this world first.

Braelynn is a new employee of Declan's exclusive club who is escaping a dangerous situation. These two have met before, and it is not long before the sizzling heat between them is undeniable. The story does involve
Declan Cross is here! I repeat…Declan Cross’s story is finally here!!!!! Declan owns a exclusive club where your deepest desires can come true. He is one of the Cross brothers and you don’t mess with them unless you want retaliation. Braelynn Lennox is trying to start fresh away from her abusive ex. When she takes a cocktail waitress job at The Club, never did she imagine seeing Declan Cross again. How safe is she being near a dangerous man like him? When a leak inside their operation is uncover ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Can you say hot? Declan and Braelynn burned up the pages. But this wasn't all steamy goodness. This was intriguing and left us wanting more with that ending!

Lots of reviews are talking about how this is connected to the other Cross Brothers' books. Take it from me, it can be read without any knowledge of them - I did and I didn't feel that I missed anything :)
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Tease me once is a thrilling, provocative 5 star read that I couldn’t put down!

This story starts with us getting to know Declan and Braelynn! We are introduced into their separate world but the real fun begins when they collide! Together they are fire!

I couldn’t get enough of the story line and I am dying to know how it’s all going to play out! That ending was shock and awe and I need the next book immediately!
Jessica Wireman Couch
Oct 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Delcan, dear sweet Jesus Willow hits you were it feels so wrong yet so beyond good. Possessive isn't a strong enough word to describe the way this man operates. The dark reality of his world will suck you in and leave you with a cliffhanger enough to get emotion drunk on. The next book can't come soon enough. ...more
Erica Whitney
Jan 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Fuck yes!
Absolutely love the cross brothers
Oct 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
So glad to get to read Declan's story! Declan and Braelynns story was full of suspense and so much steam that I loved it. Braelynn is in over her head working at Declan’s club but the captivating owner is one she’s not willing to walk away from just yet ...more
Julie's Book Land Reviews
This is the first book of Declan Cross's story. This book didn't disappoint. It had great character development between the two characters and not the mention their characters had such chemistry and not to mention, the steam factor was pretty off the charts. This book leaves on a cliffhanger so I can't wait for book two next year to see what happens next. ...more
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia, dark-romance
i went into this book blind and im so glad i did because WOW
this was my first willow winters book and it will not be my last, i loved her writing!!
tease me once follows declan and braelynn. declan and his family run an underground business of basically running the city, mafia kinda thing, big bad alpha and i love him!!
braelynn is new to the bar as a waitress that declan owns but the minute he lays eyes on her he recognises her from highschool, they have chemistry from the second they see eachoth
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