The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

This is a standalone book

THE CHOSEN ONE

I vow. You vow. We vow.

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.

I absolutely loved reading this book. The storyline was brilliant and the characters were amazing.

Ryat was such a good character. He was swoon worthy, dominant in all the right ways, fierce, dark, delicious, and yet passionate. I was a little sceptical of his motives at first when it came to Blake. As the story untold, it became clear of the arrangement, but it soon developed into something real and I loved watching their relationship grow. He became obsessed with here in such an edearing way. I loved that she became his world.

Blake was a strong character. She stood up for herself, but she was also forced into things and given no choice. I loved how she handled Ryat. There were too many secrets and lies, and it took a long time for everything to come out in the open.

The spice between them was on another level. Ryat, Christ, that man. He would make anyone melt. I loved reading the scenes between them, and the variety to them. Then seeing it grow into something so real was the icing on the cake.

The story was brilliant and I loved the secret society thing. There were twists and turns along the way, some of which I never saw coming. I loved diving deeper in the Lords and the settings were all great. It was great seeing Ryat and Blake fight everything which came their way.

Overall, this book was fantastic. The storyline and characters were brilliant and this was a deliciously dark, fantastic read. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

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