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The Ritual

By: Shantel Tessier
Narrated by: Aiden Snow,Meg Sylvan
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NOW AN AMAZON TOP 50 BESTSELLER

An all-new dark standalone romance from the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Shantel Tessier


THE CHOSEN ONE

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.

I VOW. YOU VOW. WE VOW.

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.

Things to know about The Ritual
It is MF
TW (Please see the author's note on the inside)
J/P (jealous/possessive) Hero
OTT (over the top) Hero
This is a 150K word standalone romance that contains dark themes that may be triggering to some." Check authors website for TWs. shanteltessier.com

©2021 Shantel Tessier (P)2023 Shantel Tessier

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Great story

Great story definitely worth listening.
But if you have a male and female reading the book. Why not keep them doing the male and female voice.
When the female reads what the male said in a very bad male voice just takes me out of the book same when the male speaks in a female voice.

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Omg

This was my first dar romance book and omg thank you to who ever recommended this to me I think I could die happy now

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Hot and Heavy.

I had seen so many reviews to read this and I was not disappointed! The spice was 5 out of 5 for me it was amazing! The story gets a little crazy but for all the crazy it was a well written book I never wanted to put in down in saying that... But the again if your looking for hot and heavy definitely give this a try!

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Story ok - narration terrible 😭

I really, really struggled with this narration. It’s unlike any other I’ve heard - emphasis on wrong words, weird tones. Just buy the paperback!

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Highly recommend

Great listen and author, if you want spicy this is the book for you.

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written by 15 yr old for 15yr olds

bad story, bad writing, doesn't hit the spot even though there is spice in every chapter

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Everything

Incredible I can’t wait to finish the series i loved every about. And I solemnly. Swear to be a good girl 🔪

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The Ritual by Shantel Tessier

Loved every bit of this story! I couldn't wait to listen to more each day. The story seemed to go fast which was something to get used to as I wanted the story to continue. Absolutely loved it.

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🙌🙌🙌

Love it! one of those titles I wish I could go back and listen to it again for the first time. Great story, intense characters and amazing performance by the narrators.

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DNF

Really wanted to like this book, but the characters were so unlikeable I couldn’t get through it

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  • delsea
  • 18-05-2023

Waste of a credit!!

I’m so mad I wasted $15 for a credit, and now I have to spend another $15 to read the physical book. The narrators are DREADFUL. The female narrator especially. Drags out EVERY single sentence like it’s the most amazing thing she’s ever said. I can not believe audible would even approve something so cringy. Absolutely ruined a five star book. If I was the author of this book I’d be furious. Awful. Read the physical book. Do not waste your money on this audible.

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  • Michael
  • 20-05-2023

horrible narration

I don't usually write reviews but this one was so awful I had to. Both narrators were so monotone the female one being worse. like someone else that wrote a review said she made emphasis at the worst times. completely ignored commas and felt like she added pauses when there shouldn't have been any. overall just so bad so disappointed. I really hope they don't use these same narrators for the other books!!

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  • Natalie Renner
  • 20-05-2023

AWFUL NARRATION

I’ve never written a review but this was 15 hours of monotone over acting. PAINFUL and took away from the story, their robotic voices made the characters one dimensional. Alexa would do a better job on KU. The female narrator puts the most bizarre emphasis on meaningless words like what she was reading from had zero punctuation. Her male voice gave me the biggest ick.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2023

Narrators were horrible!!!

I loved the story so much but there narrators were unbearable! It was hard to listen to the male voice when he was impersonating the female talking points, it was tough to listen through.

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  • Shannon P.
  • 21-05-2023

I do not recommend the audiobook…

I will preface this review by saying I’ve consumed almost 200 books in the last couple of years, including many different genres (smut/romance, fantasy, thriller/suspense, and more), and probably 90% of them have been via an audiobook with a kindle accompaniment. That being said, this is one of my least favorite, lowest-ranked audiobooks of all of them. I normally try my best to leave positive reviews, but I honestly don’t have many positive things to say about this audiobook. Both narrators were very monotoned and the female narrator placed weird emphasis on random words and half the time it felt like she was reading a run-on sentence, even though there wasn’t one. I hope the author picks different narrators for the next two books in the series. I’ve really been looking forward to this book and was so excited to see it release on Audible recently, but it was sadly a waste of a credit. Honestly, Alexa reading it on KU would’ve been more enjoyable. I think the story overall was interesting, but definitely felt like it dragged at some points (I don’t know if this was due to the narrators' performance or the story). I’m still interested in the next two books and the characters they focus on from this storyline, but they won’t be something I immediately dive into next.

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  • Amber M Clay
  • 26-08-2023

Honestly.

The guy reads too slow it’s annoying. The book itself is amazing. But I need someone else need to narrate.

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  • Laura Brito
  • 24-08-2023

Listen to the preview before you get this book.

Both narrators are bad but the female narrator it’s the worst. The story its ok if you have nothing else to listen to.

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  • Sunny
  • 23-08-2023

Can we get a redo? a.. re-read? lol

I gotta admit..i've been laughing the entire time trying to get through this book. the guy sounds like he's in a commercial, or a game show host. And the girl.. i just.. i don't even know what to say. This is a spicy book and i was cackling the entire time. I even showed my husband how they sound and the disgust and confusion on his face matched mine. I want a re-do. lol as someone with ADHD, it's really hard for me to dive into a physical book. I was really excited for this one and it's just... not it. I've had to pause numerous times and question whether or not I even want to finish it. I feel like even i would do a better job. Nearly a waste of credit. And don't trust the sample, it get's far worse. lol.

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  • Heather Furr
  • 30-05-2023

Very spicy dark romance

There are a few nit-picky things with continuity going on in this narration.
I also feel like when the male narrator does his female impersonator it’s almost sarcastic sounding. It sort of breaks the flow of things.

However if you like this genre you’ll probably like the story. Make sure to listen to the sample though before buying to make sure you can handle the narration style on this one.

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  • Rebecca B
  • 20-05-2023

Can not wait for book 2 audio!!!

Ryat has no problem bringing his darkness out to play wether it be personally or for the Lords. He will do whatever it takes to remain true to who he wants to be. Blake is very kept in the dark by everyone around her and she only vaguely knows about the lords and how they function in society. What she hasn't learned is she is about to get a crash course in the society wether she likes it or not. Once Ryat decided she was his he was so possessive and protective of her to a fault. He has no problem showing her his darker side and giving her an outlet for the things she wants to learn and experience. I love how committed he is to her and that no matter what his primary goal is her safety. ❤️❤️❤️ I can not wait to jump into The Sinner and continue to learn about the lords and their world.
I hope everyone gets a chance to listen to the audio for this book. I love how growly Ryat is and how much the audiobook narrator's can really add to the story the author has given us.

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  • A.Y
  • 04-06-2023

Listen to the sample. Trust me

I fell for the hype, learnt the lesson the hard way, sample before purchasing with a credit.

The story itself is okay, it’s not terrible, but the narration made every bit eye-roll inducing. It was difficult to sit through the narration. I eventually started to skip through the steamy scenes cause I just wanted to get this book over with. When the male narrator does the FML’s lines, it was jarring.

If I needed to provide a sample of over acting, this would be what I point to. I don’t get the hype, this might be a good start for someone just starting with these genre, but it doesn’t stand out much.

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  • JC
  • 18-02-2024

Raunchy & Dark

Loved this, even though I could not warm to the FMC! Ryatt on the other hand 🥰 seen the twist coming but still a 5⭐️ read

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  • Amyjones479
  • 16-02-2024

DNF

Did not finish, can not give honest review, felt like a slow burn for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2024

Amazing

Both my partner and I listened to this together and thoroughly enjoyed it. Got just enough naughty bits with a good story line.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2024

Narrators were great, but the rest…

I just finished the book (only because I already wasted 1 audible credit on it) and I am so pissed! If you don’t look for kinky porn on paper, don’t waste your time an money on it! 🥹

I usually enjoy dark romance, but this was no romance, just sex (more like a rape). Undeveloped characters, sex almost in every chapter (super sick - for example next to a corpse of girl they killed a while ago), full of nonsense… ugh 🤢

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  • Marley
  • 25-01-2024

Wow

I loved the book, so I had to hear it come to life. It was really good! The male narrator had to grow on me for a few chapters, but he did. I loved this story, I loved the narrators and I loved the darkness of this story in my ear.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2024

Very good

Loved the build up of the whole story. My jaw dropped a few times. A bit tooo spicy for me though but that’s just me!! I loved the story line. Was not expecting all that was within!

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  • C
  • 17-01-2024

Ryat 🖤

Loved this series, audiobook was amazing storyline the twist and turns made one of the best books I’ve read

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  • Terri Holgate
  • 14-01-2024

DARK DARK DARK

I loved this series, I was flicking between audible and kindle as I wanted to keep reading/listening at word. Sooooooo good. Some parts of the story were a bit confusing just because it's all interconnected so i found myself having to rewind the audio or go back a few pages in kindle but no regrets! Love it! Cannot wait until Carnage is released

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  • Ruth Meristo
  • 03-01-2024

Oh wow

Definitely can recommend not only the storyline was amazing but also a duett and good amount of spice ❤️ and beautiful end!

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