My rating: 5 of 5 stars
SELFISH is book one in the Selfish series by Shantel Tessier and is a contemporary New Adult, best friend’s older brother, scorching hot romance. I’ve loved Ms. Tessier’s work for years because she knows how to write in your face, no holds barred characters. And it’s not (just) our drool worthy, alpha hero. Oh, make no mistake, Ryder is a gorgeous, dominating force of a man that a lot of women crave! Trust me, there’s NOTHING lacking in that department. No, what I meant was that Ashlyn is an in your face, no holds barred, spunky little fireball and I absolutely adored her! She was loyal, fierce, tenacious and, well, SELFISH! It was fabulous to see such a strong, female character, taking what she wanted without apology. I’m not going to say too much about the plot other than there’s not a whole lot of angst or crazy drama, just two bold people trying to make a go at something great. I will say that there’s one heck of an insane CLIFFHANGER that had me wanting to throw my kindle, LOL!! (Well played Ms. Tessier!) Told from dual POVs with a “NOOOOO!” cliffhanger. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
MYSELF is book two in the Selfish series by Shantel Tessier and is a brother’s best friend/friend’s to lovers/second chance/New Adult contemporary romance. I’m going to whine a bit because…WHY?!? Why torture me with Becca and Jaycent’s story before finishing Rdyer and Ashlyn’s story?? LOL! Don’t get me wrong, we met Becca and Jaycent in book one and I was definitely looking forward to read their story. But I was also anxious to find out what happened with Ash and Ryder. Anyway, Becca is the complete opposite of Ashlyn. Where Ash was fierce and domineering, Becca was soft and almost submissive. Not that there’s anything wrong with Becca’s character, I just preferred the stronger, more confident personality of Ash. Jaycent, on the other hand, was a less obvious alpha version of Ryder. Still possessive, substantial and secure of himself but in a less showy or cocky way. Maybe it was simply the nature of their relationship? Not sure but I still loved Jaycent for Becca and I enjoyed watching them break through the barriers to find their HEA! Again, there’s not a whole lot of intense drama in this one. It’s FOUR people now trying really hard to fit the pieces of their lives together. Told from dual POVs with ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER (or a cliffhanger still?) I received, read and voluntarily read an ARC of this book.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
SELFLESS is book three in the Selfish series and is the mind boggling conclusion to a rollercoaster of a story! I’ve reviewed books one and two and talked mostly about the main characters involved: Ashlyn, Becca, Ryder and Jaycent (so go read my other reviews if you want more information on them..wink, wink!). Now I want to focus on the storyline and the way Shantel Tessier laid it all out for us to read. Honestly, I went back and forth between loving it and loathing it! Not the actual story..I adored that Ash/Ryder and Becca/Jaycent found their happy ending together (respectively). I loved getting the perspectives of the four major characters but I didn’t like that parts of the story were simply retold. I’m also not a huge fan of cliffhangers but I realize that sometimes, the AGONY of waiting makes the story better, enhances it! HOWEVER, Ms. Tessier threw a curveball with the insertion of book two, Becca and Jaycent’s story, in between Rdyer and Ashlyn’s story. And this is my dilemma! I DEFINITELY had to read book three because I NEEDED to finish Ashlyn and Ryder’s tale and I wanted to read (and enjoyed) Jaycent and Becca’s story but I’m not sure I agreed with way it was actually formatted. Hmmm…was this a genius play from a mastermind or a an evil twist to keep me reading?!?! (LOL…I still love your books Ms. Tessier!!) You decide! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending for everyone. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
I went against all I believed in and fell in love with what should have been a one-night stand! I fought it, tried to make up rules to prevent the inevitable, but somehow, he knew all along. He understood what I wanted and was willing to comply. I was the one who took him for granted. I was the one who made him walk away. And now, he’s gone and I’m left with nothing but my thoughts and regrets. He was never supposed to be my happily ever after. But my favorite love story ends in tragedy, so why wouldn’t mine?
I played the white knight, doing what every woman dreams of to win her over, yet it still got me nowhere! But what did I expect? I wasn’t the man she wanted! Nothing I could have done would have landed me the girl. I guess love is funny that way.
One minute, you think you have the girl, and the next, you realize you were blinded. Walking away was hard, but watching her with another man was harder. Sometimes you have to pick your battles, and I know when I’ve lost. Love shouldn’t be a game, but I learned someone always loses. For once, I wasn’t the one being selfish, but I was the one who paid the price.