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Carnage by Shantel Tessier | A Review of the Dark Revenge Romance

Oh my God. this book πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…. I have been waiting forever to read this particular book because of the infamous Spade Brothers. So, let's explore (Spoilers Ahead).

There are four Spade brothers and they run a facility named Carnage which is like a prison for the LORDS. If you have read previous books in this series you might have heard a lot about this place and not in a good way. It is referred to as the nightmare. Any lord who deviates from his path is captured and put into carnage where he is branded and kept for life. People slowly go insane in that place. 

So this particular book is about Ashtyn and Saint.  Saint chooses Ashtyn on his initiation day which was 6 years ago. At that time Fathers of the Spade brothers ran Carnage and things were pretty dark back then. Some kind of politics happens and family of one of the Spade brothers who was Ashtyn's father murdered along with her mother. Ashtyn's brother escaped but Ashtyn got captured by the Spade brothers. Saint protects her by keeping her in carnage and branding her with the stamp that was required for prisoners (sort of) to stay there. 

Ashtyn was locked in a room but curiosity got the better of her and she started exploring. She saw some things she should not see. And the brothers were blackmailed using Ashtyn in some twisted ways. Long story short; things escalate and Ashtyn escapes from the Carnage. Now 6 years later she is working in a strip club and she is in an on-and-off relationship with some douche whereas some other man is her regular at the bar; meaning she is sort of living a free life mingling with several people at the same time.

Saint has been searching for her for the past 6 years and in the last book they capture Whitney who sort of knows where Ashtyn is. She gave up her location to save her own ass. So Saint finally finds her kidnaps her and again locks her in Carnage. And now a tug-of-war is going on between the two. Then another man came into the picture who had a twisted history with Ashtyn, he got her kidnapped and there were some very triggering situations but in the end, Saint rescued her and they lived happily ever after.

My Review 

My Rating: ★★★★
5 stars.
Spice Level: πŸŒΆπŸŒΆπŸŒΆπŸŒΆ
4/5, High

Okay so first of all let's appreciate the Book cover. It's effing amazing. I love the vibe the cover projects; Dark and Hot. Now let me put it out there the book is walking talking trigger warning so please read the warnings and go ahead with caution.

Let's discuss the characters: I wanted to read about Saint and the Spade brothers from the moment they were mentioned in the past books. I was hoping it was kind of RH book but no it was notπŸ™. Saint does allow other brothers to have fun with Ashtyn but it doesn't get any serious. This book is mostly about Saint and Ashtyn. Saint is a possessive, obsessive, and jealous person. But he has been in love with Ashtyn from like forever. 

Ashtyn is a very level-headed character and she doesn't do stupid stuff like usually heroines do. She is mature, understanding, and really protective of the people she loves. She got kind of abused by her mother her whole life. Later we find out that her mother was also got used by some psycho psychiatrist and they both do their utmost to manipulate and declare Ashtyn psychologically unstable. Ashtyn's mother was kind of saving her from the same fate she endured but it was in a twisted way which really had a negative impact on Ashtyn's self-confidence. I felt for Ashtyn tbh.

Now let's talk about the scene. YESSS!!! there is a scene that made me cry tbh. The time when Ashtyn shot Saint so she could escape from Carnage. It was heartbreaking. Ashtyn begged Saint to SAVE HER but he did not understand what she was trying to say. She shot him to save him. but it did not save Saint and the other brothers. They endured hell after she was gone in the name of TRAINING at the hands of the same Psychiatrist who was trying to declare Ashty unstable. 

Long story short. I loved the storyline and plot. I loved the way all books of this series are somewhat connected while exploring individual plotlines. You can read the book as a standalone but you gotta read the other books in the series to fully understand the politics and the schemes that are going on on the larger scale. A perfect series with all the elements. 

Happy Reading !!!