I received this book for free from Foreword PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark King by Kelsie Rae
Series: Advantage Play #2
on October 3, 2019
Cover Design: Sly Fox Cover Designs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Mafia
Format: Digital, Paperback
Source: Foreword PR
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Rule #5: Don’t allow distractions. They’ll only break you.
In the blink of an eye, Kingston Romano’s entire world has fallen apart. His sister is in the hands of a rival mafia family, and his only hope of getting her back is by making a wager that includes the mysterious Acely Mezzerich.
Unfortunately for King, his feelings for Ace only escalate the longer he’s around her, muddling his conscience as well as his arrangement with the enemy. And if has any hope of saving his sister and keeping Ace, he needs to execute it perfectly.
As the pieces start to fall, he’ll have to learn who he can trust and who needs to be eliminated before it’s too late.
Also by this author: Wild Card
Contemporary Romance, Adult, Mafia
First Person, multiple-POV
Book #2 of the Advantage Play series. It is the end of the duet, but the series will continue with different characters.
To win the tournament, all you need to do is know the rules, know the strategies, and know your opponents.
Addictiveness: 4/5 This story was fast paced with a perfect amount of suspense that had me reading it in one sitting. As addictive as pizza!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5 Characters were well constructed and not one dimensional. They were very likable and easy to connect.
Kingston was a good antihero. That man is no hero, he lived by a totally different code of honor than the norm, but inside their out of ordinary world he was really good. In the first book Kingston was afraid to show Ace his real persona. This time, he couldn’t hide it from her. He was darker and meaner than in the first book, but he was still a softie with Ace.
Ace was a great heroine. She not only overcame all the hurdles that life threw at her, but she also learned compassion and loyalty along the way. When she accepted Kingston and his world, she accepted everything that came with him. She showed a bit of a badass too.
Several interesting secondary characters that I know will get their book in the future. With that ending we already know what comes next in the series, and I can’t wait to read it. I would love a book of Jack. I have to throw it out there. 🙂
Villains… they were easy to hate and easy to discover who they were. Even though there was a mystery for the series, they have a rat, but they don’t know who it is.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand.
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I love how this cover has being made for this particular story. We can see Kingston at the cover, that is read, like blood. We can see the cards, a king, his queen and death. The font, it’s color and placement of the writing at the cover works really well. I would easily buy this book by its cover, without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 4/5 I like it. It is a bit different than most mobster’s romance, which gives an original vibe. As fresh as ice cream.
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Good opening and amazing end. The conflict, subplot and twists were better explored in this book. They felt believable. I also have enjoyed how the author has built the next few books of the series. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam4/5 Yes. The couple finally made it. 🙂 The build up from the first book was good and they had the perfect description on this one to make every thing believable. The smut was good and the chemistry between characters really worked. Passionate love!
Writing Style: 4/5 This book had a great plot, with good characters and cute romance. Perfect pace with an original concept that had me wanting more at the end. Looking forward to read more! Good writing!
I guess this is a suspenseful series and there are always going to be a few mysteries for the next book. So, I have to say not all of my questions were answered and a few new ones were added, but I can’t wait to read the next book to look for clues.
The pace of this story was so good, that it kept the suspense going and the tension flowing.
I also loved how the author used multiple point-of-view that made it easier for us to understand what was going on.
The mobster scenes were a bit more gritty here, but still soft compare to most mobster stories.
I ended the book wanting more and can’t wait to read Gina and Jack’s books (I know it won’t be together)
31/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 4 Character: 4.5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4
Would I recommend? Sure. If you are looking for a sweet mafia romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? I will definitely follow the series, but I guess I would only need to reread the book if the wait between books from the series is too long.
Would I read more from the author? Yes.
Wild Card (Advantage Play – Book 1)
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