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(Dark Kingdom #5)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  267 reviews
I got my name from breaking the bones of a kid who picked on my younger brother, but that’s only where it started.
My black heart craves violence, and being a King gives me plenty of opportunities.

When a friend comes to me for help because someone he loves is in danger, I’m happy to do so. After all, my friends are few, and they are my family.

Once I have her, I do what
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Kursed Reads
Dillan “Bones” Reed is enlisted to help save his friend, Luca’s sister, Mia Bianchi, when she’s slated to be sold at auction. Immediately entranced by her, he goes above and beyond to ensure her safety. When she escapes the trappings of her new gilded cage and returns to Las Vegas, all bets are off.  
The fifth installment of Dark Kingdom gave series fans everything they wanted plus everything they didn’t know they needed.

As a cloistered mafia princess, Mia has been through some of the worst si
Nov 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
We've waited for this one. Finally, we get Bones! The alpha protector is everything you'd hope for and more. This cover is what hot dreams are made of... That's exactly how I picture him!

Mia Bianchi is a caged bird that has been forced into a life she never asked for. One only her last name brings. Women are not cherished, but instead used as pawns for greed. Despite all this she has grown into a strong and sassy young lady.

Bones is a powerful, but mysterious man and feared by most. Together wi
Intel Chicky Reads Romance (Kara Merideth)
Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Trope: heroine in peril, forced proximity
Angst: 😱😱
Smexy: 🔥🔥🔥

"𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕."

Fan-fucking-tastic! Bones is the 5th book in the Dark Kingdom series by Shantel Tessier and is told in first person, from dual perspective. Bones is a complete standalone, but best enjoyed when read in series order. You know when you start a series and an author does a such a great job with all the character development that you can't help but CRAVE other charac
Leah City of Words and Pages
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Show me a man in love, and I’ll show you his greatest weakness.”

I wished so much that this book would be about Mia and Bones and my prayers were answered!
I just flew through this story and loved every page very much.
It was very dark, exciting and hot. 🔥
I love Bones as a character and have always found him interesting.
I wish there was a little more drama between Mia and Bones. There were many different ways to do this.
But all in all, this book definitely did not disappoint me. ❤️

Thanks to Shante
Aug 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
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The 5th instalment in the Dark Kingdom Series.
This is Bones and Mia's story. We definitely see more of the protective alpha side of Bones in this book. Mia (Mafia Princess) grew on me as the story progressed, and I was quite impressed with her at end of the book. Great character development. Very entertaining read.
Loved catching up with the other Kings and there Queens.
The cover artwork used in this very hot!!!!
I would love to get Nite's story. 😁
Jan 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I hope this book is with Emilee & Titan!!! A reverse harem!!!
Aug 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The long awaited book, us ALL readers have been waiting for.... Bones! Shantel did not disappoint with this one at all. She came hard with Bones and Mia and it definitely is shown throughout this book.

Bones is ruthless, dark, broody, OTT, touch my girl and 🔪 type; also, he's caring and compassionate towards Mia, after some time; even though some of his ways are unconventional lol. He loves her innocence and her purity but.... that brings me to a certain scene in Titan that is completely ironic..
Aug 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an action-packed steamy romance with characters that you just love and need more of then… this book is for you.

Stars: 4/5
Spice: 2/5

Having lived since she was little in hiding, Mia was used to not being of value to her family. Until an opportunity came up and they decided to sell her. Her brother turns to the only one he can, to ask for help, Bones. Having earned his nickname and having no intentions beyond getting her out of her current situation, Bones is unprepared to de
Thalia Yanez
Jul 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 5/5

Touch her & I'll unalive you Vibes ✔️
Morally Grey MMC ✔️
Bad Ass Heroine ✔️
Bad Boy/Virgin ✔️

Dillan (rhymes with villain and most likely the reason why I fell for him!) Reed is Bones. One of the 4 Kings that run Kingdom. Bones is the 5th book in the Dark Kingdom series but can be read as a standalone (which I did).
Sometimes, you're told you can read a book as a standalone but then become lost with all the characters but I did not. Shantel wrote it so beautifully that
Aug 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“Dillan Reed can do whatever he wants with me, and I realize I’d beg him for it.”

I have been waiting for Bones story for a while. I was so excited to receive the ARC. Bones is for me the ideal book boyfriend. I don’t know what it is but I love a take charge dominant man. Bones and Mia’s story was fantastic. Definitely find out some secrets and there are some twists in there. You see who Mia really is after being sheltered all her life and how she can fit into Bone’s world. We get to see Graves a
Aug 03, 2022 rated it liked it
I’ve had a weird fascination with Bones

Currently battling with myself on how to write this review….

I’ve had a weird fascination with Bones from the get go, his whole persona was dark and I loved it.
In this story we see a different side to him (which was nice) but didn’t like how it completely changed him.
Was expecting more action (?!) in this one especially how he found Mia.

Mia I adored when she was first introduced in CoS, but as this story progressed *sigh* she started annoying me 🫣 I starte
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Aug 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Finally we get the long awaited story of Dillon “Bones” Reed and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! This story was addictive fast paced and full of suspense drama and so much passion and emotions I was so excited to immerse myself in the Dark Kingdom world again I have missed all these characters and I think Bones has finally met his match in Mia Bianchi she is truly the perfect queen for him these two are destined to be together but nobody anticipated them falling in love so fiercely and passion ...more
The Romantic Rush Blog
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Kings are back- and long last we have the love story of the most elusive and intriguing King, and a heroine I’ve been desperate to see! I have long since been awaiting Bones’ story- the hard edged brother who battled with Graves to help him get sober, the king who got his name as a teen for savagely breaking so many of a bully’s bones, the man that used women and had crazy hot sexy time with Titan and his lady. He was always a bit more mysterious than the others- his baggage a little bit les ...more
Aundi Living That Book Life
I’m uncertain about this review and how exactly to write it. I absolutely love Shantel the imagery and character development she writes are top tier. I always know I can effortlessly fall into any story she creates and become submersed in it from beginning to end. And honestly this book is no different. I did read it very quickly and I enjoyed the story. I’ve been desperately waiting for Bones since the very beginning. His character has always intrigued me, and I needed to see what kind of Queen ...more
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "No one!!!" stars***

Bones's story was the one I was craving the most in the "Dark Kingdom" series and of course, it was the last one, but the most beautiful!!!!
Bones were always intriguing me, but in here, I met a softer side of him, Dillan, and I liked what I saw!!!
Add to that a mafia princess who has never been pampered in her life and you are having an explosive combination!!!

Bones is known as a ruthless business who doesn't afraid to get blood in his hands...
His family and friends
Aug 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a reluctant 4 star.

Why reluctantly a 4 star and not less? Because I can’t tell if my disappointment is from my own expectations or not. I have followed the Dark Kingdom series as the author has been releasing them and Bones was my MOST anticipated read (second being Nite/Jasmine).
With that, I’m unsure if what I found lacking was because I had overhyped myself for this book.

The storyline and premise of the couple was good. I loved everything about it, the way it was set up, the why be
The Smutbrarians
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Feels 3
Steam 4
Storyline 4.5
Overall Rating 4
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Reviewed by Lindsey

I love this series. Bones has always been a mystery to me and one of my favorite Kings. He’s very broody, no nonsense, takes no prisoners, grumpy and hot. Can’t forget that last one. Mia. This girl. She’s strong. I love her more than Bones. This woman has been through some things and still keeps fighting. She still keeps pushing. I love how she found her worth to herself. That’s some major woman power! Th
Finally we get the story of Bones and I have to say, it was worth the wait. This forced proximity dark romance had everything I wanted and more Mia might be naive about certain things but she wasn't any less of a badass. Bones is the classic OTT J/P hero and I was here for all of it. If you've read any of the Dark Kingdom then you know good and well what Bones is about and how dark it could get. But if you don't have any triggers or you know this author, I'd encourage you to go into this blind a ...more
Lori Rivera
Aug 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Shantel once again gives the shock and awe factor to another book. A book that once you’re finished you have to check to make sure you only read ONE book! That’s how much is in it… ups and downs, twist and turn… and all the action you ever need!

Our Fearless Leader and King has come and he was well worth the wait! This book had me losing sleep and yelling about piercings!!!! YES PIERCINGS!!! Bones is hot and sexy and I’m just so glad he was able to find someone who matched his badass attitu
Shelby Grenz Winckler
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy wow, Bones book was AWESOME!!!

I could not imagine a better storyline coming full circle then Dillon and Mia! O my gosh, Mia!! Yay, finally, Mia is in Vegas!!

Yuck, I hate Matteo. Enough said.

I love Bones. I used to think Titan was my favorite, but now I think it might be Bones. He’s extremely selfless, and does whatever he family needs. His cold aloof exterior in the previous books makes so much sense.

Mia, I feel so bad for Mia. No one has ever loved her. I don’t even know if I would count
FS Meurinne
This is the fifth book of the series, but can be read as a standalone, however I recommend reading them all to get the full experience. Bones and Mia's story is fantastic, it will hook you from the very beginning, it's fast-paced with a great world-building and great characters. This is a dark romance, so proceed with caution, it's also quite steamy and with a story that will have you on a roller-coaster ride. I love anti-heros, dark characters so Bones was perfect for me.

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This is a gripping, intense, twisted, and suspenseful dark romance. It is the 5th book in The Dark Kingdom Series, and it is just as addicting as the others. This is Dillan aka Bones and Mia's story.

Let me just say that I love the men of Kingdom & I think you will too! Dillan is an alpha, over-the-top, possessive, ruthless man with violent tendencies. He is tasked with saving Mia, his best friend, Luca's sister. What he doesn't expect is how the brown-haired beauty affects him. Mia is broken but
Deborah Harrell-jones
Aug 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
Another Kingdom story that has just been put to the top of my list as the best one. I have been waiting for Bones’ story and I was not disappointed. This is a dark romance with suspense, lust, and love. Mia is the daughter of the Bianchi’s but no one knows she exists. When she is in trouble Bones comes to her rescue and tries his best to stay far away from her. Mia has lived her life feeling like no one without the right to choose what she wants. With Bones protecting her she feels like can fina ...more
Aug 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Show me a man in love, and I’ll show you his greatest weakness.”-Bones by Shantel Tessier

Bones, a King, gets asked for help by a friend. Luca needs his help because his sister, Mia is in danger. He’s always happy to help. Especially since his friends are like family. He does everything in his power to take care of her. No matter what. He’ll take care of anyone or anything that gets in the way.

I really enjoyed this book. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I even noticed I was holding
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️/ 🌶🌶

I am struggling with this review. Honestly, I didn’t read the rest of the series but I don’t really feel like I need to. I am pretty well caught up on what happens in the other books because it kind of kept being repeated…but without any actual answers.

First off, Bones seemed like this great alpha who could have been so hard and dark but to me was just a grumpy dog. Mia, I did not connect to her at all. Granted she’s only 20, has no education and is completely oblivious to the world b
Aug 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited to read Bones' book! I do feel like you should read this series in order. Anyways, he is doing a friend a favor and rescuing his friend's sister. Well, he tries to rescue her and ditch her but that's not how it works out. I feel bad for Mia, because she's been sheltered and hidden and so what a big change this all is. Not to mention all she goes through in this book. There was some stuff that even was hard for me to read, and I like dark romance.

Mia really breaks down Bones'
Rachel Grant
Aug 05, 2022 rated it really liked it

TROPES: dark romance, antihero, secret society

Wowza I should have known Bones was gonna give us wild one! I think a lot of us have been waiting for this book & it honestly might be my fave in the series. It was so fun & rewarding as a reader to finally see the big bad Bones fall in love. I mean man oh man did this guy do whatever it took for his woman, which I LOVE. Powerful men honestly make me swoon so hard when they fall in love.

I will say sometimes the innocent, pure, virgin heroine i
Kaitlin Martin
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Shantel Tessier’s Review Team & I’m so glad that I did. ✨

Something that always amazes me about Shantel’s books is that she does so well with developing the characters, with all of their traumas, into these really strong and dynamic people.

Bones has always been that elusive man in the series that everyone (myself included) wanted to know so much more about. I wasn’t let down by Bones’ story at all and I think it did him justice.

I also adored Mia by the end of
Laura Smith
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Shantel is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author. She lives in Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book. Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her.

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