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Dark King

(Advantage Play #2)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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,
Published October 7th 2019
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark King is the conclusion to the Advantage Play series. It was just as dark and grueling as the first book. I would recommend this series.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelsie Rae what are you doing to me? This book is completely messing with me. So now you’ve answered the who, what, where, why and how....somewhat, but again I have those same questions. I don’t feel comfortable yet. Let me tell you that is a compliment. Just when you think you have it all sorted out (and I’m proud to say I did have something figured out. I consider myself a sleuth...just kidding) you throw me curveballs, sliders and everything else. So now I’m waiting on book 3. You need to ...more
Carly Wilson
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Dark King’ is the second book in the ‘Advantage Play’ series by Kelsie Rae, and what a journey I have been on with these books.

I read this all in one sitting, with the fast paced action and an addictive plot that had my heart racing in excitement of the outcome, I was completely immersed in this Dangerous fictional world.

Ace and King are trying to figure out a way of taking Burlone down, but this time the stakes are higher than just a game a poker, especially when King’s sisters life depends
Joleen Grace
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy with this book! It was stoked to see how it would play out and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s dark enough to be interesting but not so dark to be super disturbing. The sexy scenes were subtle but hot! Bet book three will be just as great too!! Hope this genre stays in her writing future!
Whitney Wells
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I freaking devoured Dark King in less then a day! Dark king blew me out of the water with the twists and turns. All of the Kelsie Rae books I've read are light and playful, Dark king is totally opposite of that, there is still playfulness weaved through with King and Ace. I loved watching their relationship grow!
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion to Wild Card (you must read Wild Card to read Dark King).

In Dark King, we get to see the real Kingston come out to play. With his sister and Ace's lives on the line, he must come up with a way to keep them safe while also taking down Ace's enemy #1.

Great book full of action and steaminess.
Kim Gauger
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The end of Ace and Kingston story, but just the beginning of this series. This series is a totally new direction for Kelsie Rae and she knocks the mafia boss book out of the park! There is so much emotion throughout this book I fell hard for the Dark King and how soft he can be one minute and cold hearted the next. A fantastic new series and I can’t wait to see how all of the characters play out! True five star read!
Gretchen Chasse
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off and kept the suspenseful action going. Ace and King are a perfect match. The book has great supporting characters that are just as enjoyable to read about as the main ones. A good conclusion to the story between Ace and King but I want, no NEED more, I'm hooked. A definite re-read that's going on my favorites list.
Melissa Adams
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic ending to Ace and King’s story. Well what can I say! An incredible book from Kelsie from the start to the finish. This book has all the feels of an amazing story. Interesting characters, interesting story line, thrills, suspense and love. If there is any book you need to read by Kelsie you need to read this series. This book rivals some of the best authors in this genre. Well done!! Loved Ace and King together and their journey through this book but also especially lived the ...more
Jenn Gable
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, she’s done it again! The second book in the Advantage Play series was as good as the first! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of both books! Wasn’t sure where things would go in this book considering the cliffhanger at the end of book 1, but I was not disappointed! Both Ace and Kingston have evolved as characters and it was great see they ways they changed. A great read.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great finale to Ace and Kingston’s story!! King is a mob boss that showed he could be sweet for the right girl. Ace is a street smart girl who’s sole purpose is to get revenge and answers about her mom’s disappearance. I found myself trying to read slower so I could try to make the book last longer. I was so sad when I got to the last page. This series is a bit different than Kelsie’s previous books. She knocked it out of the park!! I hope she continues to surprise us with different ...more
April Symes
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark King is the 2nd book in the Advantage Play series by Kelsie Rae.
Book 2 picks up where the book 1 cliffhanger ending left off. Let me say , we get to see the real Kingston in this book. He has the ones he love in danger and he can only depend on himself so he lets himself out to "play" so to speak. There is so much twisted, raw, masterful, intense, dirty, vengeful, powerful, emotional, unexpected, mixed with heat, drama, angst, love and hate.
"Ace" and King's story is epic. The plot is
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this Conclusion to “Ace” and King’s dark romantic relationship. Fast paced, well written, suspenseful and filled with graphic raw scenes.
I loved the intense passion that was a mixture of love, hate, vengeance and retribution.
Kudos to the author for having the strong immovable Kingston admitting his need for Ace.
Everything I love in a dark romance!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark King by Kelsie Rae takes us to entirely new level from the first book, Wild Card, which must be read first. Full of surprises and twists at every turn, we are taken on one wild ride. This books starts where we left off and is full of suspense. With danger at every turn, King and Ace are in right in the middle of it. Can they make it to the other side together? I want to share so much, but this is one story you just have to experience. This author is definitely showing us the versatility in ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

Dark, intense, brilliant characters and a spectacular, action packed storyline that got even better and hotter and more tempting in book 2 of the Advantage Play series!

Kelsie Rae blew my ever loving mind with Dark King! I thought Wild Card was amazing but this one...this one shocked me and twisted me up in the best way. Talk about intense! This story put Kelsie Rae on THE MAP of MUST FOLLOW AUTHOR for me! The characters are hotter than ever and the way the
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark King is the 2nd book in the Advantage Play series, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that YOU MUST READ Wild Card (Book 1) FIRST, especially since this is the conclusion to Ace & Kingston's story! I have to tell you, Kelsie Rae is really messing with my head right now, and what's worse, I can't even tell you why because I don't believe in spoilers. There's so much going on in this book, not to say that there wasn't in Wild Card, but anyone who reads experiences any series, knows exactly ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whew!! This surely isn't the Sweethearts series and that's quite evident now that Ace has had her day. Now that she has battled Burlone in the only way she can the battle lines have changed. Now King gets to take over and show her his way of handling things. With his sister and now her best friend missing in action it's time for her to find out why he has his name, the Dark King. First she has to free him to be what is needed to get the ladies back.

A twisted and down and dirty battle between
Kendra Myers
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thrilling! Suspenseful! Dramatic! Fab-u-lous!!!

Book 2 was all I hoped it would be. I had so many questions at the end of book 1 and I couldn't wait to get the answers.
Would King and his crew would come to Ace's rescue or not?
Who really is Jack?
What happened to Ace's mom?
Will Burlone get what's coming to him?
All your questions will be answered. And the answers are spectacular!
When Kingston is forced to bring out his dark side to protect what's his, Ace gets to see a new side of him. The
Mel Walker
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been holding your breath after reading Wild Card (book 1 in the Advantage Play series), the wait is over, and boy is it worth it. Without missing a beat, Kelsie Rae, delivers a freaking knockout punch.
The heat between Ace and Kingston boils over as their relationship explodes along with the stakes and actions in Dark Knight. Their relationship and their plan for revenge all barrel to an epic conclusion that is filled with suspense, action, surprises and a supporting cast who step away
Kym Harding
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well what should I start with...... OK book one was a slow starter for me, this however was Not!!!!! .

Action, tension & suspense from page one. Twists turns hidden agendas and surprises all round. Characters to fall for and book boyfriends to dream of. This book has it all.

I love how kelsie brought forward characters from the background of book 1 to the forefront of book 2, delving into forgotten family secrets and allowing deep bonds to be formed with characters. I do not know what to say
Rene' Seals
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelsie Rae has officially entered the dark side with her second book in the Advantage Play Series - Dark King by putting her own sweet spin on life in the mafia. She has also tackled one of our nation’s most widespread topics - human trafficking. Grab your whiskey and a tissue (you will need it). Come in my office and let’s have a chat about Kelsie Rae’s Dark King (read that using your best Godfather voice).

Wild Card left me on the edge of my seat with the kidnapping of Kingston’s sister
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG this is an amazing book and series and I am so addicted. King and Ace are going through so much and it is not getting any better just worse will it ever get any better for them. There are lives lost, kidnapping, heartache, sadness, pain and so many emotions with twists and turns along the way that you have to keep turning the page's to see what happens next. This is only the second book that I have read by Kelsie and she is an amazing author and talented writer that I am becoming addicted to ...more
Jackie Roberts
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark King is the 2nd book in the Advantage Play series, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that YOU MUST READ Wild Card (Book 1) FIRST, especially since this is the conclusion to Ace & Kingston's story!

This book picks right up where Wild Card leaves us with a cliffhanger. Burlone has King's sister, Regina, and Ace and D suspect that he also has her best friend, Gigi. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, it was time for a plot twist. I loved reading this book - especially Ace's rules,
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IT’S SOOOOO GOOOOOOD! *Yes, all caps are necessary* I quite literally flew through Dark King. The ending of Wild Card left me with soooo many questions, that when I got my hands on the second book nothing else mattered but finding out what happened with Ace & Kingston. Let me tell you, that cliffy was absolutely worth it.

Kelsie put so much work into getting all the details in, that I almost felt like I was at the table getting a poker lesson from Ace, instead of Kingston. Her passion for
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG you will not want to put this book down!! The conclusion is worth the wait!!! Ashley @ Carolina Chic’s Read

Will the gamble of King and Ace together pay-off. Dark King starts where Wild Card left off and you get all the feels that you got with Wild Card. The love that these two have for each other and wanting to protect the family and the lives of all involved keeps you turning the pages. The twist and turns that keep on coming and make you wonder will is all work out? Be prepared to be in a
Lana-White Hot Reads
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unputdownable conclusion!!! Lana~ White Hot Reads

I finished this book in one sitting. Dark King starts right where it left off in Wild Card and you get all the feels. Kingston and Ace are trying to figure out how to handle the situation they are in while Kingston is trying to not show his dark side. The love these two have for each other is everything which lets Kingston be the Dark King. More twist and turns are revealed but in the end everything works out.

This is an awesome series by Kelsie
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind blown!
This is book 2 in the series - DO NOT READ BEFORE BOOK 1 - you will be lost.

This story takes place immediately after the first book. Immediately. If you are curious as to what is going on with these characters you need to read this one.
I'm not going to say anything about this one in fear I'll ruin it for you. (Even though I desperately want to talk about this one and see if you have any favorite charters like I do. *SIGH*)

P.S. Now I really want more stories in this series.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So in love with this series! Kingston and Ace’s story has been such a pleasure to read. Kelsie Rae has given us these awesome characters to become addicted to and and I have quickly been sucked in by their story. This series has plenty of action and the perfect amount of romance to make it swoon worthy,

This is not a standalone and book one, Wild Card must be read first. Can’t wait to read book three, Little Bird.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Kingston have to show his cards as the Dark King to save Ace and his sister? Will he choose family or love? The Dark King is full of suspense, action, and the right amount to sexy. You start to think you can see how this is all going to end, but then a twist happens and it makes you question will this be a HEA.

Spoiler: Ace's best friend is not who you think she is, Good or Bad? You'll have to read to the end to find out.
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Kelsie is a sucker for a love story with all the feels. When she's not chasing words for her next book, you will probably find her reading or, more likely, hanging out with her husband and playing with her three kiddos who love to drive her crazy.

She adores photography, baking, her yorkie, Bob, and her devon rex, Mara. And now that she's actively pursuing her writing dreams, she's set her sights

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