☠️Dark Kings Series #2☠️
𝓑𝔂: Shantel Tessier
𝓖𝓮𝓷𝓻𝓮: Contemporary Romance
𝓡𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓪𝓼𝓮 𝓓𝓪𝓽𝓮: August. 31, 2020
My life went to hell years ago, and I’ve had a death wish ever since then with fast cars, women, and drugs. They don’t call me Grave for nothing!
But I do it because I need to feel something… anything. What’s life worth living for without the high?
And then I saw her!
She’s too good for me, and I should stay away. But like an addict, I switch one drug for another, and I’ll be taking her to hell with me.
I’m anything but sweet, despite what people think, so when he tells me I’m too good for him and I’m better off without him, I don’t listen.
My life was simple before Grave stepped through that door, but who wants simple?
He makes me feel alive. It took one touch, and I became addicted!
But therein lies the problem. Addiction is Grave’s middle name, and when he tells me he’s taking me to hell with him, I don’t know whether to take that as a threat or a promise!
☠️💜𝓒𝓸𝓷𝓯𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼 𝓞𝓯 𝓐 𝓑𝓲𝓫𝓵𝓲𝓸𝓹𝓱𝓲𝓵𝓮 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀💜☠️
Grave, book two in the Dark Kings Series by Shantel Tessier. Told in dual POV, we first met Grave and the rest of the sexy as sin boys from the dark and delicious world of ‘Kingdom’ in Code of Silence. We got to know him a little more in book one of the Dark Kings Series, Titan.
❝𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑜𝑟 𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑡. 𝐹𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒, 𝑤𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒, 𝑤𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑢𝑐𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑔𝑜.❞
Although Grave is standalone, I suggest checking out Code of Silence and Titan, or at the very least Titan, to better understand the world these guys live in and get to know some of the characters that you’ll meet in Grave.
❝𝐼’𝑚 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠. 𝑁𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑.❞
Grave’s is an addict with a deathwish. He’s a reckless adrenaline junkie that’s on a fast track to his own grave.
But life changes when he randomly walks into a quaint little flower shop and meets the purple-haired beauty that runs the place.
❝𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠. 𝑌𝑜𝑢’𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓.❞
April not only owns the flower shop that was left to her after her Mom passed away but she also takes care of her younger brother, Ethan.
Ethan is a troubled teen and when he steps into Grave’s dark and gritty world of Vegas, fate steps in and causes April and Grave to cross paths once again…
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑚𝑦 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑦𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑐𝑜ℎ𝑜𝑙, 𝑠𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝐼 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑒𝑟?❞
Sooo I wasn’t sure what to think about this one when I first started. It wasn’t until about the 30 percent mark when things started to kick off, but once they did, I was completely hooked! I finished this book in just a few hours, completely devoured it! Grave and April were most definitely insta-lust, I’m not sure about insta-love, but they were most definitely smitten right from the very start and their chemistry made this read soo much hotter! They had only met a couple of times before the next thing you know they were up against a wall making out. The story just took right on off from there.
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑔 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑑.❞
I love that April was a “break the mold” kind of girl, she had her own sense of style and was the type that danced to her own drum. But yet she was also really laid back and had her head on her shoulders. Running the flower shop and doing her best to keep Ethan out of trouble.
Kyle Reed (A.K.A Grave), the youngest heir to the Kingdom and probably the most troubled. If ever there was a character misunderstood, it would be Grave. An addict? Yes. But he’s soo much more than that. He’s fiercely protective and would do anything for the people that he loves and cares about. He has more money and power then he even knows what to do with but his past continues to haunt him so to numb the pain he turns to drugs. Grave was on a fast track to the grave until he meets April. Who would have thought that walking into a flower shop just may save his life…
❝𝐴𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑙 𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑒. 𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑚𝑦 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑀𝑦 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑙. 𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑚𝑦 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑏𝑦 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑒𝑟.❞
Shantel Tessier did an amazing job on this one. The plot, the main characters as well as the supporting characters, the romance, and steam… AMAZING! I love that she not only showed the POV of an addict or someone with addictions but she also showed the POV of the people who LOVE and care about them. One of my favorite things about the story is that Grave actually went and sought out the help that he so desperately needed by going to a treatment center, instead of the age-old, “love saved him and now he’s all better” that we see so often in books. I’m a recovering addict (5 years clean and sober, YAY!) so I appreciate Tessier soooo much for that and knowing that there is a whole lot more needed to overcoming addiction than just love.
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝐼 𝑐𝑎𝑛’𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡. 𝐼 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑦 ℎ𝑖𝑡 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑑.❞
Grave is not an easy read. There are a lot of tender and loving moments but there are also some heartbreaking moments. But I assure you, you still won’t be able to stop turning those pages to see what happens next.
❝𝐼 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼’𝑚 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠, 𝐴𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑙. 𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑒?❞
I can not wait to see what else Tessier has in store for us in the Kingdom world. I am REALLY looking forward to Grave’s big brother, Bones, story! If you enjoy dark romance in an organized crime type of world, then I highly recommend checking out Grave as well as the rest of the Dark Kingdom Series.
🌪🌪 𝓒𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓯𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: No cliffhanger. Grave and April’s story wraps up beautifully. BUT, there is plenty more to come from the dark and devious world of Kingdom so I’ll give Grave two cliffhanger tornadoes for what’s to come!
❝𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑚𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑔 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑖𝑑.❞
⚠️ 𝓣𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓰𝓮𝓻 𝓦𝓪𝓻𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰: There are difficult subjects that could be considered triggers. I.e drugs, fighting, addiction, etc. If you would like to know more about what those subjects are, feel free to DM me!
❝𝐹𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑢𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒. 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ 𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟.❞
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Want to check out the rest of the boys of Kingdom? Take a peek at the rest of the Dark Kings Series!
There are 4 intertwined standalones in the Dark Kings Series.
👑 Titan (Dark Kings Series #1)
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💛 ↳ 𝗣𝗨𝗥𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗦𝗘 𝗧𝗢𝗗𝗔𝗬 ➻ http://mybook.to/titanst
👑 Grave ↳ 𝗧𝗕𝗥 ➻ https://bit.ly/2TECxZd
👑 Cross ↳ 𝗧𝗕𝗥 ➻ https://bit.ly/2UtM9Tv
👑 Bones ↳ 𝗧𝗕𝗥 ➻ https://bit.ly/2F7M4zO
𝓐𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓐𝓾𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓻
Shantel is a Texas-born woman who now lives in Tulsa, 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.
She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she does while getting to work from home. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college, and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.
Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cat and dog.