Thursday, July 9, 2015

#Review: Soul Scorched by Donna Grant - 3.5 Wine Glasses

23127782Title: Soul Scorched
Series: Dark Kings #6
Author: Donna Grant
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: June 30th 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250071933
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Darcy was floating on a cloud of pure passion. Everywhere he touched, Warrick was leaving a mark on her, forever changing her. She could feel it through her skin and muscle, through bone and into her soul. It was as if he was changing her. And she welcomed it…

Her power is a blessing.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets—and desires—of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same…

His passion is a curse.

Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself—and his entire race—in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything… for eternity?

Dive into Soul Scorched, the sizzling next novel in the Dark Kings series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant. 

Linda's Thoughts:
SOUL SCORCHED by Donna Grant was an exciting, solid installment in Donna's hot Dark Kings series. I honestly can't get enough of her sexy Scottish dragons! This was the story of Warrick, a Dragon King, and Darcy, a Druid from the Isle of Skye. I liked them both.

I strongly recommend that the Dark Kings series be read in order as there are several ongoing storylines within the series. That said, Donna does include needed historical info so, if you are a newbie, you won't be completely lost if you were to pick this book up first. The romantic relationship and the primary danger plot are fully contained within this novel, so if you are determined to read SOUL SCORCHED as a standalone, feel free. If you do, I bet you'll be intrigued and resolve to go back and catch up with the series.

As the story opens, the Dragon Kings have discovered that a Druid named Darcy helped Ulrik regain some of his magical powers. Con sends Warrick and Thorn, a newly awakened King, to protect and convince her to come to Dreagan as Con wants to interrogate her. Warrick finds her just in time as the Dark Fae have staked their claim to her.

Warrick is a quiet, private Dragon King; he is a loner and not a conversationalist. He is fascinated by the human species and spends hours watching us. With Darcy, he is a different person. For the first time ever, Warrick enjoys talking to Darcy and he wants her company. He was not seeking a mate, but it appears that he's found his.

Darcy left her family and fellow Druids on the Isle of Skye years ago to set up her shop. She's made a comfortable life for herself and is surprised when Ulrik, whom she hasn't seen in years, drops by to warn her that she's in danger. She knew about the Dragon Kings because Ulrik had told her and, unbeknownst to Ulrik, she'd seen his memories when she helped him, but she did not know of the existence of the Dark Fae. That could have been fatal for her as if it hadn't been for Warrick, she would have been a goner.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes:

"Please come out so I can see your face," Darcy said.
There was a smile in Thorn's voice when he said, "I gave my jeans to Warrick. I'm no' shy, lass, but I doona want to embarrass Warrick."

"How long has it been since you and your King were together?" he asked.
Rhi looked away, the tears returning again. "A very long time, but not so long that I don't remember the taste of his kiss or the way he would look at me and smile."
"You'll never move on unless you let go. What you need is another lover."
She cut him a look. "Are you applying for the position?"
"Would you take me?"

Suddenly, Warrick lifted his head. Darcy struggled to open her eyes and think through the fog of desire. She gazed into his cobalt eyes, her stomach clenching at the longing she saw reflected there.
"There's a Dark at the back," he whispered.
Darcy was so frustrated that she wanted to scream. Why couldn't they have a few minutes of privacy? If it wasn't Rhi popping in, it was the Dark after her. "Tell him to go away. We're busy."
A sexy grin pulled at Warrick's lips. "Gladly."

"I need you, lass," he whispered.
Darcy opened her eyes to find him over her. "How fast can you get out of those clothes?"

There are multiple plot lines in this story besides that of Warrick's and Darcy's. Rhi, Ballenger, Con, Ulrik, the Dark Fae to mention a few all have storylines that converge in this tale. Of those, I'm dying for more of Rhi - I'd like to strangle her Dragon King, whoever he is - and I need Con's story now! I cannot figure out who Rhi's Dragon King is... it's driving me crazy! Warrick's and Darcy's romance was good, but not as irresistible to me as some of the others have been, perhaps because I am so focused on Rhi... and Con.

There were so many twists in SOUL SCORCHED! I muttered "what the heck" and "how can that be?" too many times to count while reading it. While it wasn't one of my favorites in the series, it was still very enjoyable and I wouldn't have missed reading it for the world. I love how the Dragon Kings are being mated even if it wasn't their intention. They are dropping like flies.

If you love dragons, sexy Scots, steamy romance, captivating characters, well-paced action sequences, heart-stopping moments and an intriguing story that keeps you turning the pages, look no further than SOUL SCORCHED! I can't wait for the next book in this series, PASSION IGNITES. It will be Thorn's story. It is obvious that the series is building up to something huge. I hope my heart can take it!

Suggested Reading order:

Darkest Flame (Dark Kings, #1) - Review | Purchase
Fire Rising (Dark Kings, #2) - Review | Purchase 
Burning Desire (Dark Kings, #3) - Review | Purchase 
Hot Blooded (Dark Kings, #4) - Review | Purchase 
Night's Blaze (Dark Kings, #5) - Review | Purchase 
Soul Scorched (Dark Kings, #6) 
Passion Ignites (Dark Kings, #7) - Pre-Order 
Smoldering Hunger (Dark Kings, #8) - Pre-Order

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