Title: Dragon King: A Dark Kings Novella (1001 Dark Nights)
Series: Dark Kings
Author: Donna Grant
Format: kindle (128 pages)
Published : Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (August 25, 2015)
ISBN : ASIN: B00PSU8S6A
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses
A Woman On A Mission
Grace Clark has always done things safe. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian - the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met.
A King With a Purpose
Arian is a Dragon King who has slept away centuries in his cave. Recently woken, he's about to leave his mountain to join his brethren in a war when he's alerted that someone has crossed onto Dreagan. He's ready to fight...until he sees the woman. She's innocent and mortal - and she sets his blood aflame. He recognizes the danger approaching her just as the dragon within him demands he claim her for his own...
"You may no' believe it, lass, but you're safe with me."
Grace scratched her nose. "With a dragon?"
"You were a dragon," she said. "A huge dragon with wings and fire and everything."
He gave a nod. "I ken exactly what I am, lass."
DRAGON KING: A DARK NIGHTS NOVELLA by Donna Grant is a fascinating addition to Donna's Dragon Kings series. I absolutely love Donna's sexy Scottish Dragon Kings! I can never seem to get enough of Highlanders nor of dragons - and this series combines both! Donna's stories can always be counted on to contain lots of exciting action and hot swoon worthy passion.
This novella features Arian, a dragon king who has been asleep for six centuries. Con, the king of kings, has been wakening all the dragons as there is a war on the horizon. Arian is not happy about having to wake up and even unhappier to find that his cave has an uninvited visitor. So he has a conundrum: Is she a spy or is she truly a writer - as she claims to be - just seeking a peaceful place from which to write?
Our heroine is Grace Clark who is fighting a bad case of writer's block as the story opens. She's facing a tight deadline and her publisher is pressing her to produce, but the words just won't come. She has traveled to Scotland hoping that the change of scenery will allow her creative juices to flow. After arriving, she had searched for peace and quiet in the majestic Scotland countryside from which to write when a storm suddenly set upon her. She's deathly afraid of storms and sought safe refuge in a nearby cozy cave which is where Arian found her.
I easily connected to both Arian and Grace. It's funny that Donna would pair a woman afraid of storms with a dragon king who controls the weather - but, in hindsight, that was a brilliant move on the author's part. I liked that the change of scenery has indeed allowed the words to again flow for Grace. If you have been reading the series, you know that Con is not happy about his fellow dragon kings finding their mates. Therefore, you can safely infer that he's not thrilled about Arian finding his true love so quickly upon wakening.
DRAGON KING is a 1001 Dark Nights release. Dark Nights are a collection of novellas that are advertised to be breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic. Some are paranormal; Some are erotic. Each one is compelling and page-turning. They are all meant to work well as standalones and they can also serve as introductions to a series or as a way to sample a new author's work. DRAGON KING certainly fits the bill in the paranormal category. Fans may be slightly disappointed that there are no major advancements towards resolving the conflicts that the dragon kings have been facing within this book. However, many favorite characters from the previous books make appearances - so fans of the series will certainly rejoice in that.
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this novella:
"All I know is that I like how I feel when I'm with you. I love how protective you are and that you aren't afraid to say you're sorry. I like how you touch me and kiss me. I like how you hold me, but more than anything, I like the possibilities that are before us."
"We're in the middle of a war," he warned.
She shrugged and ran her hands up his chest and over his shoulders to clasp around his neck. "Every couple has their own issues to get through."
Grace flattened her palm on his chest. "I've not been writing it correctly."
"Writing what, exactly?"
"Passion. I forgot what it was," she whispered. "I went off what I saw in movies or read, but I haven't...experienced...it in many years."
He didn't like thinking about other men being with her, but they were in the past. Where they would remain. "Were they no' good lovers?"
"They were all right, but without passion, it all feels...empty."
Arian tightened his arm around her before he rolled her onto her back so he could look into her face. "I'll be happy to show you several times a day."
Donna's Dragon Kings' stories are always entertaining with great characters, well-paced action and scorching passion. DRAGON KING is no exception. I highly recommend DRAGON KING to anyone who loves paranormal romances!
Suggested Reading Order:
Passion Ignites (Dark Kings, #7) - Pre-Order
Smoldering Hunger (Dark Kings, #8) - Pre-Order