Friday, November 6, 2015

#Review: Passion Ignites by Donna Grant - 3.5 Wine Glasses

23723790Title: PASSION IGNITES
Series: Dark Kings #7
Author: Donna Grant
Format: Kindle
Published : St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 3, 2015)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 Wine Glasses

He consumed her with that kiss, leaving no question that whatever was happening between them was meant to be-that it had always been meant to be...

Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae's trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy-and darkest desires. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the passion between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners...


Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. He is one of the Dark Fae who preys on human life, who uses his unearthly power to seduce the innocent, and who is setting a trap just for her. Nothing can save Lexi from a creature like this-except the one man who's been watching her every Passion Ignites by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

Linda's Thoughts
"Look at me," she demanded.
He whirled around and held out his arms. "What do you want me to say? Aye. I'm a dragon!"

PASSION IGNITES by Donna Grant is an action-packed installment in the author's Dark Kings series. First of all, you should know that I'm a huge fan of Donna's Dragon Kings. While PASSION IGNITES is not one of my favorites in the series, it's nevertheless a good, solid addition. Honestly, the first half of the book was actually a little slow-paced for me, but the second half kicked the clip up to an adrenaline rush making me completely forget the previous slowness. PASSION IGNITES is the story of "bad boy" Dragon King Thorn and Lexi, a masseuse in a Charleston spa.

As a bad boy, Thorn had already held a special place in my heart before this book. In this book, we find that underneath his image, he's really just a courageous, strong, smoldering hunky guy who happens to also be a fire-breathing dragon. Thorn's dragons were the Clarets and this little snippet made me want to cry for him:

"In all my years, there was only one time I felt fear. That's when I had to send my Clarets away. I never experienced it again. Until you."

The Dragon Kings are stretched thin trying to control the Dark Fae who are sprouting up everywhere. Con has assigned Thorn and Darius to hunt the Dark Fae in Edinburgh. That's how Thorn came upon Lexi, who was not exactly happy to see him, even though he saved her life. Thorn rocked!

Lexi had been on vacation with her friends when Christina, one of her group, was murdered by the red-eyed, evil Dark Fae. Lexi had been at the bar with Christina that fateful night and is now tortured by what-ifs that may have saved her friend. Lexi has vowed to exact justice. So Lexi refuses to go home to Charleston - even for Christina's funeral. Instead, she prowls the streets of Edinburgh looking for Christina's killer. She's quite obsessed with it,  forgetting to eat or drink or pay attention to her own safety. She meets Thorn when he saves her literally from the red-eyes' clutches. But, Lexi still doesn't trust him. That is definitely not her most brilliant decision. I came to respect Lexi, but she was so wound up with revenge-at-whatever-cost, that she was difficult for me to relate to in the first half of the book.

PASSION IGNITES is the seventh book in the series. The romance is fully contained within this book, so technically it should be able to be enjoyed as a standalone. I wouldn't... but you could if that is your preference. Donna's Dragon Kings are all so smokin' hot, I would recommend that the series be read in order so you wouldn't miss a bit of their lusciousness. There are also underlying mysteries and danger elements that have been building up in each installment. I really believe that being acquainted with the world and the characters before diving into this book would exponentially increase your enjoyment of the story. That said, whatever you decide to do, be forewarned that the series is highly addictive.

Following please find a few more of my favorite quotes from this read:

A love of the ages.
That's what he had called it. Rhi had been too wrapped up in the desire and him to fully comprehend everything. It wasn't until he turned his back on her that it hit her.

Lexi looked him up and down and laughed. "I'll fight every one of you. I'll make it my goal to slice off every Dark Fae dick. I'll make sure that you can't harm another human again."

His head lowered as he brushed his nose against hers. "Tell me to stop. Please, Lexi, because I can no' do it on my own."
She put her hands on each side of his face. "Don't ever stop."
He issued a groan before he took her mouth again.

Part of the thrill of reading these stories is being able to catch up with favorite characters from the previous books. It does that AND it ratchets up the danger element even more. AAAGH! The Dark are getting darker and I can't wait for the next installment in this series! PASSION IGNITES should be a must-read for fans of the series as there are tidbits of information divulged within the pages that are additional puzzle pieces for fans. I highly recommend Donna's Dragon King series to anyone who loves yummy dragons, sexy Scots, and/or paranormal romance.

Suggested Reading Order: 
The Dark Kings series is a spin off Donna's Dark Warriors Series and Dark Sword Series.

DARK CRAVING (Book # 0.1)
DAWN'S DESIRE (Book # 0.3)
DARK HEAT (Books # 0.1 - 0.3 plus a bonus story)
DRAGON KING (Book # 6.25)

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