Series: Dark Kings #10
Author: Donna Grant
Format: Kindle, 368 Pages
Published: March 7, 2017 (St. Martin's Paperbacks)
ISBN: ASIN: B01KFWOM3S
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
SCORCHED BY DESIRE
Dimitri lives to protect the secret of the Dragon Kings from the human race. Bound by a bond stronger than blood to the Kings, Dimitri uses his strength and prowess to defend a thousand-year-old secret. But when an oh-so-sexy, slightly absent-minded archaeologist wanders into his midst, Dimitri will have to give up his rules, and give in to desire...
When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon an ancient skeleton that appears it comes from a dragon, she’s completely taken aback. A woman of science, there’s no way in her mind that this mythological creature can exist. But when a devilishly handsome man named Dimitri intercepts her path to uncovering the truth, Faith’s curiosity turns into all-consuming passion. She’s never felt this way about any man before. But when Dimitri reveals his biggest secret, can she learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within, in Firestorm, the next Dark Kings novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
The only sound was the crackle of the fire as they looked at each other. Then his mouth was on hers, moving seductively. She returned his kiss, opening for him when his tongue swept against her lips.
He enticed, he tempted.
He tantalized, he seduced.
And it was glorious.
Firestorm is the tenth book in Donna Grant’s incredible Dark Kings’ series. I would suggest reading this series in order, but, this story works well as a stand-alone, if that is your preference, because the romantic relationship is fully contained within this novel. That said, there are seriously addictive plot lines that have been building since the very first installment in this series. Devoted fans literally spend hours and hours debating the whos, whats, whens and wheres of each development – so, if you jump right into this book and are hooked, you will have some fun catching up to do.
Firestorm is, on the surface, the tale of dragon shapeshifter Dimitri, King of the white dragons, and Dr. Faith Reynold, an archeologist. The story is told from multiple points of view bringing an added dimension to the characters and their interactions. A recent discovery of a dragon skeleton at Faith’s dig could spell big trouble for the Kings so Dimitri has been dispatched to the site tasked with destroying the bones.
However, when he falls for Faith, her passion for what she does and the reverence she shows to the bones makes his job all the more difficult. As the storyline progresses, it becomes evident that the bones actually hold the answer to a painful secret long buried. My heart went out to Dimitri when he discovered what was hidden in that mountain. Donna writes titillating romances with plenty of heat and, ooh la la, Firestorm is no exception. Talk about feeling the burn! I couldn’t get enough of Dimitri and he and Faith were great together.
Dimitri and Faith are great characters, but I loved the appearances by Rhi and Con and other favorites from the series. I especially liked the lengthy conversation between Con and Rhi. OMG! Then, there’s Balladyn and more Rhi. I’m not a fan of Balladyn’s and, unfortunately, Balladyn appears to have Rhi where we wants her. But, will Rhi’s shadow Reaper have a say in that? The suspense leading up to Con's and Ulrik's showdown - which just has to be getting close - is well-orchestrated perfection! Ulrik is up to his normal nefarious behind-the scenes shenanigans, but he’s actually having to watch his own back now. And that’s not all…
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Firestorm:
“I’m a planner. I like to know what’s coming, that way I can figure out a way to deal with it.”
He shot her a wink. “I wasna planned, and you handled that situation well.”
It was a fact, but then again, who could ever prepare for a man like Dmitri?
They couldn’t turn back time. What was done, was done.
He dropped his arms and lowered his head. Despondency filled him to the very brim. He was a dragon. A creature of magic and fire. A being that was lethal and dangerous.
The Kings had forgotten that. All but one.
“When are we going to deal with Usaeil?”
“The sooner, the better, Con. If you don’t do something she’s going to.”
He raised a brow. “You mean worse than she already has? She’s all but told the Light.”
“You think you know her, but you don’t. She cares about nothing but her own desires now.”
Sounds like the Dark,” he said.
When you delve into a Donna Grant novel, you can be assured that you are in for a treat. I was thrilled with the disclosures about the history of the Dark Kings that Donna infused throughout this story. It seemed to be a natural fit that in a book featuring an archaeologist and historical digs, Donna would disclose much about the heartbreaking past of the Dark Kings. Now, I can’t wait to dive into Blaze which is nestled next to me as I write this review.
If you enjoy captivating sweet and hot romances with plenty of intense action sequences and twisty turns featuring dragons who happen to be highlanders too, I highly recommend that you check out Donna’s Dark Kings.
Suggested Reading Order:
The Dark Kings series is a spin off the Dark Warriors Series and Dark Sword Series. Donna's Reaper series should be read along with the Dark Kings.
Called the Dragon Kings a millennium ago, these men of power and magic can shift into dragon form and have ruled over all other creatures. When humans appeared, they protected them until they were betrayed and thousands of dragons were killed. The betrayal was made worse when they discovered that it came from a woman who had vowed to love one of the Dragon Kings. The Dragon Kings withdrew their power from the world, from humans, some of the dragons choosing to sleep away the passing millennia. But now a new evil is beginning to awaken the Dark Kings and they are reluctantly being pulled into a war not of their choosing. What they never expected to find is a love so powerful it threatens to change everything they have ever known.