Length: 10 hrs 10 mins
Series: Dark Kings #10
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 7, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
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The Dark Kings and the dragons within have been a favorite of mine since I began the series. I know a couple of times I have wondered if I shouldn’t have gone back to read the two series that spun off into this one, but I’ve normally picked up enough that I can figure out what is going on. There is a new character and a new magic that appears in Firestorm that refers to the previous series and I’m kind of nervous that I’m going to get lost. So far it’s been good, but we will see what Dragon Burn brings.
I liked Dmitri. He is a calm and sensible dragon. His pain at the loss of his dragons and his failure for one of them is heartbreaking. You can see he truly loved his dragons. I know all the dragons did, but Dmitri’s guilt and loss really drive that home.
Faith I’m not so sure about. For a scientific mind, she seemed to take Dmitri’s secret and the whole Dragon life without a lot of dramatics. I know she believes that she has found a dragon, and that may have helped her open-mindedness along. I don’t know, she seemed so much more reserved than I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were still hot. Faith just opened up and was so trusting so quick. Maybe she just seemed a bit naive for the whole situation.
Things get really hairy once we get back to Draegan and I was shocked at how far the Kings go when magic hits them. Most of the time, you see a character able to calm their mate just with a touch or whatever. But that is not the case here and I think some things go a little far. Although, we may have learned some interesting information concerning our King of Kings.
There were scenes with Con dealing with his problem with Usaeil and actually working with Rhi. Their interactions make me somewhat question their relationship, but Rhi’s dragon is still a mystery that will keep me scouring the pages looking for clues. We see some of the carry over from the Dark Alpha books, although the Reapers do not play a big part in the book.
I thought that Firestorm did not really move the Ulrick / Dark Fae plot along very well. We see a couple of scenes with the bad guys, along with an introduction to another player for Ulrick’s side. However, there is not much confrontation or interaction between the dragons and their enemies. It does appear they have a new enemy, but I’m curious to see whether it really is a new enemy or the new character Ulrick has brought in. There is also some strife between Ulrick and Merrick which might complicate each other’s plans on how they think they are going to bring down the King of Kings.
It seems new problems have cropped up with not too much movement on the old. I found the romance between Faith and Dmitri was ok, but not as hot as I expected. I think it was just my view of Faith. However, the ups and downs in their relationship kind of shocked me and I was riveted at how far each one was going to let the other go without forgiveness. Whether they would stay together after it all.
Firestorm was a really good installment of the Dark Kings series and we see a little bit of everyone. Pieces dropped here and there. Alliances forming and preparations to move forward. I really can’t wait for the next installment to see how much farther we get into the stories of the new enemy, Ulrick, Merrick and the Dark!
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