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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review: Darkest Flame (Dark Kings #1) by Donna Grant

Darkest Flame
(Dark Kings Series, Bk  #1)
By Donna Grant

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender - body and soul?

Her beauty is a weapon

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up - as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny - and a desire - that could destroy them both...

His passion is a curse...

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all. 

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Viviana's Review:
Okay, so this is officially the fist book I've read from Donna Grant. Gasp, I KNOW!!! And what a way to start!!! Kickass heroine who is independent and literally kicking ass from the very beginning! Throughout the book the females are strong and independent yet, still have the vulnerability needed for you to like them!
"Darkest Flame" is the first book in the Dark Kings series, however, there are three (technically four if you count the bonus material in the box set) prequel novellas. With this said.... do you have to read the novellas to read "Darkest Flame"? Well, technically no! The book can be read as a stand alone book. However, I'm sure you'll get curious as how the mated couples came about so you'll end up clicking this link here to read more about them as I did.. Oh and let me know if, like me, you're about to hit the "One-Click"/buy button.

Back to "Darkest Flame"... Donna has created a mythical and unique world where dragons once ruled the land and sky but now no longer can. While I love the traditional shifter world (wolves, panthers, cheetahs, etc.), I'm extremely glad that Dragons are now being added to this genre. A breathe of fresh air!!

I mentioned at the beginning that the heroine is smart, independent and can kick ass. Denae works MI5 ( and just in case you don't know what MI5 is.... The Security Service, commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5),[2] is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS; also known as MI6) focused on foreign threats, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Defence Intelligence (DI). All come under the direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). More here)). Sent on a mission with little to now details or information as to why, she does any good soldier does and follows orders. However, things do not go as plan and the truth begins to unveil before her.

The hero is hot... you did see the cover right? He has a deep rooted hate for humans and his reasons are valid ones. I can't take that away from him. That being said... you sort of want to smack in across the head for lumping all humans in the same category. Thankfully, he wises up. He fights against the connection he has with Denae and we all know where that can lead. He is also determined, loyal and will stand up for what's right. You definitely root for him and the Dragon Kings.

There is an enemy that everyone is trying to figure out who he is. The Dragon Kings seem to believe they know who it is, yet, I'm wondering if Donna has not other plans laid out for us, readers. It will be interesting to see where this all leads.

I feel in love with a character that is currently a secondary one, but I'm hoping will get her story told. Rhi is a Light Fae and seems to have an "interesting" hate towards one particular Dragon King. That's not the reason I fell for her. She's sassy and sarcastic and keeps up with the bad attitude of the Dragon Kings. She's a blast! Love her!! Again, hoping her story will be told.

Overall, I fell for this series. I couldn't put it down and when I did have to, I wanted to run home to finish reading it. Oh and I jumped right into reading book two!!

Rating: 4.5 - Really Loved It

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