From New York Times Bestselling author Donna Grant comes HEAT, a new novel in her Dark Kings Series.
He knew her round eyes and the deep shade of brown along with the band of black that encircled her irises. He knew the slope of her breasts, the indent of her waist, and the flare of her hips. He knew the way she preferred to wear muted colors to help her blend in with a crowd. It had taken one look to put all that to memory, but he found his eyes going to her again and again, as if he couldn’t get enough.
Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude. . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikolai’s whole world goes up in flames.
Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like a stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart in Heat, the next Dark Kings novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
Fly Girl’s Review:
Wow. That is all I have to say. This one really got to me based on Nikolai’s special abilities. He is able to see historical scenes from a persons life and draw them with complete accuracy from memory. It’s almost as if he lives their life, minus hearing. The descriptions Donna uses of the drawings of Esther are amazing, she truly gives them life and let you see why Nikolai each moment to duplicate. His love for Esther comes pouring out in the drawings, but she is so lost in her own misery of lost memories and Druid manipulation she isn’t able to see it.
I give Donna props for not letting Esther get creeped out by his ability and what she later finds out is a special and rare connect the two have. Esther is bound to find herself on her own without her families help and that makes the character strong, but I though more of her MI5 training would show up in a couple of the confrontations she has with the Fae and other shifty characters. She might have been able to develop that more if there weren’t so many story lines going on.
That is one of a few issues I have with this one, so I’m only giving this a 4.0 of 5 propellers. The issues include, the ending felt rushed and there was way too much going on with the Fae, Dragon Kings, and Druids. She was working essentially three story lines into one novel and trying to keep up the suspense for the next installment. Kind of a 1-2-3. To make it better nd a little less confusing this book needed only storylines 1-2 and the next book should have had storylines 1-3. Also, I don’t feel this is a stand alone novel (not that it was billed that way) and if you haven’t read the last couple in the series you will be very lost in a couple of the story lines she writes in this book. I know the Dark Kings is a cultist type series, but it would be nice if a few of them could be stand alones.
If you are a Dark Kings fan, this is definitely a must read-auto buy in the series. You will miss a ton in two of the secondary story lines if you don’t read this one. So definitely pick this one up. If you are looking to get into the Dark Kings series, I would recommend Dragon Burn which I reviewed last year on the blog. It is a stand alone with a enough to wet your appetite.
Rating: 4 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Donna Grant:
Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.
Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.