Monday, October 2, 2017

Fire Rising by Donna Grant ~ Review

Source:  Purchased audiobook

Tristan, the newest Dragon King, is having a tough time fitting in. Despite his ability to transform into a proud, strong dragon at will, no one knows where he came from or how he became a Dragon King, including himself. When trouble arises in the form of the mob, Tristan is going to have to put aside his questions and band with the other Dragon Kings to protect Dreagan. As if things weren’t complicated enough, he is about to find something worth fighting for more important than the Dragon Kings…

Sammie Miller, pub owner in Oban, has been scorned by her business partner—and former lover. Used as a front for money laundering with the mob, Sammie is in great danger once she realizes what has happened. Barely escaping, she plans to rest at Dreagan for only a day before going back on the run. When Tristan swears to protect her, Sammie thinks his efforts will be in vain—the mob is too powerful, and it will take more than the average man’s devotion to keep her safe. But the closer she gets to Tristan, and the more he learns his secrets, Sammie can’t deny that having a Dragon King who worships you, body and soul, isn’t such a bad thing…

Just like every other book in this series, I was drawn in and captivated by this world.  Dragons have been here since before man.  They became sifters to peacefully exist with the humans.  That doesn't happen though.  And the complications begin.

Tristan's story is interesting.  I'll admit that I was surprised that the newest Dragon King would be the subject to book two in the series.  After reading it, I get why.  Those dark are targeting who they see as the weakest link.  Dang Fae.  But what adds to Tristan's story is how he became a Dragon King or rather who he was before he became a Dragon King.  He wants nothing to do with that, understandably.  So the elements of that become woven into the story making this much more than a shifter romance.

I think that's one of the things I enjoy so much about this world and Donna Grant's writing.  While we don't have dragon shifter, we do have a lot of people that just don't get along.  There is so much mirroring in this world and our that it adds depth and interest that I enjoy.

Things are changing.  Someone is after the Dragon Kings.  They think they know who.  But they are always surprised.  I think there's more to it then we know at this point in the series.  Old grudges run deep and revenge is best served cold.  Much more to come.

Sammie is Jane's (another Dragon Kings mate) sister.  She's in trouble and heads to Jan for help.  That just ends up exposing the whole can of worms her life has become.  It's also where she meets Tristan.  But Sammie is bound and determined to not bring this mess on her sister's head - or Tristan's.  She stubbornly tries to fight her own battles.  I admire her though she has no idea what she's facing.  She's a good strong female character that I liked.

Of coures, Tristan and Sammie together is explosively hot.  And they resist the pull a lot.  Both have reasons for trying to keep the other at bay.  But they suck at resisting each other.  Ha.

I keep wondering about Constantine.  I think that's one of the things I really enjoy about this series.  There are lot of other kings who's story I want.  His is one.  Doubt is cast on him in this book.  But I'm having a hard time believing it.  I don't always agree with him (or any king for that matter) but he wants what's best for his kings.  It's the beginning of trust on my part.

More, I need more.  I'm sure I'll be devouring the next book soon.  I'm still in such a paranormal mood and these books just do it for me right now.


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