Monday, September 18, 2017

Dark Heat (The Dark Kings Stories) by Donna Grant ~ Review

Source: Purchased the audio book

The Dark Kings are sworn to defend an ancient legacy of dragon magic. But their fiercest challenge lies in the modern world, where a woman’s love conquers all. These are their stories.

This book contains the first 3 Dark Kings prequels + a bonus story, "Passion's Claim":

"Dark Craving"

Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love...with a mortal woman.

"Night’s Awakening"

The dark immortal warriors were never meant to experience human desire. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off...

"Dawn’s Desire"

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. But when a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his secret lair in the Highlands to risk his life for the dragons within—and resist the temptations of human love.

"Passion’s Claim"

Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?

I've been in such a paranormal mood lately.  I decided it was finally time to dive into this series.  I read a novella that's later in the series already but wanted the whole thing!  So glad because I love the world the Dragon Kings make up and will want to visit it often.

This book is the first three novella that start the series in one place.  It actually includes a little more with Passion's Claim at the end.  But the stories perfectly set-up this world and introduce us to the main characters.  Each story emphasizes a different king and his discovery of the women that changes him forever.  I loved them all.

Dark Craving is Hal's story.  He is drawn to Cassie when she comes to stay at her brother's cottage.  It's not normal for a dragon king to fall in love because that part of them has been blocked with magic.  Something is not right here.  We don't learn the reason - it becomes part of the overarching series question along with the silvers moving.  It leaves some mysteries and interest to keep me reading but it does tie up Hal and Cassie.  I enjoyed their story, though it was too short.

Night's Awakening is Guy's story.  Elena gets forced into a caving outing that changes her life.  Meeting Guy there and trying to understand what's going on has her confused and hurt.  But she is one strong women - you have to be to survive a dragon king!  This story ties up Guy and Elena but adds to the series questions.  Why are the kings being targeted and by whom?  And we have the ongoing questions about kings falling in love.

Dawn's Desire is Banan's story.  He meets Jane as they try to unravel the questions left from Guy's story.  Jane works at the same place as Elena and there has to be answers there.  Banan is adorable in his effort to avoid the little issue of falling in love but these dragon kings fall hard so he had no hope.  All of the women who captured a dragon kings heart have been strong and capable.  They proved themselves before a dragon king of kings.

The bonus story of Passion's claim actually ties up the stories for Guy and Elena, and Banan and Jane.  It also does a good job and bridging the novellas and the rest of the series.

I enjoyed the world building for this series.  Dragons have always been here.  Man is the interloper.  But the drama that was caused by the arrival of man continues to have ripples.  The characters are all well developed and the story has had me wanting the next book as soon as I finish one.

If you enjoy paranormal and haven't gotten to this series yet, you should.  It's well worth the time.


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