Firestorm by Donna Grant

Posted February 17, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Firestorm by Donna Grant Firestorm by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #10
Also in this series:Blaze
Also by this author: Dark Alpha's Lover, Blaze, The Legend, The Christmas Cowboy Hero
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 368
ISBN: 1250109531
ASIN: B01KFWOM3S
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Minx's Rating:

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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Firestorm is the tenth book in the Dark Kings series. The story takes place in various areas of Scotland. It also means that most of the Kings including Dimitri speaks with a Scottish accent. It is verra, verra good and makes his character a bit more swoon-worthy. The Kings are dragons that existed on Earth before mankind and through poor judgement on their part swore to provide protection for humankind. I say poor judgement because the humans procreated and eventually turned against the dragons. I found that I was emotionally impacted in the scenes where I learned more of how the humans turned on the dragons. It really helped me to understand how the Kings warred within themselves about their commitment to the humans. Being dragons though they cannot be anything other than honorable.

Generally, when reading a book with dragons they are portrayed as logical with little emotion. Even when they are shape-shifters the characters are logical and emotionally closed off until they find their mate. It was not the case in this story. Dimitri has heart. He is very passionate about his dragons, his bond to the Kings, and protecting the Kings secrets. From the start, he is a strong-willed, feels deeply, and has a great capacity for love. He just does not feel this way towards humans. I loved, loved, loved this aspect of the story. I adore that as a dragon shapeshifter he is not written as a stereotypical dragon.

Books that have archeological aspects always draw my interest. Faith Reynolds has unearthed an actual dragon skeleton and it is creating tension with the public. How exciting would that be in real life? I would be over the moon! Her character was what I would expect for an archeologist. Completely focused on the excavation and a bit nutty-professor about everything else. I liked how she had an assistant to ground her character. I think if she was written where she could do everything then the romance aspect would have not been so intense. Her absent mindedness made her interest in Dimitri more visceral because it was out of character for her.

Now you are asking me, why was the romance intense aren’t you?? Oh my, oh my there were sexy times, but I am getting ahead of myself here. Dimitri exudes strength and virility but he has a thing about humans, as in I will protect you but want nothing to do with you. Faith is usually so focused on her work that she notices no one. They both notice each other from the start but he erects walls and she is coy about her interest. I loved being in their heads! She watched him but saw no signs of his interest and played it cool. All the while she was twisted up in want in her head. He did everything he could to deny the attraction and was shut off as possible to her. Which leads to a nice smoldering romance element that straight-up ignited into a passionate fire.

This is not a story that just surrounds a romance element. There is an entire plot that appears to have carried through from the start of this series. The Kings have enemies that wish to destroy them. There are key players in this power struggle who have long laid plans to bring about the destruction of either the humans, the dragons or anyone who is in their way to total control. I loved the story about Dimitri and Faith but it is the other characters and plot that drive me to want to read the entire series. A really well-written and paced story where the plot and sub-plots are tied together nicely but keeps your interest engaged so that you will come back for more. I highly recommend this story to lovers of dragons, romance, or fantasy.

*Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of Firestorm*

About Donna Grant

Author Donna Grant 1

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire. Her acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.


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10 responses to “Firestorm by Donna Grant

    • It was really fantastic! This author also has a series about reapers! So very excited to read one of those books! Just need to dig myself out a little from underneath my TBR’s. Ha ha ha. Sorry it took me so long to respond. My spam filter queued this comment. For the love, right?? Thanks for stopping by!

        • Ugh, my TBR isn’t too bad…really….. The issue is that I read 25-30 books per month so my TBR moves pretty fast but I can’t seem to stop adding things to it. lol I signed up for your newsletter and I am looking forward to your cover reveal. 🙂

          • If I had more time my TBR list wouldn’t be too bad. I’m a fairly fast reader usually, especially if I love the books. I read the Captive Prince Trilogy in 4 days while working flat out, lol. I may have been a tad tired, but eh. Works has been a bit crazy (im a chef) lately. Been a bit of a struggle to get any reading or writing done. ;(

            Thank you so much for signing up! Once I get a release date I’ll be looking for bloggers and reviewers to maybe help with a cover reveal. If you might be interested?

          • Always interested AND fantasy is probably my fav genre. Don’t you love/hate it when you start a series and then you binge read?? What has it been “X” amount of days?? lol. Exciting that you are a chef! Those are some long exhausting hours for sure! When you get breaks just dive into a book, lol, breaks…right?? ha ha what are those….

          • What is this ‘break’ you refer to? Is it like that fabled thing ‘free time’? I am unfamiliar with such things… 😉

            Omg, yes! I am currently in agony waiting for A Court of Wings and Ruin.
            I too, hope yo make people agonise over my characters, I know i do!

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