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.Blaze by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #11
Also in this series:Firestorm
Also by this author: Firestorm, Dark Alpha's Lover, The Legend, The Christmas Cowboy Hero
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC, E-book
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His strength, his masculinity brought out something primal within her. In his arms, she felt like the Amazon warrior she'd once pretended to be as a little girl.
Anson is a fierce Dragon King, a dragon shapeshifter born and bred to protect his own. But when a rogue tech company hacks into their world, he must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies: a human female. Her name is Devon Abrams. A rising star at the firm, she has no idea that her boss is in league with the sinister Fae and their secret war against humanity. If Anson gains her trust, he can defeat the enemy from within. But first he must fight his own attraction--to this exquisitely beautiful mortal...
Devon loves her job at the firm. But sometimes she wishes she could find a man--a real man--who isn't threatened by her success. When she first meets Anson, she's overwhelmed by his powerful masculine presence and disarmingly gorgeous smile. But when he reveals his true mission--and his ability to transform into a dragon--she's irresistibly drawn into an epic battle between humans and immortals, magic and technology, danger and desire. Anson vows to protect her from the Fae. But can he control the flames of passion that blaze within his heart, in Blaze, the next sexy Dragon romance in the Dark Kings series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
Blaze is the eleventh book in the Dark Kings series and this story actually overlaps the same time period that book ten does but these characters are located in London. This is a series that is best read in order. The world building and storyline is amazing but a first-time reader may find the start of the book a little confusing with the storyline essentially picking up in the middle of the story that has been thread throughout the series. With that said, if you stick with the story you will get the gist of the history and it quickly becomes a read that pulls you in! Such a good read!
Anson is the main protagonist of this story and is a Dragon King. The Kings are dragons that existed on Earth before mankind and through poor judgement on their part swore to provide protection for humankind. The people they swore to protect eventually turned on them and the dragons were forced to send all their friends, family, and subjects away. The Kings themselves had to stay behind because their magic was needed to allow all the other dragons to leave and then seal the portal they used. Since that time, the dragons slept only to resurface hundreds of years later. Since awakening they have done their part to keep their very existence a secret.
A secret that becomes harder to keep when one of their own, Ulrick, was cast out and has sworn revenge against the King of Kings, Con. Now the Kings believe that Ulrick is feeding information to the Kyvor corporation and was behind the footage leak of the dragons fighting with the fae that has hit the news recently. Someone at Kyvor was also responsible for the kidnapping and brainwashing of Esther and Kinsey. These women had been used against their will and sent to Dreagan, the dragons home base, in order to spy for information.
Kinsey and Esther have no recollection of how they came to be used as pawns against the Dragon Kings and that is due to the workings of druid magic. Their memories had been tampered with and that makes them angry and out for some retaliation. Someone at Kyvor has connections to a powerful druid and it has become their mission to find out not only who the druid is but also who truly is feeding Kyvor the information. Anson has come along at the request of Con in order to keep Kinsley, Con’s mate, and Esther safe.
Kinsey and Esther have been spending their time deciding which employee they are going to approach about being their inside person. The women finally decide on Devon. She has been an employee of Kyvor for years and has been a steady ladder climber. There is also something important about her because it appears that someone at Kyvor is having her followed. They are able to use that information when they approach Devon about helping them uncover who at Kyvor is feeding the information about the Dragon Kings and their mates.
Devon loved her job, she loved the company that she worked for. It was hard for her to hear about a magical world that contains fae and other magical creatures. It just did not seem real! Once Devon started to consider the possibilities to what Esther and Kinsey were saying she could not stop herself from trying to find out if her company was involved. That decision to try and find the leak would be the catalyst for all hell breaking loose! Devon is thrust into a conspiracy that she is not prepared to handle and everything she thought she understood about reality was upended. She quickly had to accept that she lived in a world that also included magic and if she wanted to survive she has to rely on Anson and the Dragon Kings.
Blaze is packed full of action and as the story enfolds you can expect plenty of twists and turns. The simmering attraction between Anson and Devon is electric but this is not just a romance read. There are some sexy times between these characters but their relationship is more than physical. The relationship building is sweet, steamy, and swoony! They truly have something special and Devon is more than she seems. The author does an amazing job with imagery for the scenes she creates and the development of the characters. The book really comes to life and grips you, it is a hard book to put down. This is a book and series that I highly recommend.
*Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Paperbacks for this eARC of Blaze*