Series: Dark Kings #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Source: Received from a giveaway
The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender - body and soul?
Her beauty is a weapon
Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up - as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny - and a desire - that could destroy them both...
His passion is a curse...
It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.
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I won the first 5 books in the Dark Kings series from a giveaway hosted by Rantings of a Reading Addict via the publisher some time ago. Darkest Flame sat on my shelf amidst its friends calling my name and I feel like an idiot that it took me so long to pick up Darkest Flame. READER FAIL.
Darkest Flame is a great and fulfilling read. Grant created complex characters and injected them into a beautiful world. From start to finish, it is a page turner. I don’t think dragon shifters will ever stop being my favorite shifter, but that certainly is not the only reason why I loved this book. Denae is not only kick ass and strong, but not cold and distant. Often authors seem to write strong female characters with this type of edge – cold and distant. I struggle with it being accurate within myself (possibly – don’t judge me!) and yet something I am not a fan of (within myself – self reflection is a bitch). I don’t think you HAVE to be cold and/or distant to be strong. Reading about someone that I could relate to and still see how I could better, made this read little extra special. Now, if only I could obtain my own dragon of hawtness.
Kellan and Denae’s journey took us into a new world and Grant accomplished a lot of world building, all while not bombarding the reader with overwhelming information. Everything tad bit of story had its place and the pieces floated down creating an amazing and complete story. Darkest Flame had the trifecta of a great story. Romance, drama, comedy and world building merged in Darkest Flame and this is certainly a series I am going to continue reading. My only regret is that I didn’t pick this book up sooner!