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In Darkest Flame by Donna Grant, 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?


Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan ...

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In Darkest Flame by Donna Grant, 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?


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…


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.

"Time travel, ancient legends, and seductive romance are seamlessly interwoven into one captivating package."—Publishers Weekly on the Dark Warrior series

"Once again, Donna Grant has given the readers a great story." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

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Grant satisfies her fans with the fourth Dark Kings contemporary romantic thriller (after 2013’s Dark Heat). Denae Lacroix, an American working for England’s MI5 agency, has been secretly crossing Dreagan Industries’ vast land in Scotland with another agent, Matt. She’s unsure of the mission, but when Matt tries to kill her, she learns she’s bait to draw out those at Dreagan. She gets the upper hand and kills Matt, but she’s wounded in the process. The commotion awakens Kellen, a Dragon King, who shape-shifts into human form and takes the wounded Denae to the Dreagan manor. Denae and Kellen both fight their instant attraction, unable to trust each other. Fae politics and a traitor among the Dragon Kings add tension to the plot. (May)
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4 Stars! "Loaded with subtle emotions, sizzling chemistry and some provocative thoughts on the real choices [Grant's] characters are forced to make as they choose their loves for eternity." —RT Book Reviews on Dark Heat


Top Pick! "Vivid images, intense details and enchanting characters grab the reader’s attention and [don't] let go."  Night Owl Reviews on Dark Heat


Praise for the Dark Warrior novels by



"Super storyteller Grant returns with the second back-to-back release in the Dark Warrior series. All of Grant's characters must face not only external threats, but also their own inner demons, lending an extra depth and drama to the stories." —RT Book Reviews on Dark Warrior

4 Stars! "Grant's eighth Dark Warrior book provides a thrilling and satisfying addition to her intense and constantly evolving series." —RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

"Once again, Donna Grant has given the readers a great story." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

4 Stars! "Grant's smoldering seventh Dark Warriors will grip readers from the first page." —RT Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S TEMPTATION


  "A 5 Star, not to miss, read!" —Night Owl Reviews

"This story is one you will remember long after the last page is read." —Romance Junkies


4 Stars! “The world of the Immortal Warriors is a thoroughly engaging one, blending powerful ancient gods, fiery desire, and touchingly human love, which readers will surely want to revisit.” —RT Book Reviews


4 1/2 Stars! “Grant has crafted a chemistry between her wounded alpha and surprisingly capable heroine that will, no doubt, enthrall series fans and newcomers alike.” —RT Book Reviews



4 Stars! “Super storyteller Grant returns with…A rich variety of previous protagonists adds a wonderful familiarity to the books” —RT Books Reviews

5 Stars! “Ms. Grant brings together two people who are afraid to fall in love and then ignites sparks between them.” —Single Title Reviews


“Sizzling love scenes and engaging characters fill the pages of this fast-paced and immersive novel.” —Publishers Weekly

4 Stars! “Grant again proves that she is a stellar writer and a force to be reckoned with.” —RT Book Reviews

5 Stars! “Ms. Grant mixes adventure, magic and sweet love to create the perfect romance story.” —Single Title Reviews



“Paranormal elements and scorching romance are cleverly intertwined in this tale of a damaged hero and resilient heroine.” —Publishers Weekly

5 Stars! “Ms. Grant weaves a sweet love story into a story filled with action, adventure and the exploration of personal pain.” —Single Title Reviews

4 Stars! “It’s good vs. evil Druid in the next installment of Grant’s Dark Warrior series. The stakes get higher as discerning one’s true loyalties becomes harder. Grant’s compelling characters and the continued presence of previous protagonists are key reasons why these books are so gripping. Another exciting and thrilling chapter!”—RT Book Reviews

“Every book is an escape from the humdrum into a world of magic and fiery romance.” —Fresh Fiction  


“[A]ncient legends, and seductive romance are seamlessly interwoven into one captivating package.”—Publishers Weekly

“Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant”—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestseller  

Praise for the Dark Sword series

4 Stars! “Grant creates a vivid picture of Britain centuries after the Celts and Druids tried to expel the Romans, deftly merging magic and history. The result is a wonderfully dark, delightfully well-written tale. Readers will eagerly await the next Dark Sword book.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews


“Totally captivating and entertaining...Cursed by dark magic, the immortal MacLeod brothers are a force to be reckoned with.”—Fresh Fiction

  “Donna Grant spins a searing and intense tale [that] will keep readers spellbound.” —Romance Reviews Today 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250041364
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Dark Kings Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 62,538
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories.  She’s the author of 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 Warrior and Dark Sword, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.  

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Dreagan Land

April 20th

The night was dark and tranquil as Denae slid against an oak and waited for her partner, Matt, to catch up. They had jumped from a slow-moving van under the cover of darkness two nights earlier.

While she had only her knife—and two more no one knew about—Matt had been given a Glock. He had tried to keep it hidden, but Denae had seen it just the same.

An owl hooted nearby and crickets sang loudly in the stillness. Wind rustled the leaves as it swept through the branches of the trees. The moon played peekaboo with dense clouds that moved like dark giants swiftly across the sky.

A perfect night for spying.

“What are you waiting for?” Matt whispered irritably as he moved around her and took the lead.

Denae adjusted the pack on her back and watched Matt through her night-vision goggles. He was such a prick. Not once in all her time at MI5 had she questioned orders. But she found herself doing so now.

MI5 protected the UK, its citizens, and its interests on its own soil as well as overseas, against threats to national security. Denae had done her research on Dreagan Industries, as she did with any target she was given. Dreagan had been making whisky for as long as there were records, and besides the fact that the file was anorexic, there was nothing about Dreagan that would prompt MI5 to take a closer look.

Yet here she was.

It made sense with her photographic memory that they would send her with Matt, but … there was more going on. Spies rarely trusted anyone—especially other spies.

There were factions within divisions of MI5 that were kept secret, or as secret as it could be in a building full of spooks. That wasn’t what was disturbing. It was the fact that there was a deeper Black Ops level section she had only caught whispers of after being put on this mission that sent her mind into overdrive.

Denae had become paranoid and suspicious once she learned it was that secret division that gave the order to infiltrate Dreagan. She became even more suspicious after she found two bugs in her flat as well as a tracking device on her car.

Even so, opting out of the mission wasn’t a possibility. So here she was, in the dead of night with a partner she couldn’t stand.

Denae kept low and followed Matt through the thick underbrush of ferns. Ever since she had crossed the border onto Dreagan land she’d had an odd feeling prickling the back of her neck. Almost as if they had broken more than just the law by trespassing.

And it left her on edge and tense.

Not a good mix with her suspicions—and her dislike of Matt the Prick.

There were consequences for breaking rules. What would be the price if they were caught? Then again, they were MI5 agents. They wouldn’t get caught.

She and Matt had a few hours to reach the spot designated on the GPS she carried. In two days they had crossed just over twenty thousand acres. They moved quickly and quietly, resting sparingly.

“How close, Lacroix?” Matt asked once she reached him.

He didn’t wait for her to answer before he rushed to the next tree. Denae ran by him without stopping. Matt had never particularly warmed to her, and though she had worked with him before without incident, he hadn’t been happy when she was assigned to this mission.

Matt had voiced his displeasure loud and clear for the entire department to hear. Denae hadn’t cared—at least outwardly she had portrayed that sentiment. What she did care about was that it was just the two of them. More teams should have been sent to different parts of Dreagan’s border to make sure nothing was missed. There were so many mistakes being made that she couldn’t help but wonder why Dreagan was a target.

Her apprehension kicked up a notch. Vague statements of “You’ll know what it is we’re searching for when you see it,” combined with the clandestine faction giving the order, mingled with nonexistent proof that anyone at Dreagan was doing anything wrong made her anxious and tense.

Denae bit back a grunt when Matt spitefully slammed into her shoulder. She cut him a look. “Three clicks,” she bit out.

Matt was the golden boy of MI5. She had earned her position after years of hard work, but Matt had climbed the ranks easily—too easily. Her annoyance was also due to the fact Matt had been given private orders beyond the ones they had been given together. And it left her with a weight in her stomach.

When MI5 became secretive with their agents, people died. Was that what this was about? Had Matt been dispatched to assassinate someone? Denae hadn’t gotten that order, and though she loved her work, the only time she had taken a life was in self-defense.

She paused at the threshold of the thick forest, which protected them as the trees turned to a sea of grass that stretched endlessly from one end of the valley to another and majestic mountains rose up on either side.

Denae took the lead since she had the GPS device. She kept as close to the mountain as she could, her eyes darting around, waiting for an attack she felt was imminent.

Frank, her superior, stated the people of Dreagan were dangerous, but she had been given no specifics on how they could be. Nor had her look into Dreagan shown anything.

Frank had said Dreagan and its people were private because they were hiding something. What exactly that was she hadn’t been told either. She was just supposed to know it when she saw it.

Denae glanced over her shoulder as she ran. Had Matt been told? Did he know what made the people of Dreagan—all of them—so important that MI5 was sent?

Her musing was cut short when they approached the designated spot. Denae slowed to a walk and pointed to the pool of water that rippled as a gust of wind blew past. “That’s it.”

“Good,” Matt said and jerked off his night-vision goggles before shrugging out of his pack.

Denae did the same and stepped out of her black utility pants and removed her black jacket. Beneath, she wore a solid black wetsuit. She had just taken out the small tank, mask, and fins when Matt stared at her with an unreadable look.

She felt his censoring gaze and slowly counted to ten. “I know you don’t like me, but get over it. And remember the feeling is more than mutual.”

“I understood your use when you were undercover at the universities, but I can’t believe they sent you on this important mission.”

“Why? Am I not good enough?” she asked as she put on her fins.

He was silent for several seconds. “You do well enough, I suppose.”

Denae frowned and looked at him. “Wow. I guess that’s as close to a compliment as I’ll get from you.”

“You should’ve stayed in America and joined the CIA or FBI instead of being lured to MI5. There are others with photographic memories.”

“So, it’s because I’m American.”

“You’ll regret ever joining MI5,” he said cryptically and jumped into the water.

It wasn’t the first time a colleague had made mention of her being American, but none had ever come close to threatening her as Matt just had. She would prove that she was put on this mission because she deserved it.

Denae slipped the tank onto her back, fit the mask over her face, and put the regulator into her mouth before she plunged into the deep pool. Thanks to the weights on her belt, she sank quickly.

Swimming had always come easy, and she used her skill and speed to cut through the water. Small lights on either side of their masks lit the way through the pitch-black water.

Huge rocks jutted from the floor beneath. The closer they got to the mountain, the thicker the boulders became until they were weaving through them.

Denae effortlessly caught up to Matt. She was swimming past him when he reached out and pulled her regulator out of her mouth. With a twist of her body, she turned to see what he was about when she spotted the knife in his hand.

In an instant, he cut the straps to her tank. It fell out of sight into the water below before she could grab it. Denae immediately went on the defensive. She kicked out her foot and hit him squarely in the chin.

Matt jerked backward, giving her enough time to turn and slip through the narrow slit where water gushed from the mountain to fill the pool.

Her lungs burned. She focused on cutting through the water as fluidly as a fish, just as her father had taught her. The retort of the gun was loud in the water. Denae turned her head and saw Matt firing his Glock, the bullets narrowly missing her. She had to get on land and gain the upper hand.

Twice she nearly bumped into rocks. She spent the precious few seconds and bent her leg to her chest, where she pulled out a glow stick stashed in a pocket on her leg and cracked it.

Bright green light flared. Denae let out a few bubbles of air and started swimming. There was no doubt Matt had tried to kill her. Since she didn’t know how long the tunnel was before it opened up inside the mountain, he could very well get his wish.

Death by drowning. She should’ve expected as much since it was how her sister died.

Denae refused to think about Renee and that life-altering day as she kicked harder with her legs. Matt was still behind her, and if she was going to come out of this with any chance at living, she had to reach the surface before he did.

With the water so dark, she wouldn’t know when the tunnel opened up without feeling it. Denae moved as close to the top of the tunnel as she could. The water rushing the other way made her progression slower—and her body shake from the need for air.

Denae squeezed her eyes closed for a second to focus. When she opened them, she powered forward even as she caught a glimpse of Matt’s mask lights cutting through the water.

She let out another few bubbles of air and wondered if this was how Renee had felt when she drowned. It had been years since Denae had thought of that fateful day that changed her family’s life forever—and guilt remained her constant companion.

With her thoughts churning, it took her a moment to realize the roof of the tunnel was no longer above her. Denae pointed the glow stick upward and saw only water.

She kicked hard and propelled herself up. When she broke the surface, she gasped in air before she sank beneath the water again. Denae wasted no time swimming to the edge. She tossed the glow stick onto the floor of the cave and quickly jumped out of the water.

Matt was right behind her before she had time to kick off both her fins. His, she noticed as he stood glaring, had been removed in the water. They circled each other around the glow stick while she managed to kick off the last fin.

Matt’s smile was sinister as he shrugged off his tank. “I should’ve known you’d be a fast swimmer.”

“Was it always your plan to kill me in the water?”

“Not kill you, Denae, just wound you.”

She frowned. “Wound me. Why? So you get all the glory of this mission?”

“You are a stupid one.”

“Enlighten me then, or get on with the fight.”

Matt lunged, the knife in his hand aimed for her leg. Denae blocked his thrust with the side of her arm and punched him in the jaw with her other fist.

He spun and thrust his foot out, trying to trip her, but she jumped and kicked, landing a foot directly in his chest.

“You’re bait,” he said with a sneer as he stumbled a few steps back.

A fission of dread made her heart skip a beat. Bait. There was only one reason for bait, and it never ended well. “Since I’m such an idiot, explain it to me.”

The excitement in Matt’s eyes said it all. “Your mission in all of this was to die so we could reveal just who those at Dreagan really are.”

Just as she expected. “You’ll wound me because you suspect those at Dreagan will kill me once they discover me.”

“Something like that,” Matt said with a snort of laughter. “We need to catch those at Dreagan. Your death will ensure that. Those here at Dreagan will never know they killed an MI5 agent.”

“But my death will give MI5 the reason to investigate Dreagan,” she finished.

Denae was appalled. Not just because they wanted to kill her—and “they” meaning everyone in her division had planned this—but because those at Dreagan were being set up.

There was no need for her to reply. Matt had his mission, but Denae wasn’t going to go down easily. She feinted with a left jab and kicked Matt against the side of his head with her right foot.

He hissed and lunged for her again. This time she wasn’t able to block him and felt the sting of pain as the blade slid through her wetsuit and into her skin on her left side.

Denae hit Matt’s arm, which held the blade, so it pulled the weapon out of her. She then elbowed him in the throat as she was turning. He landed a foot at the back of her knee sending her to the ground.

She tucked and rolled, and when she came to her feet, she had her knife in her hand. No one liked to spar with her when it came to knives because she was so good. Now that she had her weapon, she had a chance.

“Know your death will free the world,” Matt said as he attacked once more.



Copyright © 2014 by Donna Grant

Excerpt from Fire Rising copyright © 2014 by Donna Grant

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    ' I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netg

    ' I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley '

    Denae is an MI5 Agent. She is sent to Draegan on a mission that she isn't sure about with a partner that she does not trust. With good reason, her partner attacks her to use her for bait. Bait for what? She doesn't know but Denae will not take the attack lying down. It ends up being kill or be killed. She is seriously injured in the fight and passes out. When she wakes up she is in a room in Draegan Manor surrounded by big sexy men. Only one of them seems to hold her interest though and he just happens to be the one that can't seem to stand her. She tells them everything she knows about the mission in exchange for her life along with a new identity and location. She doesn't believe that they are going to do anything but kill her, she knows too much. Denae is in for quite a ride finding out that there are dragon shifters, Dark and Light Fae.

    Kellan has been sleeping in Dragon form for about thirteen hundred years and does not want to be disturbed. That is exactly what happens when the two humans show up in his cave. He hates humans, but the female intrigues him. When the female is injured and he takes her to the Manor he can't think of anything else but going back to his cave and going back to sleep. The more time he spends with Denae, the more he wants her and he does not want to want her. When the two of them get taken by the Dark Fae, Kellan vows to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. When things start to seem like he will not be able to keep his promise, he is devastated but he has to keep it together to be there for Denae, because she will need him when dealing with the Dark Fae.

    My opinion: I absolutely LOVED this book! I don't know how I didn't know of this author before but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I am definitely going to be reading more of her books. Dragon shifter books are a favorite of mine, and I was hooked right from the beginning of this book. I love all the characters in this book with the exception of maybe Con. So far he is a bit of a jerk. I love that both Kellan and Denae have a lesson to learn. And the love scene, so yummy! I am going to read more of this series for sure! I highly recommend reading!!

    ' Read and Reviewed by LSK Sweetheart Reviews '

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Donna Grant continues to amaze and entertain in her new series

    Kellan and Denea's story is entertaining and enjoyable. Donna Grant's new spin off series The Dragon Kings picks up where her Dark Warriors leave off. She doesn't disappoint in her story telling of dragons, fae, and warriors. Loved it and can't wait for the next book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014


    I've loved every book written by this author, but this book is definitely one of her best. Anxiously waiting for the next one in this series

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

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    4.5 Stars Darkest Flame is another steamy love story from Donna

    4.5 Stars

    Darkest Flame is another steamy love story from Donna Grant. I can’t get enough of these sexy dragon kings!

    The dragon kings are men that are half human and half dragon, sworn to protect the human world.  After a devastating war between the humans and dragons, the dragon kings were put under a magic spell to protect them from having any human emotions (especially love).  But as hundreds of years have passed some of the dragon kings feel the loneliness their isolation has caused. Now each men are re-discovering their human emotions and are searching for their soul mate.

    Darkest Flame is the first full-length story of the series.  Dragon king Kellan has been asleep for twelve hundred years, his solution to avoid the human species that he has grown to hate. Denae Lacroix is a MI5 agent whose mission is to spy on the dragon king’s land. When Denae is betrayed by her people she is thrust into the world of the dragon kings and the arms of Kellan. Right away there is chemistry, but not the obvious sexual attraction. It is more of a love-hate connection. The tension between the two adds drama to the story but there were times I felt the story dragged. Kellan has had a deep hatred for humans which Denae is aware of.  So her insecurities are warranted but it being mentioned repeatedly made me dislike Denae at times.  But once that passes the story is great – there is so much action and suspense, I really got drawn into the story.  I do recommend reading the novellas, Dark Heat, since those characters appear in this book.  Also it would be good so you understand how the series begins.

    There was also a cross-over of characters from the Dark Warriors series, which I have not read yet.  But the author does a great job to give enough of a background to familiarize the readers with these characters, and without losing sight of the main plot. After meeting these characters I definitely want to start that series!

    Darkest Flame is a great story and I can’t wait to read more from this series! I recommend this book to all fans of shifters and paranormal romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    Tana's Story, Pt. 1

    -This is my story. From the top. Everything. This is how the nightmare started. And how it will never, ever end.-<p>


    "Have you ever wondered what monsters look like?" Her voice, my sister's voice, jolted me into reality."Whadja mean?" I asked, slightly annoyed. I had been sketching a few blades of grass, perfect, green, and delicate. My sketchpad was in my hand, and my colored pencils lay scattered around the dirt. <p>

    "You know, monsters! Trolls. Goblins. Dragons!" She chirped. "Yeah, yeah, yeah." I glanced up, watching Titania toss a bright red ball in the air. "Do you think they're real?" She asked. "I do!" I rolled my eyes, exasperated. Titania and I were twins, although we didn't look alike. I had straight, black hair that fell down a little past my shoulders and serious blue eyes. My mother says I take after my biological father, who I do not know.<p>

    Titania looks more like mom. Long, dark scarlet hair that curled neatly at the edge and purple-grey eyes. We were both roughly the same height, but she was a few centimeters taller. Our personalities weren't the same either; I was quiet and artistic, and she was fun-loving, adventurous, and as perky as it gets.<p>

    "I think the sky isn't as blue as it's supposed to be." She told me, her eyes tracking the movements of white, fluffy clouds. "The sky is always blue." I frowned, using the edge of my pencil to carefully sketch the darker edges of grass. I reached out for my art set, which had been given to me on my eighth birthday, a week ago. It contained thick paper, a sketchpad, colored pencils, small glass bottles of paint, my own pieces of art, and many other supplies.<p>

    "Think fast!" Titania shouted, throwing the ball she had been playing with right at my face. My head jerked back, and my hand knocked over a bright red bottle of paint, which splattered all over my recent artwork - a drawing of my mom, stepdad, myself, and Titania, my family. <p>

    "Hey!" I yelled, red dots of paint already all over the drawing. "Sorry!" My sister yelped. I instantly forgave her, due to the apologetic look she gave me. Sighing, I carefully removed the drawing from my set. "You ruined it." I said unhappily, unscrewing the bottle cap back on. With a chill, I realized how much the red paint looked like blood.<p>

    "Mom, we're home!" Titania yelled, throwing her bag of flowers onto the living room sofa. My mother poked her head out from the kitchen. "Do your homework first, and then I'll give you your snack." She reminded. I nodded silently, running up the stairs. My room was across the hall from Titania's. Unlike most siblings, I didn't share a room with anyone. Even as children, we had been told to express our uniqueness to the fullest point.<p>

    (TO BE CONTINUED......)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Fireflower's story

    Is next res

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

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    ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Da

    ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Darkest Flame is one steamy paranormal romance. Dragons have never been so alluring, throw in the Fae, and a secret spy agency, MI5. What more could you ask for?

    Denae Lacroix is an American MI5 agent. She is sent on a dangerous mission to gather information on Dreagan Industries based in the Scottish Highlands. Denae's mission quickly turns deadly. Kellan has been asleep for centuries. Disturbing a sleeping dragon can be dangerous! Denae will soon find out how dangerous. Can she trust the mysterious man that comes to her rescue?

    Denae is a well trained agent that won't stop till the job is done. Kellan is a Dragon King. He has used his strength and integrity to protect dragons and humans alike. Denae and Kellan have sizzling chemistry. I thought the characters and plot were well written. My only problem with this story was that there were continued references to things that happened in the past that weren't fully explained. Despite this confusion, I really enjoyed this book and plan to continue this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014


    What evil clans are you in?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014


    Hmm? You do, do you?

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    Okay, so this is officially the fist book I've read from Donna G

    Okay, so this is officially the fist book I've read from Donna Grant. Gasp, I KNOW!!! And what a way to start!!! Kickass heroine who is independent and literally kicking ass from the very beginning! Throughout the book the females are strong and independent yet, still have the vulnerability needed for you to like them!
    &quot;Darkest Flame&quot; is the first book in the Dark Kings series, however, there are three (technically four if you count the bonus material in the box set) prequel novellas. With this said.... do you have to read the novellas to read &quot;Darkest Flame&quot;? Well, technically no! The book can be read as a stand alone book. However, I'm sure you'll get curious as how the mated couples came about so you'll end up clicking this link here to read more about them as I did.. Oh and let me know if, like me, you're about to hit the &quot;One-Click&quot;/buy button.

    Back to &quot;Darkest Flame&quot;... Donna has created a mythical and unique world where dragons once ruled the land and sky but now no longer can. While I love the traditional shifter world (wolves, panthers, cheetahs, etc.), I'm extremely glad that Dragons are now being added to this genre. A breathe of fresh air!!

    I mentioned at the beginning that the heroine is smart, independent and can kick ass. Denae works MI5 ( and just in case you don't know what MI5 is.... The Security Service, commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5),[2] is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its intelligence machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS; also known as MI6) focused on foreign threats, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Defence Intelligence (DI). All come under the direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). More here)). Sent on a mission with little to now details or information as to why, she does any good soldier does and follows orders. However, things do not go as plan and the truth begins to unveil before her.

    The hero is hot... you did see the cover right? He has a deep rooted hate for humans and his reasons are valid ones. I can't take that away from him. That being said... you sort of want to smack in across the head for lumping all humans in the same category. Thankfully, he wises up. He fights against the connection he has with Denae and we all know where that can lead. He is also determined, loyal and will stand up for what's right. You definitely root for him and the Dragon Kings.

    There is an enemy that everyone is trying to figure out who he is. The Dragon Kings seem to believe they know who it is, yet, I'm wondering if Donna has not other plans laid out for us, readers. It will be interesting to see where this all leads.

    I feel in love with a character that is currently a secondary one, but I'm hoping will get her story told. Rhi is a Light Fae and seems to have an &quot;interesting&quot; hate towards one particular Dragon King. That's not the reason I fell for her. She's sassy and sarcastic and keeps up with the bad attitude of the Dragon Kings. She's a blast! Love her!! Again, hoping her story will be told.

    Overall, I fell for this series. I couldn't put it down and when I did have to, I wanted to run home to finish reading it. Oh and I jumped right into reading book two!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014


    Love her stories! Please keep on writing them!

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    All Ms. Grant's Series are a must read!

    Love all her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Mistclan maps and bios


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014


    Plays on her phone

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  • Posted May 24, 2014


    This was yet another GREAT book from the great author Donna Grant! If you haven't read any of her books. They are a MUST!! Great stories keeps you turning the pages. Can't put the book down. Each series is really really good! You laugh, you cry sometime cry from laughing so hard....I love a story that entertains you.. So these books are a definite MUST!!

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    This was an excellent addition to the Dragon Kings series. The f

    This was an excellent addition to the Dragon Kings series. The first full length novel and I loved Kellen's story. Absolutely loved Denae and she was just what he needed. Together they were wonderful and could do really neat things.I go between loving and hating Constantine the King of Kings. I think I am beginning to see what he is afraid is happening. If it is what I think he has a reason not to want all the mating that is happening.Loved Rhiannon the Light Fae would love to find out who her King lover was and why her and Con hate each other..The rest of the series was in e book form and it was nice holding a book this time. Looking forward to Tristan's story in the next book.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

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    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 REVIEW:  Kellen has been asleep for a ve

    Kellen has been asleep for a very long time. So when he is woken up by a pair of humans fighting to say that he is not happy would be a major understatement. But when he sees the female take down the male even being hurt he is intrigued. But his hatred for humans makes the choice of saving or not saving the female hard. But once his choice is made he knows that his life will never be the same. 

    Being used as bait was not in the cards on this mission. But that is exactly what happened when Denea was assigned to this mission. But had she known the lengths &amp; deeps of what this mission was or the trouble that would find her she may have refused to go on this mission. 

    Kellen &amp; Denae are great together. I loved them. I am convinced that there is not much better then a Dragon shifter. Darkest Flame is an amazing start to Donna Grant’s new series, now granted there are 4 novella’s that can be found in Dark Heat. But Darkest Flame is the first book in the Dark King’s series. I so can’t wait to learn more about Tristan and the rest of the Dragon Kings!!! Oh and Rhi!!! I can’t wait to learn all of her secrets :) 

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley &amp; St. Martins in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    I loved this book! I'm a huge Donna Grant fan and am so excited

    I loved this book! I'm a huge Donna Grant fan and am so excited that the Dragon Kings are finally here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    You always give the best

    I knew It was was a winner when I brought it. You are a expert in these tales. Bravo D.G. you give your fans what they want. Ms. D from Bronx NY

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    Posted April 30, 2014

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