Blaze (Dark Kings Series #11)

Blaze (Dark Kings Series #11)

by Donna Grant

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250109569
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: Dark Kings Series , #11
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 18,080
File size: 3 MB

About 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. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

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.

"Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant."

--Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Blaze


By Donna Grant

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Donna Grant
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-10956-9


CHAPTER 1

London, England January


The press of people, the noise, the mayhem was going to drive Anson mad. He'd never minded it before.

Then again, his entire way of life hadn't been hanging in the balance.

A man slammed his shoulder into Anson as he walked past. Anson fisted his hands and kept his growing ire under control. To think that he'd walked the streets of London just seven months before, loving that he could get lost amidst the millions of mortals.

Now, he craved the solitude of his mountain. To have the sixty thousand acres that was Dreagan to roam uncharted and unchecked. To take to the skies in his true form, flying from cloud to cloud.

Unfortunately, Dreagan would have to wait. Anson had been tasked with a critical mission. His gaze landed on the two females in his charge. Kinsey, the taller of the two had her dark brown hair up with her face hidden by a baseball cap as she sipped her coffee. She was carefully concealed behind people while taking pictures of everyone who entered the office building.

The second woman, Esther, was a trained MI5 agent who used those skills now to fade into the throng of people. Esther was perfectly average from her brown hair and eyes to her height, but her training had given her the ability to change her appearance as needed.

Her hair was pulled back in a bun, and she wore glasses. The dowdy clothes, as well as the way she hunched her shoulders and looked down, made her appear as if she were afraid of her own shadow. It also caused others to forget her as soon as they saw her.

This was their third day watching Kyvor and learning the comings and goings of those who worked at the tech company. With Kinsey's computer abilities, and Esther's spy skills, the girls were quickly learning all there was to know about the top executives.

And they'd already found their target.

Sitting on his hands babysitting wasn't something Anson did well — or willingly. He was a fighter, a warrior, a Dragon King who was used to taking care of a situation himself, not watching. Or waiting.

Then again, he couldn't — and wouldn't — say no to watching the future mate of a Dragon King. That's what Kinsey was. She and Ryder had fallen in love despite everything that had worked to keep them apart. It was up to Anson now to make sure she remained safe and unhurt until they could return to Dreagan.

Not that Esther was any less important. She might not be a future mate, but she was the sister of one of their closest and most trusted allies — Henry North.

Having two such women to keep an eye on made Anson nervous. Both were reckless and rash. It should be him investigating Kyvor. Alone.

But that was difficult to do since the tech company had files on each of the Dragon Kings.

He blew out a weary breath. All those eons of hiding, believing no mortals knew of the dragons who lived in Scotland and made the finest whisky in the world.

Perhaps it had been foolish to believe their ruse would never be discovered. Yet it had worked for thousands of years. The humans had never known of their existence, and the Dragon Kings were able to live with a sliver of the freedom they'd once enjoyed.

Anson pulled his baseball cap low and moved off the sidewalk when a security guard at Kyvor's doors looked his way. How easy it would be to end all of this.

All he had to do was shift. In one instant, everyone would see him in dragon form. With a swipe of his tail, he could clear the roads. With one breath of dragon fire, he could obliterate the buildings.

He didn't wish to harm humans. But he was tired of pretending to be something he wasn't. He was a dragon.

A Dragon King.

And he missed his Browns with an ache that went so deep it pierced his soul.

Now, as he looked at the mortals, he felt ... revulsion. Because they had dug into his world and that of his brethren, everything had changed.

Hiding was becoming more difficult. Not only did Kyvor have information on all of them, but the video that showed the Kings fighting — and shifting — was also very much still in the news, even all these months later.

Never mind the fact that the Kings had been battling the Dark Fae at the time, and the Dark had used magic. The humans saw what they wanted, though, and that was dragons with other mortals.

How wrong they were. If only the humans knew what was living among them. But that wasn't his concern.

No longer would the Kings be allowed to go about their days in relative obscurity. Kyvor may not have released the information they'd obtained, but it was only a matter of time. More importantly, the Kings needed to know who at Kyvor had gained such information.

That's why Kinsey and Esther had decided to infiltrate the company and destroy everything. It was a long shot, yet one that had to be taken.

For every Dragon King.

For every mate.

For peace.

Anson ran a hand over his chin. Peace. That word should mean so much but rarely did. At one time, there had been harmony between dragons and mortals.

It had seemed to only last a heartbeat, though. Then all Hell had broken loose. The next thing he knew, dragons were crossing the dragon bridge with the Kings remaining behind.

The plan was to bring the dragons back one day. Anson snorted. That wasn't likely to happen. He'd realized that ages ago, even if he did still hold out hope of seeing his clan.

"She's here," Esther's voice said in his ear.

Her British accent was soft and smooth, but she had the ability to do different dialects with ease whenever she wanted.

He rubbed his ear with the earpiece. Esther had made him wear it so they could all keep in contact. He could've easily heard them with his enhanced senses, but the same couldn't be said for the girls.

"I see her," Kinsey's Scottish brogue came through the earpiece.

Anson's gaze locked on the leggy brunette they were speaking about. She arrived at Kyvor like clockwork every morning at 7:33.

There was a smile in Esther's voice when she said, "Devon Abrams is the key."

The woman wore impeccable clothing tailored to fit her body and her curves. She carried a handbag that Kinsey cooed over in his ear, while Esther admired how fashionable her hair always was.

Today, Devon had her shoulder-length hair in soft waves that seemed in contrast to her more severe navy pencil skirt and white top. The sky blue jacket that fell a few inches short of her skirt tied the entire ensemble together.

Or so Esther said through the earpiece. Frankly, he couldn't care less what Devon wore. She was a means to an end, and the sooner they got to that end, the better.

Though he could — and did — admire Devon's beauty. She had the walk of a woman who was used to being in charge, someone who was no stranger to accomplishing her goals.

"She'll never turn," he whispered into the mic.

Kinsey sighed loudly. "She's not going to be an easy flip, that's for sure. Devon is loyal to Kyvor and working her way up that corporate ladder fast. I wish she would flip to make things easier."

"Liar," Esther said with a chuckle. "You want to hack the system again."

"You're right," Kinsey said, anger tinting her voice. "After what they did to both of us, I want to make them pay."

Anson looked at the two girls. It wasn't the first time he'd wondered if he should have backup. Though it was kept tightly controlled, there was a fury that burned in both women that demanded to be unleashed.

And it was directed at Kyvor.

The tech company hadn't just dug into Dreagan and the Dragon Kings. They'd used both Esther and Kinsey in the worst way. With magic.

The power that had taken had alerted the Kings that there was a Druid out there they needed to find — and quickly. Playing with someone's mind took considerable strength and ability. Whoever this Druid was could pose a huge problem.

While the girls looked to erase all the files on themselves and Dreagan, Anson would search for any clue as to who the Druid was while keeping the females safe.

"I want to go in tonight," Kinsey said.

He knew it was too soon. "Nay."

"We can do it," Esther argued.

"No' yet," he stated. "Soon, though."

That seemed to pacify them. Not that he could blame them for their urgency. He wanted his own kind of justice against those at Kyvor, but even he knew not everyone was to blame.

He needed to know who led the investigation, who'd ordered it, and how they'd gotten their information on all of them. The fact that Kyvor knew all of the Dragon Kings and specific information about them was troubling.

Because there was only one person who knew those kinds of details — Ulrik.

Ulrik had been banished from Dreagan long ago, and because of that, he had his own agenda against them. The Kings were fighting enemies on all sides, and Anson wanted a win sometime soon.

He needed it after everything that had been lost — and that which could still be taken away.

His gaze swept the area, looking at each face. It wouldn't surprise him if Ulrik were there. Everywhere the Kings went, Ulrik managed to show up.

So far, Anson had been out of luck seeing his old friend. It wasn't as if he wanted to talk to Ulrik. Some of the other Kings had and didn't have anything good to say about the experience. It was probably better if Anson didn't talk to him.

Because he didn't want to talk. He wanted to punch Ulrik in the nose.

All of this, everything that had happened beginning three years ago, was all Ulrik's fault. The spell Con had put into place to prevent the Kings from feeling anything deeply for the humans would still be working had Ulrik not had his magic unbound by Darcy.

Because when Ulrik's magic returned, it had shattered the spell, and the Kings had begun to fall in love. That created a distraction for everyone because now they had mates to protect and shelter, as well.

Anson's gaze located Kinsey among the humans. He'd seen her with Ryder, had witnessed the deep love between them. It was the kind of love his sister used to dream of. The kind she'd longed to find.

He used to tune his sister out as she spoke of romance. Now, he wished he could go back in time and soak up every word, look, and gesture.

She hadn't found her true love. She'd found death at the hands of a human instead. It was for that reason that he'd joined Ulrik in the war with the mortals.

But slaying humans hadn't given him the satisfaction he'd hoped for. It just made the emptiness within him grow. Over time, he'd let go of his hatred. It hadn't been easy, but it's what his sister would've wanted.

She'd only seen the world at its best. Not once had she seen the ugly, cruel side, even when it had been right in front of her. She'd refused to accept it. That had brought her death, but even as he'd held her in his arms while the life drained away, there was no anger inside her.

The mortals hadn't seen the dragons as anything other than beasts. They didn't know the dragons had families and friends. He wasn't sure if it would've mattered had the humans known.

A look at the state of things now showed how little the mortals thought of life. The depravity they leveled against each other — including children and animals — turned his stomach.

The humans were like unruly children with no discipline and no one to guide them, doing whatever they wanted, however they wanted.

Thousands of years of the same wars, same crimes, same cruelty. Nothing changed.

And nothing ever would.

He looked at the Kyvor building. Maybe it was time someone took a stand and did something. Perhaps it was time the Dragon Kings returned to the sky where they belonged.

CHAPTER 2

Can't Get it Right


It was great to have a job that she was good at and loved. The lift doors opened to the twentieth floor with a ding. Devon walked out with a smile in place. She enjoyed hearing the hum of the office as everyone went about his or her tasks.

From the moment she'd first walked into the Kyvor offices six years earlier, she'd known the company was where she would make a name for herself.

There was something about the building and the people. Kyvor wasn't just one of the top technological companies in the UK. They were amongst leaders in the world.

And she was proud to be a part of it.

It was because of the leadership that she had excelled, had been allowed to continue climbing the corporate ladder as if she were the only one on it. Nothing was going to prevent her from being CEO one day. It was simply a matter of time.

"Morning, Devon," Stacy said.

She smiled at her secretary. "Good morning. Did everything come in for the meeting tomorrow?"

"It sure did," Stacey replied as she followed Devon into the office. "I put it on your desk."

Devon hung up her purse on the coat rack, followed by her jacket. Then she made her way to the desk. As soon as she saw the black folder with gold lettering, she smiled. She pulled out her chair and sank into it as she lifted the file.

"You're going to kick ass tomorrow," Stacy stated.

She certainly hoped so. The next promotion would move her to the twenty-fifth floor — that much closer to the top. She'd been working and preparing for the past three months for the meeting.

Running her fingers over the embossed lettering on the front flap, she felt calm and more than ready to face the roomful of top executives, including the current CEO, Stanley Upton. But that was tomorrow. Today, she had to continue with her current position.

She set the folder to the side and lifted her face to Stacy. "What's first on the agenda today?"

"I moved your schedule around to accommodate a meeting with Madeline Sharp from accounting after lunch. She wanted to go over some figures for your department."

"That's fine. Before my 9:30 meeting with my senior officers, get me the reports so I can compare the six teams."

Stacy turned and walked to her desk, saying over her shoulder, "I printed them out yesterday before I left. Let me get them."

Moments later, the reports were in front of her. Devon hadn't continued to rise through the company by allowing her teams to fail. She was tough, but she considered herself fair.

When a person or team struggled, she was more than ready to help them find the cause and work through it. Most times, it was all that was needed to get people back on track. However, there were times it didn't work, and someone had to be let go.

That was the part she hated about her job. Delivering that kind of news ruined everyone's day. But the fact of the matter was, not everyone had the same kind of drive that she did. Not everyone loved their careers like she did.

For ninety percent of the population, their jobs were simply a means to earn money. Only ten percent actually enjoyed what they did.

She wished everyone could love their occupations. It made life so much sweeter. She had good friends and an amazing profession.

There was just one thing missing — romance.

Devon grabbed the top report and scanned the numbers, but she couldn't concentrate. Her mind was on the miserable date she'd had the night before.

Needing something to help her deal with the part of her life she couldn't seem to get right, she signed on to her computer and pulled up her favorite blog — The (Mis)Adventures of a Dating Failure.

The blog had begun about a year before and became an internet sensation. No one knew who created it, and no amount of searches had led anyone to the source of the candid and sometimes hilarious stories of a single woman in today's dating culture.

The blog was such a hit that it had been featured in news stories worldwide. What made it so wonderful was that the writer laid it all out there — the so-so, the bad, the ugly ... and the truly awful.

So many of the writer's dates had gone as bad as Devon's. It helped her feel like less of a disaster in that department. How could she be so successful in her career and so terrible at dating?

Devon stopped her thoughts right there because she knew it wasn't just her. It was the men. Something had changed in the world. Men were no longer men. She wanted a true man. One who wasn't threatened by her success.

One who knew how to treat a woman with respect. One who was faithful and honest. One who wasn't afraid to give his heart.

Devon sat back and began to read the newest blog post titled Can't Get it Right.


(Continues...)

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Blaze 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with almost every book by Donna Grant, it was awesome! Some of the things she writes are fairly predictable, but what stands out the most is that every book of her's I've read has 1 or 2 complete surprises that I didn't see coming. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Donna Grant did it again. She took more characters and made us fall in love with them. I can get so lost I her stories that I feel like I am such a part of the storyline that I don't want the story, much less the series to end. The people seem to come more alive the deeper we get into the plot. Keep the books coming Mrs. Grant I have another bottle of sweet white wine waiting ???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anson and Devon's story is fast past, exciting and passionate. It also gives you more insight into Con, Ulrich and Rhi. I can't wait until the Heat comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anson and Devon are another piece of this big plot unfolding!!!! I can't wait for the rest of the story! Love it!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I wasn't sure if Devon would be a strong enough primary female character for this book but she had a quiet strength about her that was refreshing and created a no-nonsense type feeling as she moved through this story. Readers will come to admire her and how she deals with all the unusual and scary things that begin to happen to her. Mr. I don't need help, Anson, comes across as not caring or involved in what is happening but don't let this fool you. As a primary male character, he is continually evolving throughout the story showing him as caring and compassionate as well as angry and violent. The author does a phenomenal job of slowly letting his softer side come out while keeping the tension present. This book has most of the characters from previous books to this series so it feels like home while you are reading. You learn a little more about Rhi and Con's lost relationship and you get to see more of the Evil Ulrick and his uncle. For me, Rhi's part in this book just keeps her pain up upfront and personal regarding her breakup with Con, constantly tearing at the hole in my heart when I think of them losing each other. Also, woven into the story are characters from the Dark Sword series and the newer Reaper series. This is by far one of the parts that I love about the author, Donna Grant's writing. She always brings in previous series creating a larger world for the reader. I have read every book of these three series and many of her other series. How many have you read? Because of the uniqueness of Anson and Devon's story I give this 4.5 Stars. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
I was a First Read Winner of this book, I took a chance on jumping into the middle of a series, sadly it did not work out to well, I never really connected to the story. I would definitely recommend that you read the series in order, even though I was able to follow the storyline, there were so many characters that popped up that I felt like my head was spinning and just too much else was going on that I had no clue about. As for the story itself, it was entertaining with plenty of action, some romance, though I would have liked to have more interaction between our main characters to make it more believable that love could happen so quickly, especially after only one night together. Also I was never quiet sure what Devon actually did at the company that was so important and it bothered me that she believed virtual strangers right away with very little doubt. My plan is to read the first book in the series to find out how it all got started and then make up my mind if I want to read the other books in the series.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Anson is a Dragon King. Unlike many of the others, he’s never trusted humans and he doesn’t see any value in them. When he is sent to protect two dragon mates while surveying a tech company that has been after the Dragon Kings, he can’t help his attraction to Devon, the human they think might help them get access to what they need. When Devon gets mysteriously contacted, her curiosity is peaked. As she starts to dig through the rabbit hole, she finds that nothing it what it seems at the company she has worked so hard for. This is probably one of my favorites of this series so far. I really enjoyed it. It was a bit Matrixy, which worked. Devon is definitely one of my favorite females written by this author. She also did a great job in revealing even more in the series storylines. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
histgirl More than 1 year ago
I will confess I was a bit reluctant to read Anson’s story. All I knew about him was that he once supported Ulrik in his quest to destroy humans and that he was overly occupied with his need to find his sword. However, I decided to give the guy a chance since he did go back to Dreagan and he didn’t rejoin Ulrik. Plus, I needed to know what was happening with my girl, Rhi, so I jumped into Blaze head first ready to find out where all my favorite characters were at and to learn more about the Dragon King named Anson. Anson won me over quickly and destroyed my reluctance with how protective he was with Kinsey, Esther and Devon. Devon also really brought out the better side of Anson. Their unexpected magical melding was a great addition to their love story. Devon is probably one of the most interesting mates we have met so far in the series. I’m hoping she is able to tap more into her ancestral connection to Druid Warriors and become one herself. It would be awesome to have her fighting combat wise alongside the Dragons without Anson’s direction. Speaking of warrior mates that scene with Esther and Nikolai. I’m not going to delve too far into it but I cannot wait to read which direction that budding friendship turns as well as Henry’s reaction to it. Rhi, Oh Rhi, just when I give up on any notion that perhaps Con and Rhi aren’t meant to be together, new information is revealed and Con goes and changes my mind about the entire situation. Those two are frustrating. Yet I cannot get enough of them. When those two finally get back together (they better get back together!!) I am going to cheer and celebrate with a big glass of wine. Rhi deserves to have the love of her life and finally come into her own as the powerful leader of the Light that she is obviously meant to be. This book was an exciting ride with the introduction of a mysterious and powerful new baddie Druid. It is the eleventh book in an ongoing series so the book contains a large cast of characters and connects to a larger plot but it is a good stand-alone romance. However, if you do want to know more about the world of Dragon Kings, dark and light fae, ancient Gods, chosen warriors and Druids I encourage you to read not only the other books in this series but Donna Grant’s other series which provide further detailed stories of some of the group of characters lightly touched on the Dragon King Series. Have fun reading. You will enjoy the ride Grant takes you on in each story and you will appreciate the magic of her storytelling. Anson and Devon will woo you and you won’t regret giving the Dragon King and his mate a chance to entertain you. Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Blaze by Donna Grant Dark King #11 In the complex entertaining supernatural paranormal world created by Donna Grant there are dragons, fae, druids and more. In the Dark Kings series the dragon kings are featured and though I came in on book 10 and missed out on much I find I can read the books as they come out and not feel I need to have read the previous ones. That said, I do hope to find and read each one of them at some point in the future. In this book the two main characters are Anson, dragon king of the browns, and his mate-to-be, Devon. Devon works at Kyvor, a business that the dragons want to get information from. Two women from past books in the series are working to ally Devon with their cause and Anson is there as their bodyguard. The novel is action-packed and includes spying, kidnapping, bad guys, fights, attempted rape, torture, friends that come to the rescue, romance and a bit of backstory, some catching up with major players not necessarily part of this book and preludes to what may be coming next. There are a number of characters still waiting for their stories to be told and I am eager to find out what will happen to all of them. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Anson is a Dragon King who fought beside Ulrik in the Great War centuries ago--to end all humanity. When he saw that the war wasn't helping his beloved brown dragons survive, he flipped sides and joined Constantine to build the dragon bridge and send his dragons to another, hopefully safer, realm. Now, his existence, and that of all the Dragon Kings, has been revealed to the human race again, and Kyvor Inc, a tech conglomerate, seems to be at the root of their troubles. We encountered Kyvor's trickery in SMOKE AND FIRE when Kinsey returned to Ryder--this time at Dreagon Distillery, the home base for all the Dragon Kings. Now, Anson is tasked with helping Kinsey infiltrate her old company, to see who knows what, and how they found out about the Dragon Kings. Kinsey has identified a possible confederate, Devon Abrams, an up-and-comer at Kyvor who has no idea she's been shadowed by Kyvor agents for a long time. Anson's struck by Devon's beauty and fierceness--and inexplicably wants to protect her almost from the get-go. Is this the pull of a true mate? he wonders... So, this book is a ramp up to the large showdown. That means there are many points of view all bringing the end of the story into alignment. For this reason, I would not recommend picking up this book first, if you are intrigued by the series. You really need to go back closer to the beginning because it's choppy and confusing if you haven't met any of the players before now. This book is a lovestory for Anson, but it's less fixed on his romance than I would have liked. Devon is a good lead for him, but they don't have much time to make a connection before they are both captured and tortured. The goal here is to get Anson to reveal his powers, and he's all too happy to do this, because, well, he has little love for humanity in any case. For the first time Dragon Kings learn that their main adversary isn't Ulrik--but also his scheming uncle. And, the forces are marshalled to bring down the ultra-powerful Druid that nobody knew anything about--except the bad guys. As a romance, BLAZE a little too cluttered with the long-range plot arcs of the series, for me. I really like to experience that high of meeting and falling, and it felt too convenient and too rushed--and too interrupted for me to really latch on. The ending climax is really intense though, and I'm still anxious to see what happens between Constantine, Ulrik, Rhi, and all the other characters--as well as the human mates of the Dragon Kings. So, I'll look forward to the next book, too.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! The cover is what attracted me to this book! This is my first time reading Donna Grant, and I definitely want more! This is the 11th book in the series, and now I want to read the rest of the series! The book is for adults only due to the steamy content. You can definitely understand what is going on having not read the rest of the series, but I bet it would be a whole lot better having read all of the books in order because then you would have all the background that is mentioned and know the characters better. Anson would definitely stand-offish in the beginning, and I really wondered if he cared at all about humans. Anson definitely warmed up, and you understood him more and more as the story unfolded. Devon is driven and works hard toward her goals. She has a back story that made me cry, and she has come back stronger. I’m not sure what to think of Con or Ulrik at this point and would love to read more of this series to see. I highly recommend to any paranormal fan because you have a little of everything with dragon shifters, fae, druids, magic, treachery, and mates with a uniquely fantastic story!
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I always love returning to the Dragon Kings world; throw in the warriors and druids, Rhi and Balladyn, and you have a great story. More hints are being dropped as to the true nature of Ulric and Rhi's Dragon King. He talked!! To Rhi when she was eavesdropping in on the mating ceremony at the end. So excited that he might be making more of an appearance. I am worried about Balladyn though; he really does love her, so I am not sure how DG will handle that triangle when it comes to a head. Anson and Devon were a cute couple and I enjoyed their adventure and love story. There were no gaps in the plot, no dry spells while reading, it flowed well from beginning to end, and kept me interested the whole time. But that is what I expect from a DG novel, they are never dull or unsatisfying. Love the world she has created.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I always love returning to the Dragon Kings world; throw in the warriors and druids, Rhi and Balladyn, and you have a great story. More hints are being dropped as to the true nature of Ulric and Rhi's Dragon King. He talked!! To Rhi when she was eavesdropping in on the mating ceremony at the end. So excited that he might be making more of an appearance. I am worried about Balladyn though; he really does love her, so I am not sure how DG will handle that triangle when it comes to a head. Anson and Devon were a cute couple and I enjoyed their adventure and love story. There were no gaps in the plot, no dry spells while reading, it flowed well from beginning to end, and kept me interested the whole time. But that is what I expect from a DG novel, they are never dull or unsatisfying. Love the world she has created.
PrincessThuy1 More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this story I didn't realize it was book 11 in a series so I felt rather lost at times. The writing was good. the premise was interesting but there were just too many characters for me to keep up with. After a while I realized most of these characters were probably featured in previous stories in the series. Anson and Devon were the hero and heroine of this story but I felt that their love story was only secondary to the whole epic showdown that's going on in the series, and it was rather rushed. From the first meeting to falling in love was a rather quick journey, even for a romance novel. I think I would've enjoyed this story better if I had read the previous ten books in the series, so I didn't appreciate it as much as I should have. It's a shame for me because this magical world sounds really great. * I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book *
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is the 11th installment in the Dark King series by Donna Grant. I highly recommend that you read the previous books before starting this book as they all tie together on one main story arc. Anson is a dragon king that has been sent to London to try to make bring down an enemy company, and hopefully have help to do it. Devon is the person they ask for help to bring them down. She works for the tech company and is higher ranking. She is thought to be someone they will think is trustworthy. Little do either of them know that this company already had it's own plans for her! I loved Anson! The way he is described and just his emotions towards humans in general are all completely understandable! I like how his past is gone into and explains not only his original actions but then explains his later decisions. Devon is also a likable character and you feel for her from the start. Especially when you find out what happened to her as a teen. Throw them together? Explosive chemistry! The fact that they are both so protective of each other, especially Devon after not even knowing about their world and being thrown into it. And then you have more pieces of the puzzle of Ulrik? Add in some characters from not only other books in this series but from one of her other series and you have a must read book. I loved every step of the journey in this book! I can't wait for the next installment!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Blaze' by Donna Grant is book 11 in the "Dark Kings" series. This is the story of Anson and Devon. I have been jumping in and out of this series so for me this was a standalone book. Anson is a Dragon King shapeshifter who is trying to get the jump on a company called Kyvor with a hacker that tried to break into their company. To do so they need to get Devon on their side to get the secrets of that company...and to help bring it down. Anson and his crew start slowly at first trying to bring doubt into Anson business world. Devon is on the fast track at Kyvor but is unaware of what some of the things that company does. Anson is opening her eyes to allot of things that have been going on. Anson isn't to excited with humans, but he is finding Devon who is a human hard to resist. Devon who loved to be in a relationship but hasn't found a man yet that isn't imitated by her and her job. Will Anson be the man/Dragon for her? Ms. Grant writes so exceptional stores that take you into a very exciting 'world'. This book was another hard to put down story...loved it. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Steph_B More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! When I was offered by the publisher to review this story I was ecstatic. I'd read Ms. Grant's work in the past but life caught up with my TBR pile and she was regrettably pushed to the side. Unfortunately, and to my horror, I didn't realize the story was book 11 in a series so while the writing was terrific and the premise was gripping there were just so many characters for me to keep up with. I admit there were a few points that I felt a little sad that I didn't know what was going on fully but it didn't deter my enjoyment. I liked not having read the previous books and could easily come into this book and not feel lost. Anson and Devon were the featured couple but their love story was only secondary to the whole epic showdown that's going to happen in the future. From the first meeting to falling in love was a quick journey but fulfilling nonetheless as the story went on. This magical world has captivated me, making it a top priority to play catch up with the rest of the series. Dragons abound, people!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Anson (Dragon King) & Devon's (Human) story: This is a continued plot line with Anson and Devon as the main focus. Devon works for Kyvor, the company that targeted Kinsey (previous book in series). Kinsey, Esther and Anson are focusing on Devon hoping to convince Devon that Kyvor is not the company she thinks it is and to spy on them for information. What they find out is that Kyvor has targeted Devon like they did Kinsey. Anson wasn't expecting to fall for Devon and now wants her out of danger. This series is kind of complex with the many characters and different species and figuring out who they are working with or against. It's a very creative story and plot line and I love how the author has worked in the characters from her Reapers series into this plot. The timeline of this book was working almost side by side to the timeline of the previous book that was focused on Demetri and Faith. I love that this focuses on Dragon shifters since there are not many quality books out there that does. It's a fun series and I'm looking forward to continuing with it to see how it all ends. Overall Series Review: Fun, fast paced PNR series. Great storyline, characters and suspense. Mates for life, protective alphas and many foe. Main characters are the dragon kings along with Dark and Light Fae, Driuds, Reapers and humans. This is a continued storyline focusing on a different couple per book. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
Finally is all I have to say!! I am happy that the Dragons are finally being able to see that it might not be Ulrik every time something happens. I did enjoy this book as we found a lot of new things out that we didn't know. I also am so happy to see the Warriors and the Druids again. If you haven't read that series yet I would highly recommend it. The only thing I didn't like was it seemed too rushed for Anson and Devon characters. I just didn't feel like they really got to know each other. I felt this book was really about all the other stuff going on and I'm okay with that as there is so much going on that it was nice to get some answers. *Thank you NetGalley/Publisher for allowing me to read this book for my honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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