Burning Desire (Dark Kings Series #3)

Burning Desire (Dark Kings Series #3)

by Donna Grant

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The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all. . .?

A DESIRE THIS POWERFUL
In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn't just any Dark; she's from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can't stay away from her. He's enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion…
IS A WAR WORTH FIGTING FORShara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril's arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn't know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?...in Burning Desire by Donna Grant

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466866249
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Dark Kings Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 14,571
File size: 678 KB

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, Dark Craving, Night's Awakening, and Dawn's Desire. Her acclaimed Dark Warrior and Dark Sword series novels 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.

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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Burning Desire


By Donna Grant

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2014 Donna Grant
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-6624-9


CHAPTER 1

Cork, Ireland

May


Pretending. Misleading. Mimicking.

Kiril and the rest of his brethren had been perfecting those acts since they sent their dragons away and set about blending in with the humans. They had honed their skills to a degree that only a handful of people in the entire world knew who they really were — Dragon Kings.

It had been difficult for the first millennia to pretend they weren't once rulers of the realm. After that, it became a habit, a way of life. What else was a Dragon King to do when the dragons were gone?

Kiril spent many centuries deep in his cave, asleep, hidden from the world and the shockingly easy way their reign had passed from legend to myth. Even then he wasn't free from his memories or the longing to be the dragon he was born to be.

No, in the dragon sleep, he relived the glorious time when the dragons ruled the Earth, when roars filled the air, and dragons were free to roam the skies, the ground, and even the waters as they wanted.

And then the humans came.

Kiril clenched his teeth together as he drove down the winding, narrow road toward Cork. He wasn't sure if he would ever be rid of his repugnance for them. He didn't blame all humans. After all, five of his fellow Kings had recently bound themselves to human females.

However, eons ago, it had been a human female who had made a vow to one of them, only to betray him and set in motion a war that could have destroyed them all. It was only the Kings banding together, and Constantine, the King of Kings, who came up with a solution — sending the dragons to another realm.

Kiril sped his sleek Sepang brown Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster along the winding roads with the top down and the wind whipping around him. It was the closest thing to flying that he could allow himself while remaining in Ireland amid the foulest enemies of the Dragon Kings — the Dark Fae.

The Dark were set on capturing a Dragon King. Recently, they had managed to hold two — Kellan and Tristan — for a short period before both escaped. Though it had been a close call, especially with Kellan.

Each time it had been narrow escapes. The Dragon Kings and their friends hadn't escaped unscathed. There were injuries, but the worst was that Rhi had been taken by the Dark.

Rhi. Kiril couldn't help but grin as he thought of the Light Fae. Though the Kings had waged war on both sides of the Fae, Rhi was different. For a time, she had been the lover of a Dragon King.

And no King would ever forget that.

None of them really understood what tore Rhi and her lover apart, and they likely never would. He never spoke of her, never mentioned her name. And Rhi ... had returned to the Light to take up her duties. Oddly enough, it was her interference in telling a Warrior that he was half-Fae and her prince that brought her back into the fold of the Kings.

She hadn't been thrilled about it, and had, in fact, told them all where to go. Yet, when trouble came, it was Rhi who rushed in to save Kellan and his mate, Denae. Then she did it again with Tristan and Sammi — to Rhi's peril.

Kiril was determined to locate where the Dark were holding Rhi. It was one of the many things he was going to ascertain while spying. Every minute of every day brought him closer to danger. Returning time and again to the Dark's pub, an Doras, only quickened the inevitable.

Not that a Dragon King ever shied from danger.

It was all worth it if he could rescue Rhi and learn who was out to reveal them to the world. The fact their faceless enemy aligned themselves with the Dark Fae as well as MI5 meant that they were prepared to do anything.

And so was Kiril. He would give himself up to the Dark before he allowed anything to happen to his brothers. It just might come to that too.

The Dark knew who he was, had known for days. It was a game they played with each other. He pretended not to know they watched the home he bought, and they were never far from wherever he was while they pretended that they had no idea he was a Dragon King.

He had to guard his every word, mind his every move. It was exhausting. And exhilarating. It had been ages since he'd had such an opponent. In the end, however, he had to remember it wasn't a game. Their competition would decide who got to remain on the realm — the Dark or the Kings.

Not once since he came to Ireland had Kiril dared to take to the skies — even in a rainstorm. The urge to shift into a dragon and have the air rush over his scales and along his wings was irresistible, crushing.

He gripped the steering wheel and gradually took control of himself. He slowed the car as he drew closer to Cork. Cork, like Venice, was built on the water with the city center situated on an island in the River Lee, upstream from Cork Harbor. With the River Lee separating into two branches and surrounding the city center, there were numerous bridges giving Cork a distinctive look and feel.

The city was pretty, but it wasn't home. Kiril longed for Scotland and Dreagan. He came to a stop at an intersection and waited for the light to turn green. The Shandon Bells of the eighteenth-century Church of St. Anne suddenly filled the air. The old-world style of Cork only made him miss Scotland all the more, but most especially Dreagan and the mountains that were home.

The sixty thousand acres of Dreagan were a haven for the Dragon Kings. With restricted airspace over their land, they could shift and fly whenever they wanted. The fact Dreagan whisky was the finest in the world kept them in luxury. Every restaurant and pub sought to sell Dreagan, but they were selective in who they allowed to sell their whisky. The Irish whisky he sampled while in Ireland was passable, but what he wouldn't do for a bottle of Dreagan.

Kiril found a parking space and quickly pulled the Mercedes in before he cut the engine. He didn't plan on being in the city long, but the dark clouds hinted at rain. Kiril closed the roof with a simple press of a button and stepped out of the car.

He fastened the first button of his suit jacket and glanced around to see how many were watching. Three Dark were visible and doing a poor job of trying to blend in. Kiril imagined there were at least four more watching him as they did on previous nights.

"Here we go again," he mumbled to himself and locked the car before he strode to the sidewalk.

Every time he came to Cork it was for show. He ate at expensive restaurants — sometimes alone, sometimes with different women. He visited different pubs, but always he returned to an Doras before heading home.

Occasionally alone, and at times with women.

Kiril had one hand in the pocket of his slacks when his gaze snagged on a pair of legs that seemed to go on for miles. Her black skirt skimmed high up on her thighs, and her platform heels only made those shapely limbs appear longer.

He paused and let his gaze wander up her legs to the curve of her hips. A silver shirt sparkled with sequins at the hem banded around her, accentuating her trim waist. The shirt was loose, flowing while the back crisscrossed in a large X showing a wealth of creamy skin. Her black hair was pulled to the side in a messy braid that fell over her left shoulder. She kept her back to him as she peered in the window of a shop.

Her eyes lifted and locked with his through the window. He was thoroughly mesmerized. Awestruck.

Entranced.

Her beauty left him speechless, dumbstruck. His gaze was riveted on her. Kiril took a step toward her when she turned to face him.

His lungs locked, the air trapped as he gazed upon loveliness unlike any he had ever encountered. Her oval face was utter perfection. Thin black brows arched over large silver eyes. Her cheekbones were impossibly high and tinted with a hint of blush. Her lips, full and wide, made his balls tighten and his cock ache.

She was Fae, but not even that made him turn away. Kiril had encountered many beautiful Fae, yet there was something entirely different about this one. He blinked, and that's when he saw her glamour shift. If he hadn't been so enamored, he would have spotted it sooner.

Disappointment filled him when he noticed the thick strip of silver hair against her cheek and her red eyes signaling she was Dark Fae.

It didn't take much for him to deduce that the Dark wanted to use her against him. It was a good thing he could see through glamour, or he might really have found himself in a pickle.

He should walk away, but he couldn't. Nor did he want to. He wanted to know the female, and by getting close to her she might let something slip that could help him in his quest.

His game just became infinitely more dangerous, and yet, there was a small thrill that made his stomach tighten at the idea of learning more about the Dark. She was thoroughly intoxicating to look at, and if the intelligence he spotted shining through her eyes was any indication, she was going to completely fascinate him.

His mind made up, Kiril walked to her wearing his most charming smile. "Find anything you fancy?" he asked as he nodded to the window of sparkling jewelry.

She laughed, the sound making his blood heat. "I love the glitter of the gems. It's a weakness." Her head tilted slightly as her red eyes regarded him. "It's not every day that a Scot visits Ireland. What brings you to our green isle?"

"Business. And pleasure."

She let her gaze slowly wander over him. Kiril wished he knew what she was thinking, and if she liked what she saw. When her gaze returned to him, her smile of approval said it all.

It was all he could do not to press her against the window and devour her lips in a kiss that would leave them both breathless.

She shifted her small silver clutch from one hand to another. "I've lived in Cork all my life. It's a beautiful city, isn't it?"

Kiril nodded and belatedly noticed the Dark who had been watching him were gone. He had taken the bait, after all. It also made him aware of just how completely he was enamored of the female. He was going to have to watch himself for sure, lest he find himself bound in chains. "Are you waiting on someone?"

"I was. They're late, and I'm tired of waiting," she said, her eyes posing an invitation her words hadn't.

The offer was on the table. All Kiril had to do was take it. It was tempting, or rather she was. It would be a treacherous obstacle of quicksand if he accepted it.

The lies would grow, the deceptions would spread. But if he succeeded, the rewards for the Dragon Kings could be numerous.

Kiril held out his arm. "Would you like to join me for dinner?"

Her gaze lowered to the ground as she smiled coyly and took his arm. "I would like that very much."

They strolled arm in arm down the sidewalk toward the Italian restaurant that was his favorite.

"Glad to have you back," the maître d' said with a wide grin and motioned them to follow.

Kiril guided the woman ahead of him with his hand on her lower back. He felt her shiver when his fingers grazed her bare skin. He couldn't hold back his satisfied smile. She had been sent to seduce him, but she wasn't immune to his touch. That could work to his advantage. It gave him the thought to try to flip her to their side. It would be nearly impossible since the Dark Fae were notoriously devoted to their families.

A Dark's family was everything from their rank in their society to their authority. The more powerful a family, the more influence and control was to be had. It was archaic almost the way they bartered their daughters and sisters to gain rank within their antiquated and disgusting social system.

It was a challenge though, and Kiril loved challenges. Besides, with as beautiful as the Dark was, he didn't think he was going to mind the effort. To know the feel of her skin, to sample the essence of her sex.

Desire, dark and profound, smoldered through him. It wasn't the passion that alarmed him, but the raw, visceral need to know her, the yearning to taste her.

The hunger to fill her.

That desire swelled and intensified, spread and multiplied with every second they were together. It consumed him, devoured him. He was being incinerated from the inside out with a need that burned as hot as dragon fire.

Kiril slid into the half-moon-shaped booth beside her and promptly ordered a bottle of wine.

He opened the menu and decided to push her. It was either that or kiss her, and he was afraid if he started kissing her, he wouldn't be able to stop. Kiril didn't think anyone in the restaurant would want to see him have sex. "Why did you accept my invitation?"

Surprise flickered in her deep red eyes. "I was hungry, and you offered."

"Do you often go off with strange men?"

She laughed, the sound going straight to his cock. "You're the first. I'm Shara, by the way."

"Kiril."

"Kiril. A strong, unusual name."

He set aside the menu and regarded her. It was strange. He normally hated looking into the eyes of a Dark Fae. Something about red eyes seemed wrong, but he didn't seem to mind it with Shara.

Shara. What a beautiful name to match such an intriguing, captivating woman.

She cleared her throat and set her napkin in her lap. Her lips parted to speak, but before she could, the waiter brought the wine. Kiril continued to watch her even as he sampled the wine and nodded his approval to the server. Once their glasses were filled and their order given, the attendant walked away.

"You were saying?" he prompted her.

"I was going to ask, what kind of business are you in?"

Kiril thought about spinning another lie, and then realized there was no need. She knew he was a Dragon King, knew that he was from Dreagan. One less lie could only help him.

"I work for a distillery. I sample other whisky around the world for comparison."

Her red eyes held his as she lifted the wineglass to her lips and sampled the cabernet sauvignon. "Wouldn't it be easier to taste these whiskies at your distillery?"

"It might, but it adds to the taste of the whisky to try it at the place it's distilled. It's also helpful to sit in a pub and watch what the bartenders pour for their patrons."

"I see." She set down her glass and licked her lips.

Kiril swirled the red wine in his glass thinking how much he wanted to kiss her, to wrap her long hair around his hand and hold her hostage as he ravaged her lips. "What do you do?"

"I work in my family's business."

So she didn't lie either. Interesting. "And what is it your family does?"

"Import/export."

Another truth. Dark Fae were notorious for luring humans into their world, but it wasn't pleasure the humans received. The women were taken by the males, and though they might experience brief pleasure, unbeknownst to them their souls were being drained.

As for the human males, the female Dark used them for sex. Sex with a Dark was like a drug, and the humans could become addicted fast. The females rarely lived long enough to know what was happening, but the female Darks made sure to keep the human males alive for decades while having their fun.

"A lucrative business, I assume," Kiril said.

Shara glanced away. "It is."

Kiril let the questions drop as their food was delivered. The rest of the meal was spent talking of anything that neither of them had to lie about. It was ... refreshing. For the first time in days, Kiril almost felt like himself. He was still on guard, but he was more relaxed. Perhaps it was because he knew what he was about.

Or maybe it was because he wanted to shove aside the food, yank her to her feet, and toss her atop the table to have his way with her.

CHAPTER 2

It was lucky that Shara had gotten a look at Kiril the day after she was informed of her mission. She found Kiril attractive from a distance, but up close he robbed her of breath and thought.

He was tall and potent, overwhelming and dynamic. Compelling and persuasive.

He was — simply put — extraordinary.

Her fingers itched to sink into his wheat-colored hair that was thick and kept in longish waves. His eyes were the color of shamrocks — a bright, vivid green — and saw everything.

He wore the black suit with ease. The cut of it showing off his wide shoulders and narrow hips. The simple white shirt beneath was left unbuttoned at the top with no tie in sight.

The flash of onyx and pearl at his wrists drew her eye to his cuff links. It was the only jewelry he wore except for his watch.

He was all male — hard, vigorous, and intense.

His face appeared to be cut from granite. The hard line of his jaw only amplified his square chin and the little indent in the middle. Though he appeared relaxed and at ease, she knew he was anything but. His gaze swept the restaurant, taking in everything in that one glance. And when his green gaze focused on her, her heart skidded and her stomach fluttered.

While at one time she might have found some excitement at the thought of bedding a human, no male — Fae or human — stirred her as Kiril did. He faced the world as if daring it to challenge him.

He was the embodiment of excitement, intrigue ... fascination.


(Continues...)

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Burning Desire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This story is about the Dragon King, Kiril and the Dark Fae, Shara. Kiril is in Ireland to spy on the Dark Fae and to find out where they are keeping Rhi. While out visiting pubs for information, he saw her. Shara Blackwood was beautiful but he knew she was a trap. All Shara wanted was the approval of her family. After being imprisoned by them for 600 years for her last transgression, she didn't want to mess up the task they'd given her. She was to seduce the Dragon King and lure him to a trap by her family but once she spent time with Kiril the attraction was undeniable. Does she remain loyal to the family she so desperately wants approval from or does she give her loyalty to her Dragon King? Kiril and Shara were heating up the pages just from the looks they gave each other. This series just gets better with each book that is written. The emotions in this story are intense. When the Dragon Kings feel angry, sad, or even turned on, the emotions are almost tangible. Awesome! The unanswered questions that float from book to book are eating away at me and the Dragon Kings. We NEED to know!!! Donna Grant, you are amazing! Thank you for another fantastic book. I'm so excited for the next one! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
I really like this series and I can't wait to see what will happen next. The characters are fun and the chemistry between Kiril and Shara was great, there was plenty of action, mystery and romance. You don't really need to read the books in order to understand what is going on, but I would recommend it. With some sexy dragons, strong female characters and and interesting plot-line you really can't go wrong, very entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't hardly put down, each book keeps you on your toes as you follow the characters. Looking forward to reading the next book.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I've been in such a paranormal mood that I dived right into the next of the Dark Kings novels as soon as I finished that last. And this one had a different twist that I was excited to read about. To this point, the Dragon Kings have been drawn to human women but this story involves a Dragon King and a Dark Fae. Definitely different dynamics there. Add to that the worry about Ry. Her story seems to be unfolding a piece at a time in each book. Really want to know the answers for her. The characters in this series continue to draw me. I loved Kiril at once though I was concerned about Shara. She a dark fae after all. But I ended up loving her too. I was intrigued with Shara's story. She's got compassion for humans that dark's don't have but she also wants very much to fit in with her dark fae family. Her being sent to her room for hundreds of years hasn't changed the fact that she wants to be accepted by them. But it becomes clear that to be accepted by her family, Shara would have to be someone she isn't. I found that a pretty profound story in a paranormal book. I enjoy this dragon world and the series overarching story that continues through each book. I'm doubting some of the assumptions the kings are making about their enemies. I do wish this part of the story would move a bit faster. Oh course, if it did, there might not be as many books. Sigh. But I want to know what's up with Rhys. It's making me crazy. The writing is good and the story sometimes went in directions I wasn't expecting. Both good things. I've been listening to the audiobooks and the narrator isn't my favorite but I do enjoy his accent. Definitely jumping into the next book and probably the one after that. Gonna devour them all and then be waiting impatiently for more. If you enjoy paranormal, then this is a great story with hot protective guys!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Burning Desire - Dark Kings Book 3 Author: Donna Grant Publisher: St. Martin's Press Published: 9-30-1024 Pages: 320 Genre: Paranormal Romance Sub-Genre: Shifters; Dragons; ISBN: 9781250060709 ASIN: B01OMZEC5G Reviewed For NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: Stars The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all? A DESIRE THIS POWERFUL In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can’t stay away from her. He’s enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion… IS A WAR WORTH FIGHTING FOR Shara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both? Kiril & Shara come from two different fractions of the war. Shara is sent to bring Kiril down but instead falls for Kiril and eventually must decide which path to follow. Stay loyal to the Dark Fae, a people who had tortured and kept her imprisoned, or tell all to Kiril and hope for a possible future with him? With well developed characters and scenes so well described the reader can picture them in their mind's eye. I like to see the characters and scenes come to life. Imagine a place inhabited by dragons, Fae and other supernatural beings.. I wouldn't want to live there, but I sure would like to visit from time to time. My rating of "Burning Desire - Dark Kings Book 3" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Going into Burning Desire, I didn't have much of an interest in Kiril. He plans a marginally larger role in Fire Rising but not enough to make me want to get his story, at least not yet. I needed to be teased a bit more, I think.  Grant branches off from the pattern of the first two books by featuring a Dark Fae as the female love interest, an enemy of the Dragon Kings. On its own, that's enough to cause a number of problems for the couple and the conflicts between their two groups of people came up several times. It's another instant-attraction, on a purely sexual level, but there wasn't enough of a build to make it a true romance warranting the mating ceremony.  I liked Kiril well enough. Most of the first half of the book is him re-establishing the whole debacle between the Dragon Kings and Ulrik, a King now stripped of his powers. This has been a key point in their history in every book and every book hashes it out again. I can see the benefits if you're picking up one of the installments mid-series without reading the previous ones, but for someone reading the books back-to-back, it's a tad annoying. And it took up a lot of the time that could have been used to develop Kiril's character. His personality consisted of a stubborn drive to complete his original goal of finding Rhi and thinking about Shara, his Fae lover.  And Shara... I mean, she's conflicted on her own, between her family threatening her and these blossoming feelings for Kiril that aren't really developed so much as "I'm attracted to him, oh wait, I love him." Hmm. Yeah. Sure. It just didn't quite work in this book like it has in the others.  Honestly the "side" characters were more interesting in Burning Desire. I've held a soft spot for Rhi since Darkest Flame and though she wasn't actively involved in the story, I was more interested to see what happened to her than Kiril and Shara. With Rhi came Balladyn, and the two have some serious history. I see him playing a bigger role in future books, especially as a leader of the Dark Fae. Then there's Ulrik. He's been causing problems (or so the Dragon Kings believe, as nothing's been confirmed) and his appearance and actions in this book had me asking a whole new set of questions about him, and in relation to one particular Light Fae. Plus, Constantine and the other Kings keep hinting at who Rhi's Dragon King lover was but no one will say and while I don't think it's who it looks like based on this book, I'm more curious than ever. I'm definitely addicted to this series and though this couple wasn't all that interesting for me, the rest of the story was and I can see something big happening in the next few books as the conflict breaks into pure chaos.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
Burning Desire is the third book in the Dark Kings series with Scottish shape shifting dragons who are fierce warriors and passionate lovers. This is my new favorite book from the series! I loved this!  The Dark Kings series is filled with action and steamy romance. But with Burning Desire there was added excitement because we get a glimpse into the dark fae world through Shara. Before this book their world was a mystery.  But now fans get an understanding of the politics and customs of the fae.  Burning Desire brings together Dragon King Kiril and Shara. As a couple they truly have the odds against them, more so than the other dragons and their human mates. This is because of the long feud between the dragons and dark fae.  They both have grown to never trust one of their kind but for Kiril and Shara the passion is too strong to ignore.  As with all of Donna Grant’s books I fall in love with the characters. Kiril is a sexy dragon king who is loyal to his brother dragons and is on a mission to save his friend Rhi. But it is Shara who I was drawn to in this book and who has become a favorite female character from this series (along with Rhi). As a dark fae she is expected to be cold-hearted and evil-minded. But since she grew up among humans she is merciful and sympathetic, traits that her family did not approve of.  She has disappointed them once and if she is to be accepted into the family she must do what they say. But even with that pressure Shara stood on her own by following her heart and conscience. Rather than rely on her family she takes her life in her own hands and made some bold moves. Shara’s story is exciting and suspenseful; I couldn’t put the book down because of her! Burning Desire was another exciting and romantic story, which is just what I have grown to expect from author Donna Grant. The romance is steamy, the passion between Kiril and Shara is intense and heartwarming, and the fight scenes are exciting I can imagine them in a movie. Burning Desire can be read as a standalone but I suggest you read all the books (including the novellas). This is one of my favorite series and I highly suggest this to all paranormal romance fans.
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ilivetoread52 More than 1 year ago
I love Donna Grant's Novels. Very entertaining. Don't want to put the book down!
BookwormBridgetteBlogger More than 1 year ago
Burning Desire is the 3rd book in the Dark Kings Series. With Hal, Guy, Banan, Kellan, and Tristan mated, it was only a matter of time before Con's attempt at blocking out the ability to have deep feelings for another would break apart a little further... Only this time, it's different...  She's not human.. She SHOULD be an enemy. But from the second that he gazed into her blood red eyes.. Kiril was in for a hell of a ride. Shara, Kiril and fate all had different plans, multiple times for Shara and Kiril.. haha! Who won> You find out soon enough through reading but not until after Donna sends you through a couple tunnels and loopy upside down twists causing you to feel the world spinning out from under these two!  Shara is a Dark Fae. Born into one of the most powerful and strongest Dark Fae families known to their kind. Though, she's not always been their idea of a model daughter. But when her family needed someone to help them gain more power and attempt becoming legend within the Fae realm, it was Shara who was sent out. Sent to seduce. To trick. To toy with none other than a Kiril, a formidable Dragon King. But she couldn't resist the plans that fate had in store for her...  Kiril is only still IN Ireland because of Rhi's being kidnapped. He knows she would help if it was one of them, and he intends on making sure that she doesn't stay with the Dark Fae anymore time than has already passed. Rhi deserved no less in return for what she had done for his bretheren countless times already. Kiril didn't expect to get lost in red eyes, awestruck by long coal black hair, and he surely didn't expe ct most of what happened to him thoughout this book! Kiril, as many other kings are currently and previously, was in denial as well... LOL  So, I think that my favorite part of this book was the meeting Usaiel had with the Kings. Watching Shara change her fate by standing up for herself, not only with Balladyn, but her family as well. and OH the twist!! Oh, Emm, Gee!! I got all teary-eyed when she looked in the mirror!!  At the end of this book, I can say a few things about how I feel...  1.) I'm so "awwwwww" for the newly mated couple ^_^ 2.) I still don't trust Kiril, but I no longer think he was Rhi's Dragon Lover.. I don't know why, but I think it's someone we may not have been introductd in depth to yet. I'm sure all will come out in the wash, but I am so on the edge, i can't wait!! I think Ulrik has an ace up his sleeve and he's waiting for the exact right point to start laying down cards. I don't think he will do it all at once though. I think that his intent will trickle down a little at a time and feed us just as much information as we need to get to the next book leaving all us Donnaddicts gasping for air and begging for more! :)  3.) I'm worried. Worried about Rhys, and Rhi as well. As for Rhys, I'm scared that Ulrik is going to get to him. I also am afraid that whatever's inside of him from the battle is going to break him down slowly... On second note.. I wonder why nobody thought to drink Phelan's blood and try if it'd work.. jussayin.. lol (But where's the fun in an instant coffee heal hmm?) I didn't like the first outburst Rhi had, and I sure as hell didn't like the second. It made me fear that she's not going to be that same bubbly "poke the bear(Con)" Fae we have come to know and love anymore. I hope I am wrong, but again, the only way to find out is to keep reading... right?  I give this book 5 out of 5 shields!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the more quick-paced reads in Grant's Dragon Kings' series, this imstallment was easy to read and easy to get caught up in. The plot and conflict moved smoothly and it never slowed down. Kiril and Shara were great well-rounded characters. I enjoyed their story and the thickening plot in the Dragon King universe. I look forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just started reading this series - love it so far!!
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
“Kiril glanced around the darkened room. He walked to a leather chair and sat, stretching his legs out in front of him and crossing his ankles. “Did you know that during the Fae Wars the Dark took two Dragon Kings? At different times, of course.” “I suppose they escaped as well? Are you telling me we don’t know how to hold a Dragon King?” “The Dark did . . . things to my brethren. One completely lost his mind and attacked us, which is what the Dark wanted. He had to be killed. The other King knew what was happening to him, but he couldna stop it. He came to us and begged to be killed before he could harm one of us.” Shara sipped her whisky before she said, “You lost two Kings and I lost seven siblings.” “And the Light the Dark took?” “The Dark take the Light and the Light take the Dark.” Kiril let his gaze drift down her body. How he itched to have her long legs wrapped around him. Things would be so much easier if he didn’t desire her as he did, but there wasn’t a switch he could flip and turn off his body’s reaction. The more he tried to ignore the growing desire, the more it raged uncontrollably within him. He gave himself a mental shake and returned to their conversation. “What’s the plan, then? Will the Dark storm in here and try to capture me?” Shara walked around the room, her hand skimming along the backs of the chairs. “No.” “No?” Kiril set aside his glass on the table next to him and silently rose to his feet. He followed her as if a string tied them together. “What then?” “You don’t really want to know.” Kiril spun her around so hard that her glass flew from her hand and landed upon a rug, spilling the whisky but not breaking the crystal. “Tell me,” he demanded in a soft, deadly voice. “My job is to seduce you.” She held her stance for a heartbeat before she retreated, taking two steps back. He tracked her until she was once more in the entryway. The shadows darkened everything, and yet the smallest sliver of moonlight found her, illuminating her in a pale blue glow. No longer could he deny what he wanted. Perhaps it was her confession. Maybe it was because he hadn’t taken to the skies in weeks. Whatever it was, all he knew was that he had to have her or go up in flames. “Then seduce me.”  BURNING DESIRE by Donna Grant is the third book in AND an awesome addition to her Dark Kings series. This series combines two favorites of mine, Highlanders and dragons, interlacing both with sexy Scottish brogue! The Dark Kings are a spin-off from her Dark Warriors series which in turn are a spin-off from her Dark Sword series. All are set in the Highlands of Scotland. I inhaled the first and second books in this series, DARKEST FLAME and FIRE RISING. There are interconnected characters and continuing threads in the series. BURNING DESIRE can be enjoyed as a standalone as the author seamlessly fills in needed background information. However, I highly recommend reading all the books in this series as they are utterly fantastic!  My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Kiril is a Dragon King and one of the most powerful ones at that. He goes to Ireland, into the nest of his greatest enemies, the Dark alone to try and locate a kidnapped friend. There is he seduced by a Dark named Shara, a woman who belongs to one of the most influential families. She was punished for six hundred years for a mistake she made and now that she is released, she must complete a mission to try and gain the respect of her family once again. The mission involves seducing the Dragon King, Kiril so that they can capture him. Interestingly, Kiril knows that she is his enemy and takes her out to dinner anyways. It begins a little romance between the two, yet Shara isn’t done with her family. Another character enters that complicates things a little bit and that’s when the book truly takes off. As usual, many of the past characters are involved in the story as well, playing important parts even as their books and romances have been told. I really enjoy that about this series because after forming a bond with those characters, it’s always nice to see them again as well as get an update on their lives after their HEA. BURNING DESIRE is a solid iinstallmentto the Dark Kings series. With fiery passion at its finest, this book does not disappoint! *ARC provided by publisher
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artfullee More than 1 year ago
So much paranormal goodness in one book 4.5 stars I originally received and reviewed this series in 4 parts but will summarise my thoughts for the novel version. Burning Desire is the third in the Dark Kings series, and, as this is the first book I have read by Donna Grant, I wondered whether I had missed too much, but the way we were introduced to Kiril and Sharna gave me enough information to enjoy this novella. Having said that I am curious about the other Dark Kings and want to learn more about this whole world that Donna Grant has built. But back to Burning Desire, the story of Kiril and Shara.... I enjoyed both of these characters. They were engaging and immediately likable. Kiril is one hot Dragon King, intense and charismatic, sexy and powerful, and he is instantly drawn to Shara as soon as he sets eyes on her. I loved Kirils pure raw maleness, I loved his heroism and depth of loyalty to this Dragon Kings. Shara is the daughter of one of the most powerful Dark Fae's, mortal enemies to the Dragon Kings, and she has been sent to seduce Kiril in the hopes of setting him up to be captured by the Dark Fae. Kiril is in Ireland to try to find and rescue Rhi, who has been captured by a Light Fae turned dark. Theirs is a dangerous game of cat and mouse, each with their own objectives, but neither of them are prepared for the intense and instantaneous desire and attraction they have for each other that goes way beyond their original motives. I loved the coupling of a Dark Fae and a Dragon King and I loved the story of how they navigated this difficult position they were in. They cannot deny the chemistry and magnetism between them, the sexual tension is high and when they finally come together the sex is hot, powerful and explosive. Shara begins to question all that she knows as she begins to take an active part in deciding her future. I admired her guts and spunk for embarking on this path and the courage she showed turning up on Balladyns doorstep and even after she realises the precarious position she is now in. The power play between Farrell and Balladyn was tense and dramatic and it was a joy to see Farrell gets some of what he deserves. Balladyn intrigues me and without knowing his full back-story, he draws me in and I feel the need to know more about this Fae. As we delve further and further into the dark twisted mind of Balladyn and his plans for Kiril and the Dragon Kings. the bond between Kiril and Shara grows stronger as they put everything on the line for Rhi and for each other. Kiril once again shows us how truly loyal, protective, astute and totally badass he is. When he teams up with Phellan and the other Dragon Kings, he is a force to be reckoned with. I loved the camaraderie of the Dragon Kings, which highlights beautifully the contrast between them and the Dark Fae, the good and evil, the right and wrong. Shara really comes into her own in this novel. The very foundation of what she has always believed as the truth is tested as she grows into her own woman in her own right. I loved the growth in her character and how that transpired into her relationship with Kiril. Kiril goes through his own transformation in realising that there is no other for him. He wants Shara with every fibre of his being and the way he goes about showing her that is so touching and heartwarming. Overall I really loved this book and my first dragon paranormal read. The whole book was filled with intrigue, mystery, action and romance and I look forward to reading Donna Grants back catalogue. I loved that we had an epilogue but I would have liked a bit more detail and dialogue between Kiril and Shara in regards to the ceremony. So many questions still remain and I cannot wait for the next book in this Dragon Kings series. I need to know who Rhi's mystery lover was, I need to know who the traitor Dragon King is, and I need to know what drives Con to find his revenge. I haven't read a lot of paranormal but i've been lucky enough to find some really good stories as my introduction to this genre and Donna Grant has just gone on my watch list. I will definitely be going back to acquaint myself more fully with the Dragon Kings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has great characters that remain with the story through the series. There was a mix of love, lies, control and hopeless. Happy romantic ending
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A yummy Dragon King & a seductive Dark Fae female are mortal enemies, but they can't seem to keep their clothes on! Dragon King Kiril is living as a spy against the Dark Fae in Ireland & using himself as bait. The Dark Fae did have 2 Kings under their control, but they were rescue & Rhi, a Light Fae, was captured. He will not leave Ireland without Rhi, so he wants the Dark Fae to watch his estate, followed him & just to just mess with them, he has the cojones to got to the Dark Fae hot spot, an Doras. He is in total control or so he thinks, until he is ambushed by a walking wet dream! Shana is the youngest child of the powerful Dark Fae Blackwood family & has always felt like an outcast because she has always loved humans & doesn't want to hurt them. That is why she was in prisoned for 600 years in her room. Now she has a chance to get her family trust back & prove herself, so all she has to do is tempt & seduce the local Dragon King. So if Kiril is sex-on-a-stick & she definitely down with some erotic LICKING! When Kiril sees Shana for the first time, he is intrigue by the Dark Fae who is hiding, very badly, behind her glamour, but he can see her red eyes & gray streaked hair, but he still wants to be in her, her under him or hard up against a wall ASAP! Shana thinks her glamour is working, so she teases just a little & is rewarded with a spontaneous dinner offer. At dinner, their chemistry hits an overload, as they stoke one another's desire, but they walk away. Kiril keeps dodging the Dark Fae as he looking for Rhi & now Shana nightly & his fellow Dragon King's, back in Scotland, want him to just come home to Dreagan Scotland. Poor Shana is being micromanaged by her twisted brother, Farrell, & her so called family members keep her guarded 24/7. When Kiril is being stalked, he sees Shana & they go for a ride to outmaneuver the Dark Fae, but when they are at his home the truths comes out, clothes are ripped, buttons go flying & they get down & dirty & either will ever be the same again. As Shana falls deeper for Kiril, her family demands his capture NOW & the other worried Dragon Kings send a half Fae prince, Phelan, as his reinforcement. Soon the second-in-command of the Dark Faes wants Kiril & Shana for his own, Rhi is on her last thread of light, smoldering desires ignite, Shana's meddling family make dangerous waves, Kiril struggles with trust, a banished Dragon King is making unseen moves, the Light Queen flexes her powerful muscles, lies & mistrust are used & many Dragon Kings unfolded their wings to kick some Dark Faye a$$! Will Shana follow her heart or executed? Can Kiril embrace Shana, Dark & all? How can a Dark Fae & a Dragon King be together? Is it possible to change one's stripes? But most importantly, who was the Dragon King that Rhi loved? This is my 1st Dark King romance read & the #3 book in the series, but I totally got Ms. Grant's Dark world. The Dragon Kings are males of the old ways with (I wish all males were) honor, really missed their dragon halves & struggled with the female who betrayed them all. I think that the female didn't betrayed them, but someone twisted the facts to make it seem that way. Romances are about finding that 1 perfect mate, but I absolutely loved it when the author creates a great BROmance & Ms. Grant showed the Kings' good, bad & ugly warts! Kiril was a warrior at heart, loved to solve problems & was always trying to protect the other King's, but HELLO they are GIGANTIC Dragons! Shana was such a wildcard in this tale because she straddled both worlds & her choices defended her. Both the h/h had a deep inner strength, but still doubted themselves & their choices. Ms. Grant only needed to added 1 thing to the Dragon Kings & that was some KILTS flapping in the wind. Now my romance peeps, let's chat about the sparks, sizzling pleasures & unchecked desires, shall we! Ms. Grant didn't spare any shirts, buttons, pants or even panties, in her FLAME RESISTANT UNDIES scenes. My favorite kind of romances are historical & this tale had a historical flavor to it & I couldn't put it down, not even to pee! Ms. Grant submerged me into her world with yummy mystical dragons (PLEASE include some KILTS) with serious trust issues, revealed a otherworldly realm of the Dark Faes, showed the good, the bad & the in between, made the h/h think with their hearts & wrapped it all in a NAUGHTINESS bow! Ms. Grant gets my score of 4 fingers up & 8 toes, but would of got my top score if I get some KILT wearing Dragon Kings! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
After Cynthia Eden, Donna Grant is my to go to author for some sinful paranormal, sensual legends, fiery protectors and smoldering passion. Her writings are creative and charmingly addictive leaving us heady and intoxicated. I am fascinated with her narration because I can feel her heart and soul in every word she pens, creating some brilliant stories around Dark Kings, Druids, Faes and of realms unknown, intermingling old legends with contemporary lives, to take us on a magical journey into worlds unknown.  Burning Desire is book#4 in her Dark Kings Series as Kiril, a Dragon King travels to Cork, Ireland, the Land Of The Dark, to search for a missing friend Rhi, the Light Fae. Knowing that the Dark Fae wants to capture and break him into revealing secrets guarded by the Dragon Kings, his mission is to get to Rhi, despite the sensual bait sent his way. Shara belongs to one of the most powerful Dark families and her mission is to lure Kiril into the Dark lair, to prove her worth and get her family’s acceptance. But meeting Kiril brings out a desire that is unexplainable and emotions that put her on the fence of light and dark, right and wrong, loyalty and love.  With all cards open on deck, Kiril can’t control his fiery desire for Shara knowing very well the danger he is heading into trusting a Dark Fae, and Shara is ready to sacrifice her life to help Kiril be safe. Now it is left to the fates if Kiril and Shara can escape the doom of the Dark that threatens their lives to make a future in the sanctuary of the Dark Kings, the Protectors. Donna Grant’s stories are embodiment of intrigue, excitement and fascination, making us ache for more, burn for more and yearn for more!
Candace_Cathey More than 1 year ago
Powerful.....Icy and down right sinful.... What more would you want, oh wait how about a sexy scottish Dragon king? In Donna Grants third Installment of the Dragon Kings series we have Burning Desire, here we learn more about the enticing Dragon King Kiril, whom has decided to remain in Ireland to spy on the Dark Fae, his mission? To learn as much as he can without being caught by the evil beings, but what Kiril doesn't plan for is the alluring sensual Shara Blackwood to appear and calm the beast within. With the Dark closing in and Shara torn between her dragon king and her dark fae family, things heat up and emotions are sizzling, Donna Grant delivers one amazing story and still manages to keep some secrets for the next Installment in this captivating series.