Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories

Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories

by Donna Grant
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Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories by Donna Grant

The Dark Kings are sworn to defend an ancient legacy of dragon magic. But their fiercest challenge lies in the modern world, where a woman's love conquers all. These are their stories.

Includes a bonus Dark Kings story: Passion's Claim!

Dark Heat gathers together these favorite stories of Donna Grant's Dark Kings.

Dark Craving

Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love...with a mortal woman.

Night's Awakening

The dark immortal warriors were never meant to experience human desire. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off...

Dawn's Desire

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. But when a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his secret lair in the Highlands to risk his life for the dragons within—and resist the temptations of human love.

Passion's Claim

Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250043788
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Dark Kings Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 158,962
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.95(d)

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 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 husband, two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

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Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
A great series with sexy dragons! Dark Heat is a collection of previously released Novellas of the Dragon Kings plus an exclusive new short story. This is a great way of getting to know the characters and read the stories in the correct order. I’m a huge fan of Donna Grant and I love this series.  Ms. Grant's stories are always filled with steamy romance, suspense and action - everything that I love in a story. The dragon kings are men that are half human and half dragon, sworn to protect the human world.  After a devastating war between the humans and dragons, the dragon kings were put under a magic spell to protect them from having any human emotions (especially love).  But as hundreds of years have passed some of the dragon kings feel the loneliness their isolation has left, so these novellas are their journey to finding their soul mate. I can’t decide which story is my favorite since they were all filled with passion and swoon-worthy scenes.  This is a great series for all shifter and paranormal fans.  And I also recommend this to anyone looking for something new to read!
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW:  Dark Heat is a set of novella’s from Donna Grant’s new Dragon King series.  Each story follows one of the Dragon Kings and how a simple twist of fate will change everything for these Kings that are older than time.   Dark Craving:  Characters: Dragon King Haldor Wilson & Cassandra Hunter This was a good story, short and sweet and to the point.  Not a whole lot of drama per se.  But a great beginning to Donna’s Dragon King series.  Night Awakening: Characters: Dragon King Guy & Elena Griffin Another Dragon King falls.  :)  But in a good way.   Guy and Elena’s story is a bit of a whirlwind story starting with a death and end with one of them going under cover.  Night Awakening sets up perfectly for the next novella Dawn’s Desire.  Dawn’s Desire: Dragon King Brana & Jane Brana & Jane are just too sweet together.  How can you not love a story where the Plain Jane girl is the ultimate prize for the very handsome, yet dangerous King of the blues?   In Dawn’s Desire we finally get to meet up the the Dragon Kings enemy and get a little insight into the why. Passion’s Claim:  This was a bonus story about two Dragon Kings who don’t have any clue on how to woo their women.  These to very short stories made me laugh, cry and want to slap some Dragon Kings around.  I loved that Donna put all these stories together into one book so that there was no waiting to read the next story.   I am very much looking forward to the first full length book in the Dragon King series.  Darkest Flame will be out in April 2014.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
BookwormBridgetteBlogger More than 1 year ago
Dark Heat is a compiled version of the first three Dark Kings prequel novellas plus a BONUS STORY that you can ONLY get in this version… So even if you’re read Dark Craving, Night’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire separately, you should still buy this book for the awesome bonus story! Hehe… Dark Craving: In this book, things with Cassie started slow but quickly came to light. I loved the raw passion in the characters. Occasionally the story went a bit fast, but not too bad. There were times I felt as if I were right there with Cassie experiencing everything. Amazing story. Looking forward to seeing if Constantine gets his own story as that would be a very strong woman indeed. Night’s Awakening: This book was very fast paced and very well written. The tension raised between Guy and Elena. I enjoyed how in tune to each other the two were from the get go. I am interested to see where the next book takes us! I wish this book was a little longer but loved how even though the novella was short.... there were no details spared. Only deepening my Donnaddiction!! Dawn’s Desire: OK, So after reading intently for time frames that caused me missed sleep and meals (couldn't put it down) Here goes... This book starts off exactly where the last one left off. (Which is a good thing to me because then I don't feel like I missed anything. Jane is a simple plain girl that feels nobody notices her until.... Banan. OK, so some parts of the story are corny as some have mentioned... But I am that girl that went unnoticed and still does, or used to until my hubby ^_^ hehe ... It was nice to find a story about a sexy librarian type plain simple girl that found her Mr. right... The scenes in this book were same as the first two... Very descriptive and enthralling. Donna has a way to where when you are reading these stories, it is not simple titillation. There is passion read and felt. I liked that it wasn't exactly easy as pie to get the girl this time. It wasn't exactly an enormous challenge, but it wasn't a walk in the park. I was a bit sad at the end that... well, you'll see what I wanted that had to be put off... ;) I will continue to re-read this series and impatiently await the 2014 release of the next Dragon King book. Passion’s Claim: With both Guy and Banan wanting to make sure their women are fully ready and understand their choice that is to be made about the binding ceremony and all of the stipulations that come with it, they begin giving their women all the wrong signals. In part one Banan and Jane continue a bit further. It's been a few months since the two met and fell madly in love, yet the pair still haven't been mated. There were a couple of times when I wanted to shake them... both, Banan AND Jane, for one reason or another. Jane not bringing up the mating ceremony she wanted so badly, and thinking Banan lost interest in her... Banan for not asking her hoe she felt about the ceremony. You just want to hand cuff them together and feed them truth serum and say "now talk!" haha. I loved that Banan had the big elaborate thing planned and enjoyed the excitement of the other ladies with the news. In part two, Guy and Elena are at a stalemate as well. Again, I wanted to knock their heads together. I understand the reasons they both had but my gods man! If you want something, go get it! Don't wait around for it to decide... Guy, although he thought he was doing the right thing in this, should have not been such a coward and when his fellow dragon kings tell him this, I was right there with them. I cried in this part and was so upset with Guy that he was being such an arse... This short bonus story will have your emotions all over the place so have kleenex handy and be ready to control your anger and "aww" factor. I give this awesome start to an amazing series 5 out of 5 shields!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories contains novellas written by Donna Grant all preceding the Dark Kings series. Grant writes steamy, passionate characters with action intense plots. I enjoyed her stories but found that the development of the storylines were rushed. I do realize this is meant more for a teaser of what is to come in the series, whetting your imagination for what might happen next...and you know me, I'm always up for more dragon shifting alpha males with awesome powers and prowess. Kilts, I'm sure they can wear kilts too.  I found Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories is an enjoyable introduction to Donna Grants work and look forward to more Dragon Kings falling for their mates.
NovelKnight 10 months ago
Not realizing that these three prequel novellas, bound in one book Dark Heat, existed, I read Darkest Flame first and was very confused about a few of the characters. So I held off on my review of the first in the series so I could fill in the gaps. We get 3 of the Dragon Kings in this one, as well as some of the events that happened before the first book in the series, though I still need to read the Dark Warriors books to flesh out the world even more. THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS OH MY GOODNESS. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection of novellas. I loved being able to get insight into some of the Dragon Kings that don't get their own full-length novels. DARK CRAVING Hal's story is first. The emerald Dragon King catches sight of Cassie, who's staying at her brother's cottage on the land near the Kings' domain. To be honest, there wasn't much of a story here beyond the romance which, for a novella, was very well written. I see now that the main books in the series feature a lot more of the world and other going-on's than these novellas do and I both like and dislike it. From what little we get of Hal and Cassie, I already like them both. Hal cares a lot about his fellow Kings and it makes the decision of what to do with Cassie even harder. And she's had her whole life blow up but manages to find something good in it all which I'm glad for. I do wish a little more of the tension of her initial arrival and the fact that her brother has disappeared would have impacted the story more, just to build the world with the romance. But overall, I liked that Grant was able to condense the story to a shorter length without compromising the relationship. I'm already over the fact that it was a lust-to-love deal because that seems to be how the Dragon Kings work with the whole mate thing. NIGHT'S AWAKENING Next up is Dragon King Guy. This time around I saw a bit more of the world and the story starts to lead into a future conflict, especially how this novella ends. He stumbles upon Elena after she and her boss trespass on the Kings' land for a big of caving. There's a lot of the romance and their instant attraction turning to love within a couple days. But several details are sprinkled throughout that suggest Elena will be playing a larger role in the lives of the Kings beyond being the mate of Guy. I'm not sure how this will play out since this book actually falls in the middle of the Dark Warriors series suggesting a time gap between the end of these stories and the start of Darkest Flame. I don't know where this story is going to fit into the grand scheme of things just yet but should (hopefully) find out in the next novella, as well as the accompanying short story in the bind-up. DAWN'S DESIRE This one felt shorter than the first two. Elena and Guy return, but it's Banan's story as he meets Jane, another employee of PureGem (where Elena also works). It picks up directly after the end of Night's Awakening so I definitely recommend reading them back-to-back. Much of the interactions between Banan and Jane are the result of their investigation into who is trying to discover the Dragon Kings' secret. And I liked the added tension of the world and story starting to come into play since it takes a larger role in the first book. I'll say, though, that I didn't like the ending to this one. The novella before this flows right into this one and that was alright because the characters had their ending, but this one doesn't really conclude quite th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome! !!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alerts ahead... I started reading the dragon king series in the middle, so I went back to read these novellas to start from the beginning. I enjoyed all but passions claim part 2. Filled with hypocritical arguments and a completely immature lack of communication from both parties, it just wasn't pleasurable to read. I don't read romance novels to read about someone's problems in relationship that are the simplest to fix. The other 3 novellas were enjoyable however, and I still plan to read the rest of this series.
Autumn1 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the stories in this series and all of Ms. Grants other series.  I am a big fan.  Dark Heat has three of the stories that I already own.  I would love to read Passion's Claim. I can't find Passion's Claim.   It would be nice if it was separate from like the others.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to read... however, I've ordered 3 times and still getting wrong book... right cover... still Donna Grant just wrong content... will be glad when publishers get digital content right... luckily B&N as courteously refunded me each time...
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CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to start reading this book because I have read the first novella that is in this book in the past. I am not usually a fan of dragon paranormal books, but this author has written them in a way that I completely loved! Once I started this book, I really couldn’t put it down. The different characters in this book were all written extremely well in my opinion. It was amazingly easy to follow along with the stories and who was who throughout the whole book. I really do enjoy the fact that this book has such a wide variety of characters that all play very important roles throughout the whole book. My only real complaint about the stories would be how predictable they were. I did enjoy them still even with an idea where they were going, but I just hoped that there would be some big surprise that would happen. Overall, I can’t recommend it enough to people who enjoy paranormal books, especially ones about dragons. Reviewed by Crystal for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
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