Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire...
For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King—one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness—must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.
Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who—and what—he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?
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“Provocative [and] sizzling.”
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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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Things weren't going well, and they didn't look to be improving anytime soon.
V wearily ran a hand down his face. All he wanted was to go to his mountain and figure out why his sword wouldn't work. But he couldn't. If he did, every Dragon King at Dreagan would know that something was wrong.
Eons after having his sword stolen and then hidden from him, it was now back in his possession. But it did no good. And every King was counting on him to use it in order to check on the dragons.
He paced his room inside the manor, wondering if it was somehow his fault that his weapon wouldn't respond to him anymore. Had he done something to ...? That couldn't be it. The blade was his, part of him. All Dragon Kings had a sword that only they could use.
So, if it wasn't him, then what was it? What kept him from being able to use his blade to check on the dragons? Ever since the Kings forced the dragons to leave during the war with the humans, they'd had no idea if their clans were alive or not. The Kings didn't even know where the dragons were.
The dragon bridge was a manifestation of the combined magic of all the Kings, and it was the one and only time they had ever used such a thing.
V couldn't stay in his chamber any longer. He stalked from his room and made his way downstairs. As he walked across the vast expanse of Dreagan — staying far from the Visitor's Center at the distillery where people lined up to take tours — he was glad he didn't run into any of his brethren.
Only Cináed knew about his conundrum. If this continued, V would have no choice but to tell the rest of the Kings. After everything he and Roman had gone through in Iceland just to find his stolen sword, it wasn't right that he couldn't make it work properly.
V kept walking. He didn't care where he went. He just needed to burn off some of the anger and anxiety that churned within him like a raging storm. His first choice would be shifting into his true form and taking to the skies, but that wasn't something they could do during the day. The fact that they were hiding from the humans prevented it.
V could use his power. Every Dragon King was granted a special type of magic. For him, it was disguising his dragon form when he shifted. He was so tempted to do that, but he didn't. It wouldn't be fair for him to take to the skies while the others could not.
He had no idea how much time had passed before he found himself walking along a paved road. V paused and looked up to get his bearings. He was no longer on Dreagan, and with their land encompassing sixty thousand acres, that meant he had walked quite a ways.
V heard the roar of an approaching engine. He grimaced when he recognized the unmistakable sound of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale that belonged to none other than Constantine, King of Dragon Kings.
V watched as the bright blue sports car came into view. And just as expected, Con slowed when he spotted V. The Dragon Kings were the most powerful beings of the realm, but even they had someone to answer to. That someone for V was Constantine.
Con rolled down his window, his black eyes locking on V's face. He was attired in his usual — a suit, starched shirt, gold dragon head cufflinks, and no tie. "Everything all right?" he asked.
V nodded. "Just walking."
A blond brow shot up on Con's forehead. "Toward the village?"
"I needed to stretch my legs."
"And you couldn't do that on Dreagan? Or was it that you didn't want to run into any Kings?"
V blew out a breath and looked over the top of the car to the opposite side of the road where some sheep grazed on the steep hill.
"I see," Con said after a moment. "You know you can talk to me about whatever is troubling you."
"I know." V met Con's black gaze. "I just need some time. Finally having my sword back after so many millions of years without it is taking some getting used to."
Con blinked, his expression devoid of any emotion, but V knew him well enough to know that Con was trying to discover what V hid. It was one of the many reasons Con was King of Kings.
"You know where to find me," Con replied.
V gave a nod. Con stared at him a moment longer before he drove off. The last thing anyone at Dreagan needed was the knowledge that something was wrong with V's sword. With all he and Roman had discovered in the mountain on Iceland regarding the Others, there was much the Kings had to do.
The mere thought of them made V want to retaliate. The mysterious group was a mix of good and evil Druids, as well as Dark and Light Fae. Why such an alliance would form still confused the Kings.
Worse, the Others seemed to be after the Dragon Kings. And they had waited thousands of years before taking action. Though no one knew why the Others had been so patient.
Or what they were after.
V waited until he saw the taillights of Con's car disappear over a hill before he turned and resumed his walk. He couldn't think about the Others right now. He had to focus on his sword. Yet, the two were connected.
It was the Others who initially tried to get his sword. Fortunately, a group of humans that V had once protected discovered the Others' plan and used their skills to steal the weapon from V and hide it before the Others could lay claim to it.
V wished the gypsies would have shared their plan, but he knew he wouldn't have listened to them even if they had tried. He would've told them that he could take care of things himself. The truth, however, was that he would've underestimated the Others. The gypsies had not.
The Others spelled V so he lost his memories about when and how his sword had been stolen. But he remembered now. His memories gave him little insight into the group, however. What they did show him was the lengths that some mortals would go to in order to help the Dragon Kings.
That was in direct opposition to what the majority of humans had done to the Kings in the past, the transgressions which began the war between them. V still couldn't believe that the Dragon Kings — the strongest, greatest beings in the realm — had given up everything.
That was a road V didn't need to wander down. His mind returned to the Others. Despite the gypsies' attempt, the Others found the man who had taken V's sword. The gypsies made sure that the Others couldn't touch it, but the nefarious group put other traps in place throughout the mountain in Iceland to hinder anyone's attempts to retrieve the weapon.
It was with great difficulty and the help of friends that V and Roman were able to escape the mountain, not only with their lives but also with the sword.
This wasn't the first time the Others had set traps and deceptions for the Kings. Perhaps it was because of the tricks the Others used that V was apprehensive. First, it had been the wooden dragon carved as a replica of Con. One touch, and the figurine caused chaos to erupt.
Then there was the incident in New York with the black dagger and a fellow King, Dorian.
And now this.
At least, those were the only ones V knew of. There could be more. That in itself made his worry double.
It had taken all of V's considerable magic and strength to bust through the spells woven through his memories from the Others. For millions of years, V hadn't known that anyone touched his mind. But now, he knew what to look for.
His mind was clean of any enchantment from the Others, but he hadn't checked his sword yet. In fact, he hadn't held it since attempting to use it after returning to Dreagan.
For eons, he'd lived with the knowledge that he'd failed as a King because mortals had stolen his sword. While he now knew the truth, it didn't help him feel any better.
He was a Dragon King. No one should have been able to get to him through magic. No one. But they did.
With tragic results.
If he'd kept a hold of his sword, he could have checked on the dragons several times. And called them home.
V looked up and found himself standing in front of the medical clinic. Sophie, who was mated to another King, Darius, ran it. Many of the Kings hadn't been sure how Sophie could continue to work as a doctor and keep the secrets of Dreagan, but so far, she'd done admirably.
She wouldn't be able to do that forever, though. As a mate, she was given the gift of immortality. Sophie had a few more years before others started to notice that she didn't age. Then, she would have to close the practice for a few generations before she could open it up once more.
V's gaze swung to the parking lot as he heard the squeal of tires and a white Mini with black racing stripes pulled to a stop. He sidestepped to conceal himself behind a tree and watched as Claire got out of her car. V couldn't understand how she drove so fast and didn't worry about getting killed. He gave her credit for being an expert driver, but mortals only had one life. He really wished she would slow down.
Her blond locks were haphazardly pulled back into what he had heard Sophie call a messy bun — whatever that was. He didn't care what it was called. He just knew that he liked it on Claire. He liked it more when she left her locks free to fall down her back.
She was always changing her look. Some days, she had on vivid makeup with her long hair styled in various ways. Other days, she wore very little makeup and had a messy bun.
He liked it all.
The few times he'd happened to be near when Claire arrived at the clinic, she made her way into the office singing whatever had been blaring on her car radio. But today, she was subdued. Her oval face was pensive as if she were deep in thought.
She adjusted the big, black bag she carried on her shoulder before she pulled out her mobile. The moment she looked at the screen, she stopped. A second later, a smile broke out over her face.
V found himself grinning in response because her smile — even when not directed at him — was infectious. He didn't know what it was about the blond beauty that had first captured his attention, but it hadn't let go since.
His vantage point gave him a perfect view of her face. Whatever was on the phone lit up her expression. He'd seen the mated Kings do that to their women. V wondered if he would ever cause someone to smile like that.
The majority of his life after the war with the humans had been spent sleeping in his mountain. He hadn't had time to think about anything more than reclaiming his stolen sword. Now ... now, those who had something to occupy their time with regards to Dreagan were all around him.
Then there were those who had found love.
It was difficult to be around so many who were happy. Those like Vaughn, a solicitor for Dreagan, who had found his place in the human world. Then there were the pairs who were always together, always sharing secret words and looks. And touches.
The weight of eons of time spent alone crushed V. He'd thought sex would help. And it had. For a short while. Then, that haunting ache filled his chest again.
He wasn't stupid. He knew exactly what it was. Loneliness. He was surrounded by his brethren but felt utterly, completely alone.
V drew in a deep breath and watched Claire's pace quicken as she hurried into the clinic. He shifted around the tree to continue observing her, catching one last look before she walked through the door and disappeared into the building.
He'd spent a lot of time at the clinic lately, helping out when it was needed. Most of the Kings did from time to time. Sophie was part of the family, and as such, they were always there for whatever she needed.
Not that Darius couldn't handle things himself, but sometimes, it was just an excuse for them to be together. Just as everyone not only went to Laith's pub but also helped out there. The Dragon King had owned the pub for hundreds of years, legally passing it down to himself after disappearing for decades at a time.
Who knew how long such things would work. The people of the village near Dreagan seemed happy. Then again, so had the mortals before the war.
"She's pretty, is she no'?"
V closed his eyes at the sound of Darius's voice. He should've heard the King approach, and he would have, had he not been so engrossed in Claire.
He opened his eyes and turned to face his friend. He could try to lie, but there was no point. "Aye. She certainly is."
"Sophie and Claire are verra close," Darius stated.
V quirked a brow. "I'm aware of that."
"I know you've picked up Rhys's habits of a different woman every night —"
V was affronted by the charge. "It's no' every night."
"Somehow, despite everything that happened to her and Sophie in Edinburgh, Claire doesna know about us."
V crossed his arms over his chest. He didn't know the entire story about how Claire and Sophie had been taken by the Dark Fae, but he knew that it had been a close call for both women. "Are you sure she doesna?"
Darius glanced at the building. "She would've said something to Sophie if she did. You're welcome at the clinic anytime, but Claire is like a sister to Sophie."
"You want me to keep away from her." Somehow, that hurt V more than he'd expected.
"If you think she could be your mate, then I'll no' stand in your way."
"I didna say that."
Darius nodded slowly. "I just doona want Claire hurt."
V squared his shoulders. "I'm well aware that she is off-limits."
Darius gave a nod of appreciation. "Thank you. Since you're here, I could really use your help moving some more boxes. I never knew so much was needed to run a medical clinic."
V was slow to follow Darius. While he understood his friend's caution, he was nonetheless hurt by it. More than that, he wondered about the lie he'd told regarding Claire. And the consequences of not admitting what he'd known in his heart for some time now.CHAPTER 2
"I don't like him."
Claire grinned at Sophie's statement. The two had been friends for many years and had been through a lot together, which is why she wasn't taken aback by Sophie's blunt statement. "I know."
"He didn't text you at all yesterday. Not once."
Claire looked into Sophie's olive eyes and nodded. "I know. I'm the one who told you."
Sophie blew out a breath as she jammed a file into the hanging folder and shoved the cabinet drawer closed. She came to Claire's desk and stood before it, her golden hair in a loose braid. "I'm sorry. I don't mean to sound so harsh. I just want better for you."
"I like Calvin. He just ... he's busy."
Sophie gave her a flat look. "You're making excuses for him. Did he even tell you why he didn't reply to your text yesterday?"
"Are you going to ask him?"
Claire threw up her hands. "We haven't been seeing each other that long. Honestly, I don't even know what we are."
"Because you won't ask him."
"I ..." Claire stopped and shook her head, hating that her friend was right. "No, I won't ask him. It's not easy."
"Sure, it is. You send a text that says, 'Hey, Calvin. We've been talking for a bit, and while neither of us has said anything, I was wondering if we're exclusive or not.' Easy."
"Not for me."
"Want me to send it?" Sophie volunteered, holding out her hand for the mobile phone.
It was on the tip of Claire's tongue to take her friend up on the offer. But she was an adult. She'd had relationships. She was also a take-charge kind of woman, so why, why, did she get insecure and neurotic when it came to men?
Because she didn't want to do anything to upset them.
And how fucking wrong was that?
"You're doing that internal dialogue thing again," Sophie said with a twist of her lips. "Care to share?"
"So you can hear for yourself that you're right? Like always? No thanks."
"That reminds me. Did you read the last entry on the (Mis)Adventures of a Dating Failure blog? She has some great advice. You should read it."
Claire nodded. "I meant to read it last night, but I forgot."
When Claire tried to walk away, Sophie stepped in front of her. "I want you to have what I have. I want you to find someone who will move the very earth itself to be with you."
"I want that, too. But I hate to tell you this, I think you got one of the last of those. I don't think men like that really exist. At least not the ones I meet."
"Don't feel sorry for me. You're right about Calvin. We've been texting for a month now and saw each other three times. Both of our profiles said that we only dated exclusively, which is why I never actually asked him. But he didn't ask me either."
Claire paused and swallowed. "I hate that when I didn't hear from him last night, I lay in bed crying, wondering what I had done wrong."
"You?" Sophie gasped in outrage.
"I know, I know," Claire hurriedly said, lifting her hands to calm her friend. "It's stupid. He could have been doing any number of things. I'm not saying he was out with someone else, but the simple truth is, he could have taken two seconds out of his day to reply to my text. The fact he didn't. ... Well, it kinda says it all, doesn't it?"(Continues…)
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Sexy dragons abound! Crazy good series with amazing writing, fantastic characters and those gorgeous covers! There's always thrilling suspense, mystery and danger that continues the thread from previous stories and adds new layers and characters. This story features V, the King of the Coppers, and his fabulous sword with an ability that is killer and, of course, he's a sexy beast right along with his brothers. V questionable memories and his in and out of sync with his sword kept the mystery rolling along while he embarks on a romance with the lovely Claire. While there is sizzling chemistry between the two I didn't feel a real connection between them until late in the story. I think what threw me was the blogging that pop up during the middle of their time together. I really didn't like the blog potions and tended to skip over them to get back to the action and not necessarily the action between our lovers. I was all over the parts with Rhi (love her) and the evil Queen. There's always so much going on in these stories that I'm flipping the pages to find out what surprises are next, if good is going to triumph over evil, if a new player is joining the mix, and get a few answers to the burning questions. I love the tease that always there in the stories such as with Con. Will he ever find (or claim) his mate? And there's always an OMG moment that is stunning. While the ending wraps up the romance in a satisfying way there's still so much more to look forward to with the next story. Someone's gone missing! I can't wait! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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When I read Ulrik's book in this series, it felt like an ending. Ulrik had been the bad guy for so long in this series that I was unsure how I felt about it. The author did a great job redirecting things and I totally loved Ulrik. As much as Torched was an ending, Dragonfire (the book before this one) was a beginning. The world is expanded and the past is seen through new eyes. It was a great way to kick off the next set of books. But Ignite wasn't what I expected after that. I did enjoy it a lot. It was just a little out of the flow. V was in Dragonfire a lot. Roman's story revolves around them finding V's sword. It was strange having two Dragon Kings have so much face time in the story but it worked well. A new enemy was introduced and I expected that Ignite would focus on that new enemy. Maybe follow the pattern of having two Kings center stage. Neither happened. Ignite is a little slower than the books it follows. V is struggling with issues surrounding his recovered sword. Claire has a secret. A huge part of the book is spent with these two falling for each other. I loved that. Really I did. It just surprised me. It's different than previous books. I enjoyed V. He's got a lot of guilt over his sword and having slept so much time through the centuries. I felt like Claire was a good fit for him. She's been hunting for someone decent to date with very little luck. There is some funny aspects to the story with poor Claire's dating success, or lack thereof. There was a little more uncertainty about their relationship than I've seen in previous books. He put off telling her his feelings longer than most Kings. It left things unsettled for a really long time. As for the story, I guess I'm disappointed that it took until 75% for the new enemy to even come up in the story. And there was entirely too much time taken talking about doing things that they needed to do 20 pages ago. That's not how the previous books were at all. I may have expected too much from this one. The series has been a solid 4 star read but then Torched was 5 stars. The momentum just didn't hold. Of course I'll read more. I have really enjoyed this series. I do think this story needed just a touch more polish with some more about the series plot in this book. Still good, but I'm hoping it's not a trend down in quality that holds for the next book. If I was pressed, it would be 3 1/2 stars but I'm rounding up. Love the world, hope for a little more in the next one.
After reading some of the reviews on this and other sites, I'm going to start my review w/ a couple of warnings. 1. This is book 15 in the series. Do not start w/ this book. If you do, you will be lost and disappointed because you are coming in at the middle of the story. This series is incredible, but it builds up. If you start on book #15, you might as well start a movie in the middle and wonder why you don't understand what is going on. 2. Donna Grant's DK books tend to end w/ a cliff hanger. The cliff hangers tend to give you a hint on what and who will be in the next book. If you hate cliff hangers, this will upset you. That being said, I am one who hates cliff hangers, in fact if I know a series has cliff hangers, I will normally wait until the whole series is finished before I will even start it. I simply couldn't do that w/ this series. I was sucked in on page one of the first book and Donna Grant is now on my must buy list. She has created such a magical world filled w/ Dragons, Dragon Kings, Fae, Druids, warriors, and really strong female characters. I go into each and every book knowing there will be a cliff hanger at the end because the characters have become like family and I can't wait to find out what happens next. 3. While each book has 1 main couple that finds their HEA, the story itself includes many reoccurring characters and the series as a whole is where the story is. Donna Grant has created incredible characters and her writing is very well thought out and captivating. All that being said, this is one of my all time favorite series and I could recommend it enough. Loved that V finally got his story and Claire is his perfect match.
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! I think I want to collect this series in paperback in the future! This is the 15th book in this series, but there are also several spin-off series that are in this same timeline. I recommend reading them all and in order if you can. I haven’t read them all, but I’m trying to get them all. Donna Grant does a fantastic job story telling and pulling you into the world and the characters’ lives. I’m always rooting for the Kings, their mates, and their allies! I want to see them happy! You learn so many cool awesome things in this book that you don’t want to miss it!! V. finds his mate and so much more, but I don’t want to give anything away! There is lots of excitement, action, and treachery from their enemies. It was an outstanding read! I can’t wait to see what happens next! There are still people who need mates and happiness as well as bad guys who need defeating! I need to know what happens!! I highly recommend to any dragon shifter fans who love complex paranormal worlds filled with magic and mates! I love this series and Donna Grant’s writing! I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Suspense and romance. If you're looking for a book that combines these elements well, Ignite is the book for you. This book is slightly outside the categories I normally read, but both the cover and the summary caught my eye. At first I felt a little lost, probably because this is the first book I've read in this series, but I eventually got up to speed and got caught up in the story and now I can't wait to see what happens. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters, especially Claire and V (of course), and I appreciated how V and Claire always treated each other with respect. From the lunch at the Pub to the (spoiler alert) pregnancy reveal, V and Claire communicate in such a way that it's obvious they're perfect for each other. The back story builds until everyone is read to go to war, and now I'm left with questions (definitely a bit of a cliffhanger). How will they defeat Usaeil? Will Claire have a successful pregnancy? Only time, and the next book will tell.
I read a few books from this series and I must say this one is the that I liked the least. Because I started something in the middle of the series I was glad that some things were revealed about the past of the dragons a bit more. What it bothered me was this stillness, lack of action. V has his sword back but he can't use it so he is thinking about going back to sleep until the spark with Clair is ignited and they start their love journey. I also wasn't very found about their insta-love. Especially Clair and her love life was so annoying it was like she just lived to find the One and nothing else mattered. She accepts him with all his flaws and it was like she read him, she knew always what he felt and thought. I was just waiting when will we find out that she is not human, but that didn't happen. What happened was bittersweet for them and I really hope that it works out in a positive way. We can see that the war is coming and I really hope we see the Ubitch dead. Can't wait to see what happens next. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
5 Stars Review by Leah Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Ever believe in fate? You will after reading about Vlad and Claire. When you read about their first date, you will melt and know, right then and there, they were meant to be. If you have followed this series, it makes you wonder, why now? Well, it did me. From periods of time sleeping and the times that he was awake, he has never found his mate until now... to me that is fate. #teamvladandclaire Claire loves eye candy as much as the next woman. She is a pretty much a straightforward girl. Besides the secret, she is still holding on to. With a little nudge from their friends and also because Vlad heard all of Claire's dating troubles, he asks Claire out. He asks Claire out on a “real” date so he can show her how a man should treat her. Could Vlad be that one? Should she just stay home and binge watch the latest tv show. She has all those second thoughts we have all had. But she went and let me say, these two together are FIRE (pun intended, a little dragon humor, you are welcome). Vlad reminds me of a Cary Grant type. He oozes elegance, smooth as butter. I would not consider him an Alpha Male. He is just the type of man that knows he needs to take care of business but also uses kid gloves with Claire when needed. This entire series is just freaking phenomenal! Ignite (Dark Kings #15) by Donna Grant is seductive. There is magic in the way she writes the Dark Kings. She writes you into her world and you never want to come out. It brings you into Vlad’s world and lures you right into his claws. Dark, Brooding, and delicious. If you have any fascination with Vlad folklore, you will love how Donna Grant weaves her web into the Carpathian mountains with Vlad the King of Coppers. I am curious if Donna has some tricks up her sleeve about why Claire and Vlad meet at this time. There are little things here and there throughout the book that make me wonder. This is one series I could read over and over.
For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King—one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness—must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires. I should start by saying I’m a huge fan of this author. I’ve yet to read one I didn’t enjoy. After reading the last book, I was happy that V got his dragon mate. All of that said, the relationship part of this book was pretty standard so I was skimming it to get to the overall story that’s been building for some time, Rhi and Con and their battle with the light fae queen. The author didn’t let me down. I am already impatiently waiting for the next book! I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
"Ignite" is the 15th book in Donna Grant's Dark Kings series. I love her work, especially her paranormal romances. This is the first I've read in this series, besides the last Reapers book, which series crosses over this one. While I really enjoyed the story, book 15 is not the place to start. a series! Since I was totally lost because of all the events I missed in the first 14 books, I made the decision to focus on the romance instead of trying to figure out what I missed. That was a good call, because it was a very romantic and sexy romance! Claire worked as a nurse in a clinic with her best friend. She had two very important secrets, one being that she knew of the existence of the Dark Kings, a group of powerful dragon shifters. The other secret? You can read about that one; it added a bit of fun to the drama. V (or Vlad...yes, THAT Vlad) was a Dragon King with a tragic past. Both Claire and V were extremely attracted to each other and began spending a lot of time together; neither was aware of the other's secrets in the beginning of the relationship. I really enjoyed the romance of the main couple in the book. It began as fun and flirty, then got nice and steamy, then very serious and deep. I do love me a strong alpha hero; apparently Claire did too. Though the story was confusing for me because of all I previously missed, it was well worth reading. Also, I am very excited to go back and read the previous books, and I can't wait for the next one. Apparently a big battle between good and evil is brewing, and I can't wait to read about it! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
I love Donna Grant and her Dragon Kings world. It's fascinating and multi-layered and has a great many interesting characters and lots of sexy-times. This is book 15 in the series and features Claire and V (Vlad) but has many of the DK characters we know and love. War is coming...will the Dark Kings be ready? I very much enjoyed this book. Some questions were answered while more were raised. And we still don't know who Rhi's king is...??? I cannot wait to read what happens next. *Note: Because of themany characters and situations/adventures, I do not consider this book a stand-alone. I think all the books should be read in order for maximum enjoyment.* I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
Omg! This is what I’m talking about. I absolutely loved V and Claire together and while this didn’t progress the overarching storyline a ton, it focused on a key aspect of pnr, the r! Romance was front and center in this book. Claire has been keeping a secret, she remembers everything about the time when she was with the dark and was resumed by the Kings. She continues to live her life (going on disastrous dates) and hasn’t said anything because she doesn’t want her memory erased. V (aka Vlad) has slept more than any other King. This is because each time he awakes and cant find his sword, horrific things happen (war, plague, etc). This time he has his sword but can’t seem to find a way to wield its magic. The only thing taking his mind off his frustration is Claire. Claire and V take up the majority of the storyline with a bit of Con, Rhi, Ubitch (), Reapers and others filling in the gaps to lead us to the final all out war! Can’t wait for th next installment (here’s hoping Henry finally gets at least a novella soon!).. Thanks to the publisher for this ARC. It doesn’t influence my honest opinion.
Donna Grant you've done it again...sucked in to the story, sit on the edge of your seat, hold your breath, love that takes your breath away and leaves you begging for more! Can't wait to read the next book! It will be epic!
In Ignite, we delve into the world of V. This novel focuses a lot on character development and interaction without a ton of answers in the ongoing plot, however it sets us up for what will certainly be an explosive book 16 in the Dragon Kings series. Vlad learns that not all humans are evil, and there is one who can melt his heart. Clare is a strong, independent female lead who even though she is confident in her abilities, feels lost in the world. Together, they make an explosive couple. “I’m with you because every time I see you, I crave to touch you. I long to kiss you, and I hunger to claim your body. The many reasons I want you have nothing to do with the sword, and everything to do with how I feel when I’m with you.” Donna Grant's writing style stays consistent and engaging, the plot doesn't stagnate and we continue to get to know even more Dragon Kings building up for what will, I'm sure, be an epic finale...down the road.
Oh, things have heated up!!! The battle is literally around the corner and this one ends on a cliffhanger or sorts. V has his sword back, but he has lost the ability to wield its magic. Claire has kept a secret since moving with her best friend Sophie to Deeagan; she remembers everything from the battle against the Dark Fae, including the Dragon Kings, but she keeps the secrets and pretends to not remember any of it, afraid they will take her memories away. V and Claire spend more and more time together, the Dragon Kings get together to play matchmakers for once, and the love that blooms is sweet and magical. There are some major surprises in this one that I will not divulge. This one was just as good as all of the rest. No major battles in this one, more like building for the big one against the Queen of the Light, which will hopefully happen in the next book, no major drama or struggles for the couple to overcome or survive, so this one is kind of like the calm before the storm. So good and can't wait for more.
Oh my....so many twists so much going on!