Darius is back. Edinburg thought it had seen the last of this seductive Dragon King, but that was before Darius found something worthwhile. He just can't stay away from the impossibly beautiful Dr. Sophie Martin-even though he knows that a passion this strong could prove detrimental...for them both.
Sophie tried to forget her encounter with smoking-hot Darius to no avail. He's in her dreams, tempting her. But her association with Darius catches the attention of another, putting her in mortal danger. . .and Darius, who has vowed to protect her, is her only hope. But can she trust the notorious dragon shapeshifter? The only thing she knows for sure is that she cannot resist him, in Smoldering Hunger, the next novel in the Dark Kings series by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!
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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 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.
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By Donna Grant
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His hands were large and rough as he jerked up her skirt. Her fingers delved into his long blond hair, feeling the silkiness of the thick strands.
She couldn't draw enough breath into her lungs. The way he pressed her against the building and pinned her with his body was ... exhilarating.
No man had ever shown such passion, such need for her before. It spurred her own desires until she burned.
His kisses stirred her soul, leaving her gasping and hungry for more. They pulled her from the wasteland of her life, viciously and ruthlessly. With just one kiss she was clinging to him, silently begging him to show her all that one brush of his lips promised.
The feel of his arousal pressed against her stomach made her dizzy with need. It swirled low in her belly and began to consume her with each beat of her heart.
She closed her eyes against the night, against the world that was falling apart around them. And she did the one thing she swore she would never do again ...
She opened her body.
His palm scraped against her thigh. She felt the calluses against her skin and the warmth of his hand against the chill of the night.
Each kiss was like a wrecking ball, smashing through the walls erected around her heart without any difficulty. He had wanted her and sensed her own attraction to him, and he had acted.
When was the last time a man had done that?
She didn't have to think or act. All she had to do was feel. And he was like a riot of sensations swarming her, consuming her. Yet it didn't frighten her.
No, it excited her, delighted her.
She gasped when he cupped her sex. It soon turned into a moan as his fingers delved into her slickness and teased her clit before sliding within her.
Her head fell back against the building while his mouth left a hot, wet trail down her neck to her breasts. His lips fastened around a nipple and sucked.
She bit her lip and briefly wondered when her coat had been opened and her shirt unbuttoned. Then she forgot how to think as he began to flick his tongue over the rigid peak.
He suddenly lifted his head, and the next thing she knew, his hands moved around to her bottom where he lifted her so that she could wrap her legs around him.
Her eyes opened and she looked into his dark eyes. The shadows hid his face, but she didn't need the light. His image was branded into her mind from their first meeting.
He was dangerous, serious, alarming, and a bit threatening. He was everything she should stay away from. Despite her best efforts, she was pulled to him like a bee to honey.
There were no words between them. There wasn't a need for any. The passion and yearning said it all.
It frightened her how much she ached to have him within her. She knew very little about him, but her body didn't care. And frankly, at that moment, neither did she.
She ran her hands over his wide shoulders and his arms that were solid muscle. She felt the sinew move beneath her palms as he lifted her just enough so when he lowered her, she felt the head of his cock at her entrance.
Her lips parted and her nails dug into his shirt as she waited with anticipation for him to fill her. He leisurely lowered her, letting his rod stretch her with agonizing slowness.
She wasn't able to draw in a breath until she had taken his full length. All the while, he held her gaze, daring her to look away.
In his eyes, she saw his desire, his blatant hunger. In that moment, that very second, he allowed her to see the real him. And it caused her heart to catch, because she liked what she saw. Too much.
He groaned loudly before he took her lips in a savage kiss that was both tender and relentless. Then he began to slide in and out of her.
She could do nothing but wrap her arms around his neck and hold on. With his thick cock filling her faster and faster and his shirt scraping along her bare nipples, the orgasm came quickly.
As if he knew she was about to peak, he began to thrust harder and deeper, taking her to places she hadn't known she could go.
His kisses swallowed her loud cries as her body shuddered around him. Then he began to fade, turning to smoke. She tried to touch his face, but all she met was air.
Then she was alone. Just like before.
Sophie opened her eyes, hating when reality intruded upon her dreams. She sat up while trying to ignore how her body still pulsed from the climax.
How could a dream make her find pleasure as eloquently and vividly as she had in Darius's arms? She put her hand on her stomach and closed her eyes while she waited for her breathing to return to normal and her body to calm once more.
She didn't move when the alarm went off. Only when she had herself back under control did she reach over and shut off the alarm.
Sophie opened her eyes and threw off the covers before she stood. It had been two weeks since she and Darius had sex against a building, just steps from the hospital where anyone could have seen her.
She hadn't much cared who might have stumbled across them that night. She'd been too caught up in his raw masculinity, the consuming desire that swept through her.
Now, however, she wondered at her sanity. She didn't do such foolish, rash, or reckless things.
But it had felt good!
Sophie would only admit that to herself, and even that tiny concession threatened to turn her world on its axis. The blame lay squarely with Darius.
No matter how hard she tried, she still found herself looking for him when she left the hospital — day or night. With each day that passed and he wasn't there, a little more sanity returned.
She was almost to the point where she was pretty confident that she could turn him away.
Right, her subconscious said with a laugh. That's why you dream about him every night, climaxing each time you remember what he felt like inside you, sliding in and out. Stretching you.
She sighed, her stomach clenching at the memory. If only that wasn't the truth. Sophie stood in front of her closet staring at her clothes, but that wasn't what she saw. She saw Darius and the way he looked at her.
His dark eyes the color of chocolate had ensnared her. His gaze had promised passion, pleasure, and a multitude of other things she hadn't dared to think about then. And especially now.
Recalling it two weeks later still made her breath catch. It was a look she'd seen others get, but it was never directed at her.
It evoked memories, dreams, and desires long buried. Those were dangerous, because they were a part of her life where she hadn't been in control, where she had followed her heart.
"Never again," she whispered.
It was a vow she spoke so many years ago and repeated often. It was her mantra, her motto. It was the only way she had gotten through those first horrible months. Those words built the concrete walls around her.
She had to stop dreaming of that night and how Darius made her feel. Sophie held onto those amazing feelings because she hadn't thought anything would come of it.
Now, fourteen days later, she recognized how wrong she had been. Wasn't she? She'd expected to live her life alone, and she was comfortable with that. Or she had been.
Until Darius walked out of the shadows and into her life one night.
There was a way to end the dreams and any thoughts she had of Darius. And that was to think of that inauspicious day, seven years before.
Sophie had pushed that memory deep, but never too deep. It was always there, a reminder of her gullibility, her stupidity. But she pulled the thought forward and let all the hurt, the anger, the betrayal, the confusion, and the sorrow take her again.
For just a few seconds, she gave herself to the memory. It was a reminder of why she vowed to live alone, why she pushed away anyone that tried to get close to her. Then she forcefully shoved the abhorrent memory back into a dark corner of her mind.
"Never again," she repeated.
She was strong now. She was her own woman. She knew the truth of the world. It was dark, lonely, and merciless. She'd learned that the hard way, but she wouldn't be caught in that position again.
Sophie grabbed a shirt and pants from her closet and headed to the bathroom. Her thoughts were centered on her patients waiting at the hospital. No longer did Darius occupy any part of her mind.
Just the way it should be.CHAPTER 2
On the other side of Edinburgh ...
The warehouse was quiet and empty except for the four Dark Fae dead at Darius's feet. He stared down at them, wondering where all the other Dark were. Those four were all he'd killed since he began hunting the morning before. It was a full twenty-four hours later and all he had to show for it was four Dark.
He blew out a breath. Someone or something else was killing the Dark. Not that he minded the help, but he wished he knew who it was.
Blowing out a deep breath, Darius tried not to notice the stillness of the warehouse. Just a few weeks before it was a place where he and Thorn had come while they'd fought the Dark Fae who attempted to take over the city — and failed.
Now Thorn was back at Dreagan with his mate, Lexi, and Darius was in Edinburgh alone.
Alone. It was such an insignificant word. Or it had been for centuries. He'd sought out the solitude, had slept away centuries in his cave without hesitation.
And now? Now he hated the quiet.
He detested being alone.
It wasn't that he missed the other Dragon Kings. He could communicate with them via their mental link at any time. It was something much deeper, much stronger that twisted his gut.
He'd told the other Kings he wanted to end the war with the Dark Fae so he could return to his mountain and the dragon sleep. It had been the truth. For a bit. Now, he found himself searching for something he didn't understand or know.
No matter how many times he walked the streets of the city, no matter how many times he killed the evil Dark Fae who sought to slaughter the innocent humans, Darius was never satisfied.
It was as if he were missing something. That only made him hunt longer and harder. He'd tracked the last remaining Dark Fae who hadn't been smart enough to leave the city, running the bastards to ground.
Since the Dark fed off the souls of the humans, Darius took great pleasure in killing them. But not even that helped to ease the tension within him.
But it did help him remember that he was a lethal warrior. He did what he did not just for himself, but for his brethren at Dreagan who hid amongst the humans distilling world-famous whisky. And he did it for the humans.
The realm might've been the dragons' first and foremost, but the humans were part of that world as well. The Dragon Kings fought for themselves and the mortals who once tried to kill them.
Darius removed his shirt and folded it before neatly stacking it on the table on the other side of the warehouse. After removing his boots and setting them tidily together, he unfastened his jeans and stepped out of them. Folding them, he set the jeans beside his shirt and turned to face the dead Fae.
With just a thought, he shifted, his body transforming from that of a human into a dragon. He shook his great head and blinked his eyes as he fastened them onto the Dark.
The greed and extravagance of the Dark Fae had caused the city to erupt in chaos. Edinburgh hadn't been the only place bombarded with the Dark, however. Every major city in Scotland and England had been attacked.
It caused the Dragon Kings to take drastic action against the Fae. In doing so, the Kings played right into the Darks' hands.
The Dark Fae filmed the Kings on Dreagan flying, fighting, and shifting. That video was then released onto the Internet, and a fury storm of questions fell upon Dreagan.
Their leader, Constantine, King of Kings, ordered that no Dragon King could shift out of human form. Darius was doing what his brethren hadn't been able to do in weeks.
He wasted no time in breathing fire upon the Dark. There was nothing on any realm as hot as dragon fire, and it scorched the bodies into ash almost instantly.
Darius immediately returned to human form and dressed. He wouldn't stay in his true appearance when the others couldn't. It wasn't fair. And it only made him hate the Dark Fae even more.
Once, long ago, there was a war on Earth between the Fae and the Kings. The Fae Wars had lasted for decades with hundreds dying.
The Kings eventually won. It was supposed to have been a war that would never be repeated. It would've remained that way if the Kings hadn't had to hide their true selves. There was only one race to blame for that: the humans.
Darius dressed and left the warehouse. It was just after five in the morning. There was still time to do some hunting. Perhaps he'd get lucky and see who was killing the Dark.
He hadn't gone more than five blocks when he found himself turning to the left. Darius walked another two before he realized he was on his way to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
His feet halted instantly.
Every time Sophie entered his thoughts, he hastily squished it. She was a distraction he didn't need — and couldn't afford. Yet, when he walked the streets, every time he saw a flash of red hair, he hoped it was her.
There was only one time in the two weeks since he'd made love to her on the street, shrouded by shadows with a hunger for her riding him hard, that he had allowed himself to see her.
A day after their encounter he'd remained hidden atop a roof watching as she left the hospital. She hadn't even looked in the direction where they'd had sex against the building.
Did she remember how her nails bit into his flesh? Did she recall how her body shuddered with the force of her climax? Did she forget how he had to swallow her screams of pleasure with a kiss?
He had no trouble recollecting all of that and more. So much more. For days after he had the taste of her on his tongue. Even now he recalled the feel of her soft, warm skin beneath his hands. He knew the weight of her breasts and how sensitive her nipples were.
If he allowed himself, he could get drunk off her kisses alone.
It was for that reason alone that he hadn't returned to the hospital or gone anywhere near Sophie's home. She was much too alluring and entirely too much of a temptation to put himself in close proximity to her.
So why was he now heading toward the very place he'd shied away from? His thoughts had been on the Dark and eradicating them forever from this realm. He hadn't even been thinking of Sophie.
Darius turned on his heel and retraced his steps. He had to get far from Sophie. Nothing good could come of him seeing her again.
For hours he walked without a trace of the Dark to been seen. It agitated him, but he knew there were still a few of the bastards in the city.
The sun climbed in the sky and then began its descent, all the while he marched through the city from one end to the other. A few times he thought he was being watched, but he could never discover who it was.
Darius made his way to Edinburgh Castle. He was sitting staring out over the city when he felt a push against his mind. He instantly recognized Con's voice in his head.
He opened the link to Con. "Aye?"
"How are things?" Con asked.
"If you're asking if I've discovered who else is killing the Dark, I've no'." Darius had hoped to have better news. The Kings needed some good news soon.
Con blew out a breath. "It has to be Fae. They're the only ones who can remain veiled."
"If it's Fae, then why no' show themselves? It doesna make sense."
"I never said it made sense, I just said it had to be them."
Darius could hear the weariness in Con's voice. He hadn't been to Dreagan since before the video leaked. Darius could well imagine that tensions were running high with everyone doing their best to appear as human as possible to MI5, who had descended upon their business and home.
"And you?" Darius asked. "How are you?"
There was a long pause before Con said, "We're fine."
"I didna ask about Dreagan. I know the bloody whisky is going to be fine. I asked how you were, you stubborn bugger."
"How the fuck do you think I am?"
Darius smiled when he heard the anger in Con's voice. Constantine was known for being as cold as ice in any situation. Few had seen him angry and lived to speak of it. "I almost feel sorry for the Dark for what we're going to do to them."
"They need to be wiped from this realm."
"All Fae need to go. Even Rhi. They've caused nothing but problems." Darius expected Con to agree regarding the Light Fae who had helped them in many situations, but the silence stretched on.
"Rhi has too many friends among the Kings."
"And you want Usaeil as an ally."
"The Light Fae queen has nothing to do with this," Con said tightly.
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Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog It’s been two weeks since Sophie and Darius had a quick romp outside of the hospital that Sophie works at. But now trouble seems to be finding the good doctor when Ulrik enters the hospital, searching for Sophie. Instead of keeping his distance, Darius protects her but it’s at a cost. He’s becoming more and more drawn to her. Until he is unable to stay away. I really loved the romance between Sophie and Darius. It’s right up front and centre of this story and becomes the driving force. Grant conveyed the perfect amount of longing and passion to create a believable romance. The only thing I would have liked to see more of is attention to detail. While Grant’s writing is still good, I missed the way she used to elaborate on certain things to make the experience feel richer. This is by no means a simple book, but because it’s so clean cut and straight forward, it does feel less complicated. Grant also builds on other characters, giving readers greater insight into Rhi, Balladyn and Con. All of these side characters are becoming more and more important to the series. I find Rhi to be more of a complicated character. She’s kind of stuck between two men and in this book, she almost seems to be hiding from them. Meanwhile the men are doing all they can to bring her back safely. As for Balladyn, I quite like his character. He brings something very special to the series and although he isn’t portrayed as all good, he does create some good tension with Rhi’s character. Con, on the other hand, might be my favorite so far. He’s the King of Kings and his power is very evident on the page. I like how straight forward he is. I think it’ll give the series something new to explore. Once again, Grant pens a beautiful romance while also further building on her world. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next!
Love this series!! I am addicted to it and always am waiting on the next one to come out.
4 1/2 stars! Darius is irresistible! The lovely Dr. Sophie Martin certainly can't resist him. And the way their smokin' hot relationship starts is telling of their chemistry. No way these two can stay apart. As I've come to expect, I love the writing and world this series is set in. My only issues has been how slow the over arching story moves. I love that each book is about a different king and his mate so I'm trying to be patient with the coming (hopefully) demise of certain dragons. I dislike the advantage that keeps going in their favor. But my hope and dreams hold firm to my kings and their mates. I adore all the characters (well...the kings and mates). There are some characters that I want to do in but that just shows that they get to me. As for Darius and Sophie, I love them both. I was offended (on their behalf) of what a certain dragon who shall not be named watched. Major jerk move right there. No, I'm not telling you. You need to read this series to find out. I love it and if you love paranormal shifter books, then you need to get started on this one. I'm definitely stuck in this series! It's got great writing, great characters and hot sexy times! Doesn't that sound like your next read? Should be.
Darius is still in Edinburgh hunting down Dark Fae but his mind is on something more than taking down the vermin that plague the streets of the Scottish city. His mind is focused on the passionate interlude he had with the good Doctor Sophie Martin two weeks ago and how much he would love to repeat that moment. However, his past ways heavily on his mind and he’s not interested in sparking up any type of relationship with a human but when Ulrik decides to play a game using Sophie as an instrument to hurt Darius in order to play out his plan to destroy Con, Darius is forced to spend more time with Sophie in order to protect her. Sophie and Darius were hot from the very first moment they gave into their lust for one another and that heat grew each time they met up. It was almost too much passion and it overshadowed at times the emotional connection they felt for one another. However, once the two finally opened up beyond the physical and talked about their pasts and truths the emotional connection became the highlight of the relationship and helped build up the idea that the two were much more than mates put together by the hand of destiny. They became that once in a lifetime love that many dream about. I appreciated Sophie’s independence and I loved how Darius placed emphasis on her not giving the career she adored so much. He saw that part of Sophie as one of the things that made her an admirable person. That adoration for her talent of healing made for an equal stance in the relationship, which I found lovely and refreshing. As much as I liked Sophie and Darius’s story I have to admit my mind was far more focused on my favorite character, Rhi. There was so much going on with Rhi in this book I could hardly contain myself. The change in Balladyn, the watcher’s turn from neutral viewer to someone reaching out to comfort Rhi, and the angry confrontation with Con. I can’t wait to find out what all this means and WHO Rhi is destined to be with in the end and what side will she choose! Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
I really enjoyed the Story line and the dragon kings.
Donna Grant always knows how to please the reader. Her characters are fascinating and well developed, and her plot and conflict is always riveting and enjoyable. This installment of the Dark Kings was passion filled from page one, literally. Sophie and Darius are intensely attracted to each other and they can't be in the same room without touching and kissing each other. I enjoyed the story and the conflict with Ulric and the Dark is heating up. The Reapers are making more of an appearance and Rhi and Balladyn's relationship takes a new turn. Grant teased the reader with whom Rhi's Dragon King might be, but a name is never revealed (tease!). The cliffhanger at the end was a nice surprise and hopefully is a good omen. I'm not sure who I want Rhi to end up with though; her King, Balladyn, or her Reaper watcher. I look forward to seeing what is in store next.
An ultra intense installment featuring Darius, the dragon king of the purples and the Doc! She'd come across a few Highlanders while in Edinburgh, but none compared to Darius. She didn't even have to ask if he was a Highlander. It was in the way he held himself, the way he spoke. It was a look that couldn't be faked or copied. Whatever made a man a Highlander was in his blood, in his very soul. SMOLDERING HUNGER by Donna Grant is an ultra intense installment in Donna's fantastic Dark Kings series! I'm addicted to the series and have to say that this cover is my favorite-to-date as I absolutely love the purple, which is the color of the featured dragon king's banished dragons. This story was so good that I had to stay up till the wee hours of the morning finishing it. This is the story of recently-awakened dragon king Darius and human doctor Sophie Martin. Darius and Sophie were great. Their attraction was hot and steamy from the get-go. They were each passionate, strong and compelling characters. Add in to the mix dark and light fae political intrigue, fascinating dragon kings' behind-the-scenes espionage, catching up with previous favorite characters and I was captivated. You could read SMOLDERING HUNGER as a standalone if that is is preference as the romance and danger plot are self-contained within this novel. However, I wouldn't recommend it. Someone jumping into this one without having read the previous installments, would not be cognizant of the historical details as far as the Ulrik/Con showdown - which is pervading all the characters' lives at this point, though Donna is very good about filling in what is absolutely needed from previous installments. This whole series has been wonderfully entertaining and reading it from the beginning would be preferred. Rhi has been one of my favorite characters in this series from the beginning and, happily, there is LOTS of Rhi in this. I plan to pick up Donna's new Reaper's books next as Rhi's watcher and the mysterious goings-on in Edinburgh with light and dark and the white-haired man, have my interest piqued. I'm dying, of course, to learn who her mystery dragon king lover was and more about her and Con. I was cheering her on when she gave Con some much-deserved comeuppance herein. I hope that Sophie's friend, Claire, gets her own HEA in a future book. Claire has stated that Bob, aka her battery-operated-boyfriend, is losing steam... so she's in need and I like Claire's spunkiness. She's a fun character. Donna's writing is mesmerizing and just plain amazing, as always. I simply could not put SMOLDERING HUNGER down once I started reading it and can't wait for the next installment, SMOKE AND FIRE, due to release April 2016! Donna's sexy Scottish dragon kings rock my boat and I look forward to each new installment as, one by one. they're finding their mates. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys hot, suspenseful, action-packed paranormal romances. My full review will be posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 4 Wine Glasses!
This was such a great book. It was chuck full of action and romance. We learn a lot about Con and Rhi. As well as Usaeil, Ulrik, and even the Reapers. Seeing Darius fall in love again after what he had been through was so beautiful. He is definitely one of the most swoon worthy Dragons in the series, I am also hoping we see more of Sophie's friend Claire in the future.
It’s been two weeks since Dr. Sophia Martin had seen Darius. Two weeks since he brought her body to life and made her realize how lonely she was. When he suddenly reappears and seduces her again and yet again disappears, she's determined to keep her walls up. When a mysterious man named Ulrik does up at the hospital wanting to propose a job opportunity to her, she immediately recognizes him as someone to stay away from, but someone also one who has experienced similar pain. Ulrik’s gives Darius the excuse he needs to be close to Sophia again. Ever since the first time he saw her and had her, he’s been unable to get her out of his head. First off, I loved this entire book. I loved being brought back into Donna Grant’s world of the Dragon Kings and after meeting Darius and Sophia in the previous books, I was happy to start this set. As with the author’s other books, this one pulls you right in as we experience what Sophia is going through after having experienced a few hours with Darius. For her, it’s an emotional rollercoaster of sorts as she isn’t the type to let anyone close. We also get a bigger view at what is happening to Rhi and other characters whose world is evolving. I am DYING to get the fully story on Rhi and Con. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Smoldering Hunger is a great description for book eight of Donna Grant's Dark King's series. Dragon intense heat dictates the all encompassing attraction between the hero and heroine of this action filled romance. Fueled by past events their inevitable submission to their fate together takes readers on lots of twist and curves to acceptance. Multiple carry over plots from this series and interrelated series by this author make for bonus upon bonus and lots of fun. As the Dark King's series continues it is clear that seasoned writer Ms. Grant knows just how to keep her audience happy! *I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* *While this book can be read as a stand alone your overall reading experience would be enhanced by reading the other works in this series.*
As always another great installment in the Dark Kings series. One cannot help but fall in love with a Dragon King and Sophie Martin is no exception. From the moment she meets Darius she is lost. She has been hurt in the past and is desperately trying to protect her heart. But each time she is with Darius she falls a little more. Now her life is in danger and he is vowing to protect her at any cost. Darius is drawn to Sophie as he has never been drawn to a woman. But he is trying to convince himself it is nothing but sexual, after all he has already found and lost his mate. it drove him into his mountain for many years. As Sophie is placed in the path of Ulrik thanks to his carelessness he finds that he cannot tolerate the thought of anyone hurting Sophie. Once the danger has past though he will leave her to the career she loves and safely out of danger. As always Donna Grant provides us with a steamy love story between a mortal and her King. Side stories in the novel are also great. Waiting anxiously to find out who is Rhi's king. Cannot wait for the next installment.
3.75 stars----SMOLDERING HUNGER is the eighth full length installment in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult DARK KINGS paranormal/fantasy, romance series focusing on the Dragon Kings and the women they love. This is dragon shifter Darius, and Dr. Sophie Martin’s story line. SMOLDERING HUNGER can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and back story I recommend reading this series in order (especially the most recent installments) as the Dragon Kings are on the verge of war with the Dark Fae, and one of their own. SOME BACKGROUND: The DARK KINGS is a spinoff from Donna Grant’s DARK WARRIOR series which in turn is a spin off from Donna’s DARK SWORD series- all set in the Highlands of Scotland. The Dark Fae and their King Taraeth, along with the Ulrik the Silver Dragon King and his uncle Mikkel have declared war on the Dragon Kings by exposing the dragon’s existence to humankind. The last wars between man and the world of the paranormal saw a great loss of life on all sides-but Ulrik wants revenge against King Constantine of the Dragon Kings; Mikkel wants to become King of the Silvers, and the Dark Fae want the Dragon’s hidden weapon, and to rule Scotland and the rest of the world. Told from several third person points of view SMOLDERING HUNGER follows the building but forbidden relationship between Darius and the sexy doctor who has caught both his heart and his soul. Darius believes he lost his mate hundreds of years earlier, but his attraction and desire for Sophie is beyond anything he could have imagined. Darius’s need for Sophie has placed her in the direct line of fire when Ulrik and the Dark Fae use Sophie as a means to exact revenge against Darius and Con. For readers who have not read the previous installments Donna Grant does an amazing job recapping the important issues and direction the series is heading. With the recent introduction of The Reapers -a group of Dark and Light Fae, selected by Death, to do her bidding-Donna has once again merged another spin off series with the Dark Kings bringing together a potential ally in the war against the Dark Fae. The Reapers are not harbingers of death, but are tasked with destroying the Light and Dark Fae who have crossed a line from which there is no return. The number of secondary and supporting characters is not as large as in previous story lines but there still remains a large ensemble cast. SMOLDERING HUNGER follows several developing and ongoing plotlines including Rhi and Balladyn, Rhi and her former Dragon lover; the potential battle between Ulrik and Mikkel; and Con’s deadly flirtation with the Light Fae queen. SMOLDERING HUNGER looks at another forbidden relationship between a Dragon King and his human mate. The premise is engaging but as the series develops new readers may have a difficult time catching up with the copious amount of building drama and intense but fragile relationships between King Constantine and his Dragon Kings. Again, I recommend reading the Dark Kings series in order. The characters are numerous, intense, energetic and passionate. The romance is emotional and hopeful; the happily ever after is but a glimmer for the future as conflict continues to batter the Dragon Kings and the women they love.
Another great addition to the Dark King Series. "Smothering Hunger" picks up right where the previous book, "Soul Scorched" left off. I'm going to take a minute to say that technically, you can read these books on their own, however, personally, I believe, you will get significantly better understanding of the larger picture of what is transpiring if you read the entire series. This being said, if you started reading the series here with SMOLDERING HUNGER, you will want to go back anyways to rad the previous stories. Donna, the author, continues to entice the readers with each page. The heroine, Sophie, is independant, smart and knows what she wants. While she has suffered in the past, she is ready to move forward. The hero, Darius is happy killing the Dark Fae yet is memorized by Sophie and while the physical attraction is evident, he can't help wonder if there might be more... Oh Rhi!!! This is another example of where Donna's writing skills excel... Rhi, while technically a secondary character, has develop a following which adores the character and can't wait to learn who her Dragon King is! SERIOUSLY Donna! You're messing with our EMOTIONS!!! The Reapers make more of an appearance in this installment and OMG, talk about the potential for a twist swirl Donna has caused! That's all I'm saying!! All and all ... the main arc of defeating the Dark Fae and Ulrik continues. It's now a matter of when and how. Narrator: Antony Ferguson continues to do a great job with the series, though there are a few mispronunciation with the character's name. Also, the way he does the females' voices sometimes comes across a bit nasally. Only a few more books left in the series....
Dragon Kings rock! Can't wait for Ryder and Kinsey's story
As with all her Dark Kings Series, this is a can't put down read. I started and finished this book in one sitting. Each book in the series draws you in more and more. Can't wait till the next one. Also enjoyed her other series as well as they all fit together, but can be read as stand alone.
Donna Grant's vivid imagination knows no bounds! I am enchanted by the world and stories she weaves. They are all unique and just keep getting better and better! Not only is Darius and Sophie's story great but all the side stories that continue in each book are just as awesome! Something monumentous happens between Rhi and Balladyn and she will have some decisions to make! Let's just say you will be shocked, and it may change some things! Con, the King of the Dragon Kings, I just wanted to scream at as usual lol! I can't wait to find out what Donna has in store for us in the next book! Dr. Sophie Martin moved to Scotland to run from her past. She has put her life on hold. She is wary with others and does not trust easily. She has given years of her life to her job. Helping and saving patients are her only priority and it takes her mind off her past hurts. That is until she meets a handsome stranger that makes her pulse race and for the first time in years wish for more. Darius has held on to his anger and his past for centuries. When he is woken from his slumber because of the war between the Dragon Kings and the Fae, he is sent to protect Edinburgh. To his surprise he meets the vibrant Sophie Martin, and she awakens desires and hopes in him that he believed long-lost. Being with her, has put her on his enemies radar. He has vowed to keep her safe, but with trouble brewing all around them, he may lose what he just realized he can't live without.