*I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book for an honest review.
Firestorm: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Price: $7.99 (Kindle Edition)
Review: Over the years, I’d heard (and read) a lot of great things about Donna Grant and her novels. I’ve even read quite a few of them, but, I’m sad to say that, her Dark Kings series has slipped by me.
Every time I intended to start the series, something arose and it ended up slipping my mind, which is how I ended up in my current situation: Ms. Grant is 15 books (including the novellas) into this series and I’ve just completed my first one.
If I’m being completely honest, I won’t go back and read this series from the beginning, but I am glad that I got my hands on Firestorm. It was a great story and it definitely makes me look forward to the upcoming books in this series.
Firestorm, which is the 16th book in the Dark Kings series, follows archeologist, Dr. Faith Reynold, and the Dragon King of the Whites, Dimitri, as they fall in love. It’s not that cut and dry, of course, but let’s talk a little bit about Faith and Dimitri before we go into anymore detail.
The two met because of Faith’s job. She ends up stumbling upon an ancient dragon skeleton that just so happened to be located on the island that Dimitri used to rule over, so it’s no surprise that Con, the King of Kings, sends Dimitri to destroy any evidence of said skeleton.
However, what Con and Dimitri didn’t count on was a brand new, unknown danger presenting itself and Dimitri’s heart.
Even though Dimitri was on the fence about where his true feelings fell in regards to the war that his kind is currently in the middle of, I still liked his character. He was a pretty straightforward guy who was hurting, not only because he was forced to be separated from his family, but also because he was unsure if he wanted to continue to live by his word or chuck it out the window and put his wants and needs first.
I also loved the dynamic between him and the other DKs. Many millennia ago, they were forced to give up the life that they were used to, so, even though it wasn’t the life they wanted, it was nice to see that they were able to create something comfortable out of the crappy hand that the were dealt.
Faith, on the other hand, was completely alone (minus her coworkers). Having lost her mother a couple months ago and never knowing her father, she pretty much threw herself into her work. Constantly going from place to place to dig up more and more treasure was her way of keeping her mind of the fact that she had no home to go to and no one waiting for her within said home.
My heart broke for Faith after learning her true intentions for always being so focused on work, but I didn’t get that at first. To me, she just seemed like someone who was getting ready to make her big break and, in my opinion, anyone who was that close to that kind of success would have been just a focused as she was. However, Firestorm started with her already having begun digging up her dragon, so if we’d seen more of her past we probably would’ve been able to really notice the differences in her personality.
Anyway, I also liked Faith. She was a very sweet and caring woman who was completely dedicated to her work.
Now, onto the romance. I enjoyed it. They (mostly Dimitri) tried to fight their attraction to one another for a short amount of time, but something terrible happened that ended up bringing them closer together.
It was nice, but I did feel that they fell in love extremely fast. They might have fought their attraction for about a couple days before they gave in, but after giving in, it was like insta-love. They were both automatically in it for the long haul. I guess, now that I think about it, Dimitri did say that Dragons mated for life, so maybe that explains it.
But, even after all that, I still liked it and the sex scenes were nicely done as well. They weren’t vulgar and they didn’t make me cringe and/or skim through them, so that’s always a win in my book.
Moving on to my least favorite part of the review: my dislikes. There’s really only one, so this should be quick.
To make a long story short, I felt that Firestorm‘s ending was a little rushed. While reading the novel, I was extremely shocked when “Epilogue” came across my screen because, in my opinion, we were finally starting to get somewhere. They were starting to figure out what was really going on and even though there was more work to be done, I wasn’t expecting the book to end without answering, at least, a couple of questions, especially the ones that pertained to Faith. This is her story, after all.
However, I did notice that Ms. Grant will be releasing another Dark King story in May, so maybe we’ll get some answers then. I’ll read it and let you guys know, so be sure to check back.
Overall, I enjoyed Firestorm. It kept me interested from the beginning all the way to the end and I definitely recommend it. Although I wish it could’ve been longer, I still look forward to the next book in the series and even though it’s based around another couple, I still hope that we’ll get some of the questions that were presented in this book answered.
I should also point out that even though I missed the first 15 books in this series, I had no problem following along. These books are all stand-alone, so they all don’t have to be read in order to comprehend what’s happening. However, with that being said, I think that those who have read the series in its entirety will get a better feel for the world that Ms. Grant created because they’ll have a more in depth view of the couples, their stories and the events that took place in between.
A couple of those events were mentioned in this book and even though Ms. Grant explained them afterwards, I still craved that detail. There was a nice handful of characters (villains included) in this story and each one had their own backstory that I was unfamiliar with.
Anyway, great story, great characters and amazing writing. I can’t wait until the next installment!
Definitely check this one out, guys, and, after you do, come back and let me know your thoughts.