He consumed her with that kiss, leaving no question that whatever was happening between them was meant to be-that it had always been meant to be...
HE LOVES FOR ETERNITY
Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae's trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy-and darkest desires. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the passion between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners...
SHE LIVES FOR VENGEANCE
Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. He is one of the Dark Fae who preys on human life, who uses his unearthly power to seduce the innocent, and who is setting a trap just for her. Nothing can save Lexi from a creature like this-except the one man who's been watching her every move...in Passion Ignites by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
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I'm going to find him.
It was an invocation Lexi repeated several times a day. It was the first thing she said upon waking, and the last thing she said before she fell asleep.
She looked at herself in the mirror and shoved her light brown hair out of her face. "I'm getting closer," she told herself. "I'm finding more information every day I search. I will find him, Christina."
Lexi spun away from the mirror and walked out of the bathroom. Her other two friends were sitting at the breakfast table talking in low tones.
What began as a memory-making trip with friends had ended in disaster a week ago when Christina, the fourth member of their group, had been brutally murdered.
Lexi had been the one with Christina that night. She had also been the one who found her. The image of Christina's body laying naked in the alley would forever be stamped in her mind.
"I'm going out again," Lexi told them as she took a quick drink of coffee. "I don't know how long I'll be gone today."
They both kept their heads down for a moment. Then Jessica lifted her blue eyes to Lexi. She then quickly looked away. Crystal didn't even bother to do that much. Neither of them had gone looking for Christina's killer with her, but then again, they hadn't seen her in the alley.
Lexi shook her head and turned away — only to stop dead in her tracks when she saw the luggage by the door. Her stomach fell to her feet like lead.
She stared at the luggage and felt the last threads of her life unraveling at an insane rate. Lexi slowly turned back to the table. "You're leaving."
"Yes," Crystal answered. She stood and tucked her dark hair behind her ear. "Christina's body was shipped home yesterday. We want to be there for the funeral."
"So you're giving up here." Lexi didn't understand why neither of them were as worried about finding Christina's killer.
Jessica stood up so fast the chair flew backward. "You're not the only one hurting!" she yelled. "Stop making us feel like we don't care just because we aren't walking the streets following people like you are!"
Lexi was taken aback by Jessica's outburst. The four had been friends since high school and then college roommates. For over five years, they had been as close as sisters. Yet, Lexi couldn't help but feel like she didn't know Jessica or Crystal anymore.
"Come back to Charleston with us," Crystal pleaded. "Christina's parents will be devastated if you aren't at the funeral."
Lexi shook her head. They didn't understand, and she couldn't explain what drove her to follow those with red eyes, looking for the one responsible. "I have to find her killer. If I don't, he'll kill again."
"You gave all the information you had to the police. Let them do their jobs."
"But they aren't doing their jobs." Lexi blinked to chase away the tears. "I was with Christina. I saw the guy she left the bar with. I'm the only one who knows what he looks like."
Jessica walked to her and put her arms around her in a tight hug. "You don't have to do it all, Lex."
For just a moment, Lexi let the grief envelop her. It was so great at times that she couldn't breathe. If she let it take her, she would never be able to recover from it. So, Lexi kept it at bay with thick walls that would never be penetrated. It was the only way she could get through each day until Christina's killer was caught.
"I do," she whispered. Lexi sniffed and stepped out of Jessica's hold. "Please tell Christina's family that I won't rest until the killer is found. He'll pay for what he did to her."
Crystal's forehead furrowed in a deep frown. All her anger was gone, given way to worry. "If you stay, I have a feeling we'll never see you again. You keep tracking this murderer, he's liable to learn about it and go after you."
Lexi knew how he killed. She wasn't going to fall into the same trap as Christina. How could she return to South Carolina knowing she let a predator walk free?
"I'm going to be fine. I check in with Detective Inspector MacDonald often." Lexi forced her lips to turn up at the corners a little.
A horn honked from outside, startling them.
Jessica gave her another hug before she hurried to put on her coat.
Crystal walked to Lexi and took her hands, looking deep into her eyes. "The flat is paid for another week. Jess and I both knew you would stay. We wanted to make sure you had somewhere safe to sleep."
The kindness of her friends made Lexi realize just how fortunate she was to have such people in her life. "Thank you."
Crystal hugged her before she spun around, but not before Lexi saw the tears. She watched her friends gather their luggage and walk out. With a last wave, the door banged loudly behind them, giving the scene a finality that left Lexi feeling hollow.
She looked out the window and watched Crystal and Jessica get into the cab and then drive away. It wasn't the first time Lexi had been alone, and she doubted it would be the last. It was as if it were her destiny to spend her life by herself.
Lexi turned and put on her jacket. Then she walked out the door. She had hunting to do. Her first stop was with D.I. MacDonald.
That conversation went just like it had the day Lexi said she was going to help them. After Lexi filled him in on where she had been the previous day and what she had seen, MacDonald ordered her to return home and let him do his job.
Lexi stopped herself from rolling her eyes. If he were doing his job, he would know he wasn't looking for just any murderer. Then again, if he was doing his job, he would've believed everything she had to say instead of dismissing half of her statement, citing that she was inebriated.
In all her college years, Lexi had been drunk a total of one time. It sucked. The headache, the awful taste in her mouth, and the fact she had been bent over a toilet for hours. There was no need for her to have a repeat of that. Or to become her mother. Her drink limit was two.
"I can help you," Lexi told MacDonald.
He lifted his tired hazel eyes to her. Then he sat back in his chair and ran a hand through his dark hair liberally laced with gray at the temples. "I like you, lass. It's because I like you that I've no' had you arrested. Your friends are on their way back to America. You should be with them."
"Thank you for your time," Lexi said and rose from the chair. There was no use remaining any longer. "Call me if you find anything."
She walked toward the entrance knowing she would never hear from D.I. MacDonald, because he was looking at the wrong sort.
Just before she exited the homicide division she saw a pretty woman with turquoise eyes and blond hair in a pixie cut staring at her. The woman hastily looked away after a brief smile.
Lexi walked out of the station without a backward glance. She then ambled along the streets, zigzagging her way through the city until she came to the section where she saw the red-eyed men daily.
No matter how long it took, no matter what she had to do, she was going to find the son of a bitch who killed Christina.
* * *
For two weeks, Thorn had been in Edinburgh with Darius hunting the Dark Fae. He wasn't exactly thrilled that the Dragon Kings were spread so thin throughout Scotland to kill the bastards.
Then again, he was killing Dark Fae, which made him extremely happy.
He liked Darius, even if he had his own demons to battle. Darius wasn't the issue. It was Con.
Thorn halted his thoughts as he jumped from the roof he had been on and landed silently behind two Dark. He came up to them and smashed their heads together. Then, with his knife, he slashed their throats.
Both Fae fell without a sound. Damn, did he ever like his job. Thorn threw both Dark Fae over his shoulder and hurried to the warehouse where he and Darius were stashing the bodies.
He did most of his killing at night when the Dark came out to prey on the mortals, but Thorn never passed up an opportunity to kill the buggers.
There were half a dozen Dark lying dead in the warehouse. With merely a thought, he shifted, letting his body return to its rightful form — a dragon.
His long talons clicked on the concrete floor as he looked down at the Dark. Thorn inhaled deeply, fire rumbling in his throat. Then he released it, aiming at the bodies.
Dragon fire was the hottest thing on the realm. It disintegrated the Dark Fae bodies instantly. When there was nothing left but ash, Thorn shifted back into his human form.
He clothed himself and returned to the streets that were overrun with Dark. The humans had no idea who they were walking beside or having drinks with. Many mortals he and Darius had saved from being killed by the Dark, but there were so many more that they couldn't reach in time.
With just two Dragon Kings in the city against hundreds of Dark Fae, the odds were stacked against the humans.
Thorn didn't understand why the mortals couldn't sense how dangerous the Dark were. Or perhaps that's exactly what drew them to the Dark — that and their sexual vibes the humans couldn't ignore.
The Dark weren't as confident as they were a few weeks ago. Their ranks were dwindling, and though they suspected Dragon Kings were involved, they had yet to find him or Darius.
If two Dragon Kings could do so much damage, imagine what twelve could do? That brought a smile to Thorn's face. The Dark thought they were being smart, but they had begun the war a second time. And Thorn knew it would be impossible for the humans not to learn just what inhabited their realm with them.
His smile faded when his gaze snagged on a woman he had seen daily for the past week. She kept hidden, but it was obvious she was following the Dark.
She had a determined look on her face, one that had anger and revenge mixed together. Thorn knew that expression. It was the one that got mortals killed.
Her pale brown locks hung thick and straight to her shoulders. She tucked her hair behind her ear and peered around the corner of a store.
Thorn slid his gaze to the three Dark she was trailing. They were toying with her. They knew she was there.
"Damn," Thorn mumbled.
He and the other Dragon Kings vowed to protect the humans millions of years ago. They fought wars and sent their own dragons away to do just that. He couldn't stand there and let the Dark kill her.
Nor could he let them know he was there.
He flattened his lips when she stepped from her hiding spot and followed the Dark down the street. They were leading her to a secluded section.
Thorn didn't waste any time climbing to the roof of the building. He kept to the shadows and jumped from roof to roof as he tracked them.
He let out a thankful sigh when she ducked into an alley. Thorn jumped over the street to the opposite building before landing behind her.
"Not this time," he heard her say.
An American. Southern by her accent. He reached to tap her on the shoulder when his enhanced hearing picked up the Darks' conversation. They were coming for her.
Thorn wrapped a hand around her mouth and dragged her behind a Dumpster. "Be quiet and still if you doona want them to find you," he whispered in her ear.
She was struggling against him, but his words caused her to pause. A second later, she renewed her efforts.
Thorn held her tightly, her thin form easy to detain. The more she struggled, the more he could feel every curve of her body.
It wasn't until the Dark reached the alley that she stilled. He couldn't even feel her breathing.
"There's no one here," one of the Dark said in his Irish brogue.
"She was here."
The third snorted. "Not anymore. Come on."
A full minute passed before the three walked on. The woman's shoulders sagged as she blew out a breath. Thorn released her and held up his hands as she whirled around to face him.
Slate gray eyes glared at him with fury as her full lips pulled back in a scowl. Her cheekbones were high in her oval face.
She wasn't a great beauty, but there was something about her that wouldn't let Thorn look away.
"You're in way over your head," he told her.CHAPTER 2
Thorn wasn't sure if it was the subtle narrowing of her eyes or her arm shifting. Even though he knew she was about to strike, Thorn didn't move.
He felt the blade pierce his left side, sinking through skin and muscle. With a scowl down at her, he grabbed her wrist and pulled the dagger from his body.
"Don't touch me," she said through clenched teeth.
She wasn't worth the trouble. At least that's what Thorn tried to tell himself. He'd saved her from the Dark — today. Tomorrow would be another story, but he couldn't follow her around and ensure she was safe when she was so bent on following them.
He had an entire city to rid of the Dark Fae.
"Then doona attack me," he retorted.
Her gray eyes widened a fraction before a look of annoyance and skepticism contorted her face. "You're the one who grabbed me."
"To save you."
"Whatever," she said with a roll of her pretty gray eyes. "Look, just leave me alone."
Thorn cocked his head to the side. "This might be a tourist mecca, lass, but it isna a place for you to be alone. You hear an Irish accent, go the other way."
She mumbled low, but he still heard, "I wasn't alone before."
That's when he saw the sadness and grief she was desperately trying to hide with anger and fervor. At first glance, she was able to disguise her true feelings, but Thorn was looking deeper.
And he didn't like what he saw.
He didn't need to ask her to know that the Dark must have killed someone dear to her. That's the only reason a mortal would hunt them.
The fact she continued to get close to bastards and not throw herself at them begging them to ease the desire burning her was enough to make him wonder what made her different.
By the determined set of her jaw, Thorn didn't bother to try and dissuade her from following the Dark. She had been doing it for days, and she wouldn't stop until she found what she was looking for — or they found her.
But it wasn't in his nature to let her go like a lamb to slaughter.
"If you're going to follow someone, watch your back as well," he warned before he walked out of the alley, leaving her and her soulful slate gray eyes behind.
Thorn had learned a very long time ago that he couldn't save everyone. He had tried. Once. If a mortal didn't want to be helped, there was nothing he could do about it. And he certainly wasn't going to stand around and watch her die.
He didn't stay on the sidewalk long. The Dark had spies everywhere, and the key to the Kings gaining an upper hand in this war was to be as invisible as they could.
Thorn ducked into a narrow side street and stopped. He sighed and slowly turned around. There he waited until he saw the female peer around the side of the building where he'd left her.
He smiled, nodding in approval as she waited for a group of people to pass her. She fell into step with them as if she were a part of them.
That, at least, proved she had brains.
"You just might make it after all, lass."
* * *
Two hours later, Lexi stared down at her knife that rested on the kitchen table in her flat. She thought she had stabbed the stranger in the alley, but he hadn't so much as flinched.
Was her aim that bad? If so, she was going to have to practice more. In that close proximity, she should've hit her mark.
In truth, she had no desire to get close to the red-eyed men, but she didn't have a choice. A knife was easier to buy, hide, and use than a gun.
She was still shaken by her near run-in with Red Eyes. That's what she had started calling them. If the stranger hadn't gotten to her, the odds were that she would be as dead as Christina.
Lexi shuddered to think of it. She feared dying like anyone else, but it was the thought of failing her friend that was the real kicker.
She rose and poured herself a glass of wine. Lexi didn't bother turning on the TV or the radio. She sat on the couch and stared out the window.
When they first arrived, she had sat in that very spot looking out over the city. It was Christina who had found the flat. Christina had a knack for discovering such places that were always perfect.
If only Lexi had stopped her from leaving the pub the night she died. Lexi had stupidly thought it was her imagination or a trick of the lights when she saw the guy's eyes change from blue to red.
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Passion Ignites is Donna Grant at her finest! I loved, loved, loved it!!! There is constant action and you will not want to put this book down because you will be dying to know what happens on the next page! The intoxicating tale she weaves of love and lust are filled with heart pounding action and will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat! I swear each book just keeps getting better! The world as the Dragon Kings know it is changing drastically and they are in an all out war with the Dark Fae. As they fight to keep their secrets, their enemy is right on their heels with more chaos. While on vacation Lexi witnesses one of her best friends murdered by a man with red eyes. The police think she is crazy, so she seeks vengeance on her own. She is exhausted from her hunt and not to mention way over her head but when a handsome stranger that makes her heart race, saves her multiply times. She is determined to find out what he knows. Thorn is secretly protecting the crazy but beautiful knife wielding American that has a penchant for stabbing him while she unknowingly stalks the Dark Fae. As they grow closer, Thorn agrees to help her get her revenge but is torn because of his past. He does not want to fail her. Or lose her. Lexi brings out desires he knows he should push away because to bring a mate in the middle of a war could be disastrous. He may try to fight his over whelming desires for her, but fate has other plans and so does his enemies. Not only do you have the love story of Thorn and Lexi but all the side stories will leave you questioning so much! Just when you think you may have it figured out.... Donna throws in more to keep us on our toes! I have so many theories as to were the series will go next and I am counting down the days till the next book!! The tide is turning, lines are blurred and retribution is coming. The world will never be the same. The Reapers have returned!! Review by Kristin
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 Dragons...... Need I say more??? Oh I do? Okay thing.. Hawt Smexy Dragons. Is that better? Still no? How about this. Donna Grant is an amazing story teller. I love this series. Love her dragons. And I even love (to hate) the Dark Fae. And of course I love Rhi. In Passion Ignites we pick up where we left off in Soul Scorched. Thorn is trying to find out where he stand after the events that happened with Darcy and Ulrik. So Thorn throw himself into killing as many Darks as the can. Thankfully he has Darius to keep him company and on the straight and narrow. That is until he notices that human that is tracking the Darks. From the moment he sees her Thorn knows she is going to be a problem for him. Lexi is out for vengeance. She can see the ones with red eyes. She knows that they are responsible for her friend's death. What she doesn’t know is just how deadly they are. Thank goodness for the mesmerizing man that comes to her rescue. As always Ms. Grant writes a story that keeps my fixated, trying to read faster and trying not to miss. I am really excited to see what is next (Darius). I am also very excited for Ms. Grant’s new series about the Reapers. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
4 1/2 stars! It's really only fair that Thorn's book was next. He gives poor Warrick such a hard time about Darcy that it was nice to see him get brought to his knees over a women. And his story...I wanted to know why Thorn didn't want any relationships. Turns out to be a very good reason. I definitely get why he felt that way. Lexi can resist the dark Fae. I still wonder about that. Does that happen because she's a Kings mate or is she a mate because she can? So many questions still plague me about this series...and I'm just so addicted to finding out so I keep reading. But I digress. Lexi is looking for the dark that killed her friend. And she's following them to find him. She couldn't be in more danger. Thorn can't help but try to help her. I so love that protective alpha side of all the kings. The Fae war is heating up and it's anyone's guess as to their end game. Yeah, should have given that some more thought. They caught me and the kings off guard. I do love it when the author can still surprise me at this point in a series. Still love the characters and the story. This world is dynamic and well conceived. I continue to want the next book. This book, this series is some of the good stuff. Don't miss it.
Donna Grant never disappoints. Passion Ignites is a perfect example. We meet Thorn, a dragon bad boy, and in turn we meet Lexi. Lexi is determined to continue her search for the monster who killed her friend. She will work hard to find him by following men who turn out to be Dark Fae. Thorn cannot allow her to give up her own life to find the monster who killed her friend. That monster, a Dark Fae, is part of many Dark Fae who are coming to Earth to prey on more and more humans. This Dark Fae knows she is trying to find him and sets a trap for Lexi, but Thorn will not allow anything to happen to her. The war between the Dragon Kings and the Dark Fae is heating up and becoming increasingly dangerous. Each book demonstrates how the war is growing in intensity. I am waiting for the next one with bated breath. You can’t help but be on the edge of your seat as you want them to win but that win is far from being a success.
Thorn is a Dragon King who has been tasked with taking out the Dark Fae plaguing Edinburgh. The Dark Fae are out in full force in an effort to draw the Dragon Kings into the open in order to expose them to the public. Thorn and the other Kings have to tread carefully, protecting humans without letting them know that the Fae and Dragons exist. It’s a difficult task. Most humans can’t see through the thick fog of confusion and lust wielded by the Dark Fae. Only a few are able to stand against the power, particularly the human females who are destined to become the mate of a Dragon King. When Thorn comes across a human with that ability following the dangerous Fae he goes out of his way to protect her but what he doesn’t realize is that no matter how many times he warns her she won’t give up on her plan to exact revenge upon the Dark Fae who callously murdered her friend Christina. Lexi was the only witness who saw the deadly man with red eyes take her friend’s life and she feels it’s her duty to find her friends killer but when a handsome warrior swoops in to save her Lexi quickly discovers that her quest is far more dangerous than she could have imagined. She’s in the midst of an ongoing war between good and evil and the side of good consists of beings with the ability to shift into dragons. Lexi and Thorn are on fire, literally and figuratively. The passion and connection between them is intense. I love Lexi’s attitude and determination. She has spunk and doesn’t hold back even when it comes to confronting Thorn. I did find it hilarious how during their first few meetings she stabbed him multiple times. All I could picture was Thorn’s exasperated facial expression and it made me laugh. It was nice to see Thorn’s emotional soft side play out and to see him break down the wall of hardened warrior. Their romance is probably one of my favorites so far in the series. As far as Ulrik goes I do think his developing relationship with the Dark Fae Muriel is interesting. There is something there between those two besides lust and a mutual disdain for Taraeth and Mikkel. Rhi, my poor Rhi, I really can’t wait to see her become who she’s meant to be. The introduction of the Reapers has added a mysterious plot twist to her story and I hope we get a book just centered on her and perhaps Con will finally wake up and admit she’s his ONE! Grant does a great job of creating charismatic characters. She has a knack for blurring the lines between good and evil with characters like Ulrik and Balladyn who keep you guessing and wondering just what side they will ultimately end up on at the end. Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
This latest installment has the Dark Kings plot and conflict picking-up pace in the escalating war between the Dark Fae and the Dark Kings. In this story, things Rhi is still unsure of herself. One second she goes to Ulric and in the next moment she contemplates Baladyn and his love for her that she finally sees. Then she goes to the aid of the Kings again. But her moments with Phelan and her revealing emotions when she talks to Baladyn do show you her inner struggle and compassion. I enjoyed Lexi and Thorn's story. They had all of the typical elements indicative of a Donna Grant novel; passion, emotional highs and lows, and beautiful love affairs. The climax and resolution to this one wasn't as intense as other installments, but it was enjoyable and a fun read. They struggle against the increasing numbers of the Dark Fae in Edinburgh, Lexi is seeking vengeance for her friend's death and Thorn is trying to save the humans in the city. Thorn tries to ignore his attraction to Lexi but he is drawn to her spirit and courage. Their story was enjoyable and fun. I'm so excited about the Reapers, more is being revealed about her new series and I'm excited. The series is definitely keeping me on my toes and wanting more and more. It is so good! Copy lent from NetGalley
Love this series! It's getting more and more intense drawing the reader in and keeping you wanting more. Nicely written with great characters. You will not be disappointed.
Thorn is a Dragon King, in Edinburgh to stop the Dark Elves from killing humans that are naturally vulnerable to their allure. While hunting, he notices a small human appears to be tracking them also. Lexi had been on vacation with her friends in Edinburgh when one of them is murdered in front of her. She'll stop at nothing to bring the killer down and the police refuse to help. When she is cornered one night by the red-eyed men she's been tracking, a dark stranger helps her and stops them all. I loved following Thorn and Lexi through their journey together. I can't wait for the next series from this author. I highly recommend. *I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Donna grant does it again with Passion Ignites. The war starts again with the Fea and the dragon kings. The fea have move in to Soctland and the dragon king are speard thin over the UK. Thorn and Darius are in Edinburgh trying to contain the Fea problem deaths are mounting up when he see Lexi. He tries to steer her away from from the Fea. There's a lot of action wicth I love in here books so if you like action in your books you will love this book series plus the warriors are in this series too. But what are the reapers I'm looking forward to finding out what there part well be in the up coming books. Love and action you can't go worng good reading.
Bought this book through my Nook, all I got was empty white pages. I want a refund! This never happened before, have purchased over100 books with my Nook.
While Lexi is on vacation in Scotland with her three best friends, one of them is murdered while she is just inside the pub. She feels responsible and so sets out to find the red eyed man who did it. Now alone in Scotland she follows each red eyed man she finds hoping that he will lead her to the one she seeks. Little does Lexi know she is following and searching for Dark Fae. Thorn has seen Lexi following the Dark for the last week, this time when Thorn spots her he see her been lead into a trap and steps in to help. Torn has two major priorities in Edinburgh kill each Dark he finds all while staying hidden. When he steps in to save Lexi, he sets off a chain reaction for himself that brings his past back to haunt him full force. Now with the threat of another Fae war, Thorn must face his growing feelings for Lexi and conquer his fear for her safety. I loved reading this book. Donna Grant’s novel is full of action, passion and quality writing. There is chemistry between Thorn and Lexi from the beginning even though she stabs him three times with in their first three meetings. Donna has a great series here that if the reader wanted could be read out of order, but best when read in order. Read as passion ignites between Lexi and Thorn.
Donna Grant is a freaking genius! Every time I think this series cannot possibly get better, BAM, she knocks it out of the park again. Thorn is completely uninterested in getting involved with humans ever again. Unfortunately Lexi isn't going to give him a choice. After seeing her friend murdered by the "Red Eyes" Lexi has sworn to avenge her. She unwittingly draws the attention of the Dark. Who is this mortal who can not only see them as they are, but can resist them? Lexi and Thorn are thrown together and the inevitable happens. I think they spend the least amount of time actually together of any of the books I've read but their romance isn't diminished in the least. This book flips everything upside down and sideways and we are left with more questions than answers. I am completely blown away by the plot twists and the setups for future books. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see where Grant takes us next!
PASSION IGNITES is the seventh full length installment in Donna Grant’s adult DARK KINGS fantasy/paranormal romance series focusing on the Dragon Kings and the women they love. 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. This is ‘Claret’ dragon king Thorn, and American masseuse Lexi. PASSION IGNITES can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order especially the latter books as there is an on-going build up towards war. Told from several third person perspectives PASSION IGNITES focuses on the coming war between the Dark Kings, the Warriors, the Light Fae, and their mutual enemy the Dark Fae. The Dark Fae and their King Taraeth, along with Ulrik the Silver King and his uncle Mikkel have declared war on the Dragon Kings by exposing the existence of the supernatural species to the world, and with it comes the possible demise of the human population. 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 to rule Scotland and the rest of the world. Lexi is an American tourist in Scotland whose best friend Christine was murdered by the ‘red eyes’. The ‘red eyes’ are the Dark Fae, and Lexi has remained in Scotland to hunt the people responsible for Christine’s murder. But unbeknownst to Lexi, she is being stalked-not only by the ones she calls the ‘red eyes’ but also by two of the Dragon Kings-Thorn and Darius. Each evening Thorn and Darius patrol the streets of Edinburgh killing the very thing that is stalking Lexi-the Dark Fae. What ensues is a building relationship between Thorn and the American woman who would one day become his mate but Thorn isn’t about to expose Lexi to Constantine, or the memories of his past. Thorn will have Lexi’s memories erased sending her back to America and away from his heart. PASSIONG IGNITES has a large ensemble cast of characters including many of the Warriors, Druids, Dragons Kings, and the Light and Dark Fae. The Light Fae royal guardian Rhiannon (Rhi) continues to play a pivotal role throughout the series as she straddles the line between Dark and Light. If you are familiar with the series, Rhi was once in love with a Dark King who all but destroyed her heart and her soul. Donna Grant continues to leave a trail of ‘hints and clues’ as to Rhi’s former lover-a Dragon King whose relationship with Rhi is only known to a few. There is also the building relationship between Rhi and the Dark Fae male known as Balladyn-once a Light Fae who is now ensconced totally in the Dark. Balladyn has been in love with Rhi for thousands of years, and with it comes the ultimate betrayal when Rhi found herself tortured and imprisoned by the man hoping to turn Rhi to the Dark side. As the war begins to escalate the Dark Fae’s numbers increase exponentially, and with it the risk to the human population multiplies. The unsolved murders in Scotland have people on alert, but the Fae’s ability to seduce their prey, find the humans oblivious to their own demise. Donna Grant’s DARK KINGS series is a flight into the fantastic; her characters are colorful, engaging, impassioned and intense. You will be seduced into the world of the Dragon Kings, the Fae and the mystical Warriors w
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Grieving over her friend’s unexpected murder, Lexi is determined to find her killer. However, the Dark have lured her into their embraces and when Thorn spots the curious woman, he knows that she is in immediate danger. Unfortunately, Lexi trusts no one. Not even the handsome warrior who seems to know more about what’s going than she does. I’ve been a fan of this series for some time now. However, the beginning of this book felt a little choppy to me. It begins after Lexi’s friends die and her other friends are leaving to return home. Lexi opts to stay and find the killer on her own. Because of this initial set up, I did feel one step behind it all. I can’t remember in the previous book of something happened there to set up this one but I definitely felt one foot behind Lexi in this one. Moreover, when Thorn appears, trying to save her life from the Dark, in one glance he is able to tell that she has retribution on her mind. Why else would a woman risk her life like that? Again, this seemed like a great jump in logic, especially when they’ve barely said any words to each other. And what ones they have, they weren’t friendly to begin with. So I was a little concerned with the way Grant skimmed over these details. She is usually very patient and thorough but I feel like the natural flow to her words this time was missing. While not my favorite in the series, there is still plenty of action and progress in terms of plot. Some exciting things occur and I am looking forward to see what Grant delivers next.
I expect nothing less from Donna Grant... She knows exactly what I want in a book. Dark Kings' lovers are going to love this book!!! Can't wait for the Smouldering Hunger!!!!
I admit the Dark Kings are a must read for me! If you are a fan of paranormal this is a must read series! Lexi witnesses her friend being murdered by a man with red eyes and is out to get revenge. Not knowing what the creatures are capable of that she is fighting she is almost killed herself until Thorn, a Dark King steps in to rescue her. Plenty of drama and tons of suspense keep you glued to your seat and the chemistry between Thorn and Lexi is on fire. Can’t wait for the next one!
The worlds of Donna Grant are impressive and addictive! Passion Ignites, the seventh book in her Dark Kings series, takes it's readers on an adrenaline packed adventure with blistering hot sexual tension. Another intriguing alpha hero matched with an equally interesting and well suited heroine take over the pages of the latest installment in this series. Ms. Grant knows how to draw you in with a great story and keep you with her writing talent. Be prepared for these bad boys, or should I say dragons, to swoop in and tie you to your favorite reading chair! *I received this ARC via Netgalley.* *While this book can be read as a stand alone the overall reading experience would be enhanced by reading the previous books in the series.*
The Dark are getting darker and I can't wait for the next installment in this series! "Look at me," she demanded. He whirled around and held out his arms. "What do you want me to say? Aye. I'm a dragon!" PASSION IGNITES by Donna Grant is an action-packed installment in the author's Dark Kings series. First of all, you should know that I'm a huge fan of Donna's Dragon Kings. While PASSION IGNITES is not one of my favorites in the series, it's nevertheless a good, solid addition. Honestly, the first half of the book was actually a little slow-paced for me, but the second half kicked the clip up to an adrenaline rush making me completely forget the previous slowness. PASSION IGNITES is the story of "bad boy" Dragon King Thorn and Lexi, a masseuse in a Charleston spa. As a bad boy, Thorn had already held a special place in my heart before this book. In this book, we find that underneath his image, he's really just a courageous, strong, smoldering hunky guy who happens to also be a fire-breathing dragon. Thorn's dragons were the Clarets and this little snippet made me want to cry for him: "In all my years, there was only one time I felt fear. That's when I had to send my Clarets away. I never experienced it again. Until you." The Dragon Kings are stretched thin trying to control the Dark Fae who are sprouting up everywhere. Con has assigned Thorn and Darius to hunt the Dark Fae in Edinburgh. That's how Thorn came upon Lexi, who was not exactly happy to see him, even though he saved her life. Thorn rocked! Lexi had been on vacation with her friends when Christina, one of her group, was murdered by the red-eyed, evil Dark Fae. Lexi had been at the bar with Christina that fateful night and is now tortured by what-ifs that may have saved her friend. Lexi has vowed to exact justice. So Lexi refuses to go home to Charleston - even for Christina's funeral. Instead, she prowls the streets of Edinburgh looking for Christina's killer. She's quite obsessed with it, forgetting to eat or drink or pay attention to her own safety. She meets Thorn when he saves her literally from the red-eyes' clutches. But, Lexi still doesn't trust him. That is definitely not her most brilliant decision. I came to respect Lexi, but she was so wound up with revenge-at-whatever-cost, that she was difficult for me to relate to in the first half of the book. PASSION IGNITES is the seventh book in the series. The romance is fully contained within this book, so technically it should be able to be enjoyed as a standalone. I wouldn't... but you could if that is your preference. Donna's Dragon Kings are all so smokin' hot, I would recommend that the series be read in order so you wouldn't miss a bit of their lusciousness. There are also underlying mysteries and danger elements that have been building up in each installment. I really believe that being acquainted with the world and the characters before diving into this book would exponentially increase your enjoyment of the story. That said, whatever you decide to do, be forewarned that the series is highly addictive. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!
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