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I Belong

Review: Burning Desire by Donna Grant

Burning DesireTitle: Burning Desire

Author: Donna Grant

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Dark Kings (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250060702 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-1250060709 (St. Martin’s/Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all?


In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can’t stay away from her. He’s enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion…


Shara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?

Quick & Dirty: A Dragon King and Dark Fae. Will they be able to beat all the odds against them and find a lasting love?

Opening Sentence: “Pretending.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Dragon Kings are back, this one focuses on Kiril, whom is introduced for the first time in book 2 if I remember correctly! Don’t quote me on that because I read so much, I could very well be wrong. Kiril goes to Ireland to spy on the Dark Fae, after the capture and escape of two other Dragon Kings. The war is definitely escalating and Shara is a Dark Fae recently released from her prison with one last chance to do good for her. Or bad depending on how you want to look at it. Her mission is to seduce Kiril so that her family can capture him.

However, Kiril isn’t fooled by her glamour for one moment, but he is intrigued by her, and so he sets out to figure out what the Dark Fae are up to. Shara is attracted as well, and soon begins to war within herself about what she should do. After a disastrous attempt to free herself from her family she turns to the one person she can trust, Kiril. Together will they be able save each other and help the other Dragon Kings?

This is a great addition to the series. While each book focuses on a particular Dragon King, I am glad that I went ahead and read the first books before I reviewed this one. There is a ton of backstory and information that is conveyed in each book, so if you haven’t read this I suggest you start with the prequel books and go from there! Seriously, though I mean you could pick and choose but you would really not know what or why things are happening. I really enjoyed Shara being different from the other Dark Fae or as another character in the books subtly pointed out maybe she isn’t that different. Things are changing, and I think Donna Grant laid the groundwork in this book in a major way. She has a bigger picture with this series than just some romance between Dragons and humans and Fae.

I really liked that about this book, in the earlier books you don’t quite get the sense that all the background stuff is important. But, here she makes it really clear that just like any other series she has a goal and ending in site! I love Dragons and I will be the first to admit that they are the most underused shifters out there, but I think because it is so challenging, because are they humans who shift or are they dragons that shift to human? Sometimes author’s make it clear and then blur the lines, which I think loses the fascination for me. I want Dragons who shift, I do mind certain attributes, and I could clearly care who they love (okay that isn’t true) but honestly who doesn’t love Dragons when they are done right.

I think Donna Grant does them right, their true form is Dragons, and while they love, they aren’t necessarily human in their actions or thoughts. They are powerful and while they do hide quite a bit of that to maintain their secrecy they make no bones about what they want or prefer! So if you haven’t checked out this series and you are looking for a good one about Dragons then hurry up and get reading!

Notable Scenes:

“However, eons ago, it had been a human female who had made a vow to one of them, only to betray him and set in motion a war that could have destroyed them all.”

“They had asked her to play a part in bringing down a Dragon King, and she wouldn’t fail them.”

“Her father thought confining her for six hundred years would rein her in, and for the most part it did.”

“He was in his true form, and that alone helped alleviate most of what bothered him.”

“If they knew how deeply Shara had wormed her way into his psyche, they would be more than willing to use it against him.”

Dark Kings Series:

0.1 Dark Craving

0.2 Night’s Awakening

0.3 Dawn’s Desire

1. Darkest Flame

2. Fire Rising

3. Burning Desire

4. Hot Blooded

5. Night’s Blaze

6. Soul Scorched

6.25 Dragon King

7. Passion Ignites

8. Smoldering Hunger

9. Smoke and Fire


FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Burning Desire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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