SCORCHED BY DESIRE
Dimitri lives to protect the secret of the Dragon Kings from the human race. Bound by a bond stronger than blood to the Kings, Dimitri uses his strength and prowess to defend a thousand-year-old secret. But when an oh-so-sexy, slightly absent-minded archaeologist wanders into his midst, Dimitri will have to give up his rules, and give in to desire…
When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon an ancient skeleton that appears it comes from a dragon, she’s completely taken aback. A woman of science, there’s no way in her mind that this mythological creature can exist. But when a devilishly handsome man named Dimitri intercepts her path to uncovering the truth, Faith’s curiosity turns into all-consuming passion. She’s never felt this way about any man before. But when Dimitri reveals his biggest secret, can she learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within, in Firestorm, the next Dark Kings novel by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
Worldbuilding: The same awesome world of Dreagan, the rich history of dragons, fae, magic – goody. Plus we got to travel a bit to Dimitri’s Fair Isle 😀
Characters: I liked Dimitri and Faith. It was a bit of a predictable couple, in the sense that in this series couples generally consist of an alpha male and an independent woman who fall for each other and become mates. I found Faith’s career to be very interesting – she’s an archaeologist, and passionate about history – yet knows very little about herself. I can’t wait to find out more about that in future novels, tbh. I liked them together, and I liked them each on their own. They had some good chemistry, but in a way I felt like we didn’t get to experience them together as much as I might have liked.
We did get to see a lot of Rhi, as usual – I’m tempted to say -, and I’m just dying to find out all about her ex and what’s going to happen with her in the future. I just know she’s a very important piece of the whole story. And Con is very intriguing. Is he her ex or not? I’m still not sure. Very frustrating, lol!
Plot: The romance arc was of the instalove to mates variety, fun but not overly exciting for some reason. The plot outside of the romance keeps building tension and growing, and I’m looking forward to finding out how things are resolved. I will say I felt like the tempo was slower than I remember the novels in this series to be, with more remember-the-time moments than usual. Maybe it was just my impression, but the pace felt slower and there was a bit less excitement, for some reason. There were also some brutal moments that I was a bit iffy about, even considering the explanation/reasoning behind them.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb.
I do recommend Firestorm to fans of PNR and dragons in particular, to fans of alpha male/independent woman instalove/meant-to-be scenarios.
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