Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Darkest Flame: Part 1 (Dark Kings) by Donna Grant

In Darkest Flame by Donna Grant, the Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender—body and soul? HER BEAUTY IS A WEAPON.Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up—as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny—and a desire—that could destroy them both…HIS PASSION IS A CURSE…It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans—and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all."Time travel, ancient legends, and seductive romance are seamlessly interwoven into one captivating package."—Publishers Weekly on the Dark Warrior series"Once again, Donna Grant has given the readers a great story." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★

Denea is an American recruited by M15 to carry out top secret missions because of her photographic memory.  While on an assigned mission, her teammate tries to kill her.  She is forced to defend herself and kills Matt instead.  Before she kills him, Matt tells her that she is the bait for the mission and he was to wound her to setup the people on Dreagan.

“I don’t know what the real goal was.  Matt’s mission was to leave me behind so I would be killed by you.  I was told we were to do reconnaissance on everyone at Dreagan after we found whatever was in that cave.”

Kellan had watched and listened as Denea had fought for her life.  He had been impressed by her skills and called for help to heal her wounds.  He had taken her back to the Manor where they would question her to find out why she was on there. Denae explains her mission and what the outcome was suppose. 

“As I already told you, while in the water, Matt tried to kill me.  I wasn’t ready to die or be used as bait, and I was angry at being betrayed.  Only one of us was going to come out of the attack alive.  I made sure it was me.”

Kellan had been asleep for thirteen hundred years and he still held the hatred of humans strongly in his heart.   He is asked to keep an eye on Denea and learn everything she knows about M15.  He unwillingly agrees to get close to her and learn all that he can.  Little does Kellan know that an unholy alliance has been formed between the dark fae and an unknown adversary against the Dragon Kings. The dark fae want Kellan.

Taraeth’s smile was cold and calculating.  “You’ll let me have a Dragon King?” 

“Take as many as you can capture, and use them as you see fit.” 

Taraeth considered the new plan for several minutes before he folded his arms over his chest. “There is just one I want.” 

He nodded, “Ah, yes.  Kellan.  Why him?”

The manor is about to come under attack and Denae must be moved before M15 arrives.  So a new identity must be secured and Denae moved.

“How close are we to getting the new ID for Denae?” Kellan asked Rhys.  Rhys checked his phone.  “In a matter of hours.” 
“It needs to be faster,” Henry said.  “you need to make sure there’s no trace of her when M15 comes looking.”

Kellan is fighting his fascination with Denae and Denae wants Kellan.

Rhi’s smile widened when she noticed how the mortal’s eyes softened when she looked at Kellan.

Hero –Kellan “Bronze Dragon Lord":  4 stars
Heroine –Denae Lacroix: 4 stars
Steam: 3 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! The characters are unique and make the reader want to solve the puzzle of who and what they are!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! The next book will continue the Dragon Lord’s stories.

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