by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #2
Published on June 3, 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Tristan, the newest Dragon King, is having a tough time fitting in. Despite his ability to transform into a proud, strong dragon at will, no one knows where he came from or how he became a Dragon King, including himself. When trouble arises in the form of the mob, Tristan is going to have to put aside his questions and band with the other Dragon Kings to protect Dreagan. As if things weren’t complicated enough, he is about to find something worth fighting for more important than the Dragon Kings…
Sammie Miller, pub owner in Oban, has been scorned by her business partner—and former lover. Used as a front for money laundering with the mob, Sammie is in great danger once she realizes what has happened. Barely escaping, she plans to rest at Dreagan for only a day before going back on the run. When Tristan swears to protect her, Sammie thinks his efforts will be in vain—the mob is too powerful, and it will take more than the average man’s devotion to keep her safe. But the closer she gets to Tristan, and the more he learns his secrets, Sammie can’t deny that having a Dragon King who worships you, body and soul, isn’t such a bad thing…
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I don’t like Tristan.
There, I said it. I didn’t like his character. I wasn’t a huge fan of him in Darkest Flame and though his introduction to the Dragon Kings was shown a bit more in the prequel novellas of Dark Heat, he just didn’t catch my eye. But it’s his book. *sigh*
My biggest issue lies with the insta-love. Now so far every one of the romances in the novellas and first book have had the instant attraction turned to love very quickly which I’ve come to accept when authors play the “mate” card. You know, where the supernatural being finds their one true love that’s perfect for them and just happens to stumble across their path through some unusual turn of events. And I’ve been mostly okay with that because Grant does a decent enough job of making the romances at least semi-believable.
But Tristan and Sammi? That was ALL lust and I wasn’t buying it.
In terms of the plot, Fire Rising picks up after Darkest Flame and features more of the Warriors introduced in their own series previously. I haven’t read the Dark Sword or Dark Warriors books, both series that come before the Dark Kings, but it hasn’t been too much of an issue. The world is the same in all three series and they follow chronologically, with the connections becoming more prominent so I’ll be going back to check those out. But anyway, the Warriors return and play a big role in Fire Rising as they team up with the Dragon Kings to battle the Dark Fae.
I said it with the last book and I’ll say it again: Rhi is one of my fave characters so far and I want her to get a book. She’s a Light Fae who happens to enjoy meddling with the Kings and, in general, her character is spunky and fun with a darker edge which hasn’t been explored yet.
There’s a lot of action in this one but the romance came down to a couple hot and heavy scenes, and Tristan being super alpha male protective of Sammi. I think Tristan just bored me as a character. He has this really interesting backstory that comes out more in Fire Rising but not enough to satisfy me as a reader. I felt like a lot was still left out yet this was his book and it would’ve been the perfect time to share it.
This definitely wasn’t my favorite book so far and I think a lot of it came down to the romance and the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the Dragon King featured, but I enjoy Grant’s writing and these books are quick reads. I’m definitely excited for Burning Desire up next with Kiril who’s been off playing spy the last couple books. Not the greatest book but a solid PNR series.