by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #4
Published on December 30, 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
The Dark Kings soldier on in their fight to preserve their dragon magic. But eternal doom is always close behind…
SWORN TO PROTECT
His name is Laith. To most, he’s known as the owner of a local pub near Dreagan. But little do his patrons know that beneath his handsome, charming exterior Laith has the heart and soul of a Dragon King—one who wields control by keeping his friends close and his enemies, just across the border, closer. Until a mysterious stranger enters the picture, and sets his whole world off course…
DRIVEN TO DESIRE
Iona is a woman with a mission: To learn the truth about her dead father. She’s returned to Scotland only to learn that she’s part of an ancient pact with Dreagan—one that will threaten the fragile peace with the Dragon Kings. Gorgeous, sly Iona isn’t like anyone Laith has ever met before . . . and she harbors a secret that others would kill to possess. Will she complete him—or destroy him? Passion always comes with a price…
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I’m starting to get tired of the repetitiveness of this series. Don’t get me wrong, I’m devouring each book as they’re fairly quick reads and don’t require much a lot of brainpower to get through, but each follows a formula and don’t have much else going on.
Hot Blooded is the fourth in the Dark King series and follows how Dragon King Laith finds his mate. There’s been a lot of background noise in the previous three books leading up to some final showdown that has yet to happen and this book wasn’t any different. The Dark Fae are still all sorts of evil. Ulrik is evil. The Light Fae are good. The Warriors are good. The Dragon Kings are fighting to save humanity. It’s the same thing. There’s no depth to these factions, no shades of gray. Except maybe Rhi but she hasn’t been getting much page time lately (which is terribly unfortunate).
Laith and Iona had much more of a slow burn romance compared to previous books but they weren’t really interesting as a couple. Laith is pretty meh compared to some of the other Kings. I wanted to know more about Iona, especially when parts of her background are revealed. She’s intelligent and searching for something she can’t figure out and I liked that about her character, as well as how she doesn’t let recent events get in the way of her passion for photography. In contrast, Laith was more of a token hot guy.
Honestly, I really need more dragons from these books. The Dragon Kings are shifters but they’re either human or dragon (which, alright, fine) but the only crossover between the two forms is that they take human mates and have dragon tattoos. I don’t know, I guess I just expected them to be something MORE than people who can turn into dragons.
I did like that this book branched out and included more points of view from other characters in the series. The previous books have as well but not nearly as much as this one and it opened the world up more. I can see the books building toward something and hope that the characters begin to gain more depth as well as the world but we’ll see about that.
These are fun books and Hot Blooded was no exception but they’ve become stagnant in the story and I want to see something different beyond the instant attraction/lust between a King and a human woman. Yes, they’re romances, but I’ve read well-developed relationships in this genre and hold these books to the same standard. I’ll certainly be reading more, though, since they’re a nice change of pace from some of the heavier/dense books I have on my shelves. Definitely good books for paranormal romance fans!