by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #7
Published on November 3, 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
He consumed her with that kiss, leaving no question that whatever was happening between them was meant to be—that it had always been meant to be…
HE LOVES FOR ETERNITY
Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae’s trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy—and darkest desires. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the passion between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners…
SHE LIVES FOR VENGEANCE
Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. He is one of the Dark Fae who preys on human life, who uses his unearthly power to seduce the innocent, and who is setting a trap just for her. Nothing can save Lexi from a creature like this—except the one man who’s been watching her every move…
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As this series continues, I’m finding that they’re less of paranormal romances and more urban fantasies in terms of the story’s focus. Passion Ignites did just that, with a weak romance but a lot of action and progress in the looming war between the Dark Fae and the Dragon Kings.
Once again, a Dragon King (Thorn) falls for a woman (Lexi). It’s an insta-lust to love scenario like most of these books and, to be honest, the romance wasn’t that great. There’s attraction, the two get hot and heavy, and that’s really all it amounts to. Thorn is a super protective alpha male type who doesn’t want to fall for anyone, but it’s inevitable when he meets Lexi. At least this far in the series they’re acknowledging that if a Dragon King starts falling for someone it’s likely a mate (rather than ignore it). And of course, like all these books, there’s a massive info dump of the whole history of the Kings and the current dealings with the Fae and the former Silver King, Ulrik, so that even if you haven’t read the previous books, you won’t be entirely lost.
Not that I recommend reading these books out-of-order. They’re not worth it for the romance and the story is too ingrained to take it all in with a random book mid-series.
Lexi was a decent enough protagonist for the series. She’s smart, determined, and her drive comes from wanting to protect future humans from the Fae. I liked that she wasn’t just a random passive character thrown in the way of a King to create a romance. I didn’t mind reading from her perspective but, much like Thorn, I wasn’t invested enough in either of them to care much beyond their role in the overall story.
In that regard, I think Grant is doing a good job of weaving so many interlocking storylines together. There’s the conflict with the Dark Fae and the Dragon Kings. The Light Fae are kinda sorta in the mix but not really yet, though Rhi is becoming a bigger player which is FABULOUS because she’s probably my favorite character.
But seriously. Of all the main characters, it’s Rhi who catches my attention. She goes through so much over the course of these first 7 books and yet still remains in the sidelines so I’m hoping to see her as a feature character soon. Especially since the mystery of her Dragon King lover is growing old.
Well, that could be said for all these books lately. It’s the same formula for the romances and really the story overall as Grant dances around the Fae/Dragon conflict. I’ve accepted it for now but something needs to happen there.
So. On par with the rest of the series so far. Main characters are okay but the story takes center stage with several points of view starting to bring everything to a head. But this is where I’m drawing the line. I need this series to progress beyond the formula story and really get into the growing war to keep my interest.