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Ashton finds his mate in Rachel, a journalist who is trying to expose the Dragon Kings for what they are. Ashton, however, isn’t the only one who is being deceived. Rachel learns there is a lot more to the Dragon Kings than she believed.
It is fast-paced, has full character development (surprising for a novella), and doesn’t force the romance. I also enjoyed how the author kept me guessing about why Rachel was so fixated on exposing frauds and liars–she seemed to have a huge hangup about this. About halfway through the story the reader learns about her tragic past, which explains her obsession.
Despite stereotyping the Dragon Kings before knowing them, Rachel doesn’t seem like a bad person. She’s just driven and ambitious. She quickly does the right thing. Ashton is easy to love because he doesn’t use his looks to his advantage, and he’s not a playboy or disrespectful to women. There are also some supporting characters, one of whom is Blossom, who make the story even more interesting.
The only negative point I made note of was how the author used a mirror to describe Rachel’s physical characteristics. This is something I have read a million times not to do because it is so overused. Other than that, I have no complaints. It was very well-written and kept my attention from start to finish.
Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories (Dark Kings, #0.1-0.3)
#1 Darkest Flame
#2 Fire Rising
#3 Burning Desire
#4 Hot Blooded
#5 Night’s Blaze
#6 Soul Scorched
#6.5 Dragon King
#7 Passion Ignites
#8 Smoldering Hunger
#9 Smoke and Fire
#9.5 Dragon Fever
Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.
Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.
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