Dark Kings #3
by Donna Grant
Published on September 30, 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all?
A DESIRE THIS POWERFUL
In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can’t stay away from her. He’s enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion…
IS A WAR WORTH FIGHTING FOR
Shara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?
Going into Burning Desire, I didn’t have much of an interest in Kiril. He plans a marginally larger role in Fire Rising but not enough to make me want to get his story, at least not yet. I needed to be teased a bit more, I think.
Grant branches off from the pattern of the first two books by featuring a Dark Fae as the female love interest, an enemy of the Dragon Kings. On its own, that’s enough to cause a number of problems for the couple and the conflicts between their two groups of people came up several times. It’s another instant-attraction, on a purely sexual level, but there wasn’t enough of a build to make it a true romance warranting the mating ceremony.
I liked Kiril well enough. Most of the first half of the book is him re-establishing the whole debacle between the Dragon Kings and Ulrik, a King now stripped of his powers. This has been a key point in their history in every book and every book hashes it out again. I can see the benefits if you’re picking up one of the installments mid-series without reading the previous ones, but for someone reading the books back-to-back, it’s a tad annoying. And it took up a lot of the time that could have been used to develop Kiril’s character. His personality consisted of a stubborn drive to complete his original goal of finding Rhi and thinking about Shara, his Fae lover.
And Shara… I mean, she’s conflicted on her own, between her family threatening her and these blossoming feelings for Kiril that aren’t really developed so much as “I’m attracted to him, oh wait, I love him.” Hmm. Yeah. Sure. It just didn’t quite work in this book like it has in the others.
Honestly the “side” characters were more interesting in Burning Desire. I’ve held a soft spot for Rhi since Darkest Flame and though she wasn’t actively involved in the story, I was more interested to see what happened to her than Kiril and Shara. With Rhi came Balladyn, and the two have some serious history. I see him playing a bigger role in future books, especially as a leader of the Dark Fae.
Then there’s Ulrik.
He’s been causing problems (or so the Dragon Kings believe, as nothing’s been confirmed) and his appearance and actions in this book had me asking a whole new set of questions about him, and in relation to one particular Light Fae. Plus, Constantine and the other Kings keep hinting at who Rhi’s Dragon King lover was but no one will say and while I don’t think it’s who it looks like based on this book, I’m more curious than ever.
I’m definitely addicted to this series and though this couple wasn’t all that interesting for me, the rest of the story was and I can see something big happening in the next few books as the conflict breaks into pure chaos.