Dark Kings #6.5
by Donna Grant
Published on August 25, 2015 by Incorporated
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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A Woman on a Mission
Grace Clark has always done things safe. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian—the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met.
A King with a Purpose
Arian is a Dragon King who has slept away centuries in his cave. Recently woken, he's about to leave his mountain to join his brethren in a war when he's alerted that someone has crossed onto Dreagan. He's ready to fight . . . until he sees the woman. She's innocent and mortal—and she sets his blood aflame. He recognizes the danger approaching her just as the dragon within him demands he claim her for his own...
When you take a romance novel and make it even shorter, what you seem to end up with is insta-love and no story. Dragon King is one of the in-between stories featuring Dragon King Arian and author/human Grace Clark. The short and sweet version of this one is that our two leads are trapped in a cave together and become so deeply attracted to each other that they must be soulmates.
This is generally how these books have gone in the past, with a bit more story sprinkled in.
I think Dragon King did well with providing a new experience with the heroine learning of the Dragon Kings. Instead of the horribly lengthy history lesson that’s been a common element of previous books, Grace witnesses the Kings in dragon form first hand and from there needs a bit of an explanation (understandably so). Outside of that, I found her just like the other women–they’re all seeking something and instead find themselves mated to a Dragon King.
There were a few parts of her character that I wanted to see expanded on. First, she’s an author with a terrible case of writer’s block (totally understand that). So here and there we get glimpses into that writer’s mind but then once Arian shows up those scenes switch to his point of view and are summarized as “she was writing.” Grace also has a fear of storms that is sort of explained and then overused as a way to create tension but I wanted to see it brought out more to really give the story that extra something.
Arian wasn’t really different from the other Kings either. He’s newly awakened for the coming conflicts in the full-length novels but other than being highly attractive and unable to keep it in his pants (common traits with the Kings), he’s just a name on the page.
Dragon King is a quick novella. Not sure how it will impact the next novel, if it really makes a difference or not, but utterly average.