Dragonfire (Dark Kings: Book 14) by Donna Grant

Dragonfire (Dark Kings, #14)

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Date of publication: October 30th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Series: Dark Kings

Dark Craving—Book 0.1

Night’s Awakening—Book 0.2

Dawn’s Desire—Book 0.3

Passion’s Claim—Book 0.4

Darkest Flame—Book 1

Fire Rising—Book 2

Burning Desire—Book 3

Hot Blooded—Book 4

Night’s Blaze—Book 5

Soul Scorched—Book 6

Dragon King—Book 6.5

Passion Ignites—Book 7

Smoldering Hunger—Book 8

Smoke and Fire—Book 9

Dragon Fever—Book 9.5

Firestorm—Book 10

Blaze—Book 11

Dragon Burn—Book 11.5

Constantine: A History—Book 11.6

Heat—Book 12 (review here)

Torched—Book 13

Dragon Night—Book 13.5

Dragonfire—Book 14

Where you can find Dragonfire: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

Passion burns hot in Dragonfire, the next Dark Kings novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant. 

It was a soul-deep longing, one that got into his bones and settled there, sending whispers of desire through him. The need, the hunger, grew tenfold with every breath. . . .

As a Dragon King, Roman is sworn to protect all mortals–even though they no longer believe in dragons. But deep in the Carpathian Mountains, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious gypsy who possesses the power to see into his very soul. To reignite the fire in his heart. And to help him find the long-lost sword that could save the dragons forever…

Sabina remembers the stories her grandmother told her. Legends of dragons and kings, fire and ice. And she’s never forgotten the dark prophecy that filled her ancestors with fear–a fate they tried to prevent by stealing a Dragon King’s sword. Sabina knows that helping Roman is dangerous. He is a dragon betrayed, and more powerful than any man. He could destroy her in a single fiery embrace. But how can she resist the longing in his eyes–or the feelings in her heart–when their destinies are bound by desire?

Sabina is a Gypsy living with her brother near the Carpathian Mountains. When she was a child, her grandmother told her a story and made her promise to remember it. The story was about a kind Dragon King who’s sword was stolen by her ancestors. Because of that theft, her family was forced to leave their homeland and becoming Romani. She thought it was a legend until she met Roman and Vlad. Roman is helping his friend V find his stolen sword. Traveling to the Carpathian Mountains, they stumble upon Sabina and her brother Camlo. With urging from her brother, Sabina realizes that she needs to help the Kings find V’s sword. Their journey takes them to a mountain in Iceland where V’s sword might be. But there are wrenches thrown into their plans. A mysterious alliance between Druids and Fae threaten their quest. Can Sabina and Roman find the sword? Will they give into their attraction to each other? Or will everything fail?

I was pretty excited to read Dragonfire. I had read and reviewed Heat and enjoyed it. So I figured that I would like this book also. And I did. What I didn’t know was that Donna Grant is writing other series at the same time she is writing the  Dark Kings series. I figured it out when Eoghan and Thea from Dark Alpha’s Hunger were mentioned a few times in this book. As was the Light Elf Queen and the new Dark Elf King. Along with Rhi, Con, Ulrik, and Mikkel. Then a lightbulb went off over my head and I went “No, freaking way“. I am in awe that someone can do that. I have issues with keeping one thing straight in my head. So forget many series of books with many plotlines and characters.

I liked Sabina and Roman together. I will admit that at the beginning of the book, I was a little confused at who Sabina was supposed to be with. And yes, I didn’t read the blurb…lol. I thought it was going to be V for some reason. Because the book started off with the story that Sabina’s grandmother told about him. But once Roman and Sabina met, the sexual attraction and chemistry came off the pages. There was one point when they were in the caves, where I was chanting in my head “Kiss the girl. Kiss the girl” (and no, I didn’t sound like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid when I was saying it to myself).

When they finally did have sex, it was amazing. I will never look at hot springs in the same way again. What I liked, even more, was that the author didn’t let the sexual tension down. She kept it up. Which meant that the other sex scenes were amazing.

I also liked Sabina and Roman as people. They both had gone through some tough times. Sabina’s was losing her mother and stepfather and taking care of Camlo. She had to be strong and wary. Because of Camlo’s disability, she always needed to be on the defensive. Seeing her open up and trust Roman and V was powerful. Roman’s tough times were when he became Dragon King. When he told the story about how he became Dragon King and who he had to defeat, my heart broke for him. But, what made me like him, was his gentleness with Camlo.

I do wish that the author got more into Camlo and Sabina’s abilities. Sabina had the Sight. But what did that consist of? What could she see (other than people being dishonest)? I know that it came into play when she touched V in the cave but still, I would have loved a better explanation. Also, I would have loved a better explanation of Camlo’s abilities. I was also frustrated when it came to getting information out of him. I know that he had the mind of a child but man, that whole scene dragged out when Roman and Sabina were deep in the caverns. What other abilities did he have (other than talking to animals and the Sight)?

The plotline involving V and his sword was amazingly written. The author did a great job at keeping me guessing about where the sword was. Also the neat twist she put in that storyline, I liked. I wasn’t expecting it. But it did explain a whole bunch.

I also liked the storyline with Sabina and Roman’s journey to get the sword. Dangerous doesn’t even begin to describe it. And with the Others magic making it even more dangerous, my heart was in my throat during the entire journey. The end of that storyline had me in tears. But I forgot one thing. Only another Dragon King can kill a Dragon King.

The secondary storylines were good but man, they were vague. Take Con losing the weapon. That was a first for me. What was the weapon? It was something that Con and the other Dragon Kings feared. Because the “Oh Crap” factor went up when V and Roman got the message. The storyline with the Others infuriated me. Why were they doing what they did and how did they know what was going on it the future. Also, the book that Usaeil found in the hidden library. What is with that? And the very last chapter. I wanted to scream with frustration about that.

Like I mentioned above, I wanted to scream at the end of Dragonfire. But, I did like how the author ended or didn’t end the storylines. She ended Roman and Sabina’s happily and gave a hint about who her next book might be about. Which I can’t wait to read!!

I gave Dragonfire a 4-star rating. This was a well written 14th book in the Dark Kings series. I connected with the characters. The plotlines were well written with no lag or dropped storylines. I did wish that more explanation was given about Camlo and Sabina’s powers. And the end frustrated me. I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read book 15.

I would give Dragonfire an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is language. There is violence. There are no triggers. I would suggest that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Dragonfire. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank St. Martin’s Griffin, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Dragonfire.

All opinions stated in this review of Dragonfire are mine.

I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

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The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs: Book 14) by Emily March

The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14)

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperback

Date of publication: February 27th, 2018

Genre: Romance

Series: Eternity Springs

A Callahan Carol – Callahan Brothers book 3.5

Angels Rest – Book 1

Hummingbird Lake – Book 2

Heartache Falls – Book 3

Mistletoe Mine – Book 3.5

Lover’s Leap – Book 4

Nightingale Lane – Book 5

Reflection Point – Book 6

Miracle Road – Book 7

Dreamweaver Trail – Book 8

Teardrop Lane – Book 9

Heartsong Cottage – Book 10

Reunion Pass – Book 11

Christmas in Eternity Springs – Book 12

A Stardance Summer – Book 13

The First Kiss of Spring – Book 14

Where you can find The First Kiss of Spring: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Spring has come to Eternity Springs in the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.

When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.

After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her things and moves to Eternity Springs, opens a daycare, and sets her cap for the town’s mechanic—Josh.

But Josh is hiding a well of secrets that would ruin him, and his relationship with everyone in Eternity Springs—especially Caitlin. When tragedy strikes, Josh and Caitlin find themselves, and their relationship tested beyond imagining. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

Child abuse (physical and sexual), drug addiction, loss of a child, suicide

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Belle Gunness: The True Story of the Slaying Mother (True Crimes by Evil Killers: Book 14) by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo

Belle Gunness: The True Story of The Slaying Mother: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers (True Crime by Evil Killers Book 14) by [Rosewood, Jack, Lo, Rebecca]

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Date of publication: February 21, 2016

Genre: True Crime, Biography, History, Nonfiction

Series: True Crimes by Evil Killers

Arnold Sodeman: The True Story of the Schoolgirl Strangler—Book 1

Edmund Kemper: The True Story of The Co-ed Killer—Book 2

Charles Ray Hatcher: The True Story of Crazy Charlie’s Killing Spree—Book 3

Carl Stayner: The True Story of The Yosemite Park Killer—Book 4

Robert Berdella: The True Story of The Kansas City ButcherBook 5

Dean Corll: The True Story of The Houston Mass Murders—Book 6

Donald Gaskins: The Meanest Man in America—Book 7

The Briley Brothers: The True Story of The Slaying Brothers—Book 8

Martin Bryant: The Port Arther Massacre—Book 9

William Bonin: The True Story of The Freeway Killer—Book 10

The Killing Cousins: The True Story of The Killing Cousins—Book 11

Herbert Mullin: The True Story of the Psychopath of Santa Cruz

Eric Edgar Cooke: The True Story of The Night Caller—Book 12

William Heirens: The True Story of The Lipstick Killer—Book 13

Belle Gunness: The True Story of the Slaying Mother—Book 14

Joseph Paul Franklin: The True Story of the Racist Killer—Book 15

Christopher Wilder: The True Story of the Beauty Queen Killer—Book 16

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N

Goodreads synopsis:

There are few serial killer biographies more disturbing, than the story of Belle Gunness. This female serial killer was not only the worst in Illinois history; she was also one of the worst American serial killers ever recorded. But she also became somewhat of a legend, shrouded in mystery, revenge, and money. This is a story that will shock you more than most, because of the sheer horror of her crimes. A tragedy that rocked the county of La Porte, as one by one, more bodies were unearthed beneath the pig pen.

With an estimated 48 deaths at her hands, Belle Gunness poisoned, bludgeoned, and decapitated her victims, all so she could line her pockets with their savings and insurance policies. This lonely hearts killer was known as Lady Bluebeard, amongst other names, luring her victims with newspaper advertisements. Men thought they were coming to marry a wealthy woman – they had no idea the price they would pay.

Men, women, and children all fell victim to this horrendously cruel woman. She showed no emotion, no empathy, and certainly no mercy. In 1908, mystery surrounded a decapitated body in the burned ruins of her home, alongside the bodies of three of her children. Did Hell’s Belle finally meet her match in the form of Ray Lamphere, the man accused of the arson and murder, or did she fake her own death? Was she the woman arrested for murder decades later? This true-crime serial killer biography may just have those answers.

I love reading and watching stuff on true crime. I had a complete library of true crime books when I was younger. Unfortunately, my apartment flooded in 2003 and ruined half of my books. That included every single one of my true crime books, and I never got a chance to replenish my books. So when I was approached to read this book about Belle Gunness, I jumped at it.

This book was a chilling look into a female serial killer. She had a deep need for money and a deep hatred of men. Which contributed to her killing 48 men, women, and children.

What got me is that she killed her children. As a mother, I can’t even fathom WHY she did it. I mean, the book explains why, but still, you would think she would have a smidgen of love for them.

What got me is that she was identified after “dying” in the fire that blew everything wide open. I say “dying” because people saw her after her “death.” A few people identified the body as not hers, including her seamstress.

The author did a great job of portraying all angles of this case. Which included the angle that Belle faked her death and later died of tuberculosis. But unfortunately, we will never know the true story and can only go by what the evidence/facts have shown us.

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