(Dark Kings #8)
Author: Donna Grant
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Darius is back. Edinburgh thought it had seen the last of this seductive Dragon King, but that was before Darius found something worthwhile. He just can't stay away from the impossibly beautiful Dr. Sophie Martin-even though he knows that a passion this strong could prove detrimental...for them both.
Sophie tried to forget her encounter with smoking-hot Darius to no avail. He's in her dreams, tempting her. But her association with Darius catches the attention of another, putting her
in mortal danger. . .and Darius, who has vowed to protect her, is her only hope. But can she trust the notorious dragon shapeshifter? The only thing she knows for sure is that she cannot resist him. -Goodreads
* Reviewer's Note: Characters appearing in Smoldering Hunger are continuing a story line directly related to (Bk. 7) Passion Ignites. Therefore it is strongly suggested that one reads Passion Ignites, in order to fully understand the interrelationship of both stories to each other, and to the overall series.
Smoldering Hunger marks a definite change in tempo on all fronts, from the unexpected lull that readers were treated to in its predecessor, Passion Ignites.
While embers of both story and passion may have found a spark in book seven. It is quite clear from the outset, that things in book eight have been allowed to reach 5-alarm fire proportions!
With Thorn newly mated to the fiery Lexi, and happily ensconced back at Dreagan. The fight to keep the streets of Edinburgh safe from the deadly desires of the Dark Fae has been left to Violet Dragon King, Darius.
Reveling in his newly found solitude, Darius longs for little more than the pleasure that he finds when facing and defeating legions of Dark Fae in battle.
A pleasure that is now eclipsed in new and overpowering ways by the sheer intensity that is her.
Dr. Sophie Martin!
Readers and Darius were first introduced to the intriguing Dr. Martin, when she was sent to tend to Lexi in Passion Ignites. A story which allowed her a very low key role in said book. A role which is then revisited and expanded upon in a big way in Smoldering Hunger.
The fact that this leading lady and her irresistible leading dragon have found a way to become closer than close between books, is further evidenced by the scorching sex scene/dream sequence that greets readers in this story's opening pages.
Sophie and Darius's exhibitionist sexual tendencies aren't the only goings on singing this book's pages. It seems that things with the Dark Fae are taking a turn for the...absent?
The Dark Fae are being killed right and left, and no one has a clue as to who is responsible.
Things in Rhi-land are more up in the air than ever. With Rhi still unsure where she belongs. Balladyn laying on the charm thicker than the snowfall of a Canadian blizzard, and Constantine still unwilling to trust that she has the best interest of the Dragon Kings and their mates at heart. There is also a bittersweet link between Rhi's past with the kings and Darius that is not to be missed.
This book is an awesome reminder of the reasons that Donna Grant inspires such a fierce and unwavering loyalty in her readers.
A perfect mix of characters and stories that readers know and have become invested in, and plot twists character additions, and story elements so new that they still have their tags on.
Darius stands out among the Dragon Kings because of his "down and dirty" persona. You know right from the start that he is the type of man tailor-made for all action, and no regrets.
The fun comes in finding that the straight-laced Dr. Martin has more than a little raunchy kink in her bedside manor. At least where a certain someone is involved.
The only negative to be found in this story is the glaring disconnect between Ulrik's story line, and that of Sophie and Darius. But this is not something to fret over, given that Smoldering Hunger appears to be a gateway to a dramatic climax in the coming Smoke and Fire.
*Reviewer's Note: I was provided with copies of the above referenced literary works for the express purpose of review. All opinions expressed therein are mine, and have been in no way influenced by St. Martin's Press or those acting on their behalf.
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