Review: Smoke and Fire (Dark Kings #9) by Donna Grant

March 24, 2016 Review 2

Review: Smoke and Fire (Dark Kings #9) by Donna Grant

She wanted to touch him. There had always been something about being in his arms that made her feel as if she could tackle anything and the world wouldn't dare get in her way...

A dragon shapeshifter and a computer mastermind, Ryder is sent to guard Glasgow after a devastating Dark attack. But when memories of an explosive affair come back to him-in the flesh-Ryder cannot help but want to protect the woman who haunts his dreams. Even if means shifting into the dragon he was never supposed to reveal...

Kinsey could never get enough of Ryder. His every touch only left her wanting more. But now that she's seen him in his true form, Kinsey's world is rocked to the core. She knows that to stay-and feel-alive, she must be with Ryder. But is Kinsey's passion worth the risk of danger that comes with being a part of Ryder's dark and fierce world?

Title: Smoke and Fire
Author: Donna Grant
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Midnight's Lover, Midnight's Seduction, Midnight's Warrior, Midnight's Kiss Part I
Series: Dark Kings
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Darkest Flame, Dawn's Desire, Fire Rising, Burning Desire
Published by St Martin's
Source: Author
Published: April 5, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Four years ago Kinsey met the man of her dreams in Ryder. For the better part of a year they enjoyed everything that a couple who was falling in love should enjoy. Everything felt right. Ryder knew things were different. He knew that for more years than any mortal can fathom that magic was in place to prevent him from feeling the things he felt towards Kinsey. In an effort to protect Kinsey from Con’s wrath at finding out one of his Kings fell in love Ryder left her in Glasgow and returned to Dreagan. Now three years later Kinsey has arrived at the front door of Dreagan with work orders that no one within requested.

Smoke and Fire has a different kind of romance than the other books in Donna Grant’s Dragon King books. Ryder and Kinsey are a rekindle. The love is most certainly still there. Kinsey just has to gain a trust that was broken when some big secrets were never shared. It hurts to know that your lover would rather disappear without a trace than to share his most kept secret. Ryder has got his work cut out for him. He has to earn Kinsley’s trust while digging into her life to prove that she is not a spy who has gained access to Dreagan for nefarious purposes. This is no easy feat.

I feel comfortable at this point in stating that Rhi is my most favorite character in this series. She is in the middle of everything. She’s a Light Fae who has the amorous attentions of a very sexy Dark Fae. Many of the Dragon Kings see her as a sister and loyal friend. Death has an eye on her via the Reaper Daire. She adds so much to this series. I truly hope she gets her own book, and soon.

I really need something big to happen. We’re nine books into the Dark Kings and it’s beginning to get a little repetitious. The Dragon meets his girl. They fall in love. Con gets in a twist over another of his Kings falling in love. Ulrik is blamed for something. And then we get a happily ever after. I want to read some more battle and conflict. I’m getting a lot of plotting and scheming.  It all leads to this war that the Dark Kings are preventing but it feels like there is something missing that could make this so much more.

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Kinsey felt as if she’d been run over by a train. Her heart began to knock against her ribs. There was a rushing in her ears, and she was sure her knees were going to buckle at any second.
How was it even possible that she was staring into Ryder’s hazel eyes that were a beautiful mixture of green and gold? His blond hair was cropped short on the sides with a little more length on the top. It didn’t matter if his hair was long as it used to be or short, he still took her breath away.
Was it his chiseled jaw or penetrating gaze? It could be his mouth and the wonderful things those lips could do to her. She knew there was a possibility it was his body, honed to perfection without an ounce of fat anywhere.
But he wasn’t human.
She needed to remember that.
“What are you doing here?” she demanded.
For a moment, he didn’t move as he looked at her. Then he sat back in his chair and swept his hand from one side of the room to the other. “This is my domain.”
She was damn good at her job, but Ryder exceeded her talent by miles and miles. “You asked for me specifically. Why? Because you had to talk? You could’ve just called instead of going to such lengths.”
“I didna send for you.”
There were few times in her life where Kinsey experienced full-on, please-let-the-floor-open-up-and-swallow-me embarrassment. Today, right at that moment, was the worst she’d ever suffered to a degree that nothing would ever compare.
She wanted to shrink away and disappear, to stop looking into his hazel eyes and trying to figure out what was going on. What did Ryder mean he didn’t send for her? Someone had. She didn’t just show up on a whim.
The room began to tilt. Kinsey blinked rapidly. She wouldn’t faint. She’d never fainted in her life, and she certainly wasn’t going to do it in front of Ryder. Hadn’t she experienced her embarrassment quota for the next forty years?
Beside her, Tristan cleared his throat. “Kinsey, I think there might’ve been a wee bit of a mistake.”
“There’s not,” she said and glanced over her shoulder into Tristan’s dark gaze. “And I can prove it.”


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About the Author

Donna Grant is the New York Timesand 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.

You can find Donna at

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2 Responses to “Review: Smoke and Fire (Dark Kings #9) by Donna Grant”

  1. kathy valentine

    love your site!!! i came for the egg hunt and fell in love.