Fire Rising: Part 1
by Donna Grant
First in an exclusive four-part e-serial by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!Sammi’s world has been blown to bits—literally. With her pub up in flames, she escapes to Dreagan, the only place she will be safe. Her plan is to recover quickly and leave quietly. What she doesn’t count on is meeting the dangerously desirable and enigmatic Tristan…Tristan is instantly drawn to the woman seeking refuge at the Manor. Dazzled by her stunning beauty and intrigued by her silence about her past, Tristan knows he will not be able to let this woman go, no matter what the cost. And when Sammi slips away from Dreagan, Tristan is compelled to follow…in Fire Rising: Part 1.
Themes: dragons, paranormals, Fae
Rating: 3.75 stars
I am not much of a fan of reading serial versions of my novels, but I couldn’t pass up this chance to read the first portion of Tristan’s story as soon as possible. I have been reading books by Donna Gant for a long time now and seeing Tristan, then Duncan, die in a previous novel about broke my heart. So when we discovered he had returned in his new guise as Tristan, a sexy, strong immortal Dragon King, I jumped at the chance to see him fall in love. Getting this chance to read his novel and watch him fall was wonderful, but I was dying until I was able to finally read the next three parts of the serial and find out the whole story.
Part 1 of Fire Rising takes us from Sammi’s bar which has just been destroyed to her arrival at Dreagan, where her half-sister Jane finds her gravely injured and in need of help. When Tristan first sees her he is enraptured and unable to let her leave without their help. They soon discover that Sammi is being used to draw them out and that their shared enemies are darker and scarier than ever imagined. The section ends with Tristan standing guard over Sammi who is once again on the run from enemies and determined to make her way on her own.
I liked Sammi a lot even though she is very stubborn. Sammi seems to be a strong character but one that is closed off and unwilling to trust anyone with her safety or her heart. Hopefully with Tristan’s help she can overcome her fears. Tristan on the other hand is fighting with Sammi because he does not want to betray his friends and he doesn't understand the unique connection they have. Hopefully in the coming chapters we will see more development of a friendship and ultimately a relationship between Tristan and Sammi. It is obvious that there will be serious flames between this couple as they come together and I am looking forward to what comes next in the story. I am dying to find out who their enemies are and seriously see them get their asses kicked by the Dragon Kings.
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