Friday, September 26, 2014

ARC Review: Burning Desire (parts 3 & 4)

Burning Desire (Dark Kings #3)

by Donna Grant


The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all?
In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can’t stay away from her. He’s enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion…
Shara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?
Themes: paranormal, dragons, Fae
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Part 3 of Burning Desire takes off right away with Kiril and Shara’s enemies encroaching on their new relationship and pulling them into even greater intrigues.  As the drama heats up and both Kiril and Shara come to trust one another, we can see that the love between them, while tentative at this point, will be lasting and true once they both come to fully trust in that love.  I enjoyed seeing Shara come into her own, even though she takes a few wrong turns, bad decisions putting her and her lover into danger unintentionally.  When she approaches an even more dangerous enemy looking for an ally, there is really no denying that she is desperate to find a way to freedom that doesn’t put Kiril into danger, even though she doesn’t realize that is her motive.  Kiril, though, begins to see that not every situation is black and white, and really that the shades in between are what make a person unique and individual.
Shara’s fears lead her to make the bad decision of seeking help from her brother’s greatest enemy, the one man that scares her family and the alliance is definitely one to fall into the unholy category.  Shara almost immediately regrets her decision, but there is no way to go back on her unspoken promises, and soon she finds herself in an untenable position.  When an opening presents itself, Shara escapes the enemy and flies almost immediately to Kiril, seeking his help in getting herself free from both her family and the danger nipping at her heels.  Deciding to trust in her, Kiril begins to fall in love more and more as they work together to thwart the Dark that are plotting against the Kings and try to find a way to rescue Rhi.  But the attempt to save the Light Fae finds them both captured and their lives forfeit.
After being captured by the enemy, Kiril and Shara both have to face their greatest fears and though Kiril is a bit of an ass for a while, believing the lies told to him about Shara and believing that she betrayed him, in the end they were able to pull out a major win for the good people.  The Kings thankfully intervene and kick some major ass, while still managing to free both Kiril and Shara, but there are a few casualties of the battle, not the least being the trust between Shara and Kiril.  But Kiril is man—err dragon—enough to win back his mate and they find their happy ending.  Once they are away from the constant danger, Shara has to come to terms with the fact that the man she loves might never fully trust her, but an unexpected ally gives her the chance to change her fate and show him that she will change her very nature for him, for the deep love they could share, and the happy life that awaits them.  Happily, Rhi finds herself out of immediate danger, through some very shocking circumstances, but not necessarily in a safe place, however, dammit, we still are no closer to finding out who her lover was. 
The last part of this story focused greatly on the relationship between Kiril and Shara, but more it focused on the changes that each of them had to undergo individually to allow them to come together and be each other’s destined mate. The passion between them was there from the very second they locked eyes, but the love and trust were slow in coming and hit quite a few obstacles, a few that seemed insurmountable.  Kiril has to come to terms with the fact that not everyone is perfect, we all have our dark sides, and the choice to live in the light is what makes us into better individuals.  Shara had to come to accept the flaws within herself, and the greatness that others have classified as flaws her entire life.  Her compassion, empathy, independence, and ability to love are what make her such a wonderful character and deserving of all the chances she can have at happiness.  I was thrilled to see a few characters become much more active in this fight against the Dark and find myself more and more intrigued by the Light Fae and especially their queen.  Can’t wait for more Dragon Kings to find their mates and to see the Light continue to beat away the Dark. 
And for pity’s sakes, someone please convince Donna to tell us who Rhi’s lover was before I love my dang mind!!
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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