Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mini-Review: Burning Desire

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: 4.25 stars
Heat Rating: 
As I have already written a detailed review for the serial releases of this story I just wanted to share a bit of my opinion about the story as a whole. Having once again ventured into the world of Scotland, through the eyes of Donna Grant, we get to experience the greatness of the Dragon Kings.  This newest addition is the story of Kiril’s foray into the dark side as he tries to discover more about the Kings’ new enemies and save an old friend as well.  Kiril has been in Ireland, earth base for the Dark Fae, for a good while now, but has made little to no progress with finding any news about Rhi, their Light Fae ally who has been kidnapped by the Dark. The Dark have stepped up their game and they are actively trying to capture Kiril and finally keep a captive Dragon King.  But their new lure is reluctant and one that is irresistible to Kiril but still won’t pull him into the trap.  Shara is a Dark, sort of, and she has been given a mission that will redeem her in the eye of her family and her people. If only she can get over her feelings for Kiril and accomplish it.
This story certainly took some interesting twists and turns, through lies, passions, betrayals and forgiveness, as well as showing us a side of the Light Fae queen that I never expected.  Both Kiril and Shara are faced with their deepest fears and must find a way to overcome them if they are to defeat their enemies and make it out of this war alive.  The biggest danger, of course, being their love and the risks they take being together.  When they are both put in the ultimate danger, the trust they have tenuously been building is put to the ultimate test, and though they hit their bumps along the way, in the end they are able to overcome the danger keeping them apart and have a chance to build a future together. 
Each of the Kings, especially Con, plays a prominent role in this story, and we get to see a more complex and slightly darker side to Ulrick, though even still I cannot decide is he is truly an enemy or just a male blinded by his rage and unwilling to give up his revenge.  Hopefully he will fall on the side of good in the end.  But the most important part of this story is the message that no matter our origins it is our choices and our inner strengths that really define our lives and make us who we are.  Shara might have been born to the Dark, but she has never really had what it takes to sustain that evil and the compassion and innate goodness shines through even as she plots for ways to save herself from her family and their evil plans.  Kiril obviously had some issues to work through with trust, but in the end he too was able to find a balance and come to understand the importance of Shara and the love they have found together.  I am looking forward to the next story in the series and learning more about the Kings.  My biggest fear is that more kings will appear as the battle wages, lengthening the series and bringing even more intricate worries, but mostly I fear this because for pity’s sakes, someone please convince Donna to tell us who Rhi’s lover was before I lose my dang mind!! If she drags out this mystery for too many more books I may just have to track her down and beg and plead with her to share the secret!   Keep up the great work Donna and you will always have a fan in me.

For full review see my blog posts:
Burning Desire Part 1 & 2
Burning Desire Part
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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