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...
SWORN TO PROTECT
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...
DRIVEN TO DESIRE
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?
Themes: Dragon-Shifters, Fae, Magick, Paranormal
Rating: 4.25 stars
The battle rages on and once more a woman is brought into the world of the dragons as a pawn to bring down the Dragon Kings, but luckily her good heart and the love of a good male will keep tragedy from striking. Long time readers of this series have been wondering just who holds Ryder’s heart and we finally get to meet her in their love story. I love this series because of the way that Donna can seamlessly integrate so many storylines into one beautifully put together collection, much like a skilled weaver bringing together opposing colors into a masterful tapestry. Ryder has been hiding the truth of his past from his friends for several years now, but when Kinsey arrives at Dreagan, stunning him and throwing them both directly into the path of danger and deception, there is no way for him to hide the way he feels about her. Kinsey has loved Ryder for four years, even after seeing him shift into a terrifying monster, and she is just as stunned to realize she has been used to get information on him and his brethren. She knows she's innocent, but only with Ryder’s help can she prove it to the other Kings to prevent them from killing her. I enjoyed seeing how Ryder and the other residents at Dreagan were able to show Kinsey that even though the men aren’t exactly human, they love just as strongly and are determined to protect the very humans that are out to destroy them. Ryder was so sweet as he tried to get Kinsey to accept him back into her heart, even knowing that she feared him and he had hurt her badly with his abandonment. I could feel every moment of his fears, angst, and determination to win her back and was rooting for him, even when he became an ass for a little while because he believed the lies. It was also strange to see a king, even knowing what we already knew about Ryder, so dependent on and skilled with technology, the way Ryder’s brain worked reminded me that a flexible and well used mind could be just as sexy as a built and practiced body, and if one could have both, well there’s just no denying that a woman would find Ryder irresistible. Kinsey on the other hand pissed me off in the beginning. She loved Ryder so deeply and his betrayal cut her to the bone, and seeing him as a Dragon so many years later obviously shook her up, but she refused to use her logical mind, which was almost as amazing as Ryder’s, to figure out that his leaving her might have had something to do with his amazing—and very LARGE—secret. Once she began to understand that Ryder was simply a man like any other—flaws, dumb mistakes and thoughtless actions, and all—she became the woman I knew she was under all that pain. It was also fascinating to see how they blended so well, not just in the bedroom, but also in their work and the way they were able to come together to figure out the danger stalking them. I may have been surprised by Ryder and Kinsey’s story, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. I am looking forward to more in this series and learning more and more about these fascinating males and the women that take them down a peg.
And as always Rhi has had an integral role in this story and it was interesting to see her growing and changing, while remaining at the heart the woman she truly is. The way the story is going though, I’m wondering if in the end she will be getting back with her Dragon King or if she is destined for another path. Time will tell on that, but I surely hope we will learn the secret of who he is, even if they don’t end up together in the end. *tear*
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was provided.