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Smoldering Hunger: A Dark Kings Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2015

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Book 8 of 9 in the Dark Kings Series

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Editorial Reviews

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"Grant's dragon-shifters can always be relied upon for steamy, intense romances and fierce battles." - RT Book Reviews on Passion Ignites

Soul Scorched is a must read.” ―Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick!)

“Ms. Grant does not disappoint the recesses of the heart with Soul Scorched.” ―Reader to Reader

“Donna Grant continues to build on the series... there is an attachment to the characters that you don't want to end.” ―San Francisco Book Review on Soul Scorched

“Grant's fearless and passionate Dragon Kings...command attention.” ―RT Book Reviews on Soul Scorched

“Charming and sizzling.” ―RT Book Reviews on Hot Blooded

“Grant impressively integrates the intimate details of her main couple's searing chemisty...spinning taut, steamy scenes and epic battles with equal skill.” ―RT Book Reviews on Burning Desire

“Donna Grant has given the paranormal genre a burst of fresh air.” ―San Francisco Chronicle on Darkest Flame

“Will keep readers absorbed with thrilling revelations and developments...a touching journey of two lonely hearts that fans will love.” ―RT Book Reviews on Fire Rising

“Packed with all the wonderful sizzle and chemistry fans have come to expect from Grant.” ―RT Book Reviews on Darkest Flame

“4 Stars! Loaded with subtle emotions, sizzling chemistry and some provocative thoughts on the real choices [Grant's] characters are forced to make as they choose their loves for eternity.” ―RT Book Reviews on Dark Heat

“Top Pick! Vivid images, intense details and enchanting characters grab the reader's attention and [don't] let go.” ―Night Owl Reviews on Dark Heat

“Super storyteller Grant returns with the second back-to-back release in the Dark Warrior series. All of Grant's characters must face not only external threats, but also their own inner demons, lending an extra depth and drama to the stories.” ―RT Book Reviews on Dark Warrior

“4 Stars! Grant's eighth Dark Warrior book provides a thrilling and satisfying addition to her intense and constantly evolving series. ” ―RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

“Once again, Donna Grant has given the readers a great story.” ―Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE

“4 Stars! Grant's smoldering seventh Dark Warriors will grip readers from the first page. ” ―RT Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S TEMPTATION

“A 5 Star, not to miss, read!” ―Night Owl Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S KISS

“This story is one you will remember long after the last page is read.” ―Romance Junkies on MIDNIGHT’S KISS

4 Stars! The world of the Immortal Warriors is a thoroughly engaging one, blending powerful ancient gods, fiery desire, and touchingly human love, which readers will surely want to revisit.” ―RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S KISS

4 1/2 Stars! Grant has crafted a chemistry between her wounded alpha and surprisingly capable heroine that will, no doubt, enthrall series fans and newcomers alike.” ―RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S CAPTIVE

4 Stars! Super storyteller Grant returns with...A rich variety of previous protagonists adds a wonderful familiarity to the books” ―RT Books Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S WARRIOR

“5 Stars! Ms. Grant brings together two people who are afraid to fall in love and then ignites sparks between them.” ―Single Title Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S WARRIOR

4 Stars! Grant again proves that she is a stellar writer and a force to be reckoned with.” ―RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION

“Sizzling love scenes and engaging characters fill the pages of this fast-paced and immersive novel.” ―Publishers Weekly on MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION

5 Stars! Ms. Grant mixes adventure, magic and sweet love to create the perfect romance story.” ―Single Title Reviews on MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION

“4 Stars. It's good vs. evil Druid in the next installment of Grant's Dark Warrior series. The stakes get higher as discerning one's true loyalties becomes harder. Grant's compelling characters and the continued presence of previous protagonists are key reasons why these books are so gripping. Another exciting and thrilling chapter!” ―RT Book Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S LOVER

5 Stars! Ms. Grant weaves a sweet love story into a story filled with action, adventure and the exploration of personal pain.” ―Single Title Reviews on MIDNIGHT'S LOVER

“Paranormal elements and scorching romance are cleverly intertwined in this tale of a damaged hero and resilient heroine.” ―Publishers Weekly on MIDNIGHT'S LOVER

“Every book is an escape from the humdrum into a world of magic and fiery romance.” ―Fresh Fiction on MIDNIGHT'S LOVER

“[A]ncient legends, and seductive romance are seamlessly interwoven into one captivating package.” ―Publishers Weekly on MIDNIGHT'S MASTER

“Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant” ―Allison Brennan, New York Times bestseller on MIDNIGHT'S MASTER

4 Stars! Grant creates a vivid picture of Britain centuries after the Celts and Druids tried to expel the Romans, deftly merging magic and history. The result is a wonderfully dark, delightfully well-written tale. Readers will eagerly await the next Dark Sword book.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on the Dark Sword series

“Totally captivating and entertaining...Cursed by dark magic, the immortal MacLeod brothers are a force to be reckoned with.” ―Fresh Fiction on the Dark Sword series

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. She's the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night's Awakening, and Dawn's Desire. Her acclaimed Dark Warrior and Dark Sword series novels feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Kings (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (December 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125007195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250071958
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ending of Passion Ignites has Darius and Sophie enjoying some intimate time together. This moment is also mentioned in Dark Alpha’s Claim. It is no secret that Darius is interested in repeating the events of that evening. Sophie has sworn never to let anyone get close to her again has no qualms about relishing Darius’s body again. Darius is not worried about finding his mate as so many of his fellow Dragons has. Something that has happened in his past reminds his that a mate is not something his future hold. They both go into what is supposed to be hot no stings sex with their eyes open to any future for them.

A Dragon showing any type of interest in a female will inevitably put her on Ulrik’s radar. It doesn’t take him long to sniff her out. Ulrik being the wizened man he is also figures out the easiest way to get to her and cause her the most pain thus poking the Dreagan Dragons and their King. Sophie is soon swept up into a war with beings that she never fathomed could possibly exist. She also soon finds herself doing something she swore she would never do again, trust another enough to let them in and fall in love.

I’m at the point in the Dark Kings series where I need something to happen to push the world further along, something BIG. It seems to me that the deeper we go into this series that there is less advancement in the big picture. Ulrik is going to go after the female main character to hurt the male main character. Con is going to give half-truths to his Dragons while hoping they don’t fall in love. Readers are going to be reminded that the Dragon lover Rhi once had is very present and still forever nameless. The weapon that the Dark once sought is still hidden and a secret. I’m getting a feeling of too much repetition here.
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I really liked this installment! I liked it mostly because I'm so freakin' excited about Rhi and the direction her character seems to be moving. Her relationship with Balladyn is incredibly tense, confusing, and has me switching back and forth from love to hate. Her history with his character has a way of toying with me and I'm constantly changing my mind about him. I love it when that happens! He has the ability to be light, but is consumed by dark. Rhi has the ability to be dark but is strongly drawn to her light. It's hard to say whether Balladyn will be her undoing, or if she will be his savior. I get so giggly excited about this storyline, even more so than the Dragon Kings. I would read an entire series focused only on them. They are the reason I keep coming back for more.
I am very intrigued by the emergence of the Reapers. I somehow missed that the author is doing a spin-off series focused only on them. How did that happen?? I will be catching up on that one because they have great potential and mystery and I need more. :)
I loved our couple in this installment. Intelligent, strong women are always my favorite types of heroines and Sophie definitely fits the bill. Darius is probably one of my favorite Dragon Kings. He is sexy, has a scarred past, and deserves to find his true mate more than anyone. I enjoyed this pairing very much... as well as the hot and steamy love scenes. They are definitely good together.
The storyline is steadily moving forward between the Dragon Kings, their desire to find Ulrik, the banished King who is causing them big problems and their war with the Dark Fae. There are lots of secrets that I'm sure will eventually come out that will cause turmoil. Still lots to look forward too and to keep us on our toes.
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As always, the Dragon Kings are HOT and I want to be any of the women who get lost in the world of Draegan. But the story is dragging on and on and I'm at the point if Rhi's King isn't revealed, I'm going to stop reading. The story feels regurgitated...
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Once again Donna Grant brings us a tale of fantasy and promise. Of Dragon Kings and Fey of Good vs Evil. In her 8th, that's right 8th Dragon Kings Series book, we are challenged. The book shows how truly talented Donna is because it's fresh, it's new and it's exciting and yet it continues the over all arc that has been going on since the beginning. And that's talent.

Dr. Sophie Martin is committed to her craft, to being there for those who need her, not just those who can pay her. She is dedicated, brilliant and alone. When Darius made his appearance (Passion Ignites). She was fascinated, intrigued and totally attracted. But that was a one night stand and Sophie has had to keep going. But Darius is back and he brings with him a danger so dark she can't fathom it. Until she is used as a pawn in the battle and Sophie has to rely on the unbelievable.. and on a love she didn't know she could ever have.

Darius, is a rather conservative dragon. He's there for his team, his family. He believes in what they stand for and he is thrilled that some of them are falling in love. What he doesn't expect, refuses to accept, is that he too can fall. That there is a woman for him that will accept him, scales and all. It's not in the cards and Darius has made sure of it. But one night with Sophie is not enough.. even though he keeps telling her and himself that it is. She's his potato chip one night is just not enough. When Sophie is used as a means to get to the Dragons, Darius is forced to accept that she means way more to him that he wanted to admit.. She has become his world.

Donna made the story of Darius and Sophie front and center in this book. It drives the arc rather than the arc driving the book.
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