Smoke and Fire by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #9)

Smoke and Fire by Donna GrantAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s 

My Copy; NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

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…

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…

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?

I guess this book started out as a serial, four part release. I don’t mess around with that stuff. Publishers, come on now, stop doing that. Just stop. It only ticks readers off. When I noticed it was being released like a normal book I went ahead and got it because I have enjoyed other books in this series. This is a series I can skip entire books in (simply because of the amount of things on my plate) and come back to at any time. At the beginning of each book, Grant does an excellent job of filling in all the missing info for those of us who jump around in the series.

Smoke and Fire is Ryder and Kinsey’s book. This was a slightly different feel because both Ryder and Kinsey are more computer nerd than anything else. Sure, Ryder is still a Dragon King and bad ass, but he’d much rather have his donuts and his computer and be running lines of codes than be doing anything else. Several years prior, Ryder met and fell in love with Kinsey. This was before the dragons finding mates was unheard of and leader, Con was hell bent on stopping it from happening. As the series has progressed, Con has certainly come around a bit and while still protective of his men, he’s not out to gut any of their mates once they’ve proven themselves either. I’ve actually liked watching his personal progression throughout the books and I’m really hoping somewhere down the line he gets his mate….because he definitely needs a woman.

Since this was more of a tech based book, it felt a bit more low key and less action packed then some of the previous installments. I liked the heat Ryder and Kinsey had together though. They definitely brought the sparks. Ryder had left Kinsey high and dry 3 years ago and it took her a LONG time to get over it. And I don’t mean the 3 years since she’s seen him, I mean a long time in the book. She gets a bit repeat-y throughout the book because it seemed like every 5 seconds she’d be reminding herself how much Ryder hurt her. I get that to a degree, but either move on or jump his bones woman…just please pick one. That was honestly my only gripe about Smoke and Fire.

The continuous story arc of the series progresses steadily as it has in previous books. Once again there is more working beneath the scenes than I think readers are anticipating and once all the players are known along with their allegiances, shit will truly hit the fan. The final showdown, hopefully in Con’s book (*wink wink*), should be one of epic proportions. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment!

Grant will light your fire and leave you smoldering with desire! Smoke and Fire is an excellent book, and this series is definitely one you should pick up!

I give Smoke and Fire by Donna Grant 4 stars! 

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