Great prequel 3-pack to the Dark Kings Series by Donna Grant... Awesome starter for the rest of the series. I think these book will crossover with the..Show More » Dark Warrior books b/c during the first story when the silver dragons begin to move... the Immortals Warriors are mentioned... (the Immortal Warriors are the warriors from the Dark Warriors Series) so...I am think crossover at some point.
Anyway... the Kings have a spell to block out feelings for humans since one betrayed them and cause them to be separated from their dragons eons ago... but one human female catches a Kings eye... and no magic can stop his true feelings for her...
This happens for 3 kings... setting up the series....
Great stories... although not need to enjoy the rest of the series... which only one book is out now...but well worth it to get a better understanding of the Kings...
Any Donna Grant fan would enjoy this 3-pack...
Great narration too... This can't be Ferguson... didn't sound like him... but if it was... WoW! Ferguson is getting better with his female voices...
Fabulous narration by Antony Ferguson. This dragon-shifter erotic and suspenseful romance includes several explicit m/f sex scenes, several battle sce..Show More »nes (not gory), no offensive language (no crude terms for females, little or no swearing or profanity). This is the first book in the series, but it contains some characters from a related series (which I haven't read).
Lovers: Kellan the immortal dragon-shifter (king of the bronze dragons) and secret agent Denae Lacroix, a Texan working for British MI-5.
Setting: Scotland and Ireland in contemporary times.
Plot: A few rogue MI-5 agents join forces with an outcast dragon-shifter (Ulric, king of the silver dragons) and the Dark Fae, attempting to overthrow the other dragon kings and all mankind. The Light Fae play a big role, too.
The story is told in 3rd person POV, shifting among varied characters. The author's writing style is okay for light entertainment, but stands improvement. The world-building is sketchy in places, but I liked the idea of dragon species varying by metallic scales (silver, gold, bronze, copper, etc). Decent dialogue. Interesting description of the dragon keep. Some vivid action scenes. Too much time is spent in thinking, but the guilt-trip trope is not a major driver here (thankfully). We get the thoughts of Denae, Kellan, Rhi, Phelin, Con. The POV bounced all over.
I grew tired of certain overused phrases: "his celadon gaze" (green eyes, big hairy whoop). "Her whiskey eyes" (whatever), "the king of kings" (a lordy phrase in more ways than one — better to just refer to the head honcho as Con, Constantine, King Con, or King of the Golds). Like so many romance authors, too much focus on what the characters are wearing. Who cares? Tell me a story about what they do.
The story started off really strong, with suspense surrounding two MI-5 agents entering the cave of a dragon-shifter. However, all too soon the main characters (Kellan and Denae) begin to act illogically and out of character, to drive the plot towards sex at unwise (unsafe) times and places. Plot contrivances bug me. Have sex where it's safe, unless you want me to think you're too stupid to live. Same goes for the scene where Denae went freely into the jail, with NO escape plan. And how exactly did they escape? — the means made little sense.
Not a cliffhanger at the end, since everyone is safe for now, but some unresolved issues and questions point towards the sequel. -----------------
Excerpt from chapter one, when Kellan first encounters Denae. She's fighting for her life in his cave in Scotland.
"Kellan shifted his head. It had been many centuries since he’d seen a human, and quite frankly, he could go through eternity without seeing another. How he despised them.
He didn’t like his sleep being disturbed either. Yet, he knew Constantine wouldn’t be happy if he made himself known in his dragon form and ate the two intruders. As tempting as that might be.
His only other option would be to shift into human form and confront them. And that was too distasteful to even consider.
Kellan stayed in his spot and watched as the two circled each other. Nothing’s changed. Humans always fighting.
No matter how many centuries passed, no matter what country he visited, the humans were all the same. Selfish, belligerent, arrogant, greedy bastards."
I don't know why these books have so little reviews but they are amazing. This has everything you could want in a book. You don't have huge cliff hang..Show More »er their is an ending to the book but each book builds on one another. I would say give this book a try and you will enjoy.
I didn't much care for the heroine in this book. The connection between the 2 felt kinda weak. I guess I just wanted more of an I completely and total..Show More »ly love you feeling. Maybe I will feel that with the next few books/characters. I am getting annoyed at Conn too.
Anthony Ferguson has good accents. His voice though is to soft and after awhile I get bored and want to fall asleep.
The series is a good one, I just hope it gets more entertaining as it goes along.
I like this series a lot. Antony Ferguson did a better job this time, had more feeling.
The reason I gave it a 4 star and not a 5. Spoiler: ..Show More »I am a reader who likes the characters to have no "hook ups" once meeting each other. There is no cheating in this book, but Rhys lost a point for "dating" after meeting Lily before they became a couple, He took to long figure out he loved her. This is just a personal preference of mine.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and characters.
Good book! I luv it when the Warriors and the Kings war together and help each other. I truly like this Anthony Furgos as a man voice but hate it as ..Show More »a woman voice, please do not be so cheap in the future and have a woman do her own voice. Please everyone help change the way audible books r done. Complain!!! Multiple voices please!!!!
This series of books on the Dragon kings just keeps getting better and better. I am waiting for the next book already. I see so much and feel like I'..Show More »m in the book itself when I read this writers books. wonderful and such an amazing good job.
Another great addition to the Dark King Series. "Smothering Hunger" picks up right where the previous book, "Soul Scorched" left off. I'm going to tak..Show More »e a minute to say that technically, you can read these books on their own, however, personally, I believe, you will get significantly better understanding of the larger picture of what is transpiring if you read the entire series. This being said, if you started reading the series here with SMOLDERING HUNGER, you will want to go back anyways to rad the previous stories.
Donna, the author, continues to entice the readers with each page. The heroine, Sophie, is independant, smart and knows what she wants. While she has suffered in the past, she is ready to move forward. The hero, Darius is happy killing the Dark Fae yet is memorized by Sophie and while the physical attraction is evident, he can't help wonder if there might be more...
Oh Rhi!!! This is another example of where Donna's writing skills excel... Rhi, while technically a secondary character, has develop a following which adores the character and can't wait to learn who her Dragon King is! SERIOUSLY Donna! You're messing with our EMOTIONS!!!
The Reapers make more of an appearance in this installment and OMG, talk about the potential for a twist swirl Donna has caused! That's all I'm saying!!
All and all ... the main arc of defeating the Dark Fae and Ulrik continues. It's now a matter of when and how.
Narrator: Antony Ferguson continues to do a great job with the series, though there are a few mispronunciation with the character's name. Also, the way he does the females' voices sometimes comes across a bit nasally.
I'm struggling with the fact this many books in the narrator, of his own accord or not, has changed the pronunciation of Rhi's name from a long i soun..Show More »d to a long e sound. I'm not far enough to rate the rest of the book but this is driving me a little nuts.
I get Ryder plays heavily in this book but I think we're all astute enough to keep it straight without the switch up in the audio presentation.