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Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she's been set up - as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny - and a desire - that could destroy them both. It's been 1,200 years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there's no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons - and the fiercest enemy of all.

©2014 Donna Grant (P)2014 Tantor

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I'm a pushover for Irish accents.

I listened to book 0 and enjoyed that one enough to make try book 1. Glad I did. Enjoyed Darkest Flame very much. Nice lead female in this story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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When in danger, have sex?

Fabulous narration by Antony Ferguson. This dragon-shifter erotic and suspenseful romance includes several explicit m/f sex scenes, several battle scenes (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.
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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."

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Not my thing

DNF

Droning on and on / talking for hours without anything happening.

Love the narrator's voice though

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3 Darkest Flame Stars

Ok, I liked this book better than the other Donna Grant book I listened to. I think Antony Ferguson only got better with time, though I still feel like he doesn’t put enough emotion into his voice.

I liked the Dragon Kings against the Dark Fae that was a twist I didn’t see coming and that they were Scottish loved that accent. I do struggle with the same underlying story that trust for these men in Donna’s stories are hard to come by. I kind of feel like she is stacking a lot of negatives on her characters, where she could give them all the benefit of the doubt.

One lonely little human isn’t to blame for all the humans. I really enjoyed our female character she had some grit. And that was nice to listen to; she wasn’t a huge pushover and I like that about my heroines.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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So distracting!

I enjoyed the storyline and like this author a lot. However, the voice the male narrator used for the female lead was SO distracting and ruined the flow for me.

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  • Harry
  • Lusby, MD, United States
  • 03-19-15

Feel like I missed something.

I'm not sure but it feels like this is a continuation of another book and I missed it. Gotta read up and see what's going on with the sequence of the books. All in all this was a good book and well narrated

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 12-31-14

Can't listen to anymore..

Any additional comments?

Loved Kellan and Denae. They were great together, except the times Denae thought she could protect dragons. Really? And when they in the tunnels running from Taraeth and the Dark Ones and Denae and Kellan had to stop for some passionate kisses, thought that was rather stupid. I really liked Rhi and it was nice seeing Con, Kiril, Guy, Tristan, etc., again.
An all-around good read with some really good sex.


As to the narrator: I listened to Dark Heat and only gave Mr. Ferguson 3 stars but this time I really listened and only gave him 2. His lack of performing is just amazing. Con bellowed and the narrator just used his regular reading voice. There was yelling, whispering, murmuring, muttering, but nothing from Mr. Ferguson, just his usual boring reading tone. And don't get me started on how he sucks at womens voices.
I've listened to this narrator for the last time. If a male or female narrator can't do both men and women's voices with believability they shouldn't be narrators.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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YES......carry on

So happy Ms. Grant took this series on, I think the dragons are so very interesting, I was a little confused with the timeline tho, I thought in the warrior series that a few of the dragons were all ready mated but in the start of this series they are not, so with that in mind I the Ms.Grant took us back some on the storyline... Totally ok with me it was easy to catch on and follow along....

Thank you for a great book

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A sexy historian meets a sassy spy

This book was originally read as a part of the Romance Package. Then later purchased as Kindle eBook, as a part of my collection of books I want to reread at my own leisure.

Denae is meant to be a tempting morsel for the Dragon King Kellan, but the sleeping dragon hungers for something much deeper than her flesh. Kellan tries to deny it but he wants her heart and soul, along with her flesh.

The villain(s) of this book want the knowledge that Kellan has, as that he is Dragon Kings historian. Denae is used to multiple times to attempt to get that information and to expose the dragons. This is the first full book of long series. Plot lines are for multiple books are being laid and characters that will later tug on your heartstrings are being introduced.

Reading this series is entertaining and the world Donna Grant paints makes everyone want their own personal dragon.

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Narrator pls STOP trying to do an American accent

Dear Narrator,

Your Irish brogue is really wonderful and sexy, but the first time you narrated Denae's Texas accented character, I thought it was a joke in the storyline or something, but then I realized disappointingly it wasn't and that you were going to be reading her that way all the way through the book. I only finished the story because that was the only book I had on my phone while on a long trip..
Not sure if it is all female voices or because you were trying to do a Texas accented female voice. I'm sorry, and not trying to be mean but Denae's narration comes across as cartoon-ish and really spoils the story....