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Smoke and Fire

Dark Kings, Book 9
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Dark Kings, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (468 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

A dragon shape-shifter 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?

©2016 Donna Grant (P)2016 Tantor

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    3 out of 5 stars

Rhi'ly?

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 sound 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.

I hope it switches back soon.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 03-09-17

Just ok..

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 1

After three years of not seeing one another someone sends Kinsey to Dreagan, unbeknownst to her her ex-lover Ryder is there. Ryder left her when she saw him shift into his dragon form and ran from him screaming like a banshee. Anyway, together they try to figure out who wanted Kinsey at Dreagan with Ryder and why.

Of course, you have to have a couple of murdering bad guys so Taraeth, king of the dark fae, and Mikkel, the killer uncle of Ulrik. Balladyn was here too but you never know if he’s decent or evil.
AND Rhi was there, too. I really, really like Rhi and I can’t wait to find out who her dragon king was. And I’d like to know why death’s minion, Daire, is following Rhi, invisibly.

No sex in in this part be the F-bomb was used 5 times.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 2

The second book was spent with Ryder being love-sick and Kinsey being stubborn and acting like she was done with Ryder, while always thinking how much she wants and loves him. A little too much angst for me in part 1 & 2. I wasn’t going to judge to harshly until I read the other two parts, though. A lot of searching for any sign of Ulrik on their computers, only to find him right under their noses. AND still thoughts on Balladyn’s part of killing Taraeth so Balladyn could become king of the dark fae. Seems like he’s been thinking that for the past 2 or 3 books. He needs to kill, or be killed, and stop thinking about it. And I’m still not sure how I feel about Balladyn capturing Rhi and torturing her forever and she forgives him and has sex with him in this book? Yeah, I have a hard time with that.

And Con is still having a hard time believing Kinsey didn’t make up some reason for her to be there and that she’s really there to spy on the dragons and get proof that there really are dragons at Dreagan.

No sex in this part and the F-bomb was not used.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 3

So, this will never be one of my Dragon King books. I got so tired of Kinsey saying, “He left me,” and her constant pity party; how he broke her heart, how afraid she was about giving him another chance, but having sex with him anyway. I had a hard time liking Kinsey. The best thing about this part was the time dedicated to Rhi and her “watcher.”

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 4

I wish I had just read this part first since it was the only one that was really any good: The “evidence” that Kinsey was at Dreagan to spy on them, Ryder dreading the fact that he was going to have to kill Kinsey, her in an almost catatonic state while she walked through the mansion, naked, and kicking the dragon asses, to get to Esther to kill her, to getting lost in her own mind, caused by a druid’s magic. Just all kinds of excitement in this final part. Best part in the series.

There was a couple of sex scenes and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narrator: No matter how hard I try Antony Ferguson will never be a favorite of mine. There just something wrong with his voice. None of his voices are “verra” good, male or female. And he has a difficult whispering when he really, really needs to.

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forgetting our characters' names?

How sad is it when the narrator can't remember how to pronounce the name of a pivotal character after 9 books in the series? RYE, the light fae, has suddenly become REE. Not just once, but every time she is mentioned in this book. It's really annoying, and makes it difficult to listen to the audiobook.

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Name Pronunciation

This 100% is about Anthony Ferguson's pronunciation of names! For the love of all that is holy please pronounce Rhi's name the same in each book!!! It's been Rh-eye up until this book and all of a sudden it's Rh-ee! my ear are burning!

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I Love suprises

This book was very exciting!!
I didn't want to stop listening, it just kept getting more exciting as the story developed!

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great book

Am I the only one who heard the phone ringing at the beginning of chapter 43? 😁 oh well. great book and great series so far.

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Proof two computer geeks... can scorch the page

This book was originally read as a part of the Audible Escape package, then later purchased as a Kindle eBook to read at my own leisure. Smoke and Fire #9 in the Dark King series; which is a part of the greater Dark World. Characters from previous books appear and longer subplots are formed and beginning to build.

Kinsey is a computer hacker that is trying to get over, fellow hacker Ryder. What she doesn’t know he didn’t know the spell that kept him from falling in love was broken… now he must preform the most masterful hack yet. Breaking back into Kinsey’s her.

As with all Donna Grant books in the Dark World series once you get in… it is hard to get out.

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mispronounced name was super distracting

after 9 or 10 books of Rhy being pronounced "Rye" suddenly she is "Ree". I hated this and it ruined the enjoyment of the book for me

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WHY!!!

One thing I don’t understand or like

WHY after soooo many books suddenly start to pronunciate a main characters name differently? Rhi. Why why change the way you say it now??? Very annoying

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Smoke and Fire

Loved this book it is just so full of twists and turns that you will not be able to put it down