Friday, May 12, 2017

Blaze - Donna Grant (Review)

31451014Blaze by Donna Grant
SerieDark Kings # 11
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy 
Publication date: 
May 30th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ebook336 pages
How I got it: NetGalley for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5 

His strength, his masculinity brought out something primal within her. In his arms, she felt like the Amazon warrior she'd once pretended to be as a little girl.

Anson is a fierce Dragon King, a dragon shapeshifter born and bred to protect his own. But when a rogue tech company hacks into their world, he must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies: a human female. Her name is Devon Abrams. A rising star at the firm, she has no idea that her boss is in league with the sinister Fae and their secret war against humanity. If Anson gains her trust, he can defeat the enemy from within. But first he must fight his own attraction--to this exquisitely beautiful mortal...

Devon loves her job at the firm. But sometimes she wishes she could find a man--a real man--who isn't threatened by her success. When she first meets Anson, she's overwhelmed by his powerful masculine presence and disarmingly gorgeous smile. But when he reveals his true mission--and his ability to transform into a dragon--she's irresistibly drawn into an epic battle between humans and immortals, magic and technology, danger and desire. Anson vows to protect her from the Fae. But can he control the flames of passion that blaze within his heart, in Blaze, the next sexy Dragon romance in the Dark Kings series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.


My thoughts:

This book contains adult themes.

This book is about Anson who is a Dragon King who is working to get information from a tech company.  Devon is an employee of the tech firm in which Anson needs to get the information from. This book follows a few storylines and is told from several POV’s.  Each chapter switches the POV and we get to here from a few side characters along the way building up to one complete story. 

The chemistry in this book is great.  I love the relationship that the author created between Anson and Devon.  The author slowly builds it with a few stolen glances here and there and then boom they connect.  I enjoyed the two of them getting to know each other.  We got a lot more information about Devon up front, but we did get to learn more about Anson as the book progressed.   The author has a lot of tension build up between them and then we get to see them together and trying to work on a relationship.   

Devon is an interesting character that the author developed for this book.   She has her mind singularly focused on work and doesn’t see much more out there besides not being able to find a good man.   When Devon meets Anson a lot of changes happen in her life quickly.  Devon lost her family at a very young age and then was basically disowned by her only relatives so she was used to being on her own.  Devon had a very open mind during this entire book and stayed relatively positive.  I could see how much she cared about Anson once she was risking her life to complete the mission that Anson was sent to complete.    Devon grows on me as a character in this book and I am rooting for her the whole way.

Anson is a great character as well.  The author does a great job showing his conflict of going after Devon with his responsibilities as a Dragon King and a past love he doesn’t want to jump into anything.  I loved that we got to see Anson’s feelings during the relationship develop and then we got to see what lengths he would go to protect Devon.
The author does a great job creating all the imagery for the scenes.  I felt I could imagine exactly what was going on and what the characters looked like through the author’s writing.  Since there were a lot of different locations and scenes the author took her time to explain exactly what was going on.

My one complaint would be that this book is a little confusing at time.  There are a lot of players in this book between Dragon Kings, Druid, and Fae’s and it becomes a little complicated to keep everything separated as well as follow all the separate stories.  This book is part of a series and it book number 11 I would think that if you read all 11 of the books you would probably totally understand what is going on.   I also would love to read more by this author and more in this series to learn more about what is going on.

The story was a little complex to follow along with and lead me to have to reread parts.  I think the author could have put more backstory into this book to figure out what was going on in all the side stories.  Also, not all the side stories come together in the end.  I have a lot of lingering questions on what is going to happen next at the end of the book.  The author leaves a lot up in the air at the end and leaves a lot of possibilities for the next book.

I would suggest this as a great beach read.  There is a lot going on in this book and it was a little challenging for me to pick up on everything that was happening all at once so I would suggest reading it when you have more time to take everything in.    It would be great for a beach day where you had the whole day to relax and soak in a book.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 


About the Author

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, three cats, and a dog.

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  1. OMGGGGG I LOVE THAT COVER! Holy guacamole! I want to read this book based on the cover alone. :D Donna Grant - she has a 1,001 Dark Nights story, right? I feel like I have a magnet of one of her 1,001 Dark Nights books, a green one. Anything dragons sounds good to me! I should probably something from the beginning though. o_o Great review, Kristyn!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I love the cover too!! This was my first Donna Grant book, but I can't wait to read more!! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

  2. A series of 11 books.. that's too long. I do love a book with multiple point of views though.. it's easier to understand what's going on. Is beach read dangerous? You would be lost in the story and ended up sitting under the sun way too long and getting sunburn? hehe.. I'm kidding.. Great review though! I can't see myself getting into a long series of books.. 7 from Harry Potter is the longest for me.. :-)

    1. I enjoy longer series if the characters are really good I want to see what they are going to do next! It might be a dangerous beach read you need tons of sunscreen and shade! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. Can this be a stand alone? Sounds like it has a lot going on but pretty much works. Great review!

    1. I read it as a standlone, but there were parts that I found confusing and had to reread. I would suggest starting at the beginning of the series. Thank you for stopping by!


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