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Darkest Flame

(Dark Kings #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,148 ratings  ·  376 reviews
In Darkest Flame by Donna Grant, the Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender—body and soul?

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly missio
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Kelly LaFleur The Dark King Series is a spinoff of both Donna's Dark Sword series and then the Dark Warriors Series, she states they are all stand-alone but to get …moreThe Dark King Series is a spinoff of both Donna's Dark Sword series and then the Dark Warriors Series, she states they are all stand-alone but to get a better flow over the overall series to start with the Dark Sword novels.


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There's basically 3 reasons why I give this 2 stars. (Although I must say, I LOVE the cover!)

1. I feel like I should know more about the characters than I do. Obviously there are characters here from her other books, and many aren't well explained and I sit there, looking like a lost kid, not knowing who is what and what is were.

2. Pussy whipping. The worst I've read inn all my pnr history. *mad* Here it goes: (view spoiler)
4 1/2 stars
I really enjoyed the novellas that started this series so I was excited to get to read this one. Certainly wasn't disappointed!

Kellan has some issues. He's a dragon king that has been sleeping for centuries. The presence of man in this realm has caused some problems that he just can't get past. In his grief for his bronze dragons and the betrayal of a human, he finds endless sleep easier to deal with. That's all interrupted when an MI5 mission lands Denae and her partner Matt in his c
1.5 stars
I'm sorry but this book was just terrible. Awful. The plot was okay. I kind of liked the mythology of it, but it was just so badly written.

Sorry to be so blunt, but I don't know how else to say it.

Plot: Kellan is a dragon shifter who hates humans. Hates them. So much so that he decided he'd rather hibernate in a cave for 1500 hundred years than live among humans and their evil, greedy, selfish, violent ways. Denae is an MI5 agent who was mysteriously sent to a random cave (that was
Despite the rave reviews, I'd go 3 stars tops, but this author has a lot of potential. This dragon-shifter erotic 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). The audiobook Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories provides the backstory.

Good narration by Antony Fe
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Dragon shifters are always a magical read. Donna Grant has mastered creating sexy dragon shifters in a Scottish world filled with magic. Her Dark Kings are just as intriguing as her Dark Warriors. They are in the same world and those warriors that we’ve loved for so long still play a large role in this series.
The Dragon Kings have two main goals in life. The goals seem simple enough. They are to protect the human race, and remain a secret from all. This should be simple. It appears that the Dra
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard fans of PNR
I'm rating this despite not having finished it, b/c I made it nearly halfway through before calling it quits. I'm more of an UF person than a PNR person, but I do enjoy PNR occasionally . . . if it's not stuff and nonsense:

What was it about Kellan that made her open up? Was it his virile magnetism? His irresistible eyes? His finely honed body?
His mind-blowing kisses?

This was, however, stuff and nonsense, so moving on.
4 "Dragons, and Warriors, and Faries..." Stars!

Oh my! I'm excited for this series. Rtc...
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I started with novellas, and then jumped right into this book. I am still on the fence because again, the characters were underdeveloped and the plot wasn’t as engaging as I had hoped. This book felt more like erotica than paranormal romance.

Secret agent Denae LaCroix was sort of forced into assisting the Dragon Kings since her M15 group set her up and abandoned her. The dragons were unknown to most humans but now there is a group trying to expose their existence.

Now Denae is caught up in a war
Re-listened on 6-7/1-2020.
First listened on 2-4/12-2019.

Review from 4/12-2019:

I'm really enjoying this series so far. I really like the narrator as well, especially his accent, but I'm not a huge fan of when he's doing the female voices/povs for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on why. But the male pov's are perfect. I especially like the Scottish accent lol.

I've already started listening to the next one!
Lisa Marie
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I wish I would have read Dark Heat first though because I felt lost with some of the other characters stories. Kellen is a great hero but a little too stubborn for my liking. Love the heroine! Can’t wait to continue this series.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

Poor Narration!! The narrator wasn't good at accents. He used a Deep Southern Drawl for a Texan accent. It was annoying! I guess that would only be noticeable to an American. But he also, used British Slang while using a Scottish dialect.

The Story of Dragon King Kellan and a MI5 Agent Daenae was fast paced. It had a good plot line but at times I felt like this wasn't the first story written in the Dark Kings series. It felt like I was missing some of
I actually read this in serial form, but I would definitely recommend the novel version. Each installment ends on a major cliffhanger (except the fourth), which many people find annoying and bothersome. I actually liked the cliffhangers, it added a bit of suspense for me :)

In the Darkest Flame, we meet Denae and Kellan. Denae works as an operative for the British Government in a branch called M15. She is assigned to a cryptic mission where she and her partner have to infiltrate and gather "evide
Moon Love
I'm baffled at how to rate this. I've been meaning to read Donna for ages, especially since I've gotten back into reading paranormal romance. The book started off great but I got confused early on. There are so many characters and so many species and so much history that has happened before this book starts. Many of their stories have already been told in previous books and series. It really felt like I'd been dropped in a forest with no clue and direction. I don't mind reading long series, but ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I enjoyed this book, I always enjoy reading about romance between a mythological male and a strong heroin.
Kellan is a dragon king that hates humans so when he meets Denae (woman) he wants to walk away without looking back, but Con that is the king of dragon kings, asks him to get near her...
Therefore Kellan gets to spend time with her and is surprised to discover that not all humans are evil...
There's a lot of action and some hot scenes in this book, if you enjoy this gender then you should gi
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m still hovering between 3.5-4 Stars.
Marta Cox
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story has recently been published as a serialisation and happily is now available to read in one book. This author writes intense stories that set the page on fire and Darkest Flame is no different. If you have read her Warrior stories then be prepared to be equally riveted by her Dragon Kings which are set in the same world .
Denae is an agent for MI5 and is sent on a fact finding mission to Scotland but unknown to her she's actually being sacrificed as bait! MI5 have been infiltrated by o
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 3/23/3016
Okay.. It most defiantly makes a difference if you have read Donna Grant's Warrior series. Like a huge difference. This time around I really did love the book. I wasn't confused once! Woot! That's always a plus. Killeen didn't get on my nerves.. I mean there was that one little bitty part where instead of going straight to get his woman back, he decides he's going to kill Con, his leader/friend. I think that's a little crazy. But whatever. A man has to do what a mans gotta do. A
Elie Kelly
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
Dragons, alpha males, testosterone... A lot of action, hot scene, a great adventure full of twists, turns and a great plot with just the perfect amount of love.

Donna Grant can be a guarantee for a good read, so just go and buy it. You know, you need it.

Ps.: Did I mention they are Scots? I mean... scot deliciousness... plaids...

You can read my full review here:
m e r
3 stars

Kellan (Dragon King of Bronze, Keeper of the Dreagan History) + Denae (human, former MI5)

SPOILER ALERT. This is an honest and highly subjective review, proceed with caution. You have been warned.

If you read my previous status updates about this book, you know that I was having a hard time.

What I disliked.
Some of the characters' names. If only the author provided how-to-pronounce the ones with difficult names and spellings, it would be an utmost welcome!

Two. Felt no chemistry between
Paranormal Kiss
3.5 Stars

Darkest Flame takes you to a world where Dragon Kings roam the skies on stormy days and the dark of night, hidden from the human eye. It is a world with realms containing dark fae and light fae, a world in which most humans remain unaware of these magical beings.

I liked Darkest Flame. It is very well written, fast paced and entertaining. The world is nicely fleshed out and the characters are believable. There is danger, action and romance. I liked the main characters of Kellan and Denae
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok I don't know why I took forever to write a review for this one since I finished it couple of weeks ago XD

I have to say I liked this couple very much but they aren't my favorite since I favor the cute ones more XD this couple however was very reliable and resourceful since he's the recorder of history and she an MI5 agent XD

- At first I thought this book will have very misunderstandings and distrustfulness since she came to spy on them then turned to them for help but surprisingly not much,
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
They sure talk a lot during battles.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Darkest Flame is one steamy, paranormal romance. Dragons have never been so alluring, throw in the Fae and a secret spy agency, MI5. What more could you ask for?

Denae Lacroix is an American MI5 agent. She is sent on a dangerous mission to gather information on Dreagan Industries based in the Scottish Highlands. Denae's mission quickly turns deadly. Kellan has been asleep for centuries. Disturbing a sleeping dragon can be dangerous! Den
Pam Nelson
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 is hard to come by. I kind of feel like she is stacking a lot
Vanessa Booke
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad that I picked up this book! I wanted something a little different from the regular contemporary romances that I've been reading. Darkest Flame (Dark Kings, #1) was a wonderful reminder of why I love paranormal romances so much. Donna Grant is an amazing writer! It was wonderful to have a strong leading woman like Denae Lacroix as the main character and I absolutely loved Kellan! Plus who doesn't love Dragons? I think my favorite thing about this series is it mixes paranormal romanc ...more
First of all, I love dragons!!! But even without dragons I would have loved it

Danea was a great character - strong-willed but with a heart and a lot of honor and integrity. Kellan is a typical Alpha male but nevertheless HOT!

I loved their interactions and the sizzeling chemistry between them.

there were some open questions regarding the world building and maybe it would be good to read the other series' by Donna Grant before reading this but that is not so bad that you cannot enjoy reading the st
Chantale Canadian Book Addict

Wow!! This is such a great book!
I have so far read 3 books by Donna Grant and I have to say I absolutely love her writing . I could very well imagine what is going on and I got sucked into this book from the very beginning.

As you all noticed I usually read books about different beings other than Vampires, witches and werewolves but I am liking the Dragon kings. It is different (to me) and who doesn't like sexy Scottish men?!

I absolutely love this book and I can not wait for the next book in t
Brandon Austin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I found this book very frustrating to read as the author writes out the characters accents. That in of its self would not be enough to ruin this book but the constant call backs to other books really keep pulling me out of the immersion of the story. I will NOT be reading any other book in this series.
Candy Varty
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That was an amazing book, I am so glad i bought the whole series, I hope the rest are just as good.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Plot: 3/5 (draggy plot with unnecessary scenes)
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5
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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst

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Dark Kings (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Hot Blooded (Dark Kings, #4)
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  • Soul Scorched (Dark Kings, #6)
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