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Hot Blooded

(Dark Kings #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,420 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The Dark Kings soldier on in their fight to preserve their dragon magic. But eternal doom is always close behind…


His name is Laith. To most, he’s known as the owner of a local pub near Dreagan. But little do his patrons know that beneath his handsome, charming exterior Laith has the heart and soul of a Dragon King—one who wields control by keeping his frien
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Esmeralda Silva Omg! I also don't think that Ulrik is the ultimate bad guy! And i saldo think that Con is Rhis king but We never know... And yess a book for their…moreOmg! I also don't think that Ulrik is the ultimate bad guy! And i saldo think that Con is Rhis king but We never know... And yess a book for their stories please!! 😀 Awsome series! (less)

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Eva Millien
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laith is a Dragon King, one who wields control by keeping his friends close and his enemies closer until Iona appears in this life and has the power to complete him or destroy him in this enthralling paranormal romance.

With a fast pace and smooth flowing plot, this romance enthralls readers from the very beginning with suspense, action and romance. Iona captures the heart a young woman who doesn’t believe in love and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as she returns to Scotland
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, donna-grant
Dang Star ratings just aren't enough..... should be at least at 10

Donna Grant is one of my FAVORITE authors! I love her books and the Dragon Kings are awesome. She has interwoven the Dark Swords and this series together, so if you have not read Swords, you need to do so first.

Not once in all the books I've read have any of them disappointed me! You will love Laith and Iona's book! It's suspenseful, mysterious and beautiful.
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
Every time I get back into this series I remember how much I love these dragon shifters.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Again with book four in the Dark Kings series, Donna Grant releases the books in four parts as a serial. However, you can wait after all the parts have been released to read the book in full. While I did receive the book by serial style, I read them all at once so for this review I’ll go about it differently than usual and talk about how it stands as a serial vs. whole book (because I think it’s a different experience).

HOT BLOODED is the story of Laith and Iona. When Iona’s father dies unexpect
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars!

I'm a very moody reader. A reading slump ended with this series and I've been driven to just keep reading it. Just not interested in anything else. Hot Blooded was no exception.

Laith is a Dragon King that runs the local pub. He's drawn to Iona, who comes to town to figure out what happened to her father. She knows nothing of the Dragon Kings or the pack her family has had with them for generations. What she remembers from her father is not exactly what she learns as she talks to peop
When you start reading a book and the characters and plot wrap around your heart and doesn't let go you know you are reading a good book. For me that moment came around page 5 or 6. I love the world that Donna Grant has created. When I read this book I totally disappeared and was lost in it.

Laith is a Dragon King. He can shift into a dragon. He doesn't want to fall in love and get mated like his friends have.

Iona is a photographer who has been away from Ireland for 20 years. Her father dies and
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Got my copy today and couldn't put it down! Why is it that every book in the series is my next favorite? Already looking forward to the next book and don't want the series to end!

Okay, rave aside, this story is about Laith and Iona. After the death of her father, Iona inherits her father's land -- only to find that she can't do anything about it except keep it. Unbeknownst to her at first, that land needs to stay in her hands and continue to be guarded and guess who's been put in charge of that

3 stars - Adult Fantasy Romance

Why the story felt short? I want more! Another dragon fell in love hard HIKHIK thank goodness the heroine is a little bit of superhuman, at least there's something. I liked the romance it was hot and the suspense was great except the inevitable, the final battle has yet to happen. That means I have to wait for the next book and yes, it's kinda cliffhanger crap of sort. I also hope the future book features Rhi and Con a
3 stars - Paranormal Romance

This was my least favorite story in the series so far. The romance between Laith and Iona just didn't capture my interest like the previous couples and the overall story arc was a bit slow going in this one.

I want to keep reading the series, mainly for Rhi's and Con's stories. But I'm wary knowing that there have already been 15 books released in the series and DG still hasn't revealed who Rhi's dragon king lover was or indicated who Rhi's and Con's mates will be or
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this story but I found that it dragged, never grabbed my attention. I didn't warm up to Iona either.
Liz F
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

This is my first book by Donna Grant so it's also my first book in the Dark Kings series. I've been intrigued by the idea of dragon paranormal romances so I was excited to get this one and try it out, even if it is in the middle of a series.

I liked Iona fairly well. She was a career-focused woman and I always respect that. She's a photojournalist and travels the world getting the story in photos. I think that's a pretty cool if tough job to get. Plus, it mea
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book at RT16.

I'd want to preface this review by saying that I haven't read books 1-3. There are a lot of characters and some history that no doubt would have made more sense if I had.

My primary feeling about this book is meh. I like that there is quite a bit of history between the characters, but the characters weren't different enough from each other to be very interesting. Here are some thoughts:

-This is a couple per book type series, which is getting a little st
Alima Livzletlivz
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The battle between good and evil, human and demon is a never-ending war waged for centuries and shall continue into the future with destructive consequences, as power and control take precedence over everything. And as history shows, for every act of evil, there will be reacting to maintain the balance and for every demon that steps on an innocent, there will be a protector to mete out justice.

Donna Grant’s latest in her paranormal dragon saga “Hot Blooded”, brings Laith, a Dragon King face to
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: heidi

Hot Blooded
Dark Kings, Book #4
By Donna Grant
ISBN# 9781250060723
Author’s Website:
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Iona hasn’t been in Scotland since the night her mother tore her away from her home when she was just a child. Her father, her protector, just let them go. Why didn’t he fight to keep her with him? And, how come he’s never contacted her since? All of the horrible things her mother said about him must be true. But no
Kristin & Sue Ellen ~ GirlyGirlBookReviews
Another Great Addition to the Dragon King Series by the Talented Donna Grant!
This series is sexy, sinful and addictive. I've never been to Scotland but I've felt like I have and definitely want to go after reading about Dreagan. This book will leave you up late into the night and longing for the next one.
I was hooked from the first time I read The Dark Sword Series and then came The Dark Warriors and they truly just keep getting better! The Dragon Kings are one of a kind! Also, it's always gre
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"John Campbell was found dead this morning." He was murdered...

The Campbells had owned the fifty acres bordering Dreagan for countless generations...

"Who's going to guard the land?" Laith asked....

"John has a daughter, Iona."

HOT BLOODED by Donna Grant is another mesmerizing read in Donna's Dark Kings series. I read it as a four-part serialized story. I inhaled each installment as it was published and then couldn't wait for the release of the next! This review is a combined review of all fou
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In Hot Blooded The Kings have to deal with the death of their neighbor. John Campbell was more than just a neighbor he was a friend and the keeper of something very important to The Kings.
With the death of her father Iona Campbell has inherited the family land. But along with that comes some very interesting rules and people.

Another great Dark King novella. I was very happy that this story took a different path than t
Sandy S
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read HOT BLOODED as a four part serial.

HOT BLOODED is a revealing storyline in the Dark Kings series as Donna Grant builds towards a showdown between the Dragon Kings, their one time friend and fellow Silver Dragon King Ulrik, and the Dark Fae. The Campbell family and their lineage have protected the secret gateway to Dreagon for millennia but with modern technology and a little bit of ingenuity, the Dragon King’s secret is about to be revealed. While the Dark Fae continue their hunt for the l
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you must see to believe.

Iona and Laith’s story starts with a tragedy but ends with a promise of a happy future for the couple. While they were the focus of the book, there was an abundance of other plotlines in this installment. Rhys is still suffering from the injury he sustained in the last battle with the Dark Fae during Rhi’s rescue. Speaking of Rhi, she is struggling to find herself again after being tortured by Balladyn, someone she considered a brother. The future of the Kings a
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is Laith and Iona's story and it was good! Another story in the Dark Kings series and giving us more in the general arc of who is out to expose the dragons and who is the evil Dragon King behind it. Iona Campbell returns Scotland when she found out her father had died but later learned he was murdered. It is incredible the reach that this evil has gone to manipulate Iona and bring her to Scotland because she is the key to another way onto Dreagan land thru her land.
I liked how well thought
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indy-library
I was prepared to not like this book. I really was but I was surprised by how much I actually loved it. Laith is one of my favorite dragons now! Iona I didn't like at first but she grew on me.

Iona is a photographer who travels all over the world taking pictures in dangerous situations. Her father was the man who owned/protected the land next to the Dragon Kings. He dies and she come stop Scotland to bury him and sell his things. She has zero intentions of staying long. Then she meets Laith. The
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

This review is for all the four parts and will be the same for all four books.

Hot Blooded is a book released in four parts, the four parts will be released as a novel in January 2015. I had not read any of Donna Grant’s books before, and I gotta say, I was missing out. I have just recently taken interest in paranormal/fantasy romance. I had only read one dragon shifter book in the past and I was not all that interested. These highland dragon
Johanna Sawyer
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Netgalley for a free book to read and review. I don't think this series can do no wrong in my eyes. This story focused on Laith finding his mate, and the chemistry between the two was scorching. Iona comes back to Dreagan after twenty years of being gone only to find her father has passed. A lot of this story is about their romance but I can't help but be tickled over Rhys and Lily's blooming romance. Then there's Rhi and Con's intense hatred that battles the air everyone breathes. The da ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
If you are a long time fan of my blog you will have noticed that I have reviewed a bunch of books by Donna Grant and I have hauled a few that I have bought in the past.

I have loved every books by Donna Grant that I have read so far and I love Hot Blooded just as much as I loved the others.

Hot Blooded is book 4 in the Dark Kings series and just like the other books Hot Blooded is sexy and it got me hooked from the very beginning. Ofcourse as all other Donna Grant books, it is very well written.

Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful story by Ms. Grant. She really knows what her readers crave for, but my addiction to this series is insatiable. I lose my sanity when I reach the last page. I am so grateful that the author has brought back the Dark Warriors once again in the world of the Dark Kings by linking Iona to Hayden. After reading this book, it helps me to deduce about Rhi and Con. Ulrik is definitely the culprit, but it is still unclear who has helped him regain his magic. Did one of the Wallaces help ...more
Charmaine Suttie-Woodford
Dragons' Dragons, Dragons

Aaaahhh... I love Dragons. Just. Love. Them.
This was interestingly different, even if it was the same.... Not in a bad way as in boring. But Dragons tend to be headstrong, stubborn asses. And Laith is, was that and more
But, he knew he loved her and didn't put up too much of a fight
Cannot wait for Rhys, Rhi and Con's stories ...
I just have to know what happens to Rhys. And Rhi ... Shame
Still, I love Dragons
sherry smith
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot blooded sizzles

Another winner for Donna Grant. Fasted paced and never long enough. She always leaves you wanting more. Can't get enough of the Dragon kings. Please keep them coming.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I cant wait until the next one is out. I read them too fast.

Laith, Rhys, Kiril, Hal, Guy, Tristan, Con and guest appearances by Fallon the other Warriors and the Druids.
You cant help but love this one.
Faye Lawson
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another bites the dust!

A thrill to read! Who's next? Con? Rhi? Tension builds, war escalate! Will the next confrontation between Con and Ulrik find a new king created or destroyed? I'm eager for the next book!
Janice Kaye Creutzinger

This was a fantastic book. It kept things exciting and suspense filled through out the entire read and I can't wait for the next book to come out. You just never want it to end.
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“You keep doing that, and you'll find yourself mated quick enough."
"It's no' for me. I'm perfectly content just as I am."
Ryder made a face. "Are you insane? why say something like that and temp the cosmos?"
Laith watch him walk away, wondering if he had just drawn the interest of fate.”
“She loosened her grip on his hair and lightly scraped her fingernails over his cheek to his incredible lips.
"I could kiss you all day."
Laith's gaze intensified.
"All right.”
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