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Fever

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This story felt like it should have been a novella rather than a full novel in the overall series.  Even fresh from reading this story for a second time I'm hard-pressed to think of why it ended up being so long even though there were quite a few things going on.  We think we're getting to the point when answers will start trickling in, but there are a couple more mysteries brought in that have a few more moves to make before we can get the answers we've been longing for.  That's kind of the prevailing theme of this particular book, to have questions but no complete answers.

There was a big fight scene, but it was anticlimactic.  That was understandable though as there are a few books yet to go in the series until we get to see everything really go down.  Up to this point the romance was quite a roller coaster.  At some moments there was tenderness, understanding, exploration, and something soft and wonderful, and at others there were a whole lot of hurt and denials.  Keltan's vehement, adamant denials of Bernadette being his mate got very, very trying.  There are only so many times it needed to be said and yet it happens again and again and again in the same way that it became less effective each time and a whole lot more annoying.  I understood it, kind of, but I just didn't like it.

Bernadette on the other hand, grew into someone I truly respected.  She started off as smug and self-righteous, but soon after learned that not all was as it seemed.  When she learned just how far someone has gone to put her in the position Keltan found her in she opened her eyes and her head to all of the truth.  And finally, FINALLY, someone who actually follows their intuition and asks solid questions that most readers have been shouting throughout the course of the series.  She also brought up excellent points and expressed them with an inner strength that gave her the determination to follow her gut.  I'm very much looking forward to where that goes.

Getting closer to the end of the series is a little bittersweet, but I've become so invested that I find myself glad there are a few more stories between me and the ultimate confrontation.  So while this wasn't my favorite book as a whole in the series, there were parts that set it apart.  For me it was Bernadette's insight, curiosity, and forthright honesty that made the book worth reading.  Bring on the next!
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It seems that Donna Grant has no signs of stopping! With the Dark Kings series, she has created elaborate worlds and interesting characters. But because this series is so long now and has been created initially as a spin-off, I do think that it has started to feel a little repetitive.

However, since I am a fan of this world and writing style, I feel like I can still get on board with some of it. I just worry that because the same style is used so often that readers may feel like its getting repetitive. Perhaps its just me but I can definitely pick up on the same tropes, etc that are used by the author.

Nevertheless, I do enjoy the world. The characters tend to have a softer focus about them, which is why I think her heroes tend to stand out for me. In a genre that is rife with alpha males, Grant creates heroes that are alpha in their own personal way.
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Donna you truly are the Mother of Dragons!

The next in the Dragon Kings series is here!! No spoilers I promise, but this book will stroke the fires of the Kings books and give you all sort of new ideas to lead you around!

Keltan and Bernadette are two of my most favorites in this series, the connection, the chemistry, the emotions are so real and meaningful. Bernadette is being used as a pawn unknowingly, and Keltan is the one to set her straight and to set her free.

Read this, if you love Donna, if you love the Dragon Kings, if you want a great story. Just do it!
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*I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. * ⠀
This is a paranormal romance with dragon-shifters. It is also the 16th book in the series, but the first book that I've read. There is so much going on, a lot of storylines. I am not sure how they are all connected or how it'll play out. Even with that, I was able to follow the main thread of this story. But it also make me curious about the first 15 books: are they all necessary? Do they begin to be repetitive? Despite the fact that I didn't read this series in order, and the fact that I have obviously missed some things, I still enjoyed this. I was a bit let down with the battle at the end. My favorite was the romance and how it unfolded. I liked the characters and wouldn't mind revisiting them. I am also intrigued by the questions that are left unanswered. While I know that it won't be happening soon, I do plan on going back to the beginning of this series . ⠀
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Solid 3.5*. Fever by Donna Grant is book #16 in the Dragon King Series packed full of action, suspense and romance. I wish I had read the other books before starting this one as it took me quite a while to get caught up with all the names and characters and to get an overall gist of everything that was going on in the beginning- this made it kind of hard to get into the book at first. Once I got the hang of who everyone was then I started to really get into the book.
I'm 100% sure that if I had read the previous books, I would have been more invested in the characters and the outcomes bringing the book up to 4*. Unfortunately,  because I had no idea what was going on for the first quarter of the book the experience for me was a bit different. I did really enjoy Keltan's character and his stubbornness. It was so frustrating and captivating at the same time. Bernadette was cute and you definitely cheer for her throughout the novel. Con was the one I was the most intrigued about even though he wasn't a main focus of the book. I'm really curious to see where his story heads. 
Overall, I enjoyed Donna Grant's writing style- the only thing I didn't buy into was how quickly the and short lived the romance bits were... went from 0-60 in less than a second, which I understand sometimes needs to be done for the sake of keeping the book short. 
Other than that, I recommend this book to those who have previously read some of the other Dragon King novels, or if you are looking for a quick romantic read with intriguing action. 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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What a fantastic read and a great addition to the series. This book was a wild ride it was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster my emotions was all over the place. There plenty of intrigue, suspense, action, and of course steamy romance to keep you hook from beginning to end but that's not all. I was on the edge of seat waiting to see what would happen next because there always something going on. The ending OMG I can't wait to see what else is in store for this series. I received a free copy via Netgalley I voluntarily read and review this ARC no monetary compensation was received and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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I have read one other book by Donna Grant, that was in her reaper series, so I went into this one thinking that I had some idea of what to expect. I was right to a certain degree. I really enjoyed learning about some of the characters mentioned in the previous book that I read and seeing some of the things that had occured from a different point of view. Grant does a great job at composing a story that brings you in and creating characters that you care about. 

That being said, there were points in this book where I felt like I was playing catch up. That is not fault of Grant's, but mine because I have not read any of the books in the series. They would mention characters and relationships in passing and I kept thinking wait, what? I do plan on reading more books by Grant in the future, I will just probably catch up on the series first.
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It's been a long time coming... The epic battle between the kings and Usaeil is finally here. So much happens in this book, but it's still not enough. When anthropologist Bernadette Davies starts lecturing about dragons being real, she immediately falls on to the dragon kings' radar. As the dragon king Keltan listens to her talk, he knows they are in trouble. Someone has been telling tales about dragons and picked the pretty mortal to spread the word about them. Determined to protect his home and brethren, Keltan gets close to the petite doctor. Bernadette soon realizes she's is in over her head, but it is too late to back down, for Usaeil will kill her if she doesn't comply. When the attraction between the king of the Citrines and Bernadette roars to life, there is little they can do to stop their passion from igniting. Meanwhile, Keltan continues to deny that she might be his mate. Since he never wanted one and saw mates as a weakness, it is unlikely he'll give in to his emotions. Then there is Con and the fact that Usaeil has him under her spell... Ulrick takes over as the kings' leader in Con's absence. To guarantee their victory in the battlefield, the dragon kings, the king of the dark fae and his army, and the light warrior fae Rhi all come together against their common enemy. The battle will be epic but costs will be high. Many answers are given in Fever, and the path that the dragon kings, the North siblings, and Rhi will take is drawn. Or so it seems... because there are new players in the battle between good and evil, and while love might conquer all, there is the chance that heartbreak will be stronger and Rhi will never again be with her king.
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Fever by Donna Grant is Book 16 of the Dark Kings Series. It important to note that this is the 16th book of this series which also happens to be a spin-off from the Dark Warriors Series and Dark Sword Series; these should really be read in specific order so you aren’t confused by what’s taking place.  

Once again, Ms. Grant has delivered another exceptional addition to the series while bringing forth new and interesting characters, and keeping the storyline fresh and intriguing...I was gripped throughout the story and couldn’t put it down til I had finished reading it. One step closer and yet still so much going on for this series...absolutely love it! 

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
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The opening chapter to this book is enthralling starting with the first sentence out of Bernadette's mouth and ending with Kelton's shock as he sat listening.

Once again in the fluid writing style of the author Donna Grant the reader is immediately drawn into the plot of the storyline and held stuck to the pages till the very end. This story has another twist to the drama known as the villian Mikkel. He really is a devious bad guy and one that always adds drama and intrigue to any story he is involved in.

Kelton dislikes this assignment and really wants to be doing something else but he finds he can't help his attraction to Bernadette. Fortunately for him he gets his chance to talk to her and try to change her mind about her research. His thoughtfulness on the problem and how to approach it does make him the perfect Dragon King for this job.

Bernadette doesn't give up or in easy but she is always willing to listen to another's opinion. Her academia existence is threatened because of her crusade about dragons existing so I was interested to see how the author would made everything workout realistically in this story so Bernadette and Keltan could have a romance. Quite honestly I was impressed with the intricacy and detail that was used to maneuver this storyline that made it realistic and nail biting at the same time.
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Donna Grant  never fails to deliver. She is one of the few authors I have read that can create and sustain such an imiganitve and really complex world. Fever is my favorite so far in the series. Then again I say that with each book in the series
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Book Review- Fever by Donna Grant

The story continues, Con is gone, and the Dragon Kings are trying to figure out what to do next.  The battle between Rhi and Usaeil is brewing and getting closer. Bernadette gets pulled into he fae world by Usaeil as she works to expose the Dragon Kings.
I love how Kelton is sent to check Bernadette out and the threat she is causing.  She is a liable threat even though she has no clue what is truly going on and how she is being used.
I love how she is after the truth but realizes something isn’t right.  She logically starts thinking about the place she is in when it comes to Usaeil.  The author paints a different situation.  
I love how Con is out of the picture for the time being.  The Dragon Kings are really questioning Usaeil and The Others.  Something big is going on but the author is tight lipped on what it is.  There is a hint here and there about Usaeil not knowing exactly everything.  Of course, Usaeil seems to be three steps ahead of everyone. 
Rhi has to make a stand and she does so in this book.  The ending battle had some shocking moments that were unexpected.  So, the author really leaves the door open for anything.
I also like how Kelton and Bernadette met and how their relationship grows and develops.  It was a fun read and I love how the story is continuing.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  I give it a 4 out of 5.
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Donna Grant continues to write a great Dragon series! Although, fare warning, this series is hard to read as stand-alones and is best done in order.  The Dragon Kings is a unique take on dragon shifters and I love the fact that the world started as theirs and slowly other species were brought to Earth from other dimensions.  

Since I'd only read two of the previous books in the series, I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight, but I assume that this would be much easier done if you do read them in order.  I found myself still frustrated with Con from what I remembered from previous stories and although I like that the confrontation with Usael finally happened, I was frustrated by Con and his part in it turning out the way that it did.  But I can tell we're setting up for future stories as well.  

Bernadette and Keltan's story was passionate and decent to read but I didn't find myself as engrossed in their story as I was the overall confrontation and progression in the overall plotlines for the series.
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I love pretty much everything that Donna Grant writes, but I'm always a little nervous about picking up a book in the middle of the series. Don't let that deter you. Even if you haven't read all the books, it does a great job explaining the world and the history. So much chemistry in this book from the slow burn to explosive action, and if you love well-written angst, this book is totally for you. It's not shoved in as a plot device but feels as natural to the characters (which I adore). A great romance with plenty for the magic lover as well!
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The Dragon Kings have kept their identity secret for centuries so how is it possible that a beautiful anthropologist, Bernadette Davies, is able to lecture about the existence of the dragons? Kelton is sent to hear her speak and soon becomes involved with keeping her safe from Usaeil. A long awaited battle occurs and the Dragon Kings are joined by Rhi and Balladyn in their fight against Usaeil. There are unexpected consequences and not all situations are resolved in this story. The author keeps my interest in reading the next story alive.

Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for an ARC; all opinions are my own.
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AMAZING!!! Simply AMAZING!!! LOVED IT! So as I have said before, I am jumping all around with these books but Ms. Grant does do a great job in recapping some of what is going on. This is Bernadette and Kelton' s story and it was fleshed out and gave me a bit more insight as to what is coming next. Kelton finds his true mate in Bernadette though in his mind, he really did not want to have one. Bernadette has found some really interesting information and Kelton is tasked in finding out how she knows what she knows. When Kelton realizes who she is to him, he is now beholden to her in only a true mate can be. Filled with action , more stories within stories, some secrets revealed and finally a sort of conclusion that will bring on the next heat wave. Lol. See what I did there? I FREAKING LUUUURRRVVVEEEE DRAGONS!!!! Another awesome read, by a super storyteller. Loved it so freaking much!!! 4.5 stars*****


* I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book provided by NetGalley*******
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There are a lot of back stories at this point in the series, and it's definitely not where I'd suggest someone start reading Donna Grant! As a returning reader though, I have to say I love the way she continues to drive the series plot while giving a satisfying book plot. Dr. Bernadette Davies is very vocal about the fact that dragons exist. Keltan is sent  to Glasgow to attend one of her lectures and investigate what she knows and how she knows it. Of course, there's some magic driving her behavior, but a romance brews in spite of that.
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I received Fever by Donna Grant via the publisher in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

Having never read a Dona Grant story I’m unsure as to why I thought trying out her Dark Kings series at its 16th installment was a good idea. Maybe I was tired of being curious about her writing and series which was constantly being recommended to me on Goodreads and through its publisher. Whatever it was I’m glad that I gave Fever a chance – although the experience wasn’t all that spectacular.

I’ll admit that when I first began reading Fever I wasn’t too keen on reading these characters. I just didn’t like the vibe I was getting from both Keltan and Bernadette. Not saying they were bad people just that I had a feeling that their eventual romance wasn’t going to sit well with me. I didn’t really get the connection they had that was clearly stated on Keltan’s behalf within the first few pages of Fever. Since the romance of this story was a huge chuck of the plot I have to say that while that aspect sort of tanked the story for me, the conflict saved Fever‘s story for me.

There were a lot of characters I had to use context clues with just to get some semblance of understanding of what their purpose to this particular installment within The Dark Kings series was. It didn’t take much work, but once I was able to understand who all the players were and what their goals were for the main characters within Fever I began to feel a little more comfortable with what was going on.

But even with that shining light over the story I still didn’t enjoy the story as much as I could’ve hoped – I didn’t really have any stake in reading this story except reading a new-to-me author and a new-to-me series so there wasn’t much hopes and dreams tied into Fever. Grant’s writing style is very straight forward and similar to what I’ve read from other authors who tackle the dragon/fae supernatural world in a paranormal/fantasy romance sub-genre. A vast world is created and then the dragons and other supernatural beings are dropped into the story, with the character development and traits sprinkled in lastly. I’m sure this sort of writing technique is appealing to most readers but stories like these leave much to be desired for me. I’m always stuck having to find something other than the characters and the supernatural element to cling to to help me finish the story instead of canning it when things begin to go downhill.

I have one more book to read and review from this author within her Reapers series, Dark Alpha’s Temptation. This’ll be another new-to-me series I’ll be trying out but from what I read in Fever both series are closely intertwined with this war that seems to have imploded within Fever. The experience I had with Fever wasn’t all that bad but I’ll reserve judgement on whether I would shoot this authors’ work higher on my ‘authors to read’ list or leave her right where she’s been for the last few years.

Rating: 3 stars
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We've been building up to the war with Usaeil. Now with Con missing the Dragon Kings are doing what they can to prepare for that they must do. The Kings are running out of time to give up Rhi. I was so tense for this showdown!

Despite all that is going on with the upcoming war, the Kings still must do what they can to hide their existence from humans. Keltan is the King sent to investigate a human that is holding a lecture trying to prove that dragons are real. Bernadette has spent the last year of her life totally devoted to outing the dragons. It's not until she is confronted with Keltan and the truth is revealed do the duo start working together for their part of the war.

Keltan did not want a mate, so he resists, but he can't deny his feelings for Bernadette. The upcoming war is going to test his feelings. I'm not too sure how I feel about where we leave this couple. It is not the HEA I would anticipate, but it creates questions on what could come next. It makes me question all the couples. The Others have been making plans for centuries. All that has been happening could be plans from the Others coming to fruition.

Fever had great action and I loved seeing how the war played out with the different factions. I am left dying to know of the fates of our favorite characters. This part of the war may be over but there is still so much more for the Dragon Kings to face. The combination of the war action and the love connection between Keltan and Bernadette was a great mix. The balance kept me reading and the surprises drew many moments of shock. I loved Fever and am dying for the answers to all the questions that have been raised!
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I really enjoyed this! I honestly had no previous knowledge from Donna Grant's other books, but they are ALL now added to my good reads TBR list. I feel a reading marathon in my future, much like when I discovered Laura Thalassa. I have a list of steamy romances that, after getting a third of the way through, I put them down, but this was not the case with Fever. I was invested in the characters and plot, and was able to follow along without knowing the other back stories from the other books in the series. Nicely done!
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