Book Review – Fire Rising

Posted April 3, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 8 Comments

Book Review – Fire RisingFire Rising Series: Dark Kings #2
by Donna Grant
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 3, 2014
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Tristan, the newest Dragon King, is having a tough time fitting in. Despite his ability to transform into a proud, strong dragon at will, no one knows where he came from or how he became a Dragon King, including himself. When trouble arises in the form of the mob, Tristan is going to have to put aside his questions and band with the other Dragon Kings to protect Dreagan. As if things weren’t complicated enough, he is about to find something worth fighting for more important than the Dragon Kings…

Sammie Miller, pub owner in Oban, has been scorned by her business partner—and former lover. Used as a front for money laundering with the mob, Sammie is in great danger once she realizes what has happened. Barely escaping, she plans to rest at Dreagan for only a day before going back on the run. When Tristan swears to protect her, Sammie thinks his efforts will be in vain—the mob is too powerful, and it will take more than the average man’s devotion to keep her safe. But the closer she gets to Tristan, and the more he learns his secrets, Sammie can’t deny that having a Dragon King who worships you, body and soul, isn’t such a bad thing…

My Review

Fire Rising is the second book in the Dark Kings series with Scottish shape shifting dragons who are fierce warriors and passionate lovers. This is the book I have been waiting for and I loved everything about this book!


Fire Rising is Tristan’s story, the newest Dragon King, who has been a mystery for the fans of this series. As the newest king we got the treat of seeing him adjust to his new abilities of shifting into a dragon and flying, which made for some funny scenes in Dark Craving (Dark Kings 0.1). But Tristan does not remember anything from his past. He has no idea of who he was and why he became a Dragon King, so the not knowing has haunted him. In a surprising twist we discover that Tristan was Duncan, a powerful warrior from Donna Grant’s Dark Warrior series. But Tristan has no memory of it. He has accepted his new family with the other kings but still feels incomplete.  That is until he meets Sammie Miller. Sammie is in danger and comes to Dreagan to visit her half-sister of Jane.  The moment Sammie and Tristan meet there is an intense attraction. But they both are holding back – Tristan because he doesn’t remember his past and Sammie afraid to love again. Their romance is steamy and predictable but what I loved was how they healed each other. They both had to learn that who they are today matters most than their past. The story of discovering the Dragon Kings enemy continues but I really enjoyed the addition of the characters from the Dark Warrior series. I still haven’t read that series but it was easy to understand who the characters were and I plan to start the series soon.


This was another exciting and romantic story, which is just what I have grown to expect from author Donna Grant. Fire Rising can be read as a standalone but I suggest you read all the books (including the novellas). This is one of my favorite series and I highly suggest this to all paranormal romance fans.


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Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Donna Grant

Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five 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 over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

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8 responses to “Book Review – Fire Rising

    • Kathy

      This is a great series but it is best to start with the prequels. I hope you enjoy it! She’s one of the reasons I am obsessed with paranormal and highland romances lol.

    • Kathy

      Thanks Grace! I’ve read her other series so I’ve been a long fan of hers. Any mention of Scottish men and you got my attention lol. I hope you give this a try =)

  1. Alison

    Wonderful review, now I can’t wait to read it was well. Got to love Dragons <3
    Thank you for sharing

    • Kathy

      Thanks Alison! I love this author! Her stories are romantic but also have action so it’s really exciting.

    • Kathy

      They are both. She first wrote 3 novellas and now is writing full length novels. So it is good to start with the novellas to get a full understanding of the story. I hope you give this series a chance!