Monday, November 4, 2019

Review: Fever

Fever (Dark Kings - Book 16) by Donna Grant 

Publication: 10/29/2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
ISBN-13 978-1250182913

(Received for an honest review from St. Martin’s Paperbacks)

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Books in the series:

Dark Kings

0.1 Dark Craving (2012
0.2 Night's Awakening (2012
0.3 Dawn's Desire (2012
1. Darkest Flame (2014
2. Fire Rising (2014
3. Burning Desire (2014
4. Hot Blooded (2014
5. Night's Blaze (2015
6. Soul Scorched (2015
6.5 Dragon King (2015
7. Passion Ignites (2015
8. Smoldering Hunger (2015
9. Smoke and Fire (2016
9.5 Dragon Fever (2016
10. Firestorm (2017
11. Blaze (2017
11.5 Dragon Burn (2017
11.6 Constantine (2017
12. Heat (2018
13. Torched (2018
14. Dragonfire (2018
15. Ignite (2019
16. Fever (2019
17. Flame (2020
Dark Heat (2013
Constantine: A History Part 2 (2018
Constantine: A History Part 3 (2018
Dark Kings Compilation (2018
Dragon Night (2018
Dragon Claimed (2018

Excerpt from Fever courtesy of Amazon’s Look Inside feature


His kiss was fire and passion. She shivered, wondering how he knew just how to touch her, to
send her spiraling into an abyss of pleasure...
For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows―and existing only in the world of dreams―is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.

Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces―in the name of love?


Fans of the Dragon Kings series get a lot for their buck in Fever, the sixteenth book in the series. Donna Grant proves once again why she is a “queen” in the paranormal romance subgenre. Her world building is simply unparalleled and this book brings together a lot of storylines and subplots as the series begins to wind down. This one is fast paced, very revealing and a great addition to the series.

What I liked:

A lot of paranormal romance readers have been reading this series a really long time. It’s one I would definitely recommend if you are new to the subgenre. When I see book sixteen and I haven’t read any of the others I have to cringe a little bit and wonder if I should take a chance on it. It’s usually a toss up as to whether or not you’ll be able to pick up on what’s going on or if you’ll be totally lost. Fever may be book sixteen in this series but it does an amazing job of giving the reader the necessary details from the first 15 books without giving too much away. A very good thing if you happen to be popping in now.

There is a lot of things going on in this book. Somebody has been feeding information to an anthropologist who says she has proof dragons exist. The battle with the Fae is heating up. Rhi and Usaeil are on a collision course and we still don’t know who Rhi’s Dragon King is... All of our favorite characters are here including Constantine. We get to see Keltan finally show who he really is and there is certainly some romance. Donna Grant really packed a lot into this novel. You would think with the series winding down we would be getting plenty of answers and we are but Grant never ceases to amaze by also providing new questions, new characters and more information about the Dragon Kings. It’s always a joy to read one of her books.

What I didn’t:

Bernadette and Keltan are two great characters who seem to be a little overshadowed by the overall story arc in this one. We definitely get some heat and sizzle. Which always happens with a Dragon King but I felt like book was light on the romance. I did enjoy what romance there was in it but I felt like this novel was more about advancing the story than the main couple themselves.

When you get to book sixteen in a series you have to figure there is going to be a bit of repetition. You’ve probably got sixteen couples. Sixteen dragons needing mates and sixteen different stories to tell that have to work together to continue an overall arc. That’s a lot of stuff. And how many different ways can you tell it? This one was good and Donna Grant handles this problem a lot better than most. Give it some grace just enjoy how much we learn in this one.

This one can be read as a stand alone because of the way Keltan tells Bernadette so much about what has happened before but I really recommend reading them all. You miss so much when read out of order or sporadically. I’m a voracious reader and I just don’t get why people do that and miss so much of the nuances and important details.

Bottom Line:

This is really good addition to the series. We learn tons about the Dragon Kings and many answers to a lot of our questions. The romance is good what there is of it. The battle mind blowing. You’ll probably go through the gamete of emotions as you read it and it might take a minute to recover before the next one. Phew! It’s quite a ride.

Fever is available now from your favorite bookseller

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark CravingNight’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire. Her acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas. 

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