Review: Smoke and Fire Part 1 (Dark Kings #9), by Donna Grant

March 19, 2016 Review 0

Review: Smoke and Fire Part 1 (Dark Kings #9), by Donna GrantSmoke and Fire: by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #9
Published by Macmillan on March 15th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 80
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: None in this first part.
Reviewed by: Kim
2 Stars

Part One of an exclusive four-part e-serial by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

She wanted to touch him...

A dragon shapeshifter and a computer mastermind, Ryder is sent to guard Glasgow after a devastating Dark attack. But when memories of an explosive affair come back to him - in the flesh - Ryder cannot help but want to reunite with the woman who haunts his dreams. But will protecting her put his own people at risk?

Read all four parts of this sensational e-serial and look for the full volume of Smoke and Fire in April 2016.

I am not sure why SMOKE AND FIRE is being released in four parts; this first part is 100% information dump. All it did was briefly introduce the main characters and catch up readers on the last 8 books worth of mythology and action - and not very well, either.

Between having previous couples literally run through the scenes on their way somewhere just to name-drop, and trying to sum up thousands of years of strife, betrayal and war in under 80 pages, all this first part did was leave me asking myself what the heck had happened.

Kinsey and Riley are both "computer geeks" but in name only; neither of them showed any geekiness or even any obvious technical skills other than furiously typing and undescriptive "hacking". They could have had any other job or characteristic without really impacting the story. Neither had much of a personality. This story also relies heavily on the characters having misunderstandings about why they left each other and serious trust issues, but instead being interesting, it just made me want to shake them and make them talk to each other instead of staring into each other's eyes and having disagreements.

I can think of excellent serial paranormal romance novels and serial stories, where each part has a beginning, middle and end, while still contributing to the overall story.  This just feels like the tedious front part of a novel that has been ripped off the of the paperback. I have no interest in reading the rest of the novel, as the main characters didn't interest me, and I can't remember the (overly complicated) names of the dozen other characters introduced.

Series Titles:
  1. Darkest Flame
  2. Fire Rising
  3. Burning Desire
  4. Hot Blooded
  5. Night's Blaze
  6. Soul Scorched
  7. Passion Ignites
  8. Smoldering Hunger
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