Fever (Dark Kings #16) by Donna Grant
Read: 10th – 16th October 2019
Publication Date: 29th October 2019
Quote from Fever
“Dragons are real”
The words went through the small room of the restaurant reserved for special meetings like a pistol shot. Today’s meeting was that of the local cryptozoologists.
Keltan wanted to be anywhere but there.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 4/5
Fever is a paranormal romance tale (approx 400 pages) and the sixteenth novel in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Dark Kings series – a spin off from her Dark Warriors Series and Dark Sword Series – featuring supernatural/mythological beings including; dragon shifters, dark and light fae, fae Reapers (who work for Death herself) and magic welding druids (the mies who use light magic, dark magic users the droughs and the druid Warriors who have the powers of the old gods). These various species can be found inhabiting our world as well as in their own magical realms hidden from the knowledge of humans.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
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 Keltan, 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 Keltan when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bear 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?
I am debating whether Fever can be read as a standalone story. This tale features numerous characters from previous books, has multiple existing story arcs that continue through this one and beyond, plus has numerous references to past adventures but Ms Grant tries to ensure that any new readers aren’t completely lost by weaving pertinent information into this book without slowing the pace. Having said that, as the latest novel in a long standing series, I still worry that a new reader would feel a bit out of their depth; missing all the connections that experiencing past relationships, plot lines and knowing the characters’ personalities that existing fans have.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from the publisher (St Martin’s Press) in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence or affect my review in any way; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
I really enjoy the way that Ms Grant tells her stories; the pace her plots develop, the characters she introduces us to and the fantasy world she creates. Although I haven’t read this series from the beginning, I have quickly become captivated and engaged in the adventures Ms Grant has taken us on.
I enjoyed the thriller aspect of this story and the way that all of the characters were working together to try and solve it. I appreciated the various twists, turns, subterfuge and surprises that Ms Grant weaved into this paranormal romance story, not only with Keltan and Bernadette’s romance but within the other plot lines too.
I liked that there were a few storylines running alongside the relationship and romance between our main couple, Keltan and Bernadette; the disappearance of Con, the King of all the Dragon Kings, the escalated threat from Usaeil (The Queen of the Light Fae) both to Bernadette personally and the rest of the characters, plus the continuing mystery and threat from The Others – who are they, how will they strike next and what can the Dragon Kings do to protect themselves and vanquish them.
What I really like about this series, is that we have different sorts of bad guys here; downright evil sods, misunderstood rogues, friends turned into enemies and bad-turned-good heroes. I love that, it keeps us readers on our toes and is an indication of a talented writer; I appreciate an author who writes multidimensional characters that aren’t good or bad but a multitude of greys.
And while we’re talking about characters, those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I definitely enjoy a story more deeply if the female protagonist is intelligent, resilient and has plenty of gumption; I wasn’t disappointed here, Bernadette was all of these and more and I was completely engaged in her story.
Fever gave me all the feels that I’m looking for; it made me chuckle out loud, wipe the odd tear from my eyes, had me on the edge of my seat with tension and gave me yummy flutters of arousal; in short – I was hooked from the first page to the last.
As you can tell by my rating, I really enjoyed this book but there were a few things that took the shine off for me.
Although I have read a few of the previous books in this well established series, I didn’t feel as though I got to know Keltan as well as I did Bernadette; existing long term fans will probably have a better handle on Keltan’s personality and the reasons behind why he thinks and acts the way he does.
Ms Grant does a good job of giving the relevant information within these pages about past events but I should warn newbie readers that a lot has happened in this series up until this point – a heck of a lot – and I feel that we miss something, a connection perhaps, that existing fans would have built up.
Fever is a book that ties up and concludes a couple of ongoing story threads while also progressing other existing storylines.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s got everything that I’m looking for in a great story; action, romance, passion, humour and enough titillation to keep me blushing on the bus. I couldn’t stop reading!
Due to some of the darker references, violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by scenes of this nature who are fans of relationship and romance stories with oodles of fire and passion.
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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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