Flora Reviews… 1001 Dark Nights: Dragon Lost (Dark Kings #16.5) by Donna Grant
Read: 1st March 2020
Publication Date: 25th February 2020
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Quote from Dragon Lost
“Annita took a tentative step towards the cave, fear taking root. She stopped and squared her shoulders. She knew these caves like the back of her hand, just as she knew the waters around her home. There was no reason for her to be afraid.
“Fear doesn’t rule me,” she told herself and started walking.”
Dragon Lost is a paranormal romance novella (approx. 125 pages) and in Donna Grant’s hugely popular Dark King series.
Her Dark World universe includes the Reaper series, Dark Warrior series and Dark Sword series. The world features many supernatural and mythological beings. For example, dragon shifters, dark and light fae and fae Reapers (who work for Death herself). Magic welding druids (the mies who use light magic, dark magic users the droughs. Plus 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.
But don’t worry the 1001 Dark Nights publishers say:
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**Evil Eye Concepts, Inc – Publishers
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant comes a new story in her Dark Kings series…
Destinies can’t be ignored. No one knows that better than Annita. For as long as she can remember, it’s been foretold she would find a dragon. A real-life dragon. She’s beginning to think it was all some kind of mistake until she’s swimming in one of the many caves around the island and discovers none other than a dragon. There is no fear as she approaches, utterly transfixed at the sight of the creature. Then he shifts into the shape of a thoroughly gorgeous man who spears her with bright blue eyes. In that instant, she knows her destiny has arrived. And the dragon holds the key to everything.
All Royden wanted was to find an item his brother buried when they were children. It was supposed to be a quick and simple trip, but he should’ve known nothing would be easy with enemies like the Dragon Kings have. Royden has no choice but to trust the beguiling woman who tempts him like no other. And in doing so, they unleash a love so strong, so pure that nothing can hold it back.Dark Alpha’s Temptation is a brand new paranormal romance in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant’s Reapers series that features a brotherhood of elite assassins and the women who bring them to their knees.
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 InkSlinger PR. They’ve organised the book’s blog tour that my review is a part of.
However, this doesn’t affect my review or influence my thoughts. I’m giving you my candid opinion about this book.
I’m already fan of Donna Grant’s books. I find her writing style easy to read and I like the way she paces the development of the plot. I love the fantasy world that Donna has created and that her characters are not black or white, good or evil but allowed to be complex souls with a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits.
Although this is a novella, and Donna was limited to a smaller word count, she still manages to craft a well-balanced paranormal romance tale that has every aspect that I’ve come to expect.
I connect to a story more when the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and can look after herself; I wasn’t disappointed here. Annita Dragoumis is a remarkable woman; I loved learning about her life, her amazing family and getting to know them in this story. Royden being a Dragon King, obviously, has a fair bit of baggage, however, it was great to get beneath his skin and get inside his head. I hope we see more of both of them in future books. I also liked the way that we learnt extra snippets about existing characters in this tale too; I don’t think any of the characters in this series are flat 2-dimensional creations, they all feel very real even though most are mythical species.
Ms Grant loves the romantic aspect between her lead couple to be concluded by the end of each book; I love Happy Ever After endings too. Woop! Woop!
Dragon Lost was a lovely paranormal romance that pulled at my heart. But don’t worry dear reader there was also some lighter moments to put a smile on my face and some rather fantastic steamy scenes that certainly titillated my fancy.
No, I really loved Dragon Lost. The only thing that was missing was any fighting, peril or threat but it’s not a big enough niggle to warrant losing a star over. 😉
Dragon Lost is a great paranormal romance story with wonderful characters, a bit of humour, romance and a sprinkling of passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the sex scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content who enjoy paranormal romance tales with honourable heroes, heroines who have plenty of gumption and enough titillation to make you blush on the bus.
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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred 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 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 cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore. Or buying makeup. And shoes.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that I’ve encouraged you to add this series to your ever-growing reading lists. 😉
Bye for now. x