Smoke and Fire (Dark Kings #9) by Donna Grant #mf #review @donna_grant

smoke and fire

She wanted to touch him. There had always been something about being in his arms that made her feel as if she could tackle anything and the world wouldn’t dare get in her way…

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 protect the woman who haunts his dreams. Even if means shifting into the dragon he was never supposed to reveal…

Kinsey could never get enough of Ryder. His every touch only left her wanting more. But now that she’s seen him in his true form, Kinsey’s world is rocked to the core. She knows that to stay-and feel-alive, she must be with Ryder. But is Kinsey’s passion worth the risk of danger that comes with being a part of Ryder’s dark and fierce world?

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Ryder spends his days and nights staring at screens using his genius abilities with technology to hunt down Ulrik and keep his fellow Kings and their mates safe. But Ryder hasn’t always been holed up in the computer room. Years ago he was sent on a mission in Glasgow where he met and fell in love with Kinsey, a beautiful human who also has some masterful skills with technology. Their love for one another was mutual and they were happy up until Ryder left her broken hearted and confused.

I have to admit for the majority of the book I wasn’t a fan of Ryder. I wanted to smack that sexy man upside his impossibly dense head. I don’t know if it’s all the time spent in a room filled with computers but Ryder really was clueless when it came to interpersonal communication skills. He was so wrapped up in his hurt over Kinsey running away from him after he shifted into a dragon in the middle of a battle (can you really blame a human from running off scared after seeing a dragon that happens to be her ex!) that he didn’t stop to think and mull over the fact that he was the one who initially doubted their love and up and left her with nothing more than a confusing note. You gave your soul mate a lame Dear John note and didn’t contact her for 3 years! I was VERY disappointed at how quickly he jumped to conclusions concerning Kinsey especially with all the obvious circumstantial clues.

Eventually I got over my annoyance with Ryder thanks to Con coming in and talking sense into everyone. I’ve had disdain toward Con in the last few books but I have to say in this book he shined. It’s obvious why he is respected and why he is the King of Kings, now if he could just find himself a decent mate and stop his affair with the self absorbed Usaeil that would be awesome. Which brings me to Rhi. I’m still in the, I think Con was her former King lover camp, but I’m unsure even if that is the case if those two belong together. Her relationship with Balladyn is interesting and it’s obvious she’s changing him for the better and that may impact how the war with the Dark goes down once Taraeth is out of the picture. Rhi’s Reaper watcher is also someone who has me questioning who Rhi is meant to be with. He seems very drawn to Rhi in a significant way.

I can’t wait for the next installment in the series. Perhaps book ten will be about the dragon that dislikes humans, Dmitri and we’ll see him battling his feelings for one.

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