Friday, July 3, 2020

Showcase Flame by Donna Grant Dark Kings #17

Today I'm happy to bring you a showcase by fave author Donna Grant, #17 in her long running Dark Kings series, Flame.


Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 6-30-2020

 418 pp

Dark Kings #17

Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



Flame is the next Dark Kings book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant's series.

If she believed in destiny, she would believe they were meant for each other.
But that fire was put out long ago. . .

Living among the Dragon Kings, Cain has spent lifetimes learning to distrust both mortals and Fae. He is a warrior born—and every instinct demands that he fight to keep his own kind safe. But when a fringe member of the Dark Fae contacts the Kings with an urgent warning, Cain is torn for the first time. How can he trust this beautiful creature when resisting his primal attraction to her is battle enough?

Noreen is horrified by what her kind and the malevolent Others are planning for the Dragon Kings. Dark Fae or not, there are lines she will not cross—even if it means risking her life. But she never imagined that she would risk her heart until she meets Cain. She wants him with a soul-deep desire that frightens her…and endangers them both. Is saying goodbye to everything Noreen has ever known worth a love that will span time and realms?

Read an excerpt:




This was suicide. Noreen knew it.

But there wasn’t another way. Which left her no other choice. No matter what happened, she would pay for the consequences of her actions.

It was the least she could do.

She swallowed hard and stared at the laptop screen sitting before her. On her left was a cup of tea with tendrils of heat rising from it. She looked up and let her gaze slowly wander the café.

The glamour and magic she used prevented humans from seeing her true coloring—or feeling the attraction they always experienced when a Fae was near. It was necessary to keep a low profile.

Though it wouldn’t keep her hidden from everyone.

Noreen glanced out the windows of the internet café to the passersby. The world looked normal. But then again, it usually did right before everything went to shite.

She didn’t like being so exposed. It was only a matter of time before she was found. There wasn’t a single person she trusted. Already, they scrutinized her every word. She was a good liar, but when so many were double-checking the things she told them, it didn’t matter how thorough she was. They would find out.

Of all the options she had, this was the best one. There was no way she could walk up to a Dragon King. They would likely kill her before she got the first word out. She opted not to ring them either since she would prefer to keep her identity a secret.

Noreen quickly crafted her message using a buffer email account and a VPN. The virtual private network would allow her to make anyone who read the email think she was halfway around the world. With a throwaway email as well as using Proton Mail as the host, she was as anonymous as she could get.

As soon as she hit send, she signed out of everything and rose from her seat. No one around paid any attention to her. She tugged her baseball hat low over her face and strode from the café.

As soon as she walked outside, it felt as if every eye in Scotland was focused on her. The nearest Fae doorway was over thirty miles away. She could teleport there, but there were those who could follow the trail of her power. Was this how humans felt? Always having to do everything on their own without the use of magic? She hated it.

However, if she wanted to live, she would do it.

And she very much wanted to live. Now more than ever.

Noreen stopped dead in her tracks when she spotted the Light Fae walking with a human female. The two were laughing and talking. She gazed at the Fae with the thick strip of silver in her black hair and realized that she was looking at none other than Shara.

The Fae had once been Dark but turned Light and mated with a Dragon King. Noreen hadn’t believed the story the first time she’d heard it, but it was soon revealed to be the truth. Seeing Shara with her own eyes was much different than hearing a story, though.

Noreen took a step toward the Fae. Maybe Shara would listen to her. No sooner had the thought gone through her head than Noreen realized it was a terrible idea. She ducked out of sight and went the opposite way so as not to run into Shara.

“Suicide,” Noreen whispered to herself. “If the Dragon Kings don’t get me, then the Others will.”

She’d known the reality of her situation when she decided to take action, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t terrified. How many more times would she stand before the Others and lie? How long before they realized what she was about and executed her?

One of her skills was the ability to deceive others convincingly. She did it with little effort, actually. It came naturally. Then again, she’d never had so much on the line before. She worried that she would try too hard, and others would start to see through her lies—and she’d be caught.

The constant worry was exhausting. It was bad enough that she had the Others watching her. Now, because she just had to go and do the right thing, she was about to have the Dragon Kings on her arse, too.

Because no matter the steps she’d taken to be anonymous, they were smart enough—and powerful enough—to figure out who she was.

That was fine. She was prepared for that. She just wanted to make sure that she was long gone from this realm when it happened. All she had to do was get one King to listen to her—and believe what she was saying. Then, they could take it from there, and she could high-tail it to safety somewhere else.

At least, that was the plan. A part of her thought about sticking around and fighting with the Kings against the Others, but she didn’t particularly like the sight of blood or death. Strange for sure for a Dark Fae, but everyone had their quirks.

Noreen’s mind went through options of what might happen with her email. She hoped the words she’d used would alert the Kings that it wasn’t a hoax. Surely, they would take such information seriously.

How long should she give them before she sent another message? The only option she’d left them was to reply to her, but they didn’t have to do that to believe her. For all she knew, they could have already read it, taken her words to heart, and were in the process of getting things ready for war.

She rolled her eyes at her hopefulness. That wasn’t going to happen, and she knew it. But it would be nice if it did. It would solve all her problems.

Well, not all of them, but a majority of them. Yet, she wouldn’t be able to leave until she knew for certain the Kings had listened to her.

“Shite,” she mumbled.

That meant she would have to check the new email account she’d set up in case the Kings contacted her. More than likely, she’d have to send several more messages. All the while keeping her actions secret from the Others.

Maybe it would’ve been better to take her chances by just going straight to Dreagan and knocking on the door. She nearly laughed out loud at the thought. She—like all Fae—knew of the barrier around the sixty thousand acres owned by the Dragon Kings. The moment she stepped through it, they would know of her arrival and be on her in seconds.

It was one way to get their attention, but with the way things were going, the Dragon Kings were more the strike-now-and-ask-questions-later kind of guys, and that didn’t really work for her.

She rubbed her thumb over the pads of her fingers as she itched to use magic to make a laptop appear so she didn’t have to visit another internet café, but it was a chance she couldn’t take at the moment.

“Things really go to shite when you try to do the right thing,” she said as she walked into the abandoned house that she’d come across.

But was this the right thing? For so long, she’d believed the Others were in the right. Noreen wasn’t sure when she’d changed her mind. It wasn’t one thing she could pinpoint, but she suspected several instances had happened over the thousands of years. And now here she was, her loyalties changing sides. She’d debated on this course of action for the past fifty years, but it was the most recent turn of events that had finally swayed her.

For one, she had really liked Balladyn. She hadn’t wanted to. She had actively hated him at first. Then, she’d seen what he’d done for the Dark when he became king. He wasn’t just after power. He wanted to unify the Dark and make them great again.

Then, Usaeil had killed him. Noreen fisted her hand as she recalled seeing the Queen of the Light sink her sword into Balladyn’s back and take his life.

And she hadn’t been the only Dark outraged by the murder.

Then, the infamous Rhi had killed Usaeil. Or so they’d thought. Leave it to a power-hungry bitch like Usaeil to ensure that she couldn’t die. But that was something few knew about.

It would be a cold day in Hell before Noreen bowed before Usaeil and accepted her as queen. It didn’t matter if Usaeil was really Dark or not. She had crossed too many lines, even for a Dark.

It was an oxymoron, Noreen knew. The Dark were the epitome of wicked to the Light, but the truth was, there were varying degrees of evil within the Dark. It’s why it was so difficult for the Dark to band together on anything.

Noreen swiped at a long strip of black hair that had fallen into her face as she plopped down on the torn cushion of the hideous floral chair. She dropped her head back and looked at the ceiling.

She had lived for six thousand years. During that time, she had done a great many things, seen every inch of the planet, and thoroughly enjoyed life.

Without a doubt, she knew these were the last days of her life. Instead of doing what she wanted and using her magic, she was hiding.

All because she felt she had to help the Dragon Kings.

Copyright © 2020 by Donna Grant

Praise for Flame and the Dark King series:

"Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant."

--Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Provocative [and] sizzling.”―RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“A must-read.”―Night Owl Reviews

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 Craving, Night’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.


  1. I loved this book but I have liked the series as a whole so far.

    1. I wondered if you read it Mary, it sounds right up your alley

  2. Sounds good and I am guessing Noreen makes the leap!

  3. This is a series that I definitely want to read. Sounds like there is some good intrigue mixed in with the paranormal and the romance.

    1. yes it does. I've enjoyed her other series but have never tried this one