Dec 23 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Donna Grant’s Hot Blooded (December 30, 2014)

Hot Blooded by Donna GrantDonna Grant
Hot Blooded (Dark Kings)
St. Martin's Press / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

His name is Laith. To most, he’s known as the owner of a local pub near Dreagan. But little do his patrons know that beneath his handsome, charming exterior Laith has the heart and soul of a Dragon King—one who wields control by keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. Until a beautiful, mysterious stranger enters the picture, and sets his whole world on fire…

To learn the truth about her dead father, Iona has returned to Scotland only to learn that she’s part of an ancient pact with Dreagan—one that will threaten the fragile peace with the Dragon Kings. Gorgeous, sly Iona isn’t like anyone Laith has ever met before...and she harbors a secret that others would kill to possess. Will she complete him—or destroy him?

Donna Grant's Hot Blooded includes the return of our adored couples from previous novels, but also a hint of a secret relationship between Con and the Fae Queen. What is really going on between them, and is Con’s MIA status lately because of the Queen?

But wait, there’s more! We also had a small little hint promising information about Rhi and her Dragon King lover, but we still don’t know who he is and if they will ever be together again. And then there is the sweet budding romance between, Rhys and Lily.

However, all this doesn't come close to the scorching passion between Iona and Laith, making Hot Blooded hard as heck to put down.

When Iona first arrived to Scotland she didn't think she needed friends or relationships she would just have to leave behind because of her career. She lived out of a duffel bag with just a few items to make it easy to move around. She was independent. Until Laith.

She told herself to walk away, to forget about the drink. But she wanted a closer look at him, to see the color of his eyes.

When Laith isn’t busy with his Dragon King duties, or taking the skies at night in his truest form, he is happy spending his time running the local pub. That all changes when Iona walks into his pub. It is as though his soul had recognized her to as his mate the moment he saw her.

Her smile fell a bit as he stared. Laith shook himself and set the ale in for of her. Their eyes met again, held. He felt an uncontrollable, undeniable pull to this woman and he fought against it. Hard. It was more than just lust. This . . . feeling . . . was on another plan altogether. Nay.

Laith recognizes her as his mate the moment she enters the pub, but he is in denial. He doesn’t want to be a mated King. But when he realizes she is in danger, there is no denying her importance to him. Iona is also in denial, but it was because she didn’t believe in love—she has convinced herself that her feelings for Laith couldn’t be love. Yet, once danger appears, Laith can not deny  his feeling for Iona, and neither can she deny her feelings for him. They both could attempt to deny or ignore the love of a soul mate, but the heart can only deny its other half for so long.

“You’ve changed my world, Laith.”

He caressed her cheek, amazed that she was really in his arms. “Its wasna me. You were destined for this role, and you were brought home when you were ready to accept it.”

“I’m ready for whatever is next.”

“Including being mine?”

She pulled his head down until her lips were almost touching his. “Especially being yours.”

While danger still all around the Dragon Kings, they are still finding their soul mates, and falling in love. There are still so many unanswered questions and unresolved relationships, and I can’t wait to find where the journey with the Dragon Kings goes next.


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Sage Spelling writes book reviews for her blog,http://sagespellingsbookshelf.blogspot.com/, She is a compulsive reader, writer and a happily ever after kind of girl. Follow her on Facebook: Sage Spelling and Twitter: @SSpellingAuthor


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