ARC Darkest Flame by Donna Grant – DNF

Darkest Flame (Dark Kings, #1)

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Book one in the Dark Kings Series

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review through Net Galley.

Book synopsis from Goodreads:

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender – body and soul?

Her beauty is a weapon

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up – as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny – and a desire – that could destroy them both…

His passion is a curse…

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans – and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

Alright I feel bad about not finishing this book, but it just wasn’t for me.  I think there are a lot of people out there that will enjoy it though.  I just couldn’t get into in and rather than force myself to finish it and probably give it a lower star rating then it deserved I decided to DNF it and give no star rating.  It’s not a bad story, the writing is fine, the concept seemed really interesting when I requested it for review.  Something just didn’t click for me and I found myself constantly looking for something else to do and checking my progress on the Nook.  Telling myself, “Alright another 50 pages if you don’t like it by then you can put it down.”  Around page 110 I said enough and threw in the towel.

So now do I just quietly delete it from my Goodreads account and Net Galley shelf, or do I review it with out finishing it?  I often tell my patrons it is alright to not finish a book, there is no law that says once started a book must be finished.  It is alright to say this just didn’t work for me.  So in order to not be a hypocrite I have decided to write the review. After all a book needs to be reviewed by those that didn’t care for it as much as those that loved it.

So why didn’t this book work for me. As with other books I’ve not finished the two main characters just didn’t capture my attention.  Kellan keeps going on about hating humans and Danae always feels like she is apologizing for being one.  Sure they thought each other attractive, but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I did like some of the background characters, but it wasn’t enough to keep me reading the story.  My mind kept wandering while reading, and instead of going back to see what I missed I was like eh and pushed on.  The start was interesting, but it quickly felt like the story was just spinning its wheels.  The story just couldn’t keep my attention and I got tired of trying to follow what was going on.

I would call the story more fantasy then paranormal, and perhaps that was the problem for me.  While I do enjoy some fantasy books I don’t pick them up as often as the paranormals.  I like a more urban fantasy story like The Hollows Series or Mercy Thompson’s series.  This one had potential, but did not move at a fast enough pace for me.  Perhaps I didn’t give it a long enough attempt, but after three days of reading and only making it 110 pages  I was done.    I tried,  I gave the book more pages to grab me than most.  I think there is a definite market out there for this story and wish the author all the best.  I hope the new series does great for her.


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