ARC Review: Smoldering Hunger by Donna Grant

Posted December 26, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Smoldering Hunger by Donna Grant
Smoldering Hunger
by Donna Grant

4 Stars


Released: December 29th 2015
Series: Dark Kings #8
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“Once again, Grant pens a beautiful romance while also further building on her world. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next!”
~ Under the Covers

It’s been two weeks since Sophie and Darius had a quick romp outside of the hospital that Sophie works at. But now trouble seems to be finding the good doctor when Ulrik enters the hospital, searching for Sophie. Instead of keeping his distance, Darius protects her but it’s at a cost. He’s becoming more and more drawn to her. Until he is unable to stay away.

I really loved the romance between Sophie and Darius. It’s right up front and centre of this story and becomes the driving force. Grant conveyed the perfect amount of longing and passion to create a believable romance. The only thing I would have liked to see more of is attention to detail. While Grant’s writing is still good, I missed the way she used to elaborate on certain things to make the experience feel richer. This is by no means a simple book, but because it’s so clean cut and straight forward, it does feel less complicated.

Grant also builds on other characters, giving readers greater insight into Rhi, Balladyn and Con. All of these side characters are becoming more and more important to the series. I find Rhi to be more of a complicated character. She’s kind of stuck between two men and in this book, she almost seems to be hiding from them. Meanwhile the men are doing all they can to bring her back safely. As for Balladyn, I quite like his character. He brings something very special to the series and although he isn’t portrayed as all good, he does create some good tension with Rhi’s character. Con, on the other hand, might be my favorite so far. He’s the King of Kings and his power is very evident on the page. I like how straight forward he is. I think it’ll give the series something new to explore.

Once again, Grant pens a beautiful romance while also further building on her world. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next!




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About Donna Grant

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae. She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.


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Thanks for the review Annie


that is a very hot cover!

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it is!!!

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Thanks for the review.