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Review: Soul Scorched (Dark Kings #6) by Donna Grant



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Darcy was floating on a cloud of pure passion. Everywhere he touched, Warrick was leaving a mark on her, forever changing her. She could feel it through her skin and muscle, through bone and into her soul. It was as if he was changing her. And she welcomed it…

Her power is a blessing.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets—and desires—of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same…

His passion is a curse.

Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself—and his entire race—in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything… for eternity?

Dive into Soul Scorched, the sizzling next novel in the Dark Kings series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

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Warrick is the Dragon King of Jades. He has been fascinated with humans for years although he would never admit it. The Kings have vowed to protect humans in secret and worry that Ulrick, a dragon that has been banished and stripped of his power, is a viable threat. He has found a druid who has unlocked some of his dragon magic. The King of the Kings, Con, is worried that after his banishment and the death of his woman, Ulrick will seek revenge once more.

Con sends Warrick to watch the druid woman named Darcy. She was able to give some of Ulrick’s powers back to him which means she is very powerful. Unfortunately the Dark Fae are stalking her as well and threaten her. Warrick and Thorn have to protect her while trying to figure out why she is their target, plus try and locate Ulrick.

Ulrick’s uncle has bargained with the Dark and they are in turn going after Darcy. He is proving to Ulrick who is in charge. As a result Darcy and Warrick are trapped in her shop as the Dark surround them. They are forced to spend the night with spells from dragon magic keeping the Dark out.

Darcy and Warrick are drawn to each other and give in to those feelings. They share a passionate kiss. Unfortunately Darcy learns the real reason Warrick and Thorn are there. As her hurt and anger grow Darcy decides she can take care of herself and demands Warrick leave. She is a powerful druid.

A battle with the Dark outside of Darcy’s shop ensues when Warrick comes back to the shop with food and was brutal. Warrick fought off many of the Dark alone. Darcy had lost sight of him and fears the outcome. She knows Thorn picked off as many as he could staying out of sight. However when Warrick appears at her door, her relief is tangible. She runs to him checking for injuries. Warrick is shocked over her worry and concern. It ignites the attraction they have for each other again. Darcy forgets her anger and lets Warrick make her forget all the danger she is in. They grow close to each other but not to the decision of what to do next.

Warrick decides the best place for her is Dreagan. The Dark can’t go to the sanctuary of the dragons. Accepting the help from Ulrick, Darcy readies herself to go to Dreagan as they fight their way out. Allies surprise Warrick and Darcy with help as they escape to safety. Doubts creep in as to who is really behind the attacks.

Once in Dreagan, Darcy is interrogated by Con. She knows Con thinks she is an enemy. He also believes that she helped Ulrick more than she has. In fact everyone seems to believe she is the one to blame for Ulrick’s plans which could turn into a war. She feels she is no longer safe on Dreagan.

Con believes that the best course of action is to stop Darcy from helping Ulrick more. His choice is to kill her. Not only has she helped Ulrick but she reversed the spell that kept the Kings from falling in love. Con’s hatred runs deep for Darcy.

Warrick realizes Con’s plans and knows he has to get Darcy out of Dreagan. He has to sneak her out. In the meantime Darcy has already taken Ulrick on his offer to help yet again. He can get her out of Dreagan quietly. Warrick also agrees to let Ulrick help. He realizes what she is to him and wants her safe.

Of course nothing goes as planned and betrayals come to light as Darcy’s life hangs in the balance with dragon magic playing a big part.

If you have read the Kings of the Dragon books before then you are familiar with some of the characters already. This story is interesting. One of their own has been banished feeling he has been betrayed by the Kings. Revenge rules him.

Warrick and Thorn are learning information about Ulrick from Darcy and protecting her in the meantime. Warrick finds her fascinating and is drawn to her. She is also drawn to him. The sparks between Darcy and Warrick are igniting. It’s fun to watch him stumble through. His fascination with humans helps with Darcy but are also coming to light for the other Kings.

Then something else is going on with Ulrick. I don’t think he will be as bad as you think. The author finally allows the Kings to have doubts about Ulrick and his plan. They are open to accept that someone else may be dividing the Kings and that Con refuses to switch his focus from Ulrick. Con’s hatred of Ulrick and doubt of Darcy starts to get in the way. Con is so blasé about killing her.

It takes the threat from Con to get them to realize what they are to each other. Of course these feelings arrive a bit too late until a change of heart saves the day. Then Darcy realizes she has been used. Someone she trusted finished what she herself started. The reader believes what Darcy does. I was surprised to learn the truth.

Then Ulrick becomes the dragon everyone has warned about the whole book. I can’t decide how I feel about him. It leaves me with too many questions. Something else is going on the reader is not aware of yet so I wonder if this is a big elaborate scheme that Ulrick has put into play manipulating everyone as it unfolds.

The book left me with many questions and the author did a great job of continuing the story. I’m now intrigued and want to see what happens next. I give this book a 4 out of 5.







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