St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mar 31 2015, $7.99
The Dark magic wound ripped away Rhys the Dragon King’s innate ability to shift, but also nuked his sense of self-worth at a time when the kiss he shared with Dreagan Distillery employee Lily Ross at a party has left him desperately desiring her. As shook by that lip-lock as Rhys was, Lily cannot understand her desire for this man after her previous horrific relationship traumatized her; or why her attraction seems to keep him distancing from her.
Her abusive ex arrives with plans to abduct Lily but not before destroying Dreagan. Watching his Lily from afar, but refusing to act on his intense feelings; until Rhys realizes she is in trouble. Though Lily does not believe in paranormal species, she trusts the “man” who owns her heart to protect her from evil she cannot accept exist.
The fifth Dark Kings Scottish romantic fantasy (see Hot Blooded, Darkest Flame, Burning Desire and Fire Rising) is a fabulous paranormal as Grant’s world continues to turn increasingly complex yet the otherworldly characters seem real. Although series fans will feel a sense of déjà vu re the romance; the suspense, the lead couple (secondary players in previous entries) and a deep bench make for a rousing read.