As I came to the final installment in the Darkest Flame serial I felt a little let down that the turnout wasn't quite what I expected it to be. It wasn't the ending nor was it the characters. Mostly it was the plot that seemed to continue endlessly throughout the novellas.
The plot didn't improve nor did it lessen as I approached the ending of part four. The suspense was average. The romance was strong and sensual, which I really savored throughout the entire the series. But the plot felt like I was enduring a roller coaster. The plot took a more syfy turn rather than the more paranormal atmosphere that I would have really liked to have seen. Perhaps if Grant would have chosen to stay with the paranormal tone I would have enjoyed part four more.
What I did find to be most pleasing with this series is how Kellan and Deane grew not only in their relationship with one another but within themselves as well. With the first part I didn't think I would ever fully understand Kellan and his nature, but by the end of the serial I fully understood the man beneath the dragon. Deane was a strong heroine from the first time I was introduced to her. As the serial continued she started to learn to trust Kellan and discovered that it was perfectly fine to depend on the person that she loved without fault.
Overall there was an equal amount of traits that I loved about this series and parts that I did not like. The biggest flaw is the concept of the serial installments rather than in a complete novel. This structure made it difficult for me to maintain a relationship with the author and the characters of the novel. It was more of a stop, go, stop, go feeling. This format also made the installments feel like pages were rushed from time to time.
Darkest Flames isn't a serial that should be ignored. In fact I encourage readers to read sections 1-4 in one go. Do keep in mind that this has more Syfy tones to it than PNR. I tend to stray more towards the paranormal tones. Still, I will continue to read Grant's titles as she remains an author that cannot be overlooked.
The thrilling conclusion to the stunningly sexy e-series Darkest Flame by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!In Darkest Flame: Part 4, Denae and Kellan must fight for their lives. Denae is stunned by Kellan’s lethal strength and is powerfully attracted to his magnificent form as they battle the Dark Fae. As the stakes get higher, she knows she cannot live without the dragon she loves… Watching Denae fight, Kellan cannot believe he has such a strong, sexy woman by his side. But when a blast of magic almost kills her, Kellan realizes that losing her would be like losing a part of himself, and that the only way to keep her safe for eternity is for her to be his mate…"Time travel, ancient legends, and seductive romance are seamlessly interwoven into one captivating package."—Publishers Weekly on the Dark Warrior series"Once again, Donna Grant has given the readers a great story." —Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on MIDNIGHT'S PROMISE