Dragon Claimed
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings you another sizzling Dark Kings novella. Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe. Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Dragon Claimed Details

TitleDragon Claimed
Author
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherEvil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Novella, Romance, Dragons, Paranormal Romance, Magic

Dragon Claimed Review

  • Joelle
    January 1, 1970
    We love this author! We really enjoyed this story from beginning to end.The story was fun and intriguing and filled with really interesting characters.We love the suspense it wrought and how the mystery unfolded and we have to say that the mysterious Cináed was a sexy mystery to us as well. "We loved him!"We really enjoyed this story we love dragons's and magic along with Myths & Legends with a good mystery to solve which always is a perfect mix of something we love to read about.We are so l We love this author! We really enjoyed this story from beginning to end.The story was fun and intriguing and filled with really interesting characters.We love the suspense it wrought and how the mystery unfolded and we have to say that the mysterious Cináed was a sexy mystery to us as well. "We loved him!"We really enjoyed this story we love dragons's and magic along with Myths & Legends with a good mystery to solve which always is a perfect mix of something we love to read about.We are so looking forward to reading more in this series.Pure Enjoyment !
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  • Tanya Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dragon Claimed is another of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas. It follows Cináed. He is a recently awoken Dragon King. I will admit. Even with the pronunciation spelled out for me. I still had a hard time remembering that his name was pronounced like "kinney". My mind could not compute with what I was seeing on the page! I laughed at myself every tim I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dragon Claimed is another of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas. It follows Cináed. He is a recently awoken Dragon King. I will admit. Even with the pronunciation spelled out for me. I still had a hard time remembering that his name was pronounced like "kinney". My mind could not compute with what I was seeing on the page! I laughed at myself every time I caught myself trying to call him something else.Cináed feels a pull to Gemma right from seeing a picture of her as a child. He doesn't understand the pull, but he knows it has something to do with the current fight the Kings are in. What is more convenient is that she is living in the little town just outside Draegan.I think Gemma subconsciously moves around alot because she fears she is being watched. She was severely introverted and hates to leave her house. Gemma has some pretty horrifying history and you can't blame her for just wanting to be away from people. But who could resist Cináed? He understood her feelings like no one else ever had.  The love story and the adventure were well balanced. We get to see further into the overall arc of the Dragon Kings and how the Others fit in with their desire to kill them. The fae assassin in Dragon Claimed has me confused because I really thought she wanted an alliance with the Kings. She is very powerful, but to everyone's surprise, Gemma has a little something that can help with that. Surprise even to herself! You get to see Gemma really grow and come out of her shell, and Cináed is a big part of that.I would not miss one of these novellas! They can be read as standalone, but honestly I think readers of the series do not want to miss any of the new revelations we get. Dragon Claimed packed everything I love about a Dark Kings book into a novella and I truly enjoyed the read.   Excerpt “Gemma!” She glanced in the direction that her dog had run. She hated storms. Her parents and Kyle knew that. Why hadn’t they helped her? Anger seethed within her. They hadn’t helped because they wanted to leave Daisy behind. Well, Daisy was hers, and if she had to leave her friends and her home, she wasn’t leaving her dog. “Gemma!” She ignored both her parents, who were now shouting her name as she raced after Daisy. If she had to carry the forty-pound dog to the boat, then that’s what she’d do. Just as soon as she found Daisy. Another flash of lightning bathed the land in light, giving her just a glimpse of the dog as she headed toward the house. Gemma ran as fast as her seven-year-old legs would carry her. She reached the house and Daisy. “Hey, girl,” she said to the terrified dog. “It’s going to be all right.” It took her four tries before she was able to lift the dog. She shook badly, but at least she wasn’t trying to get free. Gemma knew her parents were going to be furious with her. She didn’t know why they were sneaking away in the middle of the night in a storm, but the fear in her father’s voice and her mother’s face let her know that the questions would have to wait. In less than two hours, they had packed up all they could and put it on the boat her father owned. She’d asked where they were headed, but her parents hadn’t answered and her brother had shot her an irritated look. Once she got on the boat with Daisy, she hoped someone would tell her something. She hated not knowing what was going on. Kyle didn’t care. He always said that their parents would tell them when they needed to know. Gemma stumbled and fell to her knees. She pitched forward so that she had to release Daisy in order to catch herself, but she managed to keep a tight hold of the leash and pull the dog back to her. Daisy seemed to like being held, so she didn’t put up a fight. “I’m coming!” Gemma shouted, hoping her family could hear her. She couldn’t see the dock through the driving rain and dark. Which was odd. There was supposed to be a light on the dock. She knew the way to the water, so she hadn’t gone the wrong way. But...why wasn’t the light on?   This review was originally posted on Rantings of a Reading Addict
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  • Trish R.
    January 1, 1970
    So, I stumbled over his name, and mispronounced it again and again, until page 34 when he told Gemma that his name Cinaed was pronounced Kinnay. Really? I was totally lost on that and I hated to keep saying his name wrong for so long. I wonder how many readers had that same problem.BUT, I think this was my favorite Dragon Kings novella. It left you in suspense as to who Gemma saw when she was 7 years old, when her parents and brother disappeared, and how she hid from the world as she grew up, un So, I stumbled over his name, and mispronounced it again and again, until page 34 when he told Gemma that his name Cinaed was pronounced Kinnay. Really? I was totally lost on that and I hated to keep saying his name wrong for so long. I wonder how many readers had that same problem.BUT, I think this was my favorite Dragon Kings novella. It left you in suspense as to who Gemma saw when she was 7 years old, when her parents and brother disappeared, and how she hid from the world as she grew up, until she met Cinaed. It was a great story.There was explicit sex in this story and the F-bomb was used 1 time.
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 15, 2019 Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who 4 starsABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 15, 2019 Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe. Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons.•••••••REVIEW: DRAGON CLAIMED is instalment 14.5 and novella in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult, DARK KINGS paranormal/fantasy series, and the latest instalment in the multi-authored 1001 Dark Nights series. This is Dragon King Cináed, and thirty year old, researcher Gemma Atherton’s story line. DRAGON CLAIMED can be read as a stand alone but for back story and cohesion, I recommend reading the series in order.SOME BACKGROUND: The DARK KINGS is a spinoff from Donna Grant’s DARK WARRIOR series which in turn is a spin off from Donna’s DARK SWORD series- all set in the Highlands of Scotland. The Dark Fae and their King Taraeth, along with the Silver Dragon Mikkel have declared war on the Dragon Kings by exposing the dragon’s existence to humankind. The last wars between man and the world of the paranormal saw a great loss of life on all sides but someone or something is determined to push the Dragons back into another war; Mikkel wants to become King of the Silvers, Queen Usaeil of the Light Fae has set her sights on claiming King Constantine as her mate, and the Dark Fae want the Dragon’s hidden weapon in order to rule Scotland and the rest of the world. With the emergence of a group known as the Others, the Dark Kings are facing several supernatural enemies determined to destroy them all.Told from dual third person perspectives (Cináed and Gemma) DRAGON CLAIMED follows Dragon King Cináed as he searches for a woman with connections to the past. Twenty-three years earlier Gemma Atherton was the sole survivor of a sudden but mysterious storm that took her parents and older brother. Fast forward to present day wherein Gemma will come face to face with a man who is willing to help her uncover the truth. Having changed her name and desperate to stay out of the public eye, this is Gemma’s first real chance at discovering the who, how and why of that fateful day. What ensues is the quick building relationship between Gemma and Cináed, and the potential fall-out as Cináed and Gemma are targeted by the Others.Gemma Atherton knows that something was wrong the day her family disappeared; the feeling of evil permeated the grounds, an evil that continues to threaten to destroy her world. Cináed suspects there is more to Gemma than meets the eye but our heroine is oblivious to her ancient heritage, a heritage that makes her a target of the Dark Kings’ enemy.The relationship between Cináed and Gemma is one of immediate and palpable sexual attraction. Cináed is drawn to Gemma like a moth to a flame. The $ex scenes are passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include the King of the Orange Dragons Merrill, Druid elder Corann, as well as Queen Usaeil of the Light Fae, and a quick appearance by Ryder, and a few of the dragon mates.The world building continues to focus on the Dragon Kings’ struggle to stay one step ahead of impending war. Queen Usaeil is determined to make King Constantine her mate but drops a hint about potential, future changes to the Dragon Kings and the women they love.DRAGON CLAIMED is a story of loss and hope, survival and revelations. The premise is intriguing and spirited; the characters are animated and dynamic; the romance is fated and intimate. DRAGON CLAIMED is a welcome addition to Donna Grant’s Dark Kings paranormal romance series.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Malissa
    January 1, 1970
    There is just about nothing I love more than a Dark Kings story, my investment into this series is with my whole heart. While I always want a full length novella, because come on...these Dragons each deserve their story told in ALL detail, I love these novellas too because I know that they give us a glimpse of new Dragons and they advanced the story little by little. They are the little snippets that tie me over until the next full length story and I have to say thank you to 1,001 Dark Nights fo There is just about nothing I love more than a Dark Kings story, my investment into this series is with my whole heart. While I always want a full length novella, because come on...these Dragons each deserve their story told in ALL detail, I love these novellas too because I know that they give us a glimpse of new Dragons and they advanced the story little by little. They are the little snippets that tie me over until the next full length story and I have to say thank you to 1,001 Dark Nights for that because I am not sure that theses novellas would have come about with you them. Dragon Claimed is the story of Gemma and Cináed, (pronounced Kenny) and also the story of a little more insight into someone else. As always I can't talk too much about what happens because it will spoil the read for others, but if you have been a long time reader of this series, you want to make sure this one is in your hands. It's these books that give little pieces that make the bigger books come together in the end. I really enjoyed this couples relationship, the fact that for Cináed there was a connection before he ever even truly met Gemma and Gemma's backstory, *sigh*. It's funny because typically it is the Dragon King who's back story gets to me, but this book it was all Gemma. Heck this whole book was just all Gemma, she was the true star in this one, the Dragon King taking a bit of a backseat. I am really to see her in future stories and her interactions with a few other people, who shall remain un-named for now, ha and those scenes....they just make you hate that character a little bit more. When the day comes for that character to wrap up their story it will be a grand one, I can't wait, except that will likely bring us to the end and I am so not ready for that. I want all the current secrets revealed but then I just want new secrets, ha. Dragon Claimed is classic Donna Grant, hot and steamy, intriguing, swoon-worthy, secretive, and dramatic, both in story and in description. One of the only things I would have liked more of is more Con and more interaction between Gemma and the rest of the Kings and Mates, though that would lead to a full length book I suppose, which is basically what I always want, ha. So get this book if you are a fan of the series, it is a must read. I will say that I think this is one where yes, you can read it as a standalone but you will enjoy it even more if you are reading it as part of the series. If you do read it as a standalone a little bit may feel confusing for you but it's still going to be a great read and I bet when you're done you head back to the very first Dark King book! ~ HAPPY READING ~
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    This novella is a stand alone book for the Dark Night's World. I have been reading the new ones but would love to get the ones before that I have not read. Cinaed is a Dragon King and he meets Gemma and feels connected somehow and wants really help her. She lost her family as a child and does not know what happened to them. She doesn't trust anyone and is a researcher for people when she meets Cinaed. He wants her to trust him and to help her find out about her family. As she gets to know Cinaed This novella is a stand alone book for the Dark Night's World. I have been reading the new ones but would love to get the ones before that I have not read. Cinaed is a Dragon King and he meets Gemma and feels connected somehow and wants really help her. She lost her family as a child and does not know what happened to them. She doesn't trust anyone and is a researcher for people when she meets Cinaed. He wants her to trust him and to help her find out about her family. As she gets to know Cinaed she learns about magic and dragons. But for some reason she isn't upset but intrigued by it all and wants to learn so much. This was a little over 100 pages so is a quick read and really loved the chemistry between these 2. I am going to look forwards to reading more of this world. I received this free for review through #Inkslinger.#1001DarkNights
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  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsDragon claimed is a complete stand-alone novella in the Dark Kings series. It might be book 14.5 in the series, but new readers can be like Gemma and slowly get into the world since everything is pretty much explained. I am always gonna be happy with these novellas and the series as a whole if I want to be honest. You can read this novella even if you haven't read a single book in the series, but you might get hooked and you have been warned. To be completely honest, I was expecting a l 4.5 starsDragon claimed is a complete stand-alone novella in the Dark Kings series. It might be book 14.5 in the series, but new readers can be like Gemma and slowly get into the world since everything is pretty much explained. I am always gonna be happy with these novellas and the series as a whole if I want to be honest. You can read this novella even if you haven't read a single book in the series, but you might get hooked and you have been warned. To be completely honest, I was expecting a little bit more bonding between Cináed and Gemma. Their relationship is a little rushed, but that is to be expected considering the length of this book. Other than that, the story was never interesting and I would recommend the book.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this novel. I wasn't sure what to expect with Cináed because we haven't really seen him in the other novels. Nor have we seen his friend Merrill. So that just proves that there are way more Dragon Kings than we ever see. Anyway, things are starting to heat up in the Dragon King world as they search for The Others and try to figure out the Queen of the Light's plans. Since this is a novella I don't want to give anything away but y'all are going to love Cináed and Gemma. I think they are g I loved this novel. I wasn't sure what to expect with Cináed because we haven't really seen him in the other novels. Nor have we seen his friend Merrill. So that just proves that there are way more Dragon Kings than we ever see. Anyway, things are starting to heat up in the Dragon King world as they search for The Others and try to figure out the Queen of the Light's plans. Since this is a novella I don't want to give anything away but y'all are going to love Cináed and Gemma. I think they are going to be a force to be reckoned with once the war comes to a head.**I received an ARC for an honest review**
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  • Cheryl Whitty
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on Behalf of http://bookaddict.live,Dragon Claimed is a novella from the dragon Kings series but can be read as a standalone. Also, if you are fan of the Series and Its real treat. This time its Cináed turn to find his mate.While doing research Cináed finds a newspaper with a picture of a young Gemma being found with the rest of  the family missing and for some reason he has to find out what happens. So, starts the adventure and when meets Gemma he is determined to give her closure. Thi Reviewed on Behalf of http://bookaddict.live,Dragon Claimed is a novella from the dragon Kings series but can be read as a standalone. Also, if you are fan of the Series and Its real treat. This time its Cináed turn to find his mate.While doing research Cináed finds a newspaper with a picture of a young Gemma being found with the rest of  the family missing and for some reason he has to find out what happens. So, starts the adventure and when meets Gemma he is determined to give her closure. This was a novella with the heart of a novel with so much going on.A great dip into the Dragon Kings, and an enjoyable novella. Hot hunky men and steamy passion and a happy for now ending.
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  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started this novella, I was loving it. There was just so much of Gemma that reminded me of myself and I thoroughly enjoy when I come across characters like that. But eventually that started to wane. Mostly because these two were just way too damn polite to each other! Oh my gawd. There's being nice, and then there is overkill. This killed me. Plus I'm not sure how much I buy the extreme change that Gemma went thru so fast.Gemma was a pretty believable character for most of the book. When I first started this novella, I was loving it. There was just so much of Gemma that reminded me of myself and I thoroughly enjoy when I come across characters like that. But eventually that started to wane. Mostly because these two were just way too damn polite to each other! Oh my gawd. There's being nice, and then there is overkill. This killed me. Plus I'm not sure how much I buy the extreme change that Gemma went thru so fast.Gemma was a pretty believable character for most of the book. When she was child she suffered a horrible trauma that has shaped how she lives her life and interacts with people. She prefers to be alone and leave her house as little as possible, and she staves off loneliness by always have a dog with her. Unfortunately her most recent companion had passed and she's feeling the sadness more acutely. But that all changes when she backs into one of the hottest guys she's ever seen with her car.Cináed was going thru stacks of old articles for Ryder when he came across a certain one that completely captured his attention. Not so much the article, but the picture of the young girl with it. The look in her eyes has him desperate to find out more about her. And after some more searching, it turns out that she's right there in town. Coincidence? Cináed didn't actually intend to talk to Gemma that first day he found her, but her running into him with her car gave him the perfect opportunity and excuse to see her again. When he first tells her he knows of her past and has gone looking for answers for her, she is understandably angry. But Cináed makes her feel safe, which is a feeling she hasn't had in such a long time, that she decides that she will try and finally trust someone. And hope he doesn't stab her in the back like others have done. Together they work to piece together what happened to her family and her history. During which time they quickly fall for the other, of course. What we learn of Gemma's past and her ancestors is definitely interesting, and that knowledge gives Gemma the strength to stand up for herself a lot more than she has ever done before. It really did not come as much of a shock when we find out who was behind everything either. They are insane after all.I'm curious what part she will play in the future and am obviously looking forward to the next book.
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  • Sandy Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I guess you could read this one as a stand alone novella but I would absolutely read the books before this one in the Dark Kings series or you might not understand the bigger story ARC. This one is about Cináed and Gemma. Cináed has been tasked with going through and looking for articles that seem out of place or that there is something strange going on with them when he comes across an article about a little girl who was found on a Isle alone after her parents and brother go missing. And once h I guess you could read this one as a stand alone novella but I would absolutely read the books before this one in the Dark Kings series or you might not understand the bigger story ARC. This one is about Cináed and Gemma. Cináed has been tasked with going through and looking for articles that seem out of place or that there is something strange going on with them when he comes across an article about a little girl who was found on a Isle alone after her parents and brother go missing. And once he see's the picture of the girl and reads the story, he finds himself needing to know more. Gemma has been alone since her family disappeared. She has learned to depend solely on herself because you can't rely on others to do as they say or to stay. When she meet's Cináed, she never expects for her world to completely change yet again. Or for her to fee such a pull to him. But when she decides to trust him, he will get the answers she not only wants but needs in order to move on with her life. And she will help figure out another piece of the puzzle as to who or what is targeting the Kings.I absolutely loved this novella!! Gemma has been through a completely terrifying and emotional even as a child but somehow she has at least made a life for herself. Yes, she has had her issues but she is at least somewhat happy and she is healthy. Which just goes to show how truly strong she is! Cináed is probably the only person who has some kind of hope of understanding what she feels about her family as he feels the same about his own. It makes him the perfect choice to not only help her but to be with her. I love how he doesn't expect anything in exchange for his help, he just offers it. It shows how truly good his heart and soul are. I loved how this whole story played out and the connections that are revealed. I especially loved how it shows how the Queen of Light Fae truly got so powerful! I truly cannot wait for her to get her comeuppance!! Another great story that not only helped push the bigger story along but gave us a great couple to love as well!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/19/19.A dragon king with a Scottish accent? Yes, please... ;)Somehow this novella ends up feeling like it's longer than it actually is--so much is going on within its pages. There's a mysterious and ominous backstory, a new and powerful danger, a connection to a possibly-not-so-long-lost family line, and beautiful but isolated Scottish islands.Oh, and a romance. Plus puppies.And did I mention dragons? ;)Though technically yes, this novella *could* work t Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/19/19.A dragon king with a Scottish accent? Yes, please... ;)Somehow this novella ends up feeling like it's longer than it actually is--so much is going on within its pages. There's a mysterious and ominous backstory, a new and powerful danger, a connection to a possibly-not-so-long-lost family line, and beautiful but isolated Scottish islands.Oh, and a romance. Plus puppies.And did I mention dragons? ;)Though technically yes, this novella *could* work to introduce readers to the Dark Kings books (Gemma is new to the universe. so things are explained to her and you're not totally lost) this is definitely one of the 1001 Dark Nights books that works better as a filler novella for those who already know the series. There's very much a sense of being thrust into the middle of things, and though Gemma and Cináed's HEA is set by the end, there are other overarching plot threads that are still dangling. Gemma does get some long awaited answers, though, and a sense of finally belonging, so for her and Cináed the story is satisfactory.Rating: 3 stars / C+I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    Cinaed is helping fellow Dragon King Ryder search for unusual events from the past decade. His research uncovers the story of a child abandoned a few decades prior. A determination to uncover the mystery leads him to the adult Gemma.Gemma is doing her best to overcome the fear she has had since her brother and parents disappeared years prior. The pain and anxiety never leave Gemma, who is still unsure if the family she loves perished or abandoned her. Novellas present an opportunity to test a se Cinaed is helping fellow Dragon King Ryder search for unusual events from the past decade. His research uncovers the story of a child abandoned a few decades prior. A determination to uncover the mystery leads him to the adult Gemma.Gemma is doing her best to overcome the fear she has had since her brother and parents disappeared years prior. The pain and anxiety never leave Gemma, who is still unsure if the family she loves perished or abandoned her. Novellas present an opportunity to test a series or author. Reading Dragon Claimed as a stand-alone is possible, there is an explanation for all relevant backstories. I recommend the Dragon Kings to those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I'll be honest I tend to skip the novellas when I read a series. Romantic couples tend toward love at first sight, which is not my favorite approach. But, my sister advised me it is too far into the subplot arc to skip. I decidedly would've read this installment, regardless of the free copy from St Martin's Press. Cinaed and Gemma's romance was swift, but it did not feel forced. Donna Grant has a great formula when pairing her couples. And Gemma's addition will pay off later when the subplot reaches a climax. My favorite part of Dragon Claimed is Gemma perseverance. The trauma she experiences as a child hinders her adult life. She finds the courage to excel at something, while dealing with, at times, overwhelming fear and sorrow. When Cinaed comes to her with a resolution, she overcomes her terror and faces her past. Her courage is admirable. And Cinaed, well the Highland Dragon Kings are always sexy, intriguing, mighty and gallant. No way to go wrong with them.
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  • Claire Cronin
    January 1, 1970
    I love these 1001 Dark Nights novellas, they let you read a little into a world you might not yet have explored - this is what I have done, this was my first Donna Grant read (where have I been?) and I loved it - it was very easy to read as a standalone and definitely got my interest to want to read more of the Dark Kings series!!Cináed is one of the Dragon Kings and feels a connection to Gemma after seeing a newspaper clipping about what happened to her a few years ago. Gemma, now a grown woman I love these 1001 Dark Nights novellas, they let you read a little into a world you might not yet have explored - this is what I have done, this was my first Donna Grant read (where have I been?) and I loved it - it was very easy to read as a standalone and definitely got my interest to want to read more of the Dark Kings series!!Cináed is one of the Dragon Kings and feels a connection to Gemma after seeing a newspaper clipping about what happened to her a few years ago. Gemma, now a grown woman, lost her family when she was young in strange circumstances and has been searching for clues ever since. She is very introverted and does not mix well with other people at all, which is understandable when you find out her story. Cináed is drawn to her in a way he does not understand and sets about helping her out.A good storyline, dramatic and mysterious all based around Gemma's past - the attraction and chemistry between Cináed and Gemma was palpable but he had to be real gentle with her to not frighten her off. You don't get an awful lot of interaction with the other Dragon Kings in this book, but it was certainly enough of a taster for me to want to read more of this series. Highly recommended reading.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly cannot get enough of this series. Strong women, incredible males, drama, intrigue, mystery, and dragons. Dragons. Done. I'm sold. Gemma is strong and has her moments of fear, but when it counts she listens to her gut and acts with grace, strength, and wisdom. Cináed is a quiet strength that supports and thinks before rushing into things. He's honest and subtle. While both of them were a bit mild and generally tame, I appreciated their understated fortitude. It was clear that their bac I honestly cannot get enough of this series. Strong women, incredible males, drama, intrigue, mystery, and dragons. Dragons. Done. I'm sold. Gemma is strong and has her moments of fear, but when it counts she listens to her gut and acts with grace, strength, and wisdom. Cináed is a quiet strength that supports and thinks before rushing into things. He's honest and subtle. While both of them were a bit mild and generally tame, I appreciated their understated fortitude. It was clear that their backbone and power were present, but it wasn't necessary to go into everything with guns blazing and cocky smirks.With such an intricate plot this really isn't a standalone, but for the romance itself, it works. Bear that in mind when reading any of these novellas; as a part of the series they're fantastic, alone they're a bit confusing. What makes this addition to the Dark Kings series so great is the way it all came together and made my insides tighten in anticipation, my heart flutter when they got to the heartfelt confessions, and my mind whirl with all the implications of the revelations.
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  • Books 2 Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Dragon Claimed is another superb addition to the 1001 Nights Novellas and to the Dark Kings series by this author. Without missing a beat, this author builds a wonderful story of another Dreagan dragon and only adds to her world of dragons. This novella is Cináed and Gemma’s turn at love and their serendipitous meeting catapults the reader into their intrigue filled love story.What I loved: Details! Details! This author captures the imagination in her descriptions of her new subplot fitting perf Dragon Claimed is another superb addition to the 1001 Nights Novellas and to the Dark Kings series by this author. Without missing a beat, this author builds a wonderful story of another Dreagan dragon and only adds to her world of dragons. This novella is Cináed and Gemma’s turn at love and their serendipitous meeting catapults the reader into their intrigue filled love story.What I loved: Details! Details! This author captures the imagination in her descriptions of her new subplot fitting perfectly into the Dark Kings series. I found myself picturing cold rain and shivering while reading some of the scenes on Gemma’s home island. I felt transported into this book in the same way I often find myself transported into this author’s full length novel. Also, her description of the Cináed in his dragon form. Why can’t dragons be real?! Le sigh. Finally, I loved Cináed’s calming and patient nature. His effort to establish trust first with truth. Just swoon! Lastly, Gemma was just perfect for her dragon, quiet and spirited. Yasss! Would I recommend this story? Most definitely.Stars: 5B2B Mila
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  • Khrista Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    A prisoner of your pastDragon claimed is a great little read set in the Dark Kings series. It's another outstanding book by Donna that does give a little insight into what is facing the Kings but leaves plenty of suspense. Cinaed is helping Ryder go through old newspapers to see if he can locate unexplained happenings anything that will give them a clue about who the Others are and what their plans are. During his investigation he comes across an article about a little girl found alone on an isl A prisoner of your pastDragon claimed is a great little read set in the Dark Kings series. It's another outstanding book by Donna that does give a little insight into what is facing the Kings but leaves plenty of suspense. Cinaed is helping Ryder go through old newspapers to see if he can locate unexplained happenings anything that will give them a clue about who the Others are and what their plans are. During his investigation he comes across an article about a little girl found alone on an isle, no clue about where her brother or parents went or what happened to them. He feels an unexplainable pull to investigate further. Gemma (Atherton) Clacher is a hermit by design she is very comfortable alone. Gemma learned quickly when she was young that people always had an agenda and usually just wanted to be around her because of her unexplained past. Gemma is a tough but to crack but Cinaed knows that once he does it will be worth it. They embark on an investigation for answers Gemma has waited her whole life to have, what happened to her family?
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  • Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
    January 1, 1970
    ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*Dragon Claimed is the latest novella in the Dark Kings series and it is also a part of the 1001 Nights books which means if you have never read a book in the Dark Kings series you have no worries, it is a standalone and can easily be read without reading the other books. Side note I really enjoy this series so I say read the books I think you will enjoy them especially if you like paranormal and fantasy as much a ***This and other reviews can be found at www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com ****ARC*Dragon Claimed is the latest novella in the Dark Kings series and it is also a part of the 1001 Nights books which means if you have never read a book in the Dark Kings series you have no worries, it is a standalone and can easily be read without reading the other books. Side note I really enjoy this series so I say read the books I think you will enjoy them especially if you like paranormal and fantasy as much as I do.Gemma and Cinead’s story, even though a novella, was not lacking at all. From the start until the end, I was curious about what happened and why it happened to Gemma. I know that sounds very vague but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I really liked how Cinead was determined to find out the answers as well as helping Gemma out. I really can’t wait to read the next book because I have a feeling it will be one that we won’t want to miss.Dragon Claimed was a really good novella and one that I enjoyed very much.
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  • JodyL
    January 1, 1970
    This aauthor weaves stories ao well it almost seems realI always want more of the Kings! This author weaves the stories of each Dragon King so well that it almost seems real. Just reading her books makes me long to go to Scotland to meet one of these elusive dragons!Gemma was found on an island all alone when she was seven. Nobody knows what happened to her parents and brother. When Cinead stumbles upon an article about her as a child and see the haunted look in her eyes he decides to investigat This aauthor weaves stories ao well it almost seems realI always want more of the Kings! This author weaves the stories of each Dragon King so well that it almost seems real. Just reading her books makes me long to go to Scotland to meet one of these elusive dragons!Gemma was found on an island all alone when she was seven. Nobody knows what happened to her parents and brother. When Cinead stumbles upon an article about her as a child and see the haunted look in her eyes he decides to investigate.The modern day Gemma is a hermit who does investigations on line for people . She doesn't trust anyone because everyone who wanted to help her has exploits her. Cinead offers his help in finding out what really happened that night so long ago.The story was great, I just wish that some information of her previous solicitor was shown in the Epilogue. But maybe that is part of a future episode. I am excited by this new story line with the "others' and even Useail. Keep up the great work!
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Another Dragon KingThis novella was just what I needed this month. Another glimpse into the DK world. I love Gemma and Cinaed's story. This series just keeps getting better. Gemma is so very strong even though she doesn't recognize it, loosing her famiky at a young age and being left all alone in the world. Gemma becomes a hermit. Cinaed discovers the event that lost Gemmas famiky while doing research for the Kings. He searches out Gemma & finds her right there in the Draegan village. Cinaed Another Dragon KingThis novella was just what I needed this month. Another glimpse into the DK world. I love Gemma and Cinaed's story. This series just keeps getting better. Gemma is so very strong even though she doesn't recognize it, loosing her famiky at a young age and being left all alone in the world. Gemma becomes a hermit. Cinaed discovers the event that lost Gemmas famiky while doing research for the Kings. He searches out Gemma & finds her right there in the Draegan village. Cinaed and Gemma have wonderful chemistry together. I loved seeing the small glimpses of the other Kings and their mates. I cannot wait for the battle between the Queen of the Light and the Kings. A few questions left open in this novella that I hope get answered in future DK books.
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    I love seeing the Dragon clans again when it comes to Donna Grant. Somehow her characters come to life in a way that makes you believe they can exist. We have Cináed, famous Dragon King helpijg a mortal who might be more than she is. Then we have Gemma who has no idea how her life is different yet trusts Cináed with all her heart. Have to say Donna Grant never fails in getting my attention so easily with her characters. Readers not only enjoy this awesome escape to what may be fantasy but is so I love seeing the Dragon clans again when it comes to Donna Grant. Somehow her characters come to life in a way that makes you believe they can exist. We have Cináed, famous Dragon King helpijg a mortal who might be more than she is. Then we have Gemma who has no idea how her life is different yet trusts Cináed with all her heart. Have to say Donna Grant never fails in getting my attention so easily with her characters. Readers not only enjoy this awesome escape to what may be fantasy but is so real in her books. Cannot wait to see more of the Dark Kings."I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Grant has done it again. She's given us another fun and interesting novella that's part of the bigger Dark Kings universe. I enjoyed the characters in this book so much and thought Cináed, the Dragon King, was perfect for Gemma (who, unbeknownst to her, is from an ancient Druid bloodline). And there are always great secondary characters as well as plenty of heat between the MCs. This book kept me entertained from start to finish.Each 1,001 Dark Nights book is a standalone but for maximum enj Ms. Grant has done it again. She's given us another fun and interesting novella that's part of the bigger Dark Kings universe. I enjoyed the characters in this book so much and thought Cináed, the Dragon King, was perfect for Gemma (who, unbeknownst to her, is from an ancient Druid bloodline). And there are always great secondary characters as well as plenty of heat between the MCs. This book kept me entertained from start to finish.Each 1,001 Dark Nights book is a standalone but for maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading all the books in the Dark Kings series.I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via InkslingerPR.
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  • Nancy Ku
    January 1, 1970
    Dragon Claimed: A Dark Kings Novella (Kindle Edition) by Donna Grant.... Great Novella ... Cinaed (Kinnay ... Dark King ...good at everything) Gemma (her family disappears on a stormy night..a young child left all alone) He has an overpowering need to help her...she feels drawn to him.. I love everything Dragon Kings and this book grabbed me...laughs and tears, mystery, danger, steamy sex and I can't leave out the SHE-BITCH.... all leading to a HEA. Can't wait for more.Reasons I enjoyed this boo Dragon Claimed: A Dark Kings Novella (Kindle Edition) by Donna Grant.... Great Novella ... Cinaed (Kinnay ... Dark King ...good at everything) Gemma (her family disappears on a stormy night..a young child left all alone) He has an overpowering need to help her...she feels drawn to him.. I love everything Dragon Kings and this book grabbed me...laughs and tears, mystery, danger, steamy sex and I can't leave out the SHE-BITCH.... all leading to a HEA. Can't wait for more.Reasons I enjoyed this book:Witty Page-turner Wonderful characters Scary Romantic Haunting Easy-to-read Action-packed Funny Steamy Entertaining Great world building Happily Ever After
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  • Sandi
    January 1, 1970
    Dragon ClaimedAs always a fantastic book by Donna Grant. Whenever there's a book by this amazing author you know you have the best kind of writing involved. The story will be interesting, intriguing and captivating. You won't want to put it down until it's finished then you're wanting it to go on and on. You get so involved you're right there living every moment with the characters. This authors' books are ones that you want to keep and re-read over and over and over. Absolutely love and recomme Dragon ClaimedAs always a fantastic book by Donna Grant. Whenever there's a book by this amazing author you know you have the best kind of writing involved. The story will be interesting, intriguing and captivating. You won't want to put it down until it's finished then you're wanting it to go on and on. You get so involved you're right there living every moment with the characters. This authors' books are ones that you want to keep and re-read over and over and over. Absolutely love and recommend to everyone, especially if you love the world of dragons, fae, druids and magic.
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  • Helen Maddix
    January 1, 1970
    Another great story of a Dragon KingThis short story is a good one if you've not read the others in this series by Donna Grant. She gives enough of the back story for a new reader to be able to enjoy it, and introduce the reader to the world of Kings, Warriors, Druids, and several other magical beings. New to Donna Grant? Read this, and if it speaks to you and your imagination, you'll find a whole other world awaiting you in her books. Can't wait for April for the next one!
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  • Cup of Tea
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure I have not read the Dark Kings series and I was able to enjoy this book as a Standalone. My first introduction to this world was the novella Dragon Night and I loved it! This book is full of chemistry and intrigue. Gemma and Cináed are an amazing couple they have a spark from the first meeting. The mystery in this book sucks you in from page one, it is full of intrigue and magic. The descriptions of atmosphere and plot will make you feel like you are there in Scotland! There is a Full disclosure I have not read the Dark Kings series and I was able to enjoy this book as a Standalone. My first introduction to this world was the novella Dragon Night and I loved it! This book is full of chemistry and intrigue. Gemma and Cináed are an amazing couple they have a spark from the first meeting. The mystery in this book sucks you in from page one, it is full of intrigue and magic. The descriptions of atmosphere and plot will make you feel like you are there in Scotland! There is a non stop plot that will have you turning each page not wanting it to end! I loved this book and will be checking out the rest of the series ASAP!
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  • Pauline Hallick
    January 1, 1970
    Love Dragon Claimed!Donna Grant has such an incredible talent for creating such a magical world that it almost feels real.Cinaed's gift is one I envy.Gemma has only known tragedy and betrayal since she was 7 years old. So she has locked herself away and closed everyone out. Until she backs into Cinaed and knocks him on his ass. Together they search for answers to her past and more answers for what is happening to the Dragon Kings. Thank you Donna Grant for another great adventure!!!!!!
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  • Fran Zoch, LSoR
    January 1, 1970
    Cinaed is a dragon king and is drawn to Gemma when he finds her picture in some papers,  her last name draws him even further. Gemma is the only surviving member of her family and she stays hidden until Cinaed finds her and together he helps her figure out what happened and who is responsible for their deathsGemma and Cinaed have a huge fight on their hands and luckily they will have the other dragon kings and the Druids to help ..
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  • Hope Chance
    January 1, 1970
    DRAGON CLAIMED by Donna Grant is instalment 14.5 in A Dark Kings Novella and it should not be missed. This Story is complete with so many elements which a reader needs in his story while reading it from Loss, Hope, Love and a story so powerful that reader find it hard to put it down.I Could not stop from reading it and Read it in One Sitting. I Would like to Highly Recommend it to all Readers to purchase this Novella Right now and read it.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Well deserved 4 starsAs always, Donna Grant has delivered a story of a Dragon King and his mate you just can't help but love.Cínead and Gemma are the main characters in this story. A sweet love story mixed with more pieces of the overall puzzle currently bewildering the Kings. It was nice to know more Dragon Kings, Merrill as well as Cínead. I look forward to the next book so much!
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