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Kiss of Fire : A Dragonfire Novel (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies.She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels under the names Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix.
Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.
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It is with Quinn whom is also known as the Smith that this trilogy opens its doors to this world and invites all to enter. With the new Moon Eclipse a new era is dawning for the Pyr and the Prophecy is at hand, the Smith and the Seer will have a chance to save the Earth. The only thing is that Quinn feels his firestorm, a sign that his mated one is nearby. Sara is an accountant that inherits the new age shop of her aunt and is now amidst books with topics like horoscope, hand reading etc. The moment she locks up for the night she is followed and attacked only to be saved by a spectacular man.
With Sara being new to the world of tarot, dragons and Prophecies the author gives the reader all the time to get acquainted and familiar with her world. The past and present of the Pyr but also what the firestorm entails is well thought out and I for one am glad for the opportunity to learn about the almost extinct Pyr, right alongside Sara. Nonetheless, Sara is also more than reluctant to believe but when a huge dragon is standing in front of you it is hard to repute the fact of its existence.
I loved Quinn as a Pyr, he is a blacksmith that makes you lap up every scrumptious bit of him. His turbulent past only adds to the complete picture of his centuries old existence and the imperative need to protect Sara from the Slayers. Sara has a mind of her own but is still flexible enough to deal with the information she rapidly needs to digest. As I enjoyed them as separate characters I felt the development of their love was a bit on the tame side. For me it lacked tension that makes the verbal interaction leap from the pages. I can compare it to a warm gentle spring rain instead of a wild thundering autumn storm, though they both hold a certain appeal it is a matter of taste whether you will be completely swept away by their love or not.
The strength in this story lies in the world building and separate character development. The love story is without a doubt present but it fails to give me that strong emotional vibe I crave when I read a paranormal romance novel. Within the story the Prophecy reveals its meaning and at the end a fight between good and evil burst in all its vibrant colors, creating a vivid picture of pure dragon power. Add a few very interesting Pyr to the mix that enhances the overall authenticity of a race that borders on extinction and the profound need to unravel past events to bond as a group. Erik, Donovan, each of the Pyr emanates their own vibe and each triggers the interest for their novels.
With a life like race of Dragons Deborah Cooke takes the reader in to a world where these magical beings fight for the greater good and in the throes of a firestorm will protect that which they were unexpectedly given in their care. A KISS OF FIRE raises my expectations for KISS OF FURY the second entry in this Dragonfire trilogy.
Reviewed by Leontine
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the world this author has created is imaginative and has some good elements and like most new series she has worked to establish the world in which she has created.however, in this instance i felt that not enough focus was put on the main concepts in the book or the main characters used.i found that ideas didn't just flow throughout the book,but were tossed around with the reader expected to know just what the author meant.for example it takes over half the book before the full details of what the firestorm is to emerge.also we are told of the heroine being a seer,but even that is not fully explained,all we know is she has dreams of the past and slights inclinations here and there.it was these kind of things the author need to focus more on.i think it was a case of her trying to ram pack too much in one book so readers will be inclined to read the next in the series.
there is quite a mix of characters in this book,with the author clearly introducing us to those that will have their own stories later on in the series.i will say that i found the secondary characters far more appealing than the main hero and heroine used, and we were given some interesting insights into some of them.so yes i would like to read more about them! nevertheless the author needed to focus on the leads and their story in this book more,even more so when you consider that they are supposed to fill a prophecy.i will also say that the romance is not the most convincing and there is not much heat between them.i would have liked it to be at least a bit steamier, as this this was in fact too tame for most, and hey they were supposed to be having their firestorm!
overall this book was ok. i can't say i would particularly recommend it,but i think i will give the next in the series a go as the secondary characters were interesting and this was only the first in a series,which as most know is not always the best in most.further from the preview of the next book it looks promising! (its Donovan's story)
1. Kiss of Fire (2008)
2. Kiss of Fury (2008)
3. Kiss of Fate (2009)
4. Winter Kiss (2009)
5. Whisper Kiss (2010)
6. Darkfire Kiss (2011)
7. Flashfire (2012)
8. Ember's Kiss (2012)
9. The Dragon Legion Collection (2013)
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