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Book CoverGwen’s review of Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire, Book 1) by Deborah Cooke
Contemporary paranormal romance released 5 Feb 08 by Signet

This is the first of a much anticipated series from Cooke centered on Dragons and their mates.  It’s full of fantasy, destined mates, dragon fights, and prophecies.   For the first book of a series with a complex mythology, it wasn’t bad.

I liked this book well enough, I suppose.  But I did have a vague sense of wanting more while I read it.  I wanted more heat from the hero, Quinn, and heroine, Sara.  It started out good and nicely steamy but fizzled shortly after that.  It seemed like the book focused more on the mythos and less on the relationship, hence my earlier statement being a good first book for a complex world.  I did want more heat between them, though.

It also seemed odd to me that Quinn, who wasn’t raised around his kind except for a brief interlude with one of the slayers, would know odd bits of lore for his kind then he’d be ignorant about other details.  The good guys were all oddly ignorant about their own history.  And they were all so solitary before this book.  It didn’t mesh well for me or ring true, but that may be more because I need more books in the series for it to all come together.

I enjoyed reading the book.  It went quickly and the fight scenes were pretty amazing.  Here’s hoping Donovan’s story has the heat we know dragons are famous for.

faye.jpgGrade: B- (would have been a C+ except that cover is just so luscious)

From the back cover:

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of the tarot—but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind—or about to lose her heart…

Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr and a self-reliant loner. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost to himself. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed—and Quinn realizes he must risk everything—even Sara’s love—to fulfill their entwined destinies…

Read an excerpt.

Other books in this series:

kiss-of-fury-by-deborah-cooke.JPG Book 2, Donovan’s story, releasing 5 Aug 08 from Signet, and Book 3, Erik’s story (no release date)

And a bigger image of Book 1, ’cause it’s so purdy:

Book 1