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Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fire

by Deborah Cooke

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Kiss of Fire
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For millenia, two opposing groups of dragon shapeshifters have been locked in battle: the true Pyr who seek to save the Earth and the Slayers, who seek to destroy humanity. Now a prophecy has foretold of a union between the Smith and the Seer that will have a significant effect on the outcome of the struggle. Sara Keegan is a no-nonsense accountant with no patience for the supernatural until she becomes a target of the Slayers who are determined to prevent her from finding her destined mate - a powerful but solitary Quinn Tyrrell. Can Sara and Quinn overcome their differences to fight off their mutual enemy?

The Prophecy
When the Dragon’s Tail demands its price,
And the moon is devoured once, not twice,
Seer and Smith will again unite.
Water and air, with fire and earth
This sacred union will give birth
To the Pyr’s sole chance to save the Earth.

An interesting premise with many of my favorite plot elements (such as prophecy and dragon-lore) but these are poorly executed. For one thing, the descriptions of the dragons focus on their color rather than their size and physical strength. As such it is difficult to get a solid picture of their magnitude and powers. The prophecy also fails to resonate with the mystical quality that many fantasy books manage to convey.

The main couple are cute together but their romance lacks intensity. Moreover, Sara is far too accepting of the existence of dragons, especially considering her characterization as a logical and reasonable accountant. Quinn is not as compelling as many of the shapeshifter heroes I've encountered recently (Dragos in Dragon Bound for instance) and there are times when his anti-social tendencies make him unlikeable.

Nevertheless, the books does have some redeeming qualities. The world building is intriguing and the secondary characters have potential. In addition, the action scenes are well written and I enjoyed the resolution of both the battle and the romance.

In sum, an OK read but nothing special. I've heard that the series improves so I will be giving the next installment a try. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I like the book, but I did think some things were just thrown in. Why go on and on and on about the coins? Is that a setup for one of the future books? Spoiler alert: And why throw in Eric's son? It didn't seem to belong either. I also thought the story was more about Quinn than Quinn and Sara. I did like her aunt's ghost helping here. That was entertaining. ( )
  msphotogirl | Oct 19, 2015 |
Wow. What a great addition to the Dragonshifter canon. ( )
  talenoree | Aug 2, 2014 |
This is my first book of Deborah Cooke's that I have read and I truly enjoyed this one. The female character was a spit-fire, I enjoyed her humor.

The lore was different, but easy to follow. I am off to read the next book in the series. I found myself really interested in finding out the story with Erik, although based on the end of this book Donovan will be the next.

The romance was pretty good, spicy but not too hot. ( )
  Bea_writer | Sep 21, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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March 3, 2007

The reckoning has begun.
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When the Dragon's Tail demands its price,
And the moon is devoured once, not twice,
Seer and Smith will again unite.
Water and air, with fire and earth
This sacred union will give birth
To the
Pyr's sole chance to save the Earth.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451223276, Mass Market Paperback)

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth's treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin...

When 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. So 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 fates...

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Practical accountant Sara Keegan questions her sanity when she is saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon and who believes her to be his destiny.

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