Review: Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

2224451Kiss of Fire
(Dragonfire, #1)
By: Deborah Cooke
Publisher: Signet
Published: Feb 5, 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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One kiss can change the course of destiny…

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 tarot cards, 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.

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


1thoughtsAfter the passing of her Aunt, Sara decides to take over her aunt’s new-age bookstore. She doesn’t believe in all that stuff herself but it was her aunt’s and she’s determined to keep the place opened. Which is where she runs into Quinn. One night when leaving her store, Sara’s attacked. However, Quinn comes to her rescue and scares the assailant away. Sara has no idea that her life is about to change. Quinn is gearing for his firestorm (mating) and she’s his destined mate.

I love dragon shifter books. I mean, there’s no shifter out there that is more bad-ass than a dragon. So I was really excited to read this one. However, it fell flat for me. The story started out strong with all the mystery and whatnot, but it fizzled pretty fast. The entire book takes place in the course of a couple days. Sara goes from being your average human to mating with her dragon shifter in the course of a day or two. The fact that she was so accepting over this sort of threw me off. Maybe it was the fact that he was so darn sexy, but if some dude came up to me, shifted into a dragon and said I was his mate, destined to fulfill a prophecy where I have to breed his babies in order to save the world…. I don’t care how hot he is, I’m turning tail and running the other way. So I had a slight issue with the fact that Sara was just so nonchalant over it all.

I did like that there was a lot of fighting scenes in this story. Although the fact that the fights are always in dragon form did tend to make things confusing. Instead of saying Quinn, Erik or Ambrose, the author would name dragon colors. I still have no idea who was who. All I know was that there were a lot of colors flying around in the sky attacking each other. So as long as you go in not expecting to know who’s who, the fight scenes were pretty cool. Lots of tail whipping, talon slashing fun.

In the end, this one wasn’t for me. I didn’t connect with the characters at all. I just couldn’t get behind how throwing the word prophecy around or the fact that Sara found Quinn attractive, justified her just about immediately jumping on board. Will I read the other books in the series? Yes, I will. But only because I bought the first 8 books in the series and I refuse to have spent my money on something I wont read. So I suppose here’s to hoping the series gets better with each passing book.


1favequote“Change always sounds bad. We make it worse by resisting it. Sometimes the only thing worth pursuing is change. How else would we learn anything?”


3 Thoughts on “Review: Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

  1. Yeah… that would be confusing. I think the dragon fights would be awesome on screen or via graphic novel but not on paper. I struggle with imagery sometimes esp when it comes to creatures so I think I would even be more confused than you are.

    • You’re right. I think it would work in a movie. I just kept getting confused and had no idea who was who. I’m pretty sure there were times where I was rooting for the wrong player.

  2. I liked this one a bit better than you. Read the next 2 I think. But that was ages ago. Hope the next clicks with ya better.

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