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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223272
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

It was a little slow moving for me.
Just know once you start, you won't be able to put it down, and this being the first book you've read, you'll want to get the remaining 5 books.
K. Caid
This is a story of the conflict of good versus evil.
J. Lesley

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By VampFanGirl on February 27, 2008
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A book was never posted faster to an Amazon Wish List until Vamp Fan Girl saw the cover for Deborah Cooke's 'Kiss of Fire'. Learning that the book featured a hunky dragon shape-shifter and all his hot dragon buddies and it was a definite must have! Boy was I disappointed.

The book could have been really good. In fact, I thought it started off great during the first thirty pages. Sara Keegan is the proud, but somewhat reluctant new owner of her deceased aunt's New Age book store. With a past life as an account, Sara is reasonably skeptical about hocus-pocus. But, when she is saved from a would be murderer by a giant dragon who shape-shifts into a hot guy, she can totally deal. Wonderfully enough, Sara does not become one of those pathetic hysterical heroines who refuse to face the reality that they're the lead in a paranormal romance. So, as you can imagine, I was quite relieved that sensible Sara didn't freak out and instead started having hot fantasies about her hero, Quinn Tyrrell, who unknowingly to Sara, can see her desires being played out in her mind. I say "see" because he cannot read thoughts; he can only see Sara's fantasies.

Quinn, known as the Smith, is a member of a race of shape-shifting dragons called the Pyr. Within the Pyr is a rebel faction bent on destroying all of mankind known as the Slayers. With an affinity for metals Quinn withdrawals himself from his race for two centuries because of his tragic past filled with betrayal. Quinn distrusts any member of the Pyr, whether they are good or evil. But when Quinn saves his mate Sara from a murdering slayer, he realizes that he might need help to keep her safe.

I love a tortured hero plotline!

The sexual tension between Sara and Quinn is really intense in the beginning.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Natalie S VINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
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Quinn Tyrrell has been alone for centuries. Having watched his family die a horrendous death by fire and having witnessed the demise of his best friend and mentor, he figures being alone is better than being vulnerable. And to Quinn, being in love means being at risk and that is something that he never wants to experience again. As a shape shifting dragon, Quinn is the Smith - able to forge metal and take blasts of fire. Quinn is also coming into what is known as his firestorm. His chosen mate? Sara Keegan, a human.

Sara Keegan left the hustle and bustle of the big city after the death of her parents in order to slow down and enjoy life. Having inherited her favorite aunt's bookstore, Sara just wants to get the books in order and have some sort of order. While Magda, Sara's aunt, was a firm believer in all things magical and psychic, Sara herself does not believe. Attacked one night while leaving her store, Sara swears she saw her rescuer take the form of a dragon. In the blink of an eye however, Sara sees Quinn Tyrrell, a man unlike any she has ever met before.

The firestorm is coming and while Sara begins to believe in the unbelievable, Quinn just wants to keep her safe. As destined mates, more is at hand than a simple mating. Quinn must battle one he thought dead in an epic battle of good versus evil. It will take every bit of his fire skill for Quinn to overcome the complete evil that is following him - but if anyone can do it, the Smith can.

I am going to be honest and say that I initially choose a book based on its cover. Seeing the cover of KISS OF FIRE on Deborah Cooke's website intrigued me greatly. After reading the blurb I admit I was somewhat disconcerted. While I like shape shifters, dragons are not my usual shifting genre of choice.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Hebdige on June 22, 2008
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I am a big paranormal fan - so it was with excitement that I picked up his book. I enjoy Claire Delacroix's historical romances. I love dragons - so I dove right in. However - I didn't realize that this was a contemporary urban fantasy novel and there was very little romance in it - and the character development was quite flawed.

For fans of Urban Fantasy genre I am sure that they will enjoy this story. Though I will admit that I did enjoy the world that Cooke has created where a race of the Pyr - ancient shape-shifting dragons that live amongst unsuspecting humans. The Pyr's main objective is to command all of Earth's elements and that includes the human race.

In this first installment of the Dragonfire series, Quinn Tyrell is Pyr. He is the Smith - the one who forges metals and turns them into precious objects.

Sara Keegan is attacked one night as she leaves her new age bookstore. What she thinks is someone mugging her for her purse turns out to be much worse. The man wants her life! Quinn arrives just in time to save her life and Sara is astonished to see two men shape shift into dragons and fight right in front of her eyes.

From then the story catapults into a decent paced and edgy story where Sara is caught in the middle of an ancient feud between the Pyr and the Slayers - dragons that have chosen to embrace the dark side - for complete world domination and the extermination of the human race. Sara is drawn into Quinn's world and into the Firestorm. Sara and Quinn are mates - he the Smith and she The Seer. Their Firestorm is about to begin. Each Pyr is pre-destined to meet their human mate as that is the only way that they can beget an heir and continue with their race.
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Deborah Cooke sold her first book, a medieval romance which was published under the pseudonym Claire Delacroix, in 1992. Since then, she has published over fifty romance novels in a wide variety of subgenres, including historical romance, paranormal romance, time travel romance, fantasy romance, contemporary romance, fantasy with romantic elements and paranormal young adult with paranormal elements. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Orange County RWA Book Buyer's Best and the Colorado RWA's Award of Excellence, and been nominated for still more. In 2009, Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library, the first time the library has hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. In 2012, she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award.

Deborah is currently continuing her Dragonfire series of paranormal romances. The Dragon Legion Collection (of three paranormal romance novellas, each featuring one of the Dragon's Tooth Warriors) is the latest release and Dragonfire #9. In 2014, watch for Serpent's Kiss (Thorolf's book) and Sloane's book.

Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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