Everything in her life changes the night Sara Keegan is attacked when leaving the shop she inherited from her aunt. Why would someone want her dead? Why would her attacker know her by name? More importantly, that wasn't really an honest-to-goodness dragon that saved her, was it? No, she must have been disoriented from the attack, because when she looked again, there was no dragon, only a very handsome, sexy man who might prove more dangerous than either the dragon or her attacker, judging by her body's response to him.
Quinn Tyrell is of the Pyr, the shape-shifting dragon warriors who protect the earth and it's treasures. Estranged from his kind, he has lived a life of solitude by choice. But prophecy and destiny have a way of stripping away a man's choices, until he is faced with his duty and the realization that there is no place on earth he would rather be. Such is the case for Quinn when he finds Sara and recognizes her as the woman he will share the Firestorm with - if he can keep her alive long enough...
When I first heard of Deborah Cooke's new release, I knew I had to have the book, even though I had never before read anything by this author. For one thing, the book stars some absolutely yummy dragon-shifters, and I do love my dragons - especially when they are shape-shifting hunks. Second, the plot itself captivated me, simply from reading the blurb for this book. Did I anticipate that I was heading for trouble? That I just might end up with a new author for my favorite authors list? That I might be left with the burning need to dig up this author's entire backlist after reading just one book? Yes, I suspected all of this might be true, and I was not wrong.
With Kiss of Fire, the first book in her new Dragonfire series, Ms. Cooke has won herself a new fan. This is the kind of book you pre-order, the kind you read the moment you get it home, the kind you take a vacation day on its release date in order to stay home and read cover to cover.
The author created some very real characters in this novel. I felt Quinn's pain as he struggled to overcome the pain and loneliness of past loss, his agony over betrayal and who to trust in order to protect his destined mate. But through it all, Quinn never lost sight of the higher purpose - safe-guarding the lovely Sara from all harm, and maybe, just maybe, convincing her to join him in the Firestorm. This man (dragon?) would do anything, sacrifice anything to this end.
Sara herself is just as noble as Quinn, much to his dismay. Although proud of his mate's honor, it is no less disconcerting to think of this frail human woman to whom his future is bound putting herself in danger. And though he recognizes her inner strength, every ounce of chivalry in him can't allow it. Of course, the headstrong Sara is resolved to do whatever it takes to help those who need it, and when the mysterious visions she has been suffering prove they are no hallucination, but the mystical Wyvern reaching out for Sara's help, she cannot deny it.
With a cast full of equally magnetic supporting characters, Deborah Cooke leaves readers full of anticipation for what will hopefully be a long and prolific series. I know that she has more than satisfied my craving for great paranormal romance with Kiss of Fire and I wait with bated breath for the next book in this magical series!