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Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,338 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
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 los
ebook, 345 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Signet Eclipse
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting Dec. 1, 2015.

DNF at 43%.

Is there such a thing as boring dragons? Yes there is. Don't believe me? Ask Deborah Cooke, she knows ALL about it. She even managed to make a (supposedly hot) shower scene boring as hell. That's pretty deadly, if you ask me.

This delightful piece of literature being a totally gripping, utterly fascinating read, I am not even going to bother reviewing it. Because frankly, I have better things to do with my life. Want to read a review f
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Buddy Read with the MacHalos

DNF! This book can burn and then fuck off. It is so bloody boring. I've skimmed most of it and I can't go on past page 121 of 239. I was going to stop at page 79, but I wanted to see if Sarah was right about the boring shower scene. She was, it was a snooze fest. Also, the author didn't refer to any of their shower fun anatomy by the usual terms, instead she wrote, she grabbed him by his strength. What is that nonsense? I'm rather perturbed that that measly organ gets
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
DNF 5%. That must be a new record for me. I wasn't in the mood for it. I got far enough to see the instalove and the MC was a damsel in distress (needed to be saved by the "hero" in the very beginning). Of course he also knew instantly she was his "mate," but couldn't tell her because she'd get freaked out. That was enough for me. If I had read this a couple years ago, I might have liked it, but my tastes have changed. No rating.

Based on what Sarah, Kate, and Cathy had to say, I don't think I w
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Cathy (cathepsut)
Marie Sue is rescued from a deadly situation by a mysterious, ruggedly handsome and well-muscled guy. Check.

Instalove. Check.

Silly dialogue, barely-there plot, minimal world building.

Skimmed to the fabled shower sequence. Yep, badly written sex. Done.

DNF after 130 pages.
Lisa Kay
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Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from
Sara Keegan: An Accountant, owner of a new age book shop called "The Scrying Glass".
Quinn Tyrell: Pyr, a silver and blue dragon, the Smith.
Erik Sorensson: Pyr, a pewter and onyx dragon, leader of the Pyrs
Donovan Shea: Pyr, lapis lazuli and gold dragon
Lucien: Slayer, topaz yellow dragon
Boris Vassily: Slayer, ruby red dragon, leader.
Ambrose: Slayer, gold dragon
My first DC book and also the first book in the series. It wasn't anything special, but, being a Dragonfire newbie, I didn't expect much. Especially not from the first book in a series where it's all mostly about history-, mythos-, and world-building.

Kiss of Fire was no exception, giving a nice, albeit rushed, introduction into the world of the Pyr, their war against the Slayers, the firestorm-business etc.

Granted, there were no vampires, werewolves, witches or warlocks present, but I couldn't s
Aug 30, 2011 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I love to read. I'll read just about anything, even stuff I know is trash, and at least be able to get some enjoyment out of it. I hate to leave a book series unfinished, and even if I'm really not all that interested in it any more, I'll plow through to the end. When I read The Call of the Wild, I was bored to tears, and didn't start to like it until around half way through (the second half was great though :). So when I tell you that I only managed to get half way through chapter four in Kiss ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I'm between 3.5* and 4*

It was an enjoyable read but also a bit confusing. I still don't understand what the firestorm thingie is supposed to be and the fighting scenes had me reading twice. otherwise the world building and the characters are interesting. I'll def try book 2 :)
Yz the Whyz
Dec 30, 2008 Yz the Whyz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deborah-cooke
A world of shape-shifting dragon warriors. A self-reliant loner blacksmith. A bookstore-owner ace accountant. A fated meeting that can change the course of destiny.

I picked Kiss of Fire from the library because I was intrigued with the idea of shape-shifting dragons, and I’m always on the look-out for a new paranormal series to read. Furthermore, with the second book besides it, Kiss of Fury, it guarantees me the chance to read the next one if I like the first.

Kiss of Fire is about Sara Keegan,
3 1/2 stars
I really liked it a lot up to the end when instead of going out with a bang, it kinda fizzled for me. The characters reactions started being unrealistic and I lost the connection to some of the characters and story. It is not that I didn't understand the happenings with the story, only that the timing of the battle, the reasoning, the banter during battle, the non-nonchalant attitude, just made me lose the feel for the story. It was a bit obvious who the bad dragons were and who the g
3.5stars actually
For this series initial journey Quinn Tyrell, a dragon shape shifter & Smith knows he’s met his mate Human Sara Keegan the latent seer as prophecy foretold thousands of years ago. Naturally they are instantly drawn to each other. He is charming, sexy, single minded, protective and lethal from their first meeting as he downs the foes that are trying to stop his destined mating (firestorm) with Sara. Sara’s logical mind and latent psychic ability will lead the Pyr down paths t
Jun 20, 2009 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I guess I should start by saying that I knew right from the start that this book was supposedly mediocre. There is no supposedly about it. This is mediocre, but I really wanted to like it. It had a good idea. Quinn was cute, Sarah was alright. The idea of shape shifting dragons got me really excited, but this was just not put together right. Which was a huge shame.

One thing that bothered me in a huge way was that I was never sure what size the dragons were. I started this book with the id
Jan 05, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf, own, shifters, dragons
A great first-in-series dragon book. Not over the top outstanding but still very, very good.

Quinn Tyrell is the legendary "Smith" (ie blackmith) to the dragons. He is orphaned when he is 4 and doesn't grow up surrounded by dragons or dragon-lore. He feels alone and outcast and very distrustful of all dragons.

Sara Keegan, human, accountant, new-age bookshop owner is the Smith's fated mate. She is also The Seer, although she doesn't believe she has a psychic bone in her body.

Quinn is of the Pyr -
Nice introduction to a very original series. While I have read series about Dragon shifters already, I have never read a whole series about them. There are not many Pyr (dragon shifters) in the world, only about a dozen, and half of them have decided to turn evil. These destructive beings call themselves the Slayers. They just wanna kill every living Pyr on Earth so killing humans will be even easier, but mostly they just wanna take their race to their 'rightful' place.

While I did find the Pyr i
I never got around to writing a review, but I found this list lurking in my drafts, so I'm just going to leave it at that.

*A solid dragon history and world-building.
*Each dragon has their own colors and specialty. Neat.
*It was a nice change of pace that Sara accepted the unbelievable when confronted with it, although at the same time I felt she fell into it a little too easily. So I guess that's a bit of a con as well.
*The fight scenes were well-done and quite gruesome. Kudos!
*Sophie, the
N.L. Riviezzo
While the concept has a lot of potential, the book did not live up to it. There was no chemistry between the MCs. The female MC went from skeptical straight-laced accountant to lover of dragons in just a few paragraphs. The relationship was lukewarm lust at best. Most of the book was written in a style known as 'information dump'. Instead of showing readers the world, the reader is told about it in a rather tedious long winded manner. Would have appreciated more character development among all i ...more
Really interesting world building but the romance was boooring. I didn't feel any connection between the characters and there was no spark even with the famed 'firestorm'. The hero acted like a 21st century man - all polite and politically correct - even though he could shift into a dragon. Huh? I would expect somebody who can shift into a mythical creature to have more fire in them, so to speak.

The fights were also very convoluted and it was difficult to imagine what was going on, specially whe
Such a readable story! I meant to only read a few chapters before bedtime and found myself at 2 o'clock on the morning with a finished book. I thought the world building was well-done, the fighting scenes nicely-written and I enjoyed the fast-paced action of the book. The characters were likeable and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. It's definitely an interesting start to the series, but I'm hoping for more interaction between the main characters in the next book. This one seemed a ...more
May 10, 2010 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 1 lost me when the heroine (average civilian type, not asskicking warrior variety) was attacked with intent to kill, was rescued by the hero, and then just picked up her purse and went home instead of calling the police to let them know there was a psychopath running around attacking women.

Reminiscent of my first and last experience with Feehan, wherein I spent the entire book hoping the irresponsible, braindead heroine would die. Learned my lesson that time. They don't get smarter. Qui
Book Chatter-Cath
Jul 28, 2011 Book Chatter-Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A huge THANK YOU to Carla over at Book Monster Reviews
for introducing me to this author.
And seeing as I won book 6 in the series I thought it would be a wise idea to read the first five!!
I have to say I have read quite a few shifter novels but this is my first about dragons (if you don't count Firelight by Sophie Jordan)
I really enjoyed this story and all the characters.
I really cant wait to read the rest of the series.
Gwynn White
I do love dragons and this little story certainly satisfied some of my dragon cravings. It is a fun light read which left me wanting more in the series.
The Tiny Cat
Yummy, hunky men shapeshifting into dragons? What's not to like!?

Our heroine, Sara, is saved by Quinn Tyrrell when she is attacked by a strange mugger. And Quinn has everything you look for in a man- looks, sensitivity, great eyes, and the prowess of a dragon. Because, of course, he is a dragon- a Pyr to be exact. And his job is to satisfy his firestorm; his mating call to Sara.

And as a backdrop to the romance, there's a decent plot involving enemy dragons, called Slayers, who want everyone dea
When your a kid you hear of stories or fairy tales that talk of dragons taking princesses or virgins and then there is a knight to slay the big, bad, mean dragon. I liked that Cooke took that concept and made it her own. I liked all the little things that she put in the story that made it unique. It also reminded me of Shannon Butcher's Sentinel War's series a little, the whole idea of the warrior has a destined mate makes the plot that much better, then to have a whole series of books about big ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 06, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Sara's just not having a good day. First some wacko tries to mug her (cause surely he didn't want to kill her) and then she swears she saw a dragon! In Michigan?? She must have been more shaken up than she realized. It's not a dragon, just an incredibly Quinn.

Quinn's a dragon. Well, not all the time. Just when he needs to fight, or defend, or scare somebody. He's also a loner by choice. It's easier and less painful that way. But, that delicious smell tells him that it's
Oct 10, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice little read. The hero is a shapeshifting dragon who's come to find his destined mate after a few centuries of keeping to himself. The rest of the good-guy dragons want to help him, but he doesn't trust them because of a number of things that happened in his past. Still, he's not letting this woman get away. He has to get himself an heir, and dragons only produce offspring during certain times. The heroine is trying to change her life from its dull rut by taking over the New Age b ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Jas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a slew of awful books it was so nice to read a good one. Perhaps that made this books seem better than it actually was, but I accept that! I really loved the clear direction this book presented. It seems that in a lot of PR books there is a battle between good and evil that has been going and will continue to go on forever with no real end in sight. While Cooke's book does have the requisite battle between good and evil, I don't feel it is done without direction or that it is one t ...more
I was a little unsure about reading this book initially as I wasn't sure how the idea of dragon shapeshifters would play out, but it turned out to be a really good read.

Sara is an accountant turned magic book store owner, after inheriting the business from her aunt and after her parents died in a car crash whilst on holiday. Quinn is a Pyr, a dragon shape shifter, who has no alliances with any other Pyr and has no desire for any either. He is the Smith, the Pyr who can make fire do his bidding.
Anna's Herding Cats
Originally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup

A couple months back I asked for dragon shifter recommendations after finishing G.A.Aiken and Katie MacAlister's dragon series. Turns out I have a thing for dragons. Who knew?! That landed me with Deborah Cooke and the Dragonfire novels. I really liked it too. The first few chapters were a little hard to process. A lot of characters are thrown into the mix right at the start and not in an easy way. The hardest part for me were the fight scenes
Jun 16, 2012 Beate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to find a good book when it comes to the paranormal genre. And it's especially hard to find a good dragon-shifter story. I was beyond pleasantly surprised with this book. I loved that the plot and the characters were front and center.

I loved that there was barely any smut (what little there was, was very vague and left to the reader's imagination). There was no "pounding" of stuff, or weird talk of vulva and whatnot. There was some hinting at his "size", and what irked me the most were
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Other Books in the Series

Dragonfire (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Kiss of Fury (Dragonfire, #2)
  • Kiss of Fate  (Dragonfire, #3)
  • Winter Kiss (Dragonfire, #4)
  • Whisper Kiss (Dragonfire, #5)
  • Darkfire Kiss (Dragonfire, #6)
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