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Fire Kissed

(Shadow Kissed #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It is Kaye Brand's power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she's been selling herself to the higest bidder - money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Stephanie  G
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kaye Brand is a mage with a dark past. At age fifteen she was to marry another mage to help her house. That didn’t happen, instead her house ended up burning down. With the house went her family. She now makes a living showing rich people ten seconds of their future. When angel Jack Bastian discovers places in major cities where wraiths are not attacking people he thinks it has something to do with the mage houses. He contacts Kaye, who has no contact with the mage world to help him find out wha ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Erin Kellison does such a great job balancing romance and fantasy, I always have a hard time choosing between an “urban fantasy” or a “paranormal romance” classification for her books. Kellison’s Shadow series sits next to Thea Harrison’s Elder Races and Eileen Wilks's World of the Lupi for the purest blend of my favorite things: romance and magic.

With all the new structures introduced in FIRE KISSED (mage Houses and their connection to wraiths), it was a while before I could shake the feeling t
Jessica (a GREAT read)
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from the author for review

Erin Kellison's Fire Kissed is another beautifully written novel in her Shadow series! I truly love love love this series! It's got Dark Fantasy written all over it! There is a good handful of fairy tale elements mixed in, you just have to know what to look for! And in this case, it's said for us, The Little Match Girl was a reoccurring theme in this one! It's been years since I read that one, but Erin so nicely sums it up for us as she writes the bo
Jen Davis
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
10 years ago, Kaye barely survived a wraith attack. She was only 15, not yet in control of her power to wield fire. She had just broken off an arranged marriage to an ancient powerful mage lord, but what choice did she have once she discovered a nearly dead angel, chained in the basement? She wanted to save that beautiful being. She couldn't, but he knew her intentions and called his brethren to save her in her moment of need.

Now Kaye uses her fire to make a living, selling glimpses of the futur
The Window Seat
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a situation with Fire Kissed by Erin Kellison that I have never had to face before. How in the world do you review a book that you really like, from a series that you have enjoyed thoroughly since book one, when if it were any other book you'd toss it across the room - because the heroine cheats on the hero?

Kaye didn't want to cheat on Bastion. She did it to save someone else from peril, and in so doing, endangered her own life. She didn't enjoy it, hated the other guy, felt dirty and d
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have come to love heroines who are not perfectly demure, virginal archetypes. I got her reasons for each action and though many were really tough to handle, I loved her tenacity and no nonsense attitude. I also loved how she was able to work well as an "alpha" female with an alpha male for a mate. More of this couple please!
Paranormal Romance
When she refused to marry a much older man at just 15 years, her House was attacked by wraiths and after she herself was badly wounded, she set her House on fire in defense. Now, she is the last of the Brand family name and has distanced herself from Mage kind. She knows she is breaking the rules by using her magic on humans for money but she can make 10 thousand dollars in 10 seconds showing people a glimpse of their future in her fire. Perhaps she got a bit too sure of herself, perhaps the pla ...more
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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Angels (otherworldly beings placed on Earth by The Order to guard and preserve the humankind) and Mages (soulless creatures endowed with magical powers) are arch enemies. The Angels began hunting down the Mages when they realized that some of the Mage Houses were feeding on angels to enhance their powers and were planning to take over the world with the aid of soul-eater monsters called Wraiths. The Brands and the Greys are mage
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Three and a half stars: An exciting story with great world building.

The night Kaye Brand was to marry the older Ferrol Grey was the night her world went up in flames. At fifteen, Kaye had yet to exhibit her true fire power that was her birthright as a Brande. Before she was to wed, Grey's sister, the stand in proxy, Kaye made a terrible discovery in her father's basement. A discovery that changed her life's path and gave her the courage to use her voice against her father and refuse the marriage
lydia joy
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 60 pages because I'm not into witches/angels/that sort of paranormal stuff. I'm not even sure why I picked it up; my DNF in no way reflects on the content of the book, simply what I enjoy reading about.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dark, enchanting,passionate, and magical are the words I would use to describe Erin’s world ofShadow.

I will tell you ahead of time I am a Kellison fangirl. I love her writing and the dark magical world she created in her Shadow series. Shadow is the magic that is slowly seeping out of Twilight, the boundary between life and death where the Fae live, into the human realm and bringing along with it monsters. In her Shadow series (Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, Shadowman ) we are introduced to the Segu
Lynn Worton
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Shadow Kissed series. I loved it!

Kaye Brand is a fascinating character. I liked her a lot, though at first she didn't enamor herself to me. She comes across as a bitter and sarcastic drunk, but as I got to know her better, I grew to like her, though I wanted to slap her on occasion for the way she treated Jack. She has not had an easy childhood and this affects her behavior and attitude. She is a fire mage, and wielder of shadows. Selling her talent to the highest b
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under the Covers

Some of the things that stand out in my mind when I think of this book:

a) The storyline was full of action and intrigue. There's a bigger picture battle between basically good and evil but there's also a smaller scale conflict of what happened to the heroine as a teenager and how that is reflecting on her present.
b) The world was amazing and unique, full of magic and angels that can disguise themselves and seem human.
c) The hero is sexy as hell
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fire Kissed by Erin Kellison
Grade: B-

“The wet night misted around her, like steam to her fire. She was doing her goddess thing, above it all, untouchable.”

When Kaye Brand was just fifteen years old she was supposed to marry Ferrol Grey, a mage from the most powerful house of the Mage Council and because she herself had no power yet she had no choice in the matter. All things changed after Kaye discovered “her” wedding gift to her fiance in her father’s basement and refused to go through with the
Beth Dawkins
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Kaye Brand is a mage with a dark past. At age fifteen she was to marry another mage to help her house. That didn’t happen, instead her house ended up burning down. With the house went her family. She now makes a living showing rich people ten seconds of their future. When angel Jack Bastian discovers places in major cities where wraiths are not attacking people he thinks it has something to do with the mage houses. He contacts Kaye, who has no contact with the mage world to help him find out wha ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, reviewed
Although Fire Kissed is technically the fourth novel in the series, it is completely a stand alone book. There are hints of previous novels for earlier fans, but Erin Kellison keeps it from feeling like an information dump.

There are three main POVs in this novel: Kaye, Jack, and Grey. Kaye is a shadowmage, who was brought up thinking that angels will kill her. So imagine her surprise when she finds an angel in her basement who saves her life instead of kill her. His dying wish is for the other a
Between the Bind
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first book I've read by Erin Kellison and it most definitely will not be my last. I am so excited to read her Shadow series (the prequel to the Shadow Kissed series) and explore the realm of Angels, Mages, and Fae more thoroughly.

Even without reading the previous books, I wasn't lost at all. I think that I was mostly just missing the background to the relationships of supporting characters in FK. Well, that and I wasn't quite sure what Shadow was at first - but it was thoroughly expl
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This one says it's the first in a series, but many of its characters and its world appear to be from an earlier Kellison series (the Shadow books). In spite of the problems stemming from this (characters I'm supposed to feel connected to but I don't without having read the previous books; a world with rules I'm expected to already know), this ended up being a pretty compelling read.

In the prologue, we meet 15-year-old Kaye Brand, daughter of a fire mage, on the eve of her politically-motivated m
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
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All I can say is this is one HOT story! I thought since this book is full of fire why not post it on the Fourth of July!

Kaye Brand has been through hell in her life but she learned to use what she was given to make her way. I really respect that from her. She is probably one of my favorite heroines of this year. She has so many layers it is impossible to get bored with her!
Kaye is sexy, confident, tortured and very, very powerful.

Since I am talkin
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an off-shoot series from her main Shadow series. While I do believe you could read this one without having to read the others, I strongly you read the others. For no other reason other than they rock. Plus, it is so much better to know the side players in this story. *sigh* And yes, I still hold a candle (forgive the pun) for Shadowman even now. ;)

As with the other series, this book is a mix of faerie tale (The Little Match Girl in this case) and new mythology. As with the other books Er
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

This is still one of my very favorite Urban Fantasy series, even if this is a spin-off - Book #4 in the Shadow world, book #1 of the Shadowkissed series.

While I liked the books of the 'original' series a bit better, this was still dark, beautifully written, and intriguing from beginning to end. I stand by my initial comments after completing Shadow Bound (book #1 of the Shadow series) - Erin writes with poetic prose that is utter
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
With what the book was about, I wanted to like it. I really like the idea of mages, angels, and other fae creatures at war with one another.

But I had several big issues within the context of the novel. To me, the whole book came across as slightly detached or somewhat clinical in its present form.

I started this book # 4 within the Shadow series never having read another one of the Shadow books. I think this was most likely a mistake. While there are some explanations given, they are brief and r
Kelly at
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Like this book, kinda. Like the heroine, but not what she had to do. Loved the hero, but thought he deserved better then the heroine.

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I am so on the fence about this book. I liked the story. I like the hero Jack. I kinda liked the heroine, Kaye. But I am really torn about the events that happened in this book. While Fire Kissed can easily stand as a read alone book and is the beginning of a new series. I would suggest reading the other Shadow books in this series first so you
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
A fast, fun read. Strong female character’s, good men for male leads, and complex bad guy’s. I also love the take on Fae, Angel’s, and Mage’s. It is the fourth book in the Shadow series but it is definitely a stand alone book. I never felt lost or left out. The only thing the bothered me was the Angel’s concern about their own death. In this world Angel’s were once people who died. So if you already died once and came back why not do it again. Also they know what happens after you die, have been ...more
Jackie Uhrmacher
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve adored every novel Erin Kellison has written. I devoured her Shadow series, became enamored with the Shadow Touch novellas, and couldn’t wait to return this world with the new Shadow Kissed series. Enough description about the world is given to entice, but not confuse, new readers without becoming repetitive. The characters are strong-willed, but not bullies, and they tactfully avoid those “Too Stupid To Live” moments we often see in the genre. My favorite part, though, was the chemistry be ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kaye Brand is a mage and her power is wielding fire. To survive she's been selling her powers - for the right price. Jack Bastian wants nothing to do with the mage, but he's gonna need Kaye's help. Especially if he wants to take out Ferrol Grey, Kaye's one time fiance.

Fire Kissed is the first book in the Shadow Kissed series, a spin off of the Shadow series. If you enjoyed the Shadow books you won't want to miss this new one.

Excellent addition to the Shadowverse. I loved it. Kaye Brand and Jack
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This one took me a little bit to get into it. I'm not much of an angel reader, but had heard the author speak about her book series. The idea of a dark fairy tale set in modern time peaked my interested. I loved the start of it with the young girl and the wraith that nearly took her face, then it seemed to loose a bit, but only to build the story line though. As soon as the main character Kaye met Khan, formerly Death, I perked up again. Her theory of the Fae constantly in our world bleeding ove ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved it!! Once I started Fire Kissed I knew that I had to go back and read the Shadow Series by Erin Kellison before I got too far. So after I finished Shadow series (which I would recommend reading but not necessary) I started Fire Kissed and it did not disappoint. I loved it from beginning to end. Loved Kaye, she was strong independent person who did everything by her terms… well for the most part. She was such a great character can’t say enough how much I liked her. Jack absolute ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
This book of shadows has it all: a strong, damaged, incredible heroine, a complex, dark world, a gripping, twisted plot.

It has been quite difficult to put this down.

I may not remember Adam and Katleen's story (in Shadow Bound the first of this series), but I do now understand the reason why: all of that book has been swallowed in my memory by its prologue and ending. Nothing could really beat Death becoming flesh for the love of a woman and trying to reach her after her death.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This started out strong, I liked the world building and the unique take on a PNR series - not your normal vampires or werewolfs. The romance took a while to build up, and then when it did it went from 0 to 60 immediately - the first kiss turns into sex and a few pages later they are in a relationship. But what really lost me was *spoilers* when the heroine "does what needs to be done" and abandons her man and sleeps with the enemy. They way it was written was not to my liking, the reasons weren' ...more
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