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Kiss of Fire

(Dragonfire #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  4,990 ratings  ·  293 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
Mass Market Paperback, 334 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Berkley Books
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*** 3 ***

Buddy read with the MacHalo group starting December 1, 2015

I started it on that day, but I have been putting it off ever since. For a book that has my favorite elements in the form of Dragons, I was somewhat let down. Everything was insta. Insta lust, lnsta discoveries, insta love, insta hatreds and insta friendships... There was no substance to any of it, while the writing style was conducive to introspection and musing. I just wish thetr was more to it...
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with the 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 re
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
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, uf-pnr, dragons
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Debra Johnson
Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke
Genres; Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
2 Stars (and that is generous)

1st, I'm sorry Starr, but this was a massive failure. It was so boring it took me 9 days UNDER 300 pages. That may be an all time record for me.

The 2 stars are for the fact I found no typo's nor editing errors and no grammatical nor sentence problems. In that area the book is well written. But..........OMG! A snail can run faster than this book. It was like reading a textbook from school! You know,
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cook

First in the Dragonfire series. 3.5 stars.
Quinn is a Blacksmith and several hundred year old dragon. Sara is an accountant recently taken over her late aunt’s mystical bookstore (that doesn’t seem to get any customers). Sara is proclaimed to be a Seer. The Smith and Seer are destined to save the dragon world.

The dragons are the colors of gem stones, each unique. There are human protective dragons and dragons that believe they are superior to humans and want to destro
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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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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 drag
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
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
This is the novel that got me into this series. I've read almost every one of Deborah Cooke's Dragon shifter series. I wasn't going to write a review for this, and originally I gave it 4 stars, but I changed to 5 because it got me hooked into a series, after all, so it was that good.

It's a unique storyline I haven't found in other series I've read. With a world-building that was tangible and believable (despite being fantastical). I loved the author's description of dragons. I've always loved dr
Aly is so frigging bored
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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 :)
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Yz the Whyz
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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,
Anna's Herding Cats
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 earl
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
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 that
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, pnr-uf, own, 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 -
Stacey Kennedy
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Did I love it? YES, I did! Incredible world, witty characters, humor, danger, intriguing plot, action, and...SEXY DRAGONS!!

The book was so fantastic that I couldn't help but share a couple snippets of this one! And yes, this is exactly why I couldn't put this book down!

‎"She'd really prefer that the man in question not be nuts. Or weird. Or a stalker.
She was fussy like that."


"No Pry can touch you when you're securely inside my smoke."
"Except you," Sara said, feeling obliged to clarify.
May 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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
Book Chatter-Cath
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Eva Millien
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I forgot how much I love this series! It has been awhile since I read it and I just have to tell you that is just so wrong.

Now, let me tell you my thoughts on the first book in the Dragonfire series – Kiss of Fire. Sara and Quinn are strong, charismatic characters that are easily connected to and I just fell in love with them from the get go. The romance is sweet and has lots of spectacular chemistry flowing from the pages but the relationship has a few stumbling blocks as Sara doesn’t bel
3,5 star
I liked the world-building and the characters, and, of course, it had dragons with interesting abilities. Mostly it had a good pace and a fair amount of action, but it still felt a bit mediocre. I´d read more of the series though, I´m quite curious about the world.
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Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as h

Other books in the series

Dragonfire (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Kiss of Fate  (Dragonfire, #3)
  • Winter Kiss (Dragonfire, #4)
  • Whisper Kiss (Dragonfire, #5)
  • Darkfire Kiss (Dragonfire, #6)
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  • Ember's Kiss (Dragonfire, #8)
  • The Dragon Legion Collection (Dragonfire, #9.1, 9.2, 9.3)
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