Wednesday, September 3, 2008

“Kiss of Fury” by Deborah Cooke


Scientist Alexandra Madison was on the verge of unveiling an invention that would change the world—then her partner was murdered, their lab burned and their prototype destroyed. When recurring dragon-haunted nightmares threaten to land her in a psychiatric hospital, Alex knows she has to escape to rebuild her prototype in time. But first she must return to her ruined lab…

Handsome, daring, and impulsive, Donovan Shea is more than willing to do his part in the Pyr/Slayer war and save The Madison Project. Assigned to kidnap Alex, Donovan is shocked when her presence ignites the firestorm. He has no desire for a destined mate, but when Alex is attacked by a Slayer, Donovan finds himself meeting fire with fire in her defense. Won over by Alex's intelligence and determination, Donovan fights to rebuild her invention in a race against time. By the time the Slayers close in on their prey, Donovan knows he'll surrender his life to protect Alex, --but will have to lose his heart to possess her...
Kiss of Fury is the second in the Dragonfire series after Kiss of Fire earlier this year. The Wyvern has prophesied that three of the Pyr dragons are destined to experience the firestorm that will mark them as key players in the ultimate fate of mankind and the planet. This paranormal romance series is set in contemporary times and establishes the Pyr as the good guys and ironically the slayers as the bad guys. The firestorm signals that a Pyr has found his one true mate which is the true heart of each story. In the first book Quinn and Sara consummated their firestorm.

In Kiss of Fury the action scenes abound as the Pyr constantly stave off attacks by the slayers on Alex and members of her family; as they seek to destroy or disrupt her environmental project – a project that could restore health to the earth. As I read, it struck me that the slayers are somewhat inept as they were consistently trounced. Boris the leader of the slayers confirms this when he states to one of his minions –
“Of course.” Boris knew he sounded bored. “My ideas are always both devious and brilliant; it’s their execution that is the persistent problem.”
Maintaining secrecy is deemed paramount by the Pyr and they must beguile human memories when exposed. I was a trifle disappointed by the many illogical instances during battles in public venues where humans most certainly must have become aware without action taken by the Pyr. Ultimately this is not important to the main thrust of the story so it was best to just go with it.

However, the core relationship story is the touchstone of the piece. Alex and Donovan’s reluctant romance is artfully depicted. Alex in particular is a stand out character – playful, strong and charismatic. The give and take between her and Donovan is both entertaining and heartfelt. Following Alex and Donovan’s firestorm alone is worth the price of admission to Kiss of Fury.

February next year brings, I assume, the final book in the trilogy - Kiss of Fate which is Eriks’ story.

Read the Prologue.

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