Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Review - "Winter Kiss" by Deborah Cooke

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have commanded the four elements and guarded the earth's treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr and the dreaded slayers is about to begin...

The mysterious Dragon's Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr's greatest enemy, and his minions-so it must be destroyed. Outcast from the Pyr because of his own dangerous impulses, Delaney will do anything to vanquish Magnus-and vows to complete a mission which will either redeem him or end his suffering.

But his plans don't take into account his sudden firestorm-or the hot- tempered Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm reforms Delaney closer to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney's scheme, she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.
Winter Kiss is the fourth book in Deborah Cooke’s Dragonfire paranormal romance series about dragon shifters known as the Pyr. The Pyr are protectors of mother earth and humanity against the Slayers, an opposing faction of dragon shifters bent on the destruction of mankind. Each of the books in the series focuses on two themes, the battle for supremacy against the slayers and the central romance that occurs when one of the Pyr enters their firestorm; a biological imperative that compels them to seek out their destined mate and conceive a child.

Winter Kiss is Delaney’s story, brother to Donovan from Kiss of Fury. Delaney has been corrupted by the Dragon’s Blood Elixer forced on him by the Slayers, and he feels his only hope of redemption is to sacrifice himself in a suicide mission destroying the Elixer. As he prepares his plan, Delaney’s firestorm ignites. In a bar in rural Ohio not far from his target, Delaney comes upon Ginger -
She pursed her lips, flicked him a look, and touched her fingertip to his elbow once again.
He liked that she wasn't afraid.
The spark of the firestorm flared right on cue, lighting her features with golden splendor. She stepped backward in astonishment, caught her balance by grabbing the edge of the bar, but didn't run away.
Instead, she whistled in admiration, licked her fingertip, and made a hissing sound. Then she laughed.
Ginger is an absolutely loveable character, feisty and fun. The chemistry between the two is well-played and not over-shadowed by the firestorm compulsion. Even without it, you can perceive that these two would make an inevitable pairing. Their banter is fresh, funny and engaging. Hitting it off, the couple return to Ginger’s farm for a passionate encounter that I personally feel is one of the best romance scenes I have read in a paranormal this year. And it’s not just the sex, but the whole package, the playfulness, the dialogue, the mood and the setting.

A Pyr’s firestorm is quenched after conceiving a child with his mate which always happens the very first time they make love. In Delaney’s case this doesn’t happen, the firestorm remains, introducing an entirely new mystery to the story. Both the Pyr and the Slayers sense Delaney’s firestorm, the other Pyr realizing his ultimate intentions, come to assist him in his mission. But Magnus the leader of Slayers has plans for Delaney, plans a long time in the making, plans that endanger Ginger as well.

There is a certain amount of tongue in cheek flavour to the villains in Winter Kiss, in particular the megalomania and vast ego of Magnus, that is reminiscent of James Bond bad guys. It makes you root for the good guys.
There were days when Magnus Montmorency was astounded by his own intelligence and cunning.
Perfect. His plan was perfect.
He was impossibly brilliant, was Magnus Montmorency
Confrontations between the Pyr and the Slayers provide lots of action. There is nothing quite like aerial battles between dragons, and these are no exception. Throughout it all, Ginger and Delaney are in the thick of things. Despite her sudden introduction to this supernatural world, Ginger is surprisingly adaptable and resilient even when she is captured and literally caught up in the sky battles.

Does Delaney’s plan to sacrifice himself for the good of the Pyr succeed? Is the secret of his mysterious extended firestorm unlocked? Do the Slayers triumph? Well you will have to pick up a copy of Winter Kiss to find out. This fourth book in the series is my favourite so far. If you are looking for a paranormal read with a great blend of action and romance, creative world-building and likeable, fascinating characters, then give Winter Kiss a try, or any of the other books in the series for that matter. Easily read as a standalone story, all the necessary back ground is provided. Recommended.

Whisper Kiss, the fifth book in the series will be released next August and will feature Niall.


Read the prologue.

Penguin Group (USA)/Signet
Published: November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
ISBN #: 9780451228437

Dragonfire Series:
  1. Kiss of Fire (February 2008)
  2. Kiss of Fury (August 2008)
  3. Kiss of Fate (February 2009)
  4. Winter Kiss (November 2009)
  5. Whisper Kiss (August 2010)


  1. I only read the first book in this series but I remember I really liked the vibe of the Pyr world. It's good to read that she keeps the serie so interesting. And you gotto love a villain who is so sure of himself...all the more fun to see them get defeated *grin*

  2. Doug,

    I have books 3 and 4 on the tbr shelf.....so many books, so little time. LOL I really enjoy this series and need to read these two. :)


  3. Leontine the whole Pyr mythos is quite well done. If this didn't have the traditional HEA I'd classify it as an urban fantasy.

    Michelle I have so many books that are parts of series I started but haven't been able to get to the later volumes and it's driving me crazy!

  4. This is a series I've been looking forward to reading for awhile. Your review got me all excited about reading it again. :)

    I linked this review to my new releases round up for today.

  5. Thanks Donna - appreciate it. I just ordered a whack of today's releases. Between this and the 24th seems when most of the books for the month are out. Makes life easier.


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