Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review of EMBER'S KISS by Deborah Cooke

Ember's Kiss
(Dragonfire, #8)
by Deborah Cooke

Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dragon Shifter & Witch

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult


From the Publisher:

For centuries, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have hidden themselves from mankind, defending the earth’s treasures in secrecy. But as the final reckoning with the Slayers—who are determined to eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them—heats up, even the most ancient secrets will be revealed.… 

Brandon Merrick is determined to banish his shifter nature forever. The charismatic tattooed surfer is on the cusp of the ultimate challenge—to prove himself on the whitecaps of Hawaii and secure his future as a pro surfer. But his dragon isn’t prepared to be tamed so easily.... 

One look at marine biologist Liz Barrett ignites the spark of a firestorm: Liz is his destined mate and his chance for happiness. While Brandon sees their first night together as just the beginning, his dragon seizes the upper hand. Awakening in the company of a raging dragon challenges Liz’s ability to believe her own eyes. Can Brandon accept his inner beast in time to make it work with Liz? 

Neither one realizes Brandon is caught in an ancient Slayer’s scheme to enslave him. When the deadly plot ignites, the very island will be at risk...and Brandon and his mate could be the ultimate sacrifice. 


Brandon Merrick grew up believing that his dragon side was a monster. Now estranged from his family, he wants nothing more than to conquer the darkness within him, to eradicate the dragon from his life. His goal is to become a pro surfer, since the water element seems to calm him. To that end, he cooperates with Chen, an elderly friend of his who says he can help him control his dragon. But does Chen have Brandon's best interests at heart? Is there more to Chen than Brandon sees?

Liz Barrett is a marine biologist who believes she's put her own past behind her, having given away her Firedaughter witch powers fourteen years ago. But when she arrives in Hawaii for a symposium, her powers begin to return. And when she meets up with Brandon under a lunar eclipse, their firestorm--their fated mating--sparks into flames. After a night of passion, an unnatural earthquake releases Brandon's dragon. Although Brandon doesn't tell Liz that he is the dragon, she starts putting clues together to figure out that he's a Pyr. But she's also holding back on Brandon. They both have secrets that they're hiding, and they both can't accept their true selves.

The Pyr race to Brandon's side, welcomed by Brandon or not, as Chen makes his true nature known. An additional enemy arrives on the scene, complicating matters for all. The lives of Brandon and Liz--and the safety of the island of Oahu--are on the line unless they can accept and control their true natures. Will they succeed?


Brandon and Liz are likable characters that you'll enjoy spending hours with. They aren't perfect--like real people they have their flaws. But Brandon is noble, loyal, and protective. Liz is caring, nurturing, and loving. But she can also kick some dragon butt.

After the story is established, there is plenty of suspense and fast-paced action. Both Brandon and Liz find themselves in mortal danger.  But when all is said and done, Ember's Kiss is a story of self-acceptance and forgiveness.

Deborah Cooke will reveal her plans for Dragonfire in 2013 on November 1, 2012. Click here for the link to the announcement on her blog on or after the 1st: Deborah's Blog/Dragonfire 2013

Enjoy Ember's Kiss!

The Dragonfire series:
Book 1
Kiss of Fire
Book 2
Kiss of Fury
Book 3
Kiss of Fate
Book 4
Winter Kiss
Book 5
Whisper Kiss
Book 6
Darkfire Kiss
Book 7
Book 8
Ember's Kiss

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