by: Deborah Cooke
$6.99 mass market paperback
Released: February 2008
Sara has never believed in the paranormal, even after she takes over the New Age bookstore when her aunt dies. But all that changes one night when she's attacked in an alley by an attacker intent on killing her. Luckily she's saved by a...dragon? But no, when she opens her eyes, there's a man in front of her, one whose piercing blue gaze makes her think of sweaty nights between silken bedsheets. Thinking she's crazy, she thanks the man for his help and goes home. She doesn't expect to run into him the next day, nor does she expect the sudden and potent desire she feels for this stranger who saved her life.
And thus begins a potent love story, one filled with destiny, redemption, insurmountable odds, and a foretold passion that blooms into a love so powerful it defies fate and heals old wounds.
Quinn is the Smith, a Pyr with the ability to manipulate and shape metals. When he feels his firestorm, he's determined to avoid it at all costs. But the call is too powerful, so he gives in and goes to find his mate, never dreaming he'd find her getting strangled in any ally by a Slayer, a dragon whose heart has turned to evil. The spark between them is explosive, and Quinn knows he must protect his destined mate at all costs. The Slayers would like nothing more than to see Quinn's firestorm thwarted, but Quinn will do anything to ensure that doesn't happen, even if it drives Sara away in the end.
Deborah Cooke has created a vivid world of dragons called the Pyr, guardians of the earth and everything on it, including humans. The firestorm signals the possible mating between a Pyr and a human, but what Quinn doesn't know is this firestorm has been fated to change the course of the ongoing war between Pyr and Slayer if it's completed. Deborah has written a beautiful story about two people who come together under the most unlikely circumstances, and must overcome devastating odds if they want to be together.
Sara and Quinn's story has made me believe in the power of love again, and that's no small feat. I read this series a few years ago, but picked it up to re-read so I'll be caught up when her new book, Darkfire Kiss, comes out this May. I'm glad I did, because I'd forgotten why I fell in love with this series in the first place.
Dragons, fighting, suspense, intrigue, and love. Read it for yourself and see what I mean.
Carla gives this book a