Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fury
Dragonfire #2
by: Deborah Cooke
$6.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: August 2008

Alexandra has spent years working on a project so revolutionary it will change the way we live.  She's almost done with it when her lab is ruined, her invention destroyed, and her partner tortured and killed in front of her. 

By dragons. 

While in the hospital recovering from burns, she's nearly put into the psych ward for her nightmares and ramblings about dragons, but is saved at the last second by a strange orderly, who whisks her out of the hospital and to safety.  Turns out his name is Donovan, and he's been assigned to protect her and keep her safe until she can rebuild her invention.  The catch: she's got less than a week to get it rebuilt before the meeting with the investor, and she now has a hoard of angry dragons trying to kill her before she can finish.

Donovan is a Pyr, a dragon shifter tasked with protecting the earth and everything on it, including humans.  When he's assigned to protect the beautiful scientist, he knows it's the right thing to do.  What he doesn't expect is his firestorm, a Pyr's call to mate.  He doesn't want a woman destiny picked for him, but he can't help but be drawn to not only her determination to see the project completed, but her ability to conquer her fears. 

Now he just needs to keep her alive long enough for her to rebuild her project.  Piece of cake.

I loved the idea of the Green Machine, because if we could invent that for real, it would truly change everyone's lives for the better and go a long way in saving the planet. 

Donovan is a Pyr who's unafraid to do what has to be done in regards to the Pyr, but he blanches when he realizes he's been suckered into protecting his destined mate.  The firestorm is the one part of being a Pyr he's always dreaded, because he doesn't think fate should tell him who to sleep with.  Alexandra is a scientist on a mission, and not even the destruction of her prototype and lab by a hoard of angry dragons will keep her from fulfilling it. 

This is the second book in the series.  While the love story between Donovan and Alexandra was beautiful, I also enjoyed the banter between the other Pyr.  All the characters are established now, and are really starting to find their voice.  Because of that, I wasn't confused over all the names, because it was fairly easy to tell them apart.  I really liked the Green Machine idea Deborah Cooke used, because it was something I've never seen done before, and I love new ideas in books. 

And now, I'm off to read Kiss of Fate, book 3 in the series.

Carla gives this book a