Title: Winter Kiss
Author: Deborah Cooke
Copyright: 2009 (Signet); 389 pgs.
Series: Dragonfire #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From the Back: The mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr’s greatest enemy, and his minions. The Pyr must destroy this source of power, and outcast Delaney vows to complete the quest himself. Delaney was exiled because of his dangerous impulses, and success in eliminating the Elixir will either redeem him or end his suffering. But his plans don’t take into account his sudden firestorm — or fiery Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm revitalizes Delaney, restoring him to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney’s mission, she realizes she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.
1. Reason for choosing this book:
The Dragonfire series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.
2. Reasons for liking/disliking this book:
Delaney and Ginger. From the first time I read the excerpt in Kiss of Fate, I liked the couple and I looked forward to reading the full book. It is my favorite of the series so far, beating out Delaney’s own brother Donovan (Kiss of Fury)
Unlike the other Pyr and their mates, Delaney meets Ginger almost accidentally. He walks into a bar, unknowingly crashing a private party. He’s minding his own business when “the cutest woman he’d ever seen” taps him on the arm. Sparks fly. Literally. Delaney never expected to get a firestorm, considering what happened to him, and takes this new development as a sign that his decision to go on a suicide mission is the right one. He has every intention of satisfying the firestorm before fulfilling his self-imposed obligation.
Ginger believes in kismet, that there’s some one out there for everyone and it’s just a matter of finding that person. From the moment she first sees him in the bar, she felt a recognition and couldn’t pass up the chance to talk to him. She flirts with Delaney and they take to the dance floor. Ginger follows her instincts and they tell her Delaney’s not a bad person. This, coupled with the fact that he seems to look at her as if she’s the only thing important to him, convinces Ginger to take a chance on him. Once she finds out he’s a dragon, she doesn’t try to deny the reality. What pisses her off is the fact Delaney intended to leave her, pregnant, without telling her the truth.
Though Delaney shares the same parental issues that Donavon had, it’s his time in Slayer‘s clutches that casts a shadow of his heart and soul. Delaney doesn’t think he has a future, that everything would be better if he dies trying to destroy the Elixir. Ginger is like a ray of sunlight on his soul and she is a threat to his resolve. Because of her, Delaney wants to stay and build a life together — he just doesn’t think he has that choice anymore. Ginger thinks he does and she eventually convinces him that he should try to come back from his mission and not go with the determination to die.
The Elixir’s back-story is revealed and the Pyr learn what Magnus had planned for Delaney. The children conceived in the first three books make their appearance, including the three-month old Zoë Sorensson, the new Wyvern.
3. Reasons for recommending this book:
Tortured hero. A heroine who isn’t afraid to take chances on people and speaks her mind. She doesn’t sit back and wait to be rescued. Fights for what she believes in.
Started: 31 May 2010
Finished: 3 June 2010
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