Title: Ember’s Kiss
Author: Deborah Cooke
Copyright: 2012 (Signet); 393 pgs.
Series: Dragonfire #8
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary: Brandon Merrick is the youngest Pyr featured in this series — he’s not even thirty years old and both his parents are still alive. Even so, he’s estranged from them. His father didn’t reveal his true nature to his mate, and when she accidentally found out while Brandon was still very young, they had a huge argument and Brandt left them. Brandt only came back into his son’s life long enough teach him basic dragon skills. By that point, Brandon was also estranged from his mother as well.
Given his history, it’s no wonder that Brandon doesn’t want anything to do with his dragon — it’s only brought heartache. He can’t control his dragon and he’s afraid it’s evil. What he doesn’t know is that his so-called good friend, Chen, is manipulating him. Brandon thinks the frail old man is helping him keep the dragon locked up, suppressing it. What’s really happening is that Chen is gaining control of Brandon’s dragon.
There is one aspect of being a dragon shifter that Brandon readily accepts and that is the firestorm. His faith in it is very much like Rafferty’s. He’s not adverse to the idea of committing himself to one woman, he just didn’t think he’d get a firestorm so soon. It doesn’t hurt that the pretty brunette he sees in a restaurant — the same woman his friend was trying to hit on — is his destined mate. From the first moment he saw her, even before the eclipse that heralded the firestorm, Brandon knew she was special. He just didn’t know how special she was.
Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Barrett is special. She has a power she thought she lost fourteen years earlier; a power that seems to be resurfacing since her arrival in Hawaii. Like Brandon, she doesn’t want to embrace her heritage. It’s brought her nothing but grief. However, that power can help save Brandon from Chen.
Comments: I really love this series. And I loved this book. Definitely different than the others. Brandon, being so young compared to the other Pyr, had a youthfulness about him that the others didn’t — the others have been shaped by their long lives, their experiences, their losses. He’s actions and attitudes felt more like those of his actual age — he was a twenty-something guy, not just one that looked it.
Liz was great too. She’s one mate that could defend herself against a Slayer until reinforcements arrive. It would be interesting to see more of her type because of the connections to dragons.
We only got a glimpse of Thorolf — still in Thailand and in serious need of rescuing, though he doesn’t even realize it. Hopefully, we’ll get his story sometime next year.
Start: 13 October 2012
Finished: 14 October 2012