Monday, October 22, 2012


Book Name: Ember's Kiss

Author: Deborah Cooke
Release Date: 10/02/12,# Pages: 415

Main Characters: Brandon & Liz

Series: Dragonfire #8

Category: M/F

Heat Level: Flaming

BLURB: 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.

LT'S REVIEW: As one of the only Destined mated couples to not make it, Brandon’s parents split after his mother learned, sometime later, that she was married to a dragon shape shifter. She was unable to handle to the truth and felt betrayed by her mate. His father, unsure how to process the mean and hurtful words his mate said to him left his family only to return to help teach his son about his dragon nature when he hit puberty. By that time Brandon had taught himself to hate that side of him after he saw the pain it caused his mother. When she saw her son change for the first time she reacted in the same way as she did with her mate and called him a monster. Brandon left to become a surfer because the call of the water was the only thing that calmed his dragon. He knew there were other Pry’s in the world but he didn’t want to know them. Sadly when he did make friends with an elderly old man, it was his downfall because unbeknownst to Brandon, Chen was one of the worst slayers to meet. Chen was able to hide his scent and Brandon believed he was only a frail old man. So he gave Chin his scales for some magic powder Brandon thought he needed to get rid of his dragon.

Liz is a witch. But she thought she gave away her powers 14 years before when she tried to aid her mother in her TEST, all 3rd daughters of 3rd daughters have a test of the elements. Liz happens to be a FireDaughter which means she can control fire, but she feared her Test after watching her mother fail hers. When she goes to Hawaii for a seminar she falls quickly for a slightly younger surfer she feels her powers come back full force and with that the threat of her Test. 

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