Thursday, February 9, 2012

ARC Review: Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan

Fury of Fire
Author: Coreene Callahan
Publication: Montlake Romance (February 7, 2012)

Description: A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her he is bound by duty.

Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon-shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member—and the humans they protect—the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance. 

An extraordinary blend of action, fantasy, and steamy romance, Fury of Fire brings to life a dangerous new world intertwined with the survival of humanity, all while exploring the meaning of honor and the nature of true love.

My Thoughts: This story is an entertaining and exciting start to a new paranormal romance series -- with dragons. Myst Munroe is a nurse practitioner who runs into trouble of the dragon sort when she goes to visit a  pregnant patient who has skipped a couple of appointments. She finds in lying in a pool of blood on the floor of her home. She manages to do a quick and messy C-section after the mother dies and manages to save the little baby boy. Then dragons show up. Bastian and his warriors show up to battle their rival Razorback dragon-shifters and end up rescuing Myst and the baby. Bastian knows - but doesn't share - the no human woman survives giving birth to a half-dragon child. But, in order to continue his species, he is determined to find a woman to have his child at the next Meridian.

He is immediately attracted to Myst and is especially intrigued by the amount of energy she puts out. Normally dragons are hit and run lovers who steal a woman's energy and wipe her memory. They need the energy to survive. The leader of the rival Razorbacks is Ivar. His MO is to steal so much of a woman's energy that she dies. He is leaving dead bodies around Seattle which draws the attention of the human cops. This is bad for the secrecy of all dragon-kind and just one more reason Bastian and his crew are after him. Ivar is also doing scientific research to find a way for dragons to have female babies. After which, he is excited about exterminating the human race. 

The romance between Myst and Bastian begins with him kidnapping her but soon leads to them falling in love though neither of them will admit it. He forces a promise from her that she will stay with him and not try to escape for three days. Unknown to her, that will bring them to the Meridian and his only fertile time. He is troubled by a guilty conscience that he isn't telling her that she will likely die trying to have his baby. He has a lot of second thoughts and guilt. The love scenes between them are hot and also show that Myst is more than capable of keeping control of Bastian. They exchange energy and develop a special connection.

This was a fine paranormal romance with hot love scenes and interesting world building. I look forward to following along in the other books in the series both to keep up with Myst and Bastian and also to see the other dragons in Bastian's crew find romances of their own. I recommend this one to readers who love paranormal romance -- and dragons.

Favorite Quote:
Myst snorted. So much for looking tough. Yeah, because nothing said badass like bright pink nail polish and sequined flip-flops.
I received this one through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here

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