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Review: Flashfire

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Flashfire
Author: Deborah Cooke 
Release Date: Jan. 3, 2012
Publisher: NAL
Dragonfire #7
ISBN: #978-0451235473
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (396 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr. His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegas magic shows is a true spectacle. Until he feels the burn of his firestorm and his whole world shifts….
Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Las Vegas is the last place she wants to be, but Lorenzo arouses more than her curiosity when he shifts shape as the finale of his show. Instead of forcing him to reveal his secrets, Cassie gets swept away by this illusionist’s masterful touch.
Lorenzo wants to satisfy the firestorm and put it behind him. But Cassie is hard to forget—and he can’t ignore the danger when Slayers target the mate Lorenzo didn’t believe he wanted….
What G & U are talking about:
Flashfire is the seventh novel in the Dragonfire novels.  The young adult series, The Dragon Diaries (reviews for Flying Blind here and Winging It here) is a spinoff of this series.  Gikany and Una have read the two Dragon Diaries novels but have not read the main series it stemmed from.  We jumped in and started with Flashfire and although you can tell you are missing some back-stories, you can jump in at this point.  Understanding the overall mythology from our reading of the young adult series helped us fill in some of what we had missed by jumping into the middle of the series.
The beginning of Flashfire was a little slow and clunky but we think that is all due to the fact that we jumped in.  The novel makes many references to past events and although it makes the reading a little slower, it did not detract from our overall enjoyment.  The world and mythology are very intriguing and we enjoyed the interplay of dragon politics.  The events we read about in the Dragonfire series take place years prior to the Dragon Diaries.  So it is amusing to already have an idea what will happen since some of the characters we are reading about are the parents of Zoë’s dragon buddies.  
Now to the yummy part, Lorenzo is hot.  The chemistry between Cassie and him steamed off the pages.  We enjoyed the interplay between them and their struggles.  The pacing for the story was well done and nothing about their story felt rushed or too much.  They are both very strong-willed individuals and independent so watching them dance around each other, as they come to compromise enriched the story greatly.
If you haven’t read the Dragonfire series, you might want to give it a shot.  We enjoyed the mythology and world that Ms. Cooke has created and we also recommend her spin-off series, Dragon Diaries.  Feel free to jump in with Flashfire; it is fun.  However, if you want to have a better connection to the characters, start from the beginning.  Either way, how can you go wrong with hot dragon shape-shifters?!
Their Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
Purchase Info:
Flashfire: A Dragonfire Novel



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