Today is a huge day for Weird Girls fans!
I’m happy to take part in celebrating release day for Taran’s first book! If you haven’t started reading this fantastic urban fantasy series, that also reads like a paranormal romance, you need a swift kick in the patootie. You’ve been warned 😉
Of Flame and PromiseSeries: Weird Girls #6
by Cecy Robson
Published by Random House, Loveswept on January 12th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Demons, vamps, whatever—bring ’em on! Only one thing terrifies her: commitment.
Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the incredible ability to split into two separate wolves. But after watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after—despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad.
Unsurprisingly, every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. But in the end, Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers . . . and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with.
I think every Weird Girls fan is excited about Taran’s story. Besides the fact that we’re getting a new voice to their story (okay, technically we’ve “heard” Bren but I’m not counting him today), we’re getting the deets on Taran and Gemini’s love story. But back to Taran’s voice… whooooooo, that girl rocks my world.
Taran is the hot sister, literally. She has been cursed with a kickin’ body and the ability to call fire and lightning to her will as well mass hypnotize humans. She curses like a truck driver and makes no apologies for it. She’s the closest in age to Celia, the oldest sister, and is probably the most emotionally attached to Celia.
That’s why after seeing everything that Celia has gone through with her wolf, Aric, Taran is extremely afraid of commitment with her wolf, Gemini.
Now, I’d like to take a time out from my review to quickly go over where, in the Weird Girls continuum this book falls. I did some research (ie. emailed Ms. Robson). Ms. Robson was gracious enough to explain the backstory of how all the Weird Girls books came to be “born” and that Of Flame and Promise could be considered book #2.4.
So if you’re up to date on the series, it is absolutely fantastic to take a step backwards and see new scenes between Aric and Celia from another point of view. But because it’s in a whole new context, it’s heartbreaking to see it’s affect on Taran and ultimately Gemini.
Okay, to resume my review…
Gemini is the quiet type but we quickly learn he’s not that way with Taran and I LOVE IT!!! I think out of all the male characters in this book, he would have been the one I would have needed to have “heard” the most. Koda is next on that list.
I don’t know what Gemini is thinking (well, we do) but he wants Taran to meet his parents who are visiting from out of town. To say it doesn’t go well is to say that the Sierra Nevada mountains are sledding hills.
Besides enduring Taran’s torturous visit with the parents, we get so much insight into Taran and her insecurities. I’m still on the fence about Gemini but I think I just need more convincing. He is quite the awesome character, no doubt about it. I think he sometimes forgets to put Taran’s needs over the pack’s. And that seems to be the running problem with all the wolves at this point in the entire story.
Don’t get me wrong; I love all the wolves. I love the vamps, too! Unfortunately the vamps were not as visible this time around but we do get entertained with a scene between Misha and Celia from a different point of view – interesting….
The only bad thing is that Cecy can’t write this series fast enough for me. I want more and I want it now! Yeah, yeah, publishers and all that nonsense….
Here’s an excerpt from Of Flame and Promise:
Most women would have just said good morning, or nudged their partners ever so lovingly.
But I wasn’t most women.
Yeah, and you’re welcome, baby.
Gemini slowed his deep thrusts, grunting hard as he finished, his face scrunched in what appeared to be pain. But that wasn’t pain, was it? Nope, not at all. He was simply reacting to how good it felt to join his body with mine. I nibbled my way along his neck, leaving marks that faded from one bite to the next until I reached his earlobe and tugged. “Mornin’, sexy,” I whispered.
He growled something I didn’t quite understand. I didn’t speak a word of wolf, yet that deep snarl was as good as the dirty talk we’d exchanged during sex.
I laughed. Okay, maybe it wasn’t as good as those naughty words. Yet a growl from a werewolf in his human form was a rare kind of hot few women would know.
I continued to straddle Gemini as he effortlessly carried us from the center of the room, where we’d made love standing up, and back to our bed. The gentle way in which he kissed me was in direct contrast to our wicked sex, and to the male most saw.
My lover was the second in command of the Tahoe region’s Squaw Valley Den Pack—intelligent, fierce, capable of crushing skulls, quietly confident, and with fighting skills few weres possessed.
Not to mention he was hotter than the power I generated with my magic.
All large anatomical parts and good looks aside, Gemini was . . . kind. When you trash-talked, and entered a room like you owned it like I did, it attracted a certain caliber of men. The kind that made me grateful I could protect myself with fire and lightning.
Men could be cruel, and dangerous. I knew that better than most. But unlike those men I’ve known in my past, I trusted Gemini.
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