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Of Flame and Promise
(Weird Girls #6)
Release: Jan. 12, 2016
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.Review:
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.
With Of Flame and Promise, the Weird Girls series shifts narrators from the oldest sister Celia to the second eldest Taran. She has a very different attitude and a very different voice. It took me a little bit to get used to her - let's call it more informal - tone. Taran is brash, crude, and youthful, but eventually I grew to like her. She's also the most badass of the sisters, with her ability to wield fire. I've always been interested in her boyfriend Gemini. I enjoyed getting to know him better in this book, though he still doesn't open up much.
I felt like this book was lighter in tone than the others. It stays in Meet the Parents rom-com territory most of the time. Even Taran's action-packed encounters with demons didn't feel that heavy to me, with maybe one exception. I think that's partially due to Taran's attitude, but it's also because of the book's shorter length. At under 200 pages, there just isn't room for a big twisty plot.
I actually haven't read the last Weird Girls book, but since this story is primarily about Taran coming to terms with her fear of commitment, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Celia's relationship with Aric, which comes up frequently, hasn't changed. The war with the demons has progressed, but I thought there was enough summary to catch me up. However, if you haven't started the series I don't think this is the place to start. If you haven't read at least the first three books, there are huge spoilers about Celia's romance. And this is not a separate spin-off series, so it's assumed you already know the main characters.
I'm excited to see the Weird Girls series continue and hopefully include more of the other sisters. Taran's now in a position to lead them and I'd like to see her grow into the heroine she has the potential to be now that she's dealt with some of her issues.
Recommended for fans of: sassy heroines and sexy shifters
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
I’d woken only about an hour ago, Gemini’s warm, naked body curled against mine firing a need that required some serious quenching. So I buried my face in his lap to stir him from sleep.
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.
Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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