Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls #6
Published by Loveswept
Published on: January 12, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
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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 was surprised, but also thrilled by Cecy Robson’s decision to recast one of the other Wird sisters as this series’ protagonist after five installments. In this instance, it worked because the siblings are a package deal, so even though it’s a different voice continuing the story, it’s one that readers are very familiar with. OF FLAME AND PROMISE is closer to a novella length-wise, and calling it a continuation isn’t quite right either as the timeline does rewind to the events at the end of book 2.
Witnessing the same happenings unfold from another POV is always enjoyable because not every character’s assessment of a situation is identical, and oftentimes a shift in perspective is an opportunity to pick-up on things that may have gone unnoticed during the first pass. That proved to be the case here as we get to see how Celia & Aric’s relationship impacted the rest of the Wird household, especially Taran. I do however wish that this had been labelled as #3.5 for the sake of clarity because I was a bit fuzzy on the chronology.
Meeting the parents—we’ve all been there. The heroine goes out of her way to impress Gemini’s family by gifting them a rare kind of sake, and treating them to dinner at one of the premier restaurants in the world. And, to say that her efforts blow-up spectacularly would be putting it mildly. Tomas’ mom & dad are also ultratraditional Japanese, and her potty mouth didn’t exactly win any points with them. But, I laughed! Oh, how I laughed! I came close to dying of embarrassment on her behalf too.
I loved how Gemini stuck with Taran through thick and thin! He could have easily jumped on any of the excuses to hightail it, and there were many, however instead he weathered the storm, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them in OF FLAME AND LIGHT. I’m very happy that the author chose to give this protagonist at least three volumes because if Celia deserves a handful, then her sisters are entitled to a close approximation IMO. I just hope that the timeline gets ironed out.
OF FLAME AND PROMISE picks up the torch, and keeps the WIRD GIRLS series alive.