Friday, January 29

Book Review: Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson

Author: Cecy Robson
Title: Of Flame and Promise (Weird Girls, #2.4) 
Genre: Paranormal Romance, UF, & Short Story/Novella
Pages: ebook
First Published: January 12th 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

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.

This novella is in Taran’s POV - a small introduction to the new Wird sister taking the reins in the series. The story takes place a couple books ago before the last one. 

Ugh, seeing Celia and Aric being all heartbroken from someone else’s POV was rough. :( Also…my poor heart melted seeing an old character again. Even though the character made me want to punch something, I did have a soft-spot for the character, so it was bittersweet to see this character alive and kicking after being dead for a couple of books now. It was nice to see this character, but it killed me a little inside knowing what this character’s fate is.

I didn’t expect the novella/short story to be as long as it was, but it worked. Poor Taran isn’t ready to be claimed by Gemini – her mate – but she has compromised to meet his parents coming over from Japan. O.M.G. That was a disaster!!!!!!!! I felt so bad…nothing went her way and everything went wrong….wrong is the wrong word for this….everything went to hell in a hand basket. I partially blame the parents for being so rough on her. 

Love Taran, but I wanted to kick her. I get that Celia is hurting, but is that really a reason to undermine your own relationship?? SMH 

I want…I mean…love Gemini as well, but he needed a firm kick in the romp too for not using his brain. 

Overall, this was a fun introduction to the POV of Taran. I’m dreading what is coming next though…it’s going to break my heart, because they have a lot of issues to deal with. The ending of the last book (which takes place way after this novella) has left me worried. I know they will someday get their POV, but it is going to be a lot of work and I sense some major baddies in the future as well. *shudders* I was frustrated with Taran, Gemini, his parents, and Aric, but it was still worth the read. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 4. 


Melliane said...

I really enjoyed this one but I was disappointed to go back in time. I'm curious for more though!

Carole Rae said...

Oddly, I liked the backtrack in the plot, because it is nice to see how Taran and Gem were BEFORE the big even that occurred to Taran.

Blodeuedd said...

I am with Melliane there, I had hoped for the future