Updated: Aug 22
Of Flame and Fury
by Cecy Robson
Published by Cecy Robson, LLC
Book #9 in the Weird Girls series
Book #3 in the Weird Girls: Flame series
Taran Wird, the loudmouth mistress of flame and lightning,
didn’t want to attend the formal gathering of the supernatural elite. She did so only to help to unite the supreme beings in attendance in one common goal: protecting Taran’s sister, Celia. Celia is pregnant with alpha werewolf Aric Connor’s child, the same child prophesized to save the world from uprising evil. Evil wants this child dead before he is born and, more importantly, before he can grow strong enough to stop it. Taran and her werewolf lover, Gemini, put plans in place to protect Celia. Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr and his clan also swear their allegiance to Celia and vow to keep her from harm. The witches even cast protection spells around the manor to curse anyone with malintent who enters. Nothing was supposed to go wrong, except everything did. Creatures that shouldn’t exist stalk the grounds and invade the premises, and every curse meant to shield the guests turns against them. No one counted on the powerful being who arrived uninvited. But he’s here, manipulating the magic enclosing the estate to work in his favor. As body counts rise and allies become enemies, chances are Celia won’t survive the night. But evil never counted on how hard Taran Wird would fight, even at the expense of her life.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Supernatural Action-Packed
Gore Romance Feel Good
First of all, I would like to thank Cecy Robson, LLC for sending me an ARC of Of Flame and Fury via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. In an extremely lucky coincidence, I actually started reading the Weird Girls series about a week and a half ago, and was about to finish the last book, Of Flame and Fate, when I decided to check to see if there was an ARC for the next book available, and there was. I obviously love the series, as I finished reading the books and the novellas in less than two weeks, so when I requested the title, I was crossing fingers I would get approved.
I'm not ashamed to admit I may have done a mini fan-girl squeal when I got the email approving my request, and the resulting eye roll from my husband.
Let's get to the book! Of Flame and Fury is the ninth book in the Weird Girls series, and is the third book in the Weird Girls: Flame series. It is written from Taran Wird's POV, and is - SOB - the last book of Taran's story. I loved Celia's story, and was weary switching to Taran's, but I loved it! I have no doubt I will love Shayna's and Emme's stories as well. Of Flame and Fury has a much shorter time span covered than previous books. It's not clear, but the whole book is Taran's point-of-view of a multiple days long attack to the Alliance by an unknown, very powerful evil.
Of Flame and Fury is undeniably unique, and original. I have read a few supernatural books in my life, and none of come up with characters quite like Cecy Robson has, or enemies. Especially this one. Let's just say that evil takes a rather weird form this book, and while sometimes the creatures bordered on cheesy, it's actually an element I have grown to like about this series. It adds a touch of humor to a series that could be quite dark at times.
I have read other books, in which authors have attempted to cover a short span of time and write a whole book, and it was disastrous. When I read the description and saw it was going to be covering one attack, I was worried. Cecy Robson did an amazing job making sure that this book was FULL of action the entire time. Whether it was actual fighting, or hilarious moments, and those rare quiet moments Taran has with Gemini, the story never once felt dull.
Taran Wird has grown up quite a bit from the first of the series, and it shows in this book. She used to be the one who would be the first to say "Fuck it," and run away from a fight, and now she is the first to run into it, and do what's right, no matter how hard it is. She doesn't let her past affect her anymore, and chooses to live her life the best way she can. Her relationship with Gemini is stronger than ever, and I love the private moments that we get with them this book. And of course, the moments where Taran totally exasperates him. It's one of things I love the most about them. They are total opposites, but it works so damn well for them.
If you love the Weird Girls series, you will ABSOLUTELY love this book. It has the classic Weird girls action, humor, romance, sex, and emotionally charged content we have been gotten in the past. We even get a rare moment where it's just the four sisters, and I don't think I realized how much I missed them together that way until I read it. Of Flame and Fury tied up some lingering plot lines, and left others open for future books, but most of all, ends Taran's story beautifully. Go buy it! March 24th, 2020! If you haven't read the Weird Girls series yet, do it! It won't disappoint.
Top 3 Favorite Moments
1. Taran telling Genevieve to never whisper in her mate’s year while they are having sex.
2. When Taran tries getting Destiny’s and Tye’s attention, and they start heavily making out before she does.
3. The wolves and their mates saying goodbye, just in case.
4. (bonus!) The four sisters in a rare moment of just the four of them in the greenhouse.
5. (bonus!) The babyshower
6. (bonus!) Gemini and Taran getting married
7. (bonus!) Taran announcing she is pregnant, and Destiny telling her it's twins
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Gemini: “Taran. She didn’t know.”
Genevieve: “Sister Taran.”
Taran: “Don’t you ever whisper in my mate’s ear while we’re fucking again. There. She knows now.”
I wave to Uri as I walk away
Taran: “How’s it going, sunshine?”
Uri chuckles. The little diva has always liked drama. Gemini cuts in front of me, blocking my path.
Gemini: “Was that necessary?”
Taran: “About as necessary as you knocking-out that werecheetah who winked at me.”
Gemini: “That was different. He didn’t just wink, he invited you to his bed to show you how a real man fucks.”
Taran: “He was an idiot and didn’t know we’re together.”
Gemini: “I was standing just to your left.”
Taran: “Talking to Vieve if I recall. Anyway, he didn’t matter, and he didn’t know.”
Gemini: “He knows now. Are you done now?”
Taran: “Eh. For the moment.”
He rolls his eyes. Like I mentioned, we’re totally in love.
Taran: “Sister girl, you don’t know me. Keep your hexes to yourself before that talisman ends up on the ground beside your burnt remains.”
Misha: “Celia Wird, as you pledged your friendship to me, I pledge my will and life to you.”
Celia: “No. Find your way out, Misha – you and your family. Don’t you dare worry about me.”
Misha: “You ask the impossible.”
Celia: “Aric. I don’t want to raise our baby without you.”
Aric: “Nothing will keep me from you or our child. Get to safety. I’ll be with you soon. I swear it.”
Gemini: “I have to go. I won’t be long.”
Taran: “Don’t you dare make me cry. I’m trying to focus.”
Gemini: “You are my love …”
Taran: “Baby, stop.”
Gemini: “My pain in the ass …”
I choke out a laugh, my vision blurring as the opening expands farther.
Gemini: “And the woman I want to carry our children.”
Taran: “You had to go there. Didn’t you?”
He kisses my forehead. It’s sweet but no less lovely.
Koda: “You’re the best thing that will ever happen to me.”
Shayna: “I love you like the moon does the sun, Miakoda.”
Emme, although fully healed through her own power, walks carefully towards us. Bren snatches her into a tight embrace.
Bren: “I won’t leave you. Not like this. Remember what I said, you and me, we’re going to make it.”
As he releases her, he grasps her hands, kissing them, the gesture as intimate as our goodbyes with our wolves.
Shayna: “Sometimes I feel him stronger than others.”
Taran: “Like when you’re in danger.”
Shayna: “Yup, and when I’m in heat.”
Taran: “Ah, what?”
Shayna: “It’s what Koda calls it. His wolf can tell when I’m ovulating, and lately, I’m like this ravaged, amorous beast. You know, horny. I think I’ve mentioned how we like to role play.”
Sisters: “Yeah, yes, um.”
Shayna: “One time, we were playing dirty pirate slut and Captain Hotness.”
Emme: “Shayna. That’s so offensive.”
Shayna: Oh, I’m sorry, Emme. I didn’t mean to offend you. If it makes you feel better, we didn’t go through with it. My hook kept getting in the way, and Koda’s skirt was way too tight on him.”
Celia: “Please stop speaking.”
Celia: “You were accepted as a sister of the coven. You’d feel her perish no matter what you felt for each other in life.”
Taran: “Hey, she started it. Don’t put the moves on my man, and I won’t feel the need to smack you around.”
Celia: *laughs* “She’s a good person, Taran. A friend to the weres.”
Taran: “Is she? So, if you catch her cozying up to Aric and whispering sweet nothings into his ear with her oh-so voluptuous bosom inches from his face, you’d be cool with that?”
She stops smiling.
Taran: “Yeah, kitty, kitty. That’s what I thought.”
Shayna: "I like to see the good in others. Whether you want to admit it, you do too. Except now you know there's no good left. Not after all this. No one will blame you for what comes next. He's made his own deathbed. Time for us to tuck him in."
Emme: "Celia. Would you like us to get you the rat?"
Celia's gaze turns primal. Slowly, she nods, what's left of her civility dwindling fast.
Emme: "To um, eat?"
Celia makes a noise. Not quite an affirmative grunt. Not quite a growl. And, oh, man, not quite human either."
Shayna: "Ceel. Do you really think this is a good idea? Think about what you're saying. I get you're a tad hungry-"
Shayna startles when Celia fixes her deadly gaze on her. Celia does think it's a good idea. In fact, at this moment, its the greatest idea ever.
Taran: "She wants the rat. Get her the damn rat."
Shayna: "Me? Why me?"
Taran: "You're the one with the weapons, and you have the essence of a freaking werewolf lurking inside of you for hell's sake."
Shayna: "You have fire, T. As in, let's fire up the barbie, matey."
Taran: "Are you going for Australian or pirate, here? Either way, both suck."
Shayna: "You can kill the little varmint and cook it in one shot."
Taran: "Oh, and now we're from Texas."
Emme: "I hate to say this, but Shayna has a point. It's like the old saying, two birds with one stone, Taran.."
Celia: "It mocks me."
Shayna: "Does it, Ceel? Does it really?"
Vampire: "You think me or Master Fate cares? She's all we want."
Shayna: "Master Fate? Am I the only one who thought he said masturbate?"
Even Emme shakes her head.
Celia launches herself on him, straddling his shoulders and tearing his head off.
Hmm. Yeah. We're supposed to be protecting her.
A rather perturbed snapdragon reaches out and smacks me across the face. I smack it back.
Taran: "We're on the same side, asshole!"
Vampire: "What's wrong? Haven't you ever seen a god?"
Taran: "Honey, those wings don't impress me. It's like sprinkling glitter on shit. You're still shit, only sparkly."
Vampire: "You bitch."
Taran: "That's my confirmation name. Try something original, freak."
Taran: "Ceel, do you really think either of you can handle the separation right now? Since learning you're knocked up, he won't even let you go to the bathroom by yourself."
Celia: "That's not true."
Shayna: "Dude. We've seen him standing by the door to the loo. He practically spins around in circles, wagging his big ol' tail when you emerge."
Taran: "What the hell was that?"
Shayna: "I don't know. Something with seven, maybe nine dangly boobies."
Celia: "They're tails, Shayna."
Shayna: "You sure, Ceel? They sound all floppy."
She makes a bouncy motion with her hands in front of her chest.
Shayna: "You know, kind of like when you or Taran run really fast and forget to wear bras."
Taran: "I don't forget to wear a bra."
Shayna raises her brows and gives me a once-over. I jerk the front of my dress down.
Taran: "It's a wrap-around. I tuck my breasts back in the cups and adjust the stupid thing. It's not practical given my cup size, but it works with the dress."
Shayna: "If you say so, T."
What sounds like an audible explosion of multiple zits follows.
Shayna: "It;s like, squirting them with milk."
Taran: "I can do without the visual."
Celia: "They're tails, Shayna. Oh. I think whatever they're fighting is poisonous. It's bursting with venom. I can smell it."
Taran: "Are you sure it's not breast milk?"
Uri: "You will not keep me here. None of you will."
Taran: "Trust me when I say I'd rather you leave, princess."
Taran: "We can't kill him if we can't find him."
Uri: "And are you prepared to do as much? We would not be here if you did your job last time."
Taran: "I know my job, and I do it well. Unlike you, who only fights when others are watching."
Uri: "You dare insult me?"
Taran: "I do, and I'm not done. You usually let those you think are lesser than you do the dirty work. Are you ready to fight for real, Uri? Or will you hang back and spare your pompous and saggy ass?"
Uri: "My son. Make a choice and make the right one."
Misha: "I do, Master. It's why I choose to stay with Celia."
Celia: "Misha, don't do this. Not for me. You don't owe me anything."
Uri: "No. His debt to you is paid tenfold."
Celia: "There was never a debt to be paid, Uri."
Uri: "You show a great deal of strength with your mate so close, Celia."
Celia: "Keep telling yourself that, Uri. And we'll pretend I didn't help save your dynasty."
Celia: "I don't want you to stay because of me. You don't owe me anything, Misha. You never have."
Taran: "Mm, true."
Aric: "No one is keeping you here, Uri. You want to go, get the fuck out."
Gemini: "The point of this reunion was to determine who would stand by us. And who will choose to save themselves. This is your moment to decide."
Uri turns to leave.
Gemini: "The pack will remember this when evil strikes its blow."
Uri: "The blow was already struck."
Taran: "Maybe. Except that blow was just the beginning. Good luck out there."
Taran: "Just let her help you, Bren. If nothing else, do it for Celia and her baby."
Bren: "Fine. But I better be that kid's godfather."
Edith Anne: "The fucking brown furball bit my tit. Don't get me wrong, it felt kinda good. It's the stab to my throat I took offense to."
Emme: "Is this sanitary?"
Taran: "They are. The flowers are cultivated with magic and dusted with silver from seedlings. They sanitize the water and possess healing properties. During witch school, I was in charge of them for like, a day."
Emme: "You set them on fire, didn't you?"
Taran: "It was an accident, and they started it."
Emme: "Did they really, Taran?"
Taran: "Yes, Emme. The little bastards would lengthen when they saw me and stab me in the ankles with their thorns. So, yeah, I torch