Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Of Flame and Promise
by Cecy Robson
Published by Loveswept
Book #6 in The Weird Girls Series,
Prequel to Weird Girls: Flame Series
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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Supernatural Exciting
Of Flame and Promise is the sixth Weird girls story, and a prequel to the Weird Girls: Flame series, but it really should be listed as a novella between book 2 and 3, as this is when it takes place in the timeline. It's written in Taran's point of view, and focus's on her struggle to let Gemini and herself further bond themselves together, especially after watching her sister suffer from heartbreak after Aric leaves her. While she doesn't want to, she compromises, and agree's to meet Gemini's parents. Most of this novella describes the ... unfortunate events of that meeting.
First of all, I gotta say, I loved Taran from Celia's point of view, but I love her more when the book is written through her point of view. She is funny as hell, and her attitude and kick ass persona add life to the story. And I have a whole new appreciation for Gemini. What a sweetheart.
Most people in a relationship goes through the "meet the parents" event, and I can remember how terrifying it was when I met my husbands parents, so it was easy to relate to. With Taran, her fear of commitment, especially with her rough past in the foster system, and being literally reminded everyday of the pain of being separated from your mate causes (with Celia and Aric), its no wonder she closes herself off, and doesn't want to meet his parents, or solidify their mate bond. It's sad for Gemini though, because you can tell it hurts him. So I am glad she finds a compromise and decides to meet his parents.
Which leads to disaster and hilarious moments. Honestly. Taran is a ... big personality with a dirty mouth, and her meeting his traditional, conservative, Japanese parents ... it's a mix for disaster. Her blow up with Mrs. Mancuso (Japanese culture is really respectful of their elders) before even meeting them, her accidentally letting it slip that they live together (in sin), accidentally showing them a selfie of Gemini sucking on one of her nipples, and, again, accidentally, throwing his mother off a cliff (she's also a were, so while hurt, she didn't die), it was as bad as it could get. I predicted that there would be some event that would put them in danger, and unite them all ... and it does sort of. After escaping, Gemini is injured and poisoned. When help comes a long time later, and Celia has to perform surgery on him to remove bullets, Taran's fierce protection and love of Gemini, and his parents, while not a fan of hers, accept her as his mate. The story ends with her agreeing to the mate bond, despite her fear of him leaving her.
It's a fun little story that gives us some insight into Taran, and while she is all attitude and confidence, she is actually a very vulnerable person. And while it was a bit weird to finish the fifth book, and jump back in time for the sixth, it gives us a little taste as to what Gemini and Taran's relationship was before they broke up, and gives us an idea of what is to come.