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January 12, 2016

Liked It: Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson + Super Fan Giveaway

Series: Weird Girls 6
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Perfect for fans of Keri Arthur and Bella Forrest, this short novel kicks off a sizzling new series in the award-winning Weird Girls saga as Celia’s sister Taran fights to have it all: independence, hot romance, and enough firepower to torch an army of blood-thirsty supernaturals.

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.



Ever since I met the Weird Girls a few years back, I've always wished and hoped for Taran Wird's book. This firecracker with a potty mouth that could make the dirtiest sailor blush is my favorite of the sisters. Her come backs, feisty attitude, and unapologetic approach to everything appealed to me the best. She's also the funniest IMO and never failed to crack me up with her quips in Celia's book. 

So it goes without saying that I was beyond ready for OF FLAME AND PROMISE. Finally I get to be inside Taran's head, know the inner workings of her mind, know her vulnerabilities, and basically figure out what makes this chick tick. 

OF FLAME AND PROMISE is a paranormal romance through and through. I thought this installment continues with the timeline, I didn't know that the events in this book was side by side with book 5, A Curse Unbroken (?). On one side we have this situation with these evil witches and their devil spawns, while the other half dealt with Taran and Gemini's romantic development. 

As always, I love how CRobson choreographs the action/adventure portion of this series. Our MC's are almost always the underdogs who have to overcome a lot of overwhelming circumstances to which they always do with lots of gumption and pizazz. It's no different here, although Taran and Gemini's super close call really put their relationship in perspective. 

Which leads me to the romance. I was hoping to know MORE about our pair, Taran especially. I didn't really get much in this aspect, Taran is well... Taran. Gemini remains an acquaintance and I didn't end up getting invested in these two the same way I got invested in Celia and Aric's love story. The meet-the-parents portion wasn't to my liking either, I suppose it was meant to be funny, I instead found the whole situation... weird. Like why didn't Gemini help Taran prepare for this big meet and greet when he knows his parents can be so "conservative". And Gemini's mother is also a werewolf, but for the most part, she came across very human. 

Overall I enjoy OF FLAME AND PROMISE, it's quite entertaining and packed with great action!





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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A Super Fan Prize Pack including: Autographed paperbacks of Sealed with a Curse, A Cursed Embrace, and Cursed by Destiny, the first three Weird Girls novels, a limited edition A Cursed Bloodline T-shirt, two limited edition Weird Girls water bottles, Team Aric & Team Misha pins, two Shattered Past ladies T-shirts, Cursed by Destiny bookmarks, and magnets from Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance series and her Shattered Past Contemporary / New Adult series

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45 comments:

  1. I think I would have been a bit frustrated by this story, Braine, especially if, like you, I was looking forward to it. For me, one of the things I enjoy the most is really getting to know the characters I read about, and it seems that you didn't, really.
    I'm glad you still liked it, though.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Taran is my girl, I was hoping she'd shine the same way Celia did in the first book

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  2. It definitely sounds like there were a few spanners in the works for their relationships but they ended up pushing their way through which is realistic. Great review Braine!

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    1. Oh yeah, Gemini in particular was so steadfast, he's a big teddy... Wolf

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  3. Thank you for taking the time to read and review, Braine--and for the feature! I hope you continue to enjoy the series. :-)

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    1. Of course!

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my feedback. That's very appreciated, I hope you can tell how much I care for your girls.

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  4. I'm sorry this wasn't all you were hoping for, Braine. But I'm glad that you liked it overall and that it was still a good installment in the series despite its shortcomings. :)

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    1. It's packed with action and Tahoe as the backdrop was very pretty. Made me want to revisit the Lake and trace the events here

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  5. I've seen nothing but praise for this book, so it's refreshing to also see a so-so review for it so I know what to expect. That's really too bad that you didn't really get a feel for either of the characters. At least there was action though! Hopefully, you'll get to know them better in the next book!
    Lovely review, Braine!

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    1. I'm hoping for that too. I've actually been wishing for books from a different sister's POV. Switch it up a bit and get to know the girls better

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  6. I liked this one, it was fun to follow Taran for a change but I was a bit sad to go back in time I confess

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    1. Her potty mouth made me cringe and blush!

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  7. I'll be starting book one this weekend, so I'm excited. Great review!

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    1. So cool! I hope you love it, don't blink because the action is non stop!

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  8. I've seen this book all over, thanks Braine!

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    1. I'm expecting the sphere to be flooded with reviews and what not for this. It's a fan favorite

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  9. I do love this series and it was fun getting inside Taran's head. I do wish there would have been more though.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so. We know how tough she is, I was hoping that as were in her head, we get to know her vulnerable side. But she was always defensive, even her private thoughts are defensive

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  10. This is a book that everyone has been reviewing lately. And it's a series I've been wanting to read for a long time. I'm really wanting to meet these characters!

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    1. It's release day so us fans rallied and flooded the web with this lol

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  11. I liked this one, but I was disappointed to have to go back in time, I also wished it had been longer.

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    1. Me too, I was hoping were moving forward in time dealing with something else and not the same old thing

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  12. Despite your frustrations...I'm still thinking this is a series I should start! I've been wanting to read it since book 1 came out!

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    1. Oh yeah, this is a fantastic series! I'm just extra invested in this one Coz Taran's my favorite so I set the bar real high for her book.

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  13. I do love a story that has some great action, glad you enjoyed reading it despite some bleh moments.

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    1. This series bleeds with is, every adrenalin junkie's wet dream

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  14. Thanks for sharing! I think I read the first book but it's been forever. Taran sounds like a fun character.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. She is a firecracker in so many ways. Her mouth alone... Oy!

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  15. I am gonna start this one tomorrow

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    1. Cool beans, I'll wait for your review and compare notes

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  16. This is a series I have yet to start but so need to get into it. This sounds good and I love the sound of these characters in this book. Were moms? So need to get into this world. LOL

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    1. You will love this! It's packed with action, there's a lot of supernaturals about, and every power you can give to a person is here. Ultimate UF!

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  17. I know how much you enjoyed the other series. Hope the next book in this series is a 5 star for you :)

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  18. I enjoy Taran's personality. lol. She makes me laugh. But I was a bit bummed to learn that this book wasn't after book 5 too. Seems that many of us were surprised by this. I would have loved to read this book before book 5.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not alone in that little setback. I don't know if it's because she want Celia to remain the star of the series, or what. I was hoping we'll get something else and not the same witches and devil babes.

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  19. I was startled where this one began paralleling the other story. I loved getting Taran's story, but I did want more Gemini and background and feel for the romance. Hopefully, its coming now that this book set things up. LOL, that meet the parents was over the top. Can't wait for the next installment.

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    1. Right? I was honestly expecting some downtime. Like they just had this big victory, Celia and Aric are together, the were politics are sorted out. Maybe more PNR less UF?

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  20. Taran sounds like a lot of fun and a character I'd really like- going to have to check out this series, then!

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    1. It's a good series, equal amounts of adventure and romance with lots of angst

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  21. Hmm, it seems like this one was just okay after you waiting for it for so long. Happy you enjoyed it but sucks it wasn't quite everything you wanted from Taran.

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    1. I feel bad as I was writing this review, felt it was too "constructive", but as I love the series so much, I can't compromise so I have to be honest about my thoughts on it.

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  23. Thanks for the thoughtful review, I know how much everyone love this series as a whole and hopefully I can join the reader ranks soon, lol. I've had this series on my radar forever as it sounds so good.

    Thanks for the excerpt and review, Braine!! :)

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