Reviewed by: Amanda
Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars
Note: While this review is spoiler free, it does reference events in the previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Sealed with a Curse.
Tomo “Gemini” Hamamatsu adores Taran Wird, and the feeling’s mutual. Except for one minor thing.
She does not want to complete the mating ritual.
Taran loves her wolf and knows she’ll never find anyone like him, but after seeing her sister Celia go through hell with her mate Aric, Taran never wants to experience that kind of misery. The thought of meeting Gemini’s parents terrifies her, but it’s a compromise she’ll make, because she can’t give him what he really wants.
To say that the meeting goes badly is an understatement. Mishaps, misunderstandings, and the escalating supernatural war all conspire to paint Taran in the worst light possible, and by the end of it, she wonders if this is what could cost her Gem’s love forever.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new book boyfriend, and his name is Gemini. Of all the Wird sisters’ mates, he’s the one who’s intrigued me the most, and I’m so glad he’s getting more page time now. Sure, he has to share it with Taran (is it wrong to be jealous of a fictional character? Can I oh-so-gently shove her off the side of a mountain?), but it’s worth it—he’s patient, gentle, dominant when he needs to be, and head over paws in love with Taran.
With the switch to Taran as narrator, the timeline shifts backward a little, so if you’re not caught up on the previous books, this may not be the best place to start. It does give the reader an outside perspective on Aric and Celia, though, and how it affects everyone around them.
Taran’s narrative voice takes some getting used to, and that’s what ultimately lowered my rating. She’s brash, crude, and occasionally tactless, and she’s not afraid to tell you what she thinks. Some of her conversational asides irritated me, and it almost felt at times like Cecy Robson was trying too hard to make Taran sound different from Celia. But you can see Taran’s genuine affection and love for Gemini every time they’re together, and that stubborn man refuses to give up on her.
Of Flame and Promise promises to take readers in a new direction, led by Taran, so you might want to hang on. It’s going to be a crazy ride.
Sexual content: sex