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.
Before I get started into the real review I want to note a frustration. While I enjoyed OF FLAME AND OF PROMISE, I did find it rather frustrating that it went backwards in the timeline of the series. It wasn't a prequel, but jumped back to all the relationship issues between Celia and Aric. In fact going back to all that drama was annoying as I was glad to be past that in the main series, and it kept me from enjoying this book as much as I could have. I feel like this would have been a stronger read if it had been released during its proper time in the series timeline. But to be fair I'm going to continue on with this review and rating as if the book was it's only entity rather than continue to hold this one issue against it.
This was a very short read so there wasn't a whole lot of space for action and series progressing events, but due to it being set in the "past" it didn't have to be. OF FLAME AND PROMISE was largely about Taran coming to terms with her feelings for Gemini and both the strengths and vulnerabilities that come with loving someone that much. It's a love story at the core and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It was really interesting to see the events in this series from Taran's point of view. She definitely has a much more fiery personality than Celia and her experiences were colored to match this. She's very passionate and goes from zero to sixty in two seconds flat. Normally this kind of personality grates on my nerves, but somehow in Taran, it works. Sure she's rather insecure and very quick to fly off the handle, but at the core she cares so deep despite how much it scares her, and I loved her for it
All in all OF FLAME AND PROMISE adds a new dimension to an already loved series, and I can't wait to see how the series continues to progress with Taran at the helm.