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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Love Swept
Released on March 10, 2015
The last book in the series was a real humdinger. Celia went to hell and back along with the rest of the gang and I’m still recovering from that one. As a result, I was a bit tentative going into this latest story though I wanted it bad. Celia and her Weird Girl sisters deliver some real sizzle and pop in these books.
This is not a series to read out of order. Each story builds on the ones before to the point of serious spoilerage if the reader skips ahead.
Celia and Aric, along with the others, have taken a long time to recover from the damage done to them in their last adventure by an evil, vengeful person who betrayed everyone. In some ways, there will never be a full recovery because the loss was so great. Evil doesn’t give a time out while the good guys take a breather and it definitely doesn’t play nice just because Aric wants to do something sweet for Celia. In the middle of a romantic fun moment, shape-shifters attack pushing everyone to fight for their lives.
There are no outward casualties on their team, but its not long before Celia suspects that something is terribly wrong. Aric isn’t himself, she’s confused and angry at the wrong things, Taran is having terrifying nightmares again and her relationship with Gemini is all, but severed. No one can sense what is causing it all, but Celia feels watched.
If that wasn’t enough, word comes of a powerful sentient magical stone that everyone on both sides of the equation are after. Aric wants Celia to stay out of it because he fears losing her, but she can’t sit back and let him and others go into danger alone. Aric and his team of Weres and Celia with her sisters and the vampires race to take control of a stone that may not want to be taken and found even while something else slithers in the shadows and bides its time. Celia and Aric have gone through so much to be together and now they have another fight on their hands that might be the one to break them.
This story didn’t go as dark as the one before leaving Celia struggling, lost and aloof from the rest of the characters. I found this a big deal because for me the cast of characters around Celia are a strength of the series. The four sets of sisters, Misha and his vamps, Aric and his wolves and lordy let me not forget Mrs. Mancuso the neighbor. Everyone was there to lend their bit of cray-cray. Taran’s insane anger and bitterness directed at Gem and Genevieve the head witch with the goddess body. The ‘Catholic school girl’ vamps dressing Celia and Emme up as high price hookers making Aric nearly swallow his tongue. Misha and his collection of scandalicious portraits offering Celia refuge while thumbing his nose at Aric. And Mrs. Mancuso hosing down the whore Wird sister neighbors for some serious party girl action going on next door. And Celia? This girlfriend cut a lotta loose when she accidentally imbibes some good stuff with her new pal making me roar with laughter.
Now, not that things didn’t get scary real because they do. Celia has new enemies and she is as big a trouble magnet as ever:
[quote]I was bleeding, I was hurt, and I was about to get torn to pieces by three vampires and a ninja werelynx. Terror should have gripped me by the throat. Fear should have chilled my bones. Horror should have released my screams. Instead my only thought was, Oh God, I’m naked!
It wasn’t a rational thought, but don’t judge me. I’d just been thrown across a room and embedded into cinder block.
Loc. 2379 Celia from A Curse Unbroken[/quote]
One of the things that has bugged me for a while about this series is the sense of resignation I have felt in the characters over their romance. Aric is a wolf so he instinctively follows chain of command. He is also a person shrouded in a strong sense of duty and loyalty. Loving Celia is the one aberration in his life. Through the series, he has been forced to choose and as a good leader, he denies himself and in so doing, Celia. While I sorta applauded this, it does nothing for my romantic heart that screamed at him wanting just once for him to tell everyone to go to blazes and that he was claiming Celia- that he was choosing Celia first instead of her forced to feel like the dirty secret, the problem and the poor trash from the wrong side of the tracks. In this book, I finally got to see a more romantic hero in Aric. He struggles with his fears of losing Celia, but he doesn’t just sit back quietly and let fate and others push him and Celia apart. He fights for them.
[quote]Aric snatched me into his arms when I shot forward, the scent of his clean aroma and the heat from his body easing my remaining fear. He whispered soft wolfish words, comforting my tigress. I didn’t understand the words, but understood the vow within the soft tones. He would protect me, even if it cost him his life.
Loc. 3116 Celia from A Curse Unbroken[/quote]
Now, this book ends the story arc that is Celia and the next book moves on to Taran. There are actually a few stories building in this one. Taran and Gemini along with a surprise for Emme were subtle in the last book, but in this one their secondary plot threads come on strong and give a taste of what’s to come. I can’t wait. As much as I want Taran’s story, it is the promise of Emme’s that has me salivating. Now that kids, will be all sorts of fun, I think!
To sum up, this was a strong response book to the last one. Celia picks up the pieces nicely and is back in action. All the usual characters are right there with her. The heat and passion between Celia and Aric are off the charts satisfying. And the playfulness blended with the intensity was back. Fans of Urban Fantasy that is tough hitting, passionate, fantastic in the world building while laced with humor should take the plunge with the Weird Girls series.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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