A Cursed Embrace is the second book in the Weird Sisters series. I really enjoyed the first one, Sealed With a Curse, and was hopeful that the second book would live up to the promise of a good UF series.
We open up about a week after Sealed With a Curse ended and we find Celia on her porch with a dead body in front of her. Because of their connection to the weres it is only natural to call Aric and his Warriors. The only problem is that Aric seems to be avoiding Celia and though he promised to call he hasn’t done so all week. The dead body coupled with some really nasty dreams Taran keeps having alert them all to the fact that something seems to be going on in the supernatural world.
When bodies of humans start showing up and random groups of weres and vampires launch surprise attacks, everyone knows that something must be done. Celia and her sisters seem to be right in the middle of everything and various groups form together to offer protection. Aric and his Warriors pretty much move in with the sisters. Misha has given Celia his “call” and other friends have offered their help and expertise. Along with figuring out who and what is causing the upheaval Celia must negotiate a relationship with Aric knowing that his pack will fight them every step of the way. Aric is a purebreed and to mate with Celia would cause impurity to his line.
My biggest struggle with A Cursed Embrace was the conflicting parts of Celia’s personality. She is a complete badass heroine. She changes into a tigress, she can physically move people and she is fearless in a fight. But put her in front of Aric and she turns into a 14-year-old girl. The two parts of her were so at odds that I found myself not sure which one to believe. In order to make the book work I needed to believe in that badass part of her but the majority of the book was spent with Celia angsting about Aric. I will say that Ms. Robson allows Celia to acknowledge the awkwardness and contradiction so that made it not as bad as if she had been unaware of what was going on.
Aric, ah Aric. What can I say about him? Well, I am certainly not in love with him like Celia is. Certain things happen in this book that make me very unhappy with him. I spent most of the book wishing that Celia would ditch him and move on to Misha. I know Misha is morally ambiguous however at least he is honest about it. He doesn’t try to hide what he is from her or anyone else. There is a sexual connection between Misha and Celia but the emotional one has always been Aric. I was very frustrated with that emotional connection and wanted Celia to just bitch slap Aric and give him the what for.
Once again Celia’s sisters and Aric’s Warriors play a big part in the story. While it was fun to watch their relationships grow, it only served to accent the lack of a relationship with our main characters. I think Ms. Robson handles having eight characters and their page time well as I didn’t feel like I was tripping over extra scenes and conversations just to get page time from each person.
The book ends with a pretty big cliffhanger and honestly it was one I appreciated. I really, really want the next book to find out where the story goes but I felt that this ending was the only one possible. In my opinion it was a case of just deserts.
A Cursed Embrace brought the same great action as the first book in the series and it also gave us some good heat that we missed out on last time. The first half of the book wasn’t my favorite because I couldn’t get past Celia and her emotional fluctuations but around the 60% mark it really picked up for me. That is about the time the angst factor kicked in and I started to enjoy it. A Cursed Embrace is a good second book in the series and I can’t wait to find out where we go next. Final grade- B-
”Last night you looked like shit with gravy on it.”