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Dec 29 2012 5:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Sealed with a Curse (December 31, 2012)

Sealed with a Curse by Cecy RobsonCecy Robson
Sealed with a Curse
Signet / December 31, 2012 / $7.99 print & digital

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

Cecy Robson’s debut novel, Sealed with a Curse, focuses on Celia Wird and her sisters, brutally nicknamed “the weird sisters” since school.  The sisters were cursed at birth, but that curse became a gift…sort of.  Celia can shift into a tiger, always ready to protect her younger sisters.  Taran harnesses the power of fire.  Shayna can turn any metal into a blade and any wood into a weapon.  Little sister, Emme, has the ability to heal her sisters.  She can also use The Force…I mean, she can move things with her mind.  Together, these sisters are formidable, but they have been trying all their lives to stay under the supernatural radar, not wanting their odd presence known to be the weres, vampires, and witches that live nearby.  

 That was going well for them until Taran had a run-in with a vampire and it took all four sisters to bring him down.  They were then “requested” to show up to Vampire Court to be held accountable for their actions.  When it was determined that the vampire was  acting under bloodlust, they were excused with the Court’s apologize, but now it is too late.  Now they have supernatural stalkers hiding in their bushes trying to get a look at the weird sisters of Tahoe.  They have also been tagged to help stop the vampire bloodlust which is infecting the vampires of the area.

As if being asked to find the reason vampires are succumbing to bloodlust isn’t enough to deal with, Celia has a bigger problem…a big, gorgeous, delectable problem…two, in fact.  Celia has gone from dating famine to an absolute feast.  First, she catches the eye of the elegant, powerful and very rich Master Vampire, Sir Misha Aleksandr.  Misha is fascinated by the lovely and spirited Celia and will do anything he can to gain her help to find out who is attacking his family, especially if that anything includes getting Celia into his bed.

“I came to see you.”

I stood in the doorway in the tank top I’d slept in and a pair of yoga pants that had been begging to go to the big laundry basket in the sky.  My wild curls and I had fought.  They’d won.  I hadn’t showered, and I resembled something the wereraccoon was chewing on before he ran like the dickens.  Yet Misha’s hungry gaze swept along my body, despite my hell-on-a-cracker appearance.

I leaned one arm along the doorway and rested my other on my hip, annoyed  “Why?” Did you run out of virgins or something?”

Misha’s gray eyes flickered with stirring mischief.  “If I had, should I expect to find one here?”

While helping Misha hunt down infected vampires might not be every girl’s dream date, it does bring Celia face to face with the gorgeous, sex-on-a-stick Alpha werewolf, Aric Connor.  Aric and his pack believe themselves to be guardians of the earth and it is their duty to protect the humans from the bloodlusted vampires, not Celia’s.  So Aric will do anything to keep Celia safe…and out of Misha’s bed.

There were many, many things I wanted Aric to do, and none of them pertained to my busted shoulder.  Yowza.  I need to take a cold shower, and possibly invest in electronic devices.

“Celia?”

Right.  I focused on the pain and hoped I wouldn’t go down like a wimp.  I nodded and closed my eyes.  “Go ahead.”

Aric’s strong arms wrapped around me in a bear hug, his contact hard and gentle all at once.  For the second time that night, his body heat encased me.  My face fell against his muscular chest.  My God, the aromatic blend of his scent mixed with musk from battle drove my tigress insane.  Don’t purr.  Don’t purr.  Oh, Jesus, please don’t let me purr.

Celia attempts to get these two powerful, supernatural alpha males to work together to protect the poor, unsuspecting humans who are being treated like blood-filled tic-tacs by the infected vampires, although it seems Misha and Aric are more concerned about who gets to play patty cake with Celia.

“Wit is not your forte, dog.  Stick to what you know—drooling, scratching, and licking body parts typically unreachable.”

“Damn, you are pissed.  Did one of the angry villagers leave a pitchfork rammed up your ass, Drac?”

Okay, this is fun.  The breeze from the lake pushed a loose curl against my chin.  I unclipped my hair to straighten it.  My long tresses fell around me in a big, tangled mess.  I used my fingers to comb through the strands.  As I twisted it back into place, I noticed silence had fallen along the porch.

Aric and Misha watched me with deep fascination.  I turned around, expecting Ana Clara to be pole dancing against one of the pillars behind me.  She wasn’t.  I turned back slowly.  After years of having men ignore me or step away in fear, how the hell had I caught the interest of two very sexy males…with fangs and sharp claws?

With vampires and werewolves drawing battle lines in the sand, it is up to Celia and her sisters to find out who is behind the bloodlust, keep the locals safe…and to keep that were-raccooon out of their garbage.  Dude, put on some pants!

 


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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2 comments
Wendy Lewis
1. wsl0612
Ooh, this sounds very good, thanks for bringing it to my attention!
AndreaAyres
2. AndreaAyres
I really liked this review. The book's been placed on my to-get list.
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