This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Emigh Cannaday. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Silver Thread by Emigh Cannaday
Series: Annika Brisby #2
Also in this series:The Flame and the Arrow, The Scarlet Tanager
Also by this author: The Flame and the Arrow, Release & Catch: a Three Part Book Bundle, The Scarlet Tanager
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Source: Author, Emigh Cannaday
Purchase at: Amazon
"You know, my parents didn't give me much advice about relationships, but my mother told me that we should never go to bed upset with one another." Talvi reached am arm out to invite Annika to curl up against his chest.
"Aww, that's a sweet thing to say," she said as she cozied up in the crook of his arm. "What did your dad tell you?"
"He said to make sure the sofa was comfortable, just in case."
Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden ‘Modern Girls’. When he finally tracks down Annika it’s obvious that she’s changed since her recent adventure in his homeland. It’s also clear that she’s not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won’t even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone, or the reason he keeps another woman’s handkerchief in his pocket.
Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn’t long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
This is the second book in The Annika Brisby series and I can say that I love this series! I went into this book expecting that the storyline would follow a predictable road given the cliffhanger from The Flame and the Arrow but this story was it’s own animal and was better than I ever expected!
After being torn away from Eritahti, Talvi’s home world, through a portal Annika finds herself back on Earth trying to convince her friends and family that she was taken to another world and had a great adventure. They of course thought she was crazy or had a case of Stockholm syndrome. In most books we get the magical “and all the friends accepted the unbelievable,” which has come to be the norm with fantasy books and I will freely admit I subscribe to this norm 😉. This was a point I loved, realistically if my friend came back after a few months of dropping out of sight spouting about fairies and such I would not believe her. So to have her rejected from her family and friends is unexpected but realistic and it made me appreciate this story all the more.
Meanwhile Talvi having been left behind in his world is going nuts thinking about his bride being all alone. He manages to cross into our realm but in order to find his wife he makes a proverbial deal with the devil. He is given some time to relax and be with Annika but his payment is going to come due and he is going to have to make some tough choices. Pact made, Talvi finds his way to Annika but things do not go as he has been fantasizing all these months.
Both Talvi and Annika thought that their relationship was all butterflies and unicorns but after some time apart they are beyond the insta-lust and reality is setting in. I like that the author went there with their relationship, I felt that it was a realistic choice and gave the story another layer of connection. I call this the whole waking up in Vegas married notion, sounded good at the time but then there is a stranger in your bed and you are thinking crap, was this a good decision? At least that is how it is for Annika, she finds that she is not the secure person she was in the other world and is not fully trusting of Talvi, especially as he brushes off all questions pertaining to his past.
As the story goes on their relationship takes a turn in a whole new direction, but it is not the entire story. There are characters that we spent little time with in the first book that are fleshed out and are quite a humorous addition to the story. We are able to discover a huge piece of Talvi’s past that paints him in a new light and really adds a great interest to the overall series in my opinion and Oh my! do we get to see Talvi’s brother Finn in a whole new light. I thought I had him pegged but I am double guessing my double guesses now.
So I bet you are wondering what it is that I did not like….sigh….love triangles. Not full on love triangles but similar enough to get my ire up. Also, there was Annika. I love her as a character but she is self-centered, almost annoyingly so and I wanted to shake her, ha ha, which actually only makes the story that much better for me because I was emotionally involved. Don’t worry though by the end there was light at the end of that tunnel and I am confident that she will develop in the next book.
By the end of book two I am ready to move on to book three, which makes this book a winner! I was expecting the storyline to follow the “happily ever after” theme and that was my own preconceived notion. Too many fairy tales for me I guess. What started off as a beautiful disaster transformed into a story of naked honesty and acceptance with a cliffhanger that is unbelievable! I absolutely loved it.