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 Scarlet Tanager by Emigh Cannaday
Series: Annika Brisby #3
Also in this series:The Flame and the Arrow, The Silver Thread
Also by this author: The Flame and the Arrow, The Silver Thread
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Source: Author, Emigh Cannaday
Purchase at: Amazon
"You’re part samodiva. I knew that when I met you. It’s in your blood to be distracted by beauty…and pleasure.” He turned to face her, taking in every sensuous curve of her female form. “You seem to have forgotten that it’s in my blood as well. Whatever shall I do to remind you?”
Scandal. Blackmail. Obsession. It’s just another day if you’re a Marinossian. When Annika disappears without a trace, Talvi launches the hunt for his most infuriating rival yet. His only clues are from a government he’s increasingly at odds with. In exchange for access to their resources, he does the unthinkable and reveals Annika’s true nature. Time is short, but the list of names Talvi can trust keeps getting shorter.
Back home at the family’s country estate, his brother Finn is blindsided when the missing redhead turns up injured with no recollection of how she arrived. While his mother tends to her physical wounds, Finn’s given the task of restoring her memory…and he just can’t resist showing her his version of the truth. But playing mind games is like playing roulette—and someone’s luck is about to run out.
This book started off with deception, action, and a sinister villain. It then went for a ride into the realm of appalling. Honestly, poor Annika! Then with another twist to the story, past actions comes back to haunt Finn and confuse Annika. I guess some sleeping dogs just don’t lie.
There has been some debate amongst fans as to what team they are on, Team Talvi or Team Finn. I want to be clear that I am definitely on Team Talvi! Until this installment I could have been on the fence between the two of them but now I am securely settled on this matter. J This book was truly wonderful. This story is told primarily from the perspective of Finn. Annika is a huge part of this book but suffering from memory loss she is fighting her way to the truth, ha ha ha, but she is doing it Annika style.
Finn is Talvi’s older brother and he has always been a big brother to him even if he did not condone his actions, until Annika. Throughout the series Finn has found himself torn between his feelings for Annika. In book one he was instrumental in the reunification between Talvi and Annika. In book two he is confused about his feelings for Annika but goes to great lengths to respect the sanctity of his brother’s marriage, which leads him down a dark rabbit hole. Now we are seeing a whole new Finn and it is heartbreaking. He is almost obsessive and has become very unhealthy and dysfunctional. I have my theories on this development but alas will have to await the next in this series to see if anything plays out because the ending of this book makes it seem impossible! I am twisted up in knots over this ending!
In my previous reviews I have always felt that Annika needed to grow up a little and I am really wowed by her development in this story. Some may argue this point due to her behavior but she had very few memories that were clear and she was being influenced by Finn who had some very strong feelings on the subject of her marriage to Talvi. I however felt that Annika was trying to figure out everything and her marriage to Talvi had been something that was not filled with joy and wonder. They actually had very little time together and their relationship started off on the wrong foot and when they did finally have a break-through she was ripped away in the worst way possible. I feel that by the end of this story that an entirely new Annika had emerged and no, she is not done developing, but she is well on her way.
Talvi to me was the star of the book. Funny because he was not the main player in the book but he was committed to finding his wife and really took a look at himself and the role he has played in the marriage. I will admit that there is a scene with Merriweather that had me furious…I mean almost pitching the kindle furious…..breathe, breathe, ha ha, but it turned out to be ok in the end and I can understand why he made the decision that he did. I love what occurred when Talvi and Annika were brought together again. It was really wonderful, touching, and made my heart soar. But then…..
The last chapter happened and I was left in a wretched state of disbelief. Disbelief at what happened between the brothers and I was absolutely with Talvi as he screamed:
“No! No! NO! This isn’t HAPPENING!”
Yep, right there with you brother. I am still reeling from what occurred and all I can say is “please say it isn’t so!” Wondrous addition to the series! I highly recommend.