Friday, October 27, 2017

Book Review: 'The Scarlet Tanager' by Emigh Cannaday


Wisconsin author Emigh Cannaday has been around from Paris to Portland. Emigh’s young years were spent drawing, painting, and writing down her elaborate daydreams that focus on nature, intuition, and a bit of magic. In addition to writing she co-hosts the Wine Wars podcast, a show dedicated to wine and Star Wars!

The Annika Brisby Series is no ordinary romance novel – and as a matter of fact it is difficult to place it and any particular genre – perhaps mythological, fantasy, sci-fi with a parallel universe with ogres, fairies, elves, vampires, wood nymphs and druids, all woven with a real life.

Given this book is a continuation of Book 2 The Silver Thread (and hopefully the reader has the opportunity to start with that book) Emigh’s brief synopsis of THE SCARLET TANAGER offers just the right amount of seduction to magnetize any reader: ‘"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.’

Emigh’s particular form of dark fantasy and paranormal romance…works! That is the best we can take away form this her third novel. She has an intuitive sense of where she want to conjoin fantasy with reality, transcending time barriers with ease, and never letting the flow of the novel pause for lack for propulsive action. It is exciting, sensitive, and sweet. The story weaves its own spell and tosses in enough erotica to keep the flames burning. A fine paranormal romance adventure - and to say anymore would spoil the ride! Grady Harp, August 16

I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review









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