After eradicating the obstacles between them, Emma Johnson and Caleb Blackney are ready to embrace their future together. They have a lot of decisions to make. There is the issue of Emma's fae heritage, her choice to become a werewolf or remain human, and Caleb's refusal to partake in anything that could cause harm to his mate.
When Caleb's sister goes missing, personal issues are forced aside, and he and Emma are faced with a past threat that has come knocking at their door. As the search for Sammie reveals plans far more sinister than they ever could have imagined, Emma and Caleb will face their fears, confront their enemies, and unite their families to stand against an evil that won't stop until vengeance is served.
Many thanks to The Wild Rose Press for providing an ARC of this book.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review: Crimson Sunrise, the second book in the Crimson Trilogy, takes place very soon after the end of Crimson Moon. Caleb and Emma are back in the U.S. but have had very little alone time since the events of the previous book. At the end of Crimson Moon, Emma made a huge life decision. She decided to forego becoming a vampire and chose Caleb as her true love and mate. In this book, the relationship between Caleb and Emma grows and has rocky patches along the way, and Emma deals with the fall out of her decisions, such as the vampire community and her feelings for the sexy, telepathic vamp, Trent. Decimus is back in action in this book, trying to control Emma and punish her for rejecting him in the past.
There are a lot of things I really enjoyed about this book. For one, Saare's descriptive writing is beautiful to read.
Winter mornings in Tennessee are gorgeous. When the dew from the night causes the ground to freeze, the crisp blades of grass turn white and shimmer as the sun appears in the sky, sparkling in shades of gold, green and white. The air smells crisp and blisters your lungs in the best way imaginable, reminding you that each day is a precious gift. You can feel the new day beginning - everything fresh, clean and untainted.
I also really like Caleb. We saw Caleb change from just a member of the pack to a full-on alpha in Crimson Moon. We continue to see that development in this book, where he actually takes on his alpha responsibilities. Caleb's life and heart are intertwined with Emma, and he pulls no punches. Once Caleb and Emma get some alone time, Caleb reinstates his claim on Emma as his mate. For these werewolves, a mating is a lifelong commitment, and it is something that they cannot control. If Emma were to leave Caleb or die, Caleb would be sure to follow her to the grave. Caleb is very honest in his feelings for Emma.
"You're mine, Emma," he proclaimed in a low throaty growl. "There will never be any other for me, or for you."
I also enjoy the continuation of the Caleb-Emma relationship. These two are a great couple, if somewhat tame by J.A. Saare standards. There are a couple of hot sexy scenes, and a few commitment-type scenes. At this point, I couldn't buy either one of these characters with a different love interest. Saare has made it clear that Caleb and Emma belong together.
Grasping his face firmly in my hand, I told him exactly that. "Never doubt that this is where I want to be, not ever. I will always want to be with you, no matter where you go, no matter what you do. I love you more than anyone or anything."
The thing that most bothered me about this book was the resurgence of Trent. I like Trent. I really do. He's tough, sexy, charming and has a heart that is bigger than his ego. What I didn't like was Emma and her sudden feelings for Trent. I know, I know. She spent a lot of time with him in the previous book. She became very close to him. However, Emma left him without a single thought as soon as Caleb showed up to rescue her. Never once did she question her decision. Until halfway through Crimson Sunrise. She even goes as far as to tell Trent telepathically that she loves him. Whaaaaaa? As soon as Caleb has to search for his missing sister, Emma immediately calls Trent to help protect her. While I didn't agree with this decision, I wasn't too upset with it either. Trent can kick some serious ass. Too bad he can be controlled by Decimus like every other vampire. It is obvious that Trent is still in love with Emma and she is guilty, even if it's just a little bit, of toying with his feelings in this book.
"In all our time together, I have never asked you for anything, but I am now. Walk out the door and don't stop, don't turn around, and don't look back. If you do, I won't be able to let you go again. If you care for me at all, give me this one thing."
I really didn't like Emma acting like this, and it is the reason I knocked half a star off of this review. She's constantly telling Caleb that he's the only one for her, and then playing what I consider immature games with Trent. I think Emma grew up a bit at the end of this book and I hope that it continues in the third book.
The ending was rather interesting. There were hints to the big reveal about Emma throughout the book, but I didn't really believe it until the truth was revealed in the end. The next book will deal with Decimus and if and how he can be stopped.
Although I did not care for Emma's dilemmas in this book, I look forward to reading the final book in this series. There's something about the characters and the story line that I am really drawn to. It will be an interesting ride to see where Saare eventually takes these characters.