Pollen's idyllic life is turned upside down when Glenn, her ex-fiance and former Crimson Enforcer, bursts into the COPS facility. She finds herself torn between her feelings for Marcus and her past with Glenn when a new development arises.
There is a spy among them. Plans and components for the shuttle have been stolen and all signs point to Glenn, the newcomer.
But before he can be banished Glenn reveals to Pollen that a mysterious prisoner is still being held captive in the solitary level at Crimson. Determined to rescue him, she must find a way back. But how many lives will she put at risk?
Content warning: This book contains sexual scenarios and some occasional strong language.
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*I was given a free e copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review* Wow, another great book by Darlynn Quinn. I actually think this was better than the first book in the series (which is rare for me). I couldn't put it down. There were a few parts where I felt like smacking some sense into Pollen but it makes me wonder how I would react to situations if the world went down the toilet and my life was turned upside down... Other than that, (or maybe its because of that - the real actions/reactions), I love the characters. I feel like I connected with them even more in this book. I felt like I could visualize the surroundings more in this book and I love the world Quinn has dreamed up. I love the flow of this story, its so well written and thought out. Interesting and entertaining! A fantastic story! And the ending... not nearly as profound as the ending in the first book - that was a crazy "aha" moment for me!! But I'm so invested in the characters that I am dying to find out what happens next. And I'm dying to know how it ALL ends! And hopefully how it begins on A1D3. I will be reading any and all books in this series!! Can't wait for more!!
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In Crimson Return, the second book in the Fall of Venus trilogy by Daelynn Quinn, Pollen McRae and her boyfriend Marcus have finally regained their lost memories and escaped the watchful eye of the Trinity, joining a group of rebels who plan on leaving their dying planet for a galaxy far, far away. But their hopes for safety are put in jeopardy when, Glenn, Pollen's ex-fiance and former Enforcer for the Trinity, winds up at the rebel camp. Despite his past and previous torture of Marcus, Pollen feels that she can still trust him. That trust is put to the test when plans and parts for their space exodus wind up missing. As in Fall of Venus, the sci-fi elements in Crimson Return are very light because the plot is more heavily focused on Pollen's drama and the potential love triangle between herself, Glenn, and Marcus. Actually with regards to Glenn (since Ms. Quinn did such a fantastic job in Fall of Venus writing his character up as a jealous, manipulative liar, as well as a traitor and torturer) my view of the 'new' Glenn with abandonment issues was more in line with that of Marcus. I often found myself shocked and disappointed with some of the decisions Pollen made. Fans of the first book don't have to worry about sophomore jinx with Crimson Return as it is written as well as Fall of Venus. There's a little less action so Pollen doesn't get rescued as much. However, when the action does kick off it is in spectacular fashion with an epic climax that's sure to have fans clamoring for the third and final book.
This is the second installment of the Fall of Venus series. It is very well written, the story flows smoothly and I could relate to the characters. They seem real and not contrived, someone you care what happens to them. The main characters, Pollen, Marcus, and Evie are some of the survivors of a worldwide viral epidemic and their daily struggles, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is a must read in a great series!