Tuesday 30 April 2013

Review: Breathless - Brigid Kemmerer

Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognise a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.

Elemental Series:
Elemental (Short Story)
Fearless (Short Story)
Breathless (Short Story)
Secret (2014)
Sacrifice (2014

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I'm a huge fan of the Elemental series so when the chance came up to request Breathless on Netgalley I couldn't wait to start reading it. Nick has always been the quietest of the Merrick brothers, the one who keeps the peace but mainly hangs around in the background and the one who had made the least impression on me throughout the series so far. That's not to say I didn't like him - it's more that the others have so much presence that they kind of eclipse him. Well I can tell you now that Breathless gives Nick a chance to shine and my only disappointment was that this is just a short story, I wanted more of Nick and I can't wait to read his book!

It was so nice to get to know Nick a bit better, he tries so hard to always do what is best for everyone else - he looks out for his brothers and even for Quinn and he always puts everyone else's needs before his own. He tries to deny the way he really feels because he worries about how his brothers, and especially his twin Gabe, will react so he goes along with dating girls just because it is easier. He does genuinely care for Quinn but more like a brother than a boyfriend and the last thing he wants to do his hurt her but it reaches the point where he has to be honest with her. I absolutely loved the scenes between him and Adam and I have very high hopes for their future romance! I think Nick has a tough road ahead of him but I'm sure that is going to make the ending all the sweeter.

I did find myself feeling a little sorry for Quinn, her home life is horrific and Nick has been a lifeline for her that she desperately needs but I do think that both of their feelings towards each other are more friendship than love so I don't think she's going to get her heart broken. I do hope we'll get to see her find love at some point in the series though because she deserves to get a happy ending.

Any fan of the Elemental series won't want to miss this latest short story, it's just increased my excitement for Spirit which thankfully comes out next month so there isn't too much longer to wait. I just wish that was Nick's story rather than Hunter's, although, if I'm honest I'm sure Brigid Kemmerer will have me swooning over Hunter in no time!

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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