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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 recognize 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.
So this is Nick's story, the strong, silent one. He's really smart, a real gentleman, protective of his brothers, girls, anyone lucky enough to be his friend. He is the type of guy that anyone would want to know. But he's also the kind of guy who is so busy being what everyone else wants him to be he doesn't have time to figure out who he is. Does he want to go to college. That's a resounding yes. But can he leave Michael and his family to live a relatively normal life where no one knows he's an elemental?
And what about these feelings he's having for Quinn's dance partner, Adam. Does he finally explore that side of himself? Or does he shut the door on it once and for all?
This short novella goes by so fast you hardly realize it's done it's that compelling. Nick is such an interesting character because the only time we've seen him is through the other character's eyes. He's a twin, smart, a softer version of Gabriel. And he's vital to the peace of the family. He keeps Gabe's temper under control. What would happen if he left the state to go to college?
And then there's Quinn. He doesn't feel anything more for her than he has for any of the other dozens of girls he's been with. But when her dance partner, Adam asked for his number, it stirred feelings in him he's been fighting for so long. How would his brothers react to that? Not well he's thinking. Then Quinn gets kicked out of her house and ends up in a bad situation and needs rescuing. Nick and Adam to the rescue and his questions are answered, at least some of them. Brigid Kemmerer proves that once again she can write sizzling tension and desire between two members of the same sex as well as she can of the opposite sex. I was cheering for Nick hoping he'd get the courage up to see what he really felt for Adam, what he obviously did not feel for Quinn.
This is a very quick powerful story about Nick and Quinn's friendship and Nick's possible feelings for Adam. Again, Brigid Kemmerer knows how to write intense desire and the lack thereof. It's an excellent story and I hope we get a whole book with this story in it. Excellent! The book leaves us knowing what Nick feels but not sure how he'll handle it from there.
As with all of Brigid's books, steamy but no sex. Just desire. And even though Gabe isn't in it (much) it's still hot. Hopefully by the time this book hits the virtual shelves Brigid will be sharing some great news she shared with me about some characters in her series!
So, this review was written a while ago and the good news is out!! I've been telling Brigid Michael is NOT too old to have his own story and FINALLY he is getting his own story in 2014!!! And not only that, but NICK gets his own book TOO!!! Finally, all the Merrick boys get their own stories! Hmmm, what else could we squeeze out of Brigid Kemmerer if we begged her?
Maybe a wedding for one or four of the Merrick brothers. (Sorry, it's going to take a lot for me to like what's his name!) All I know is that each book, novella gets more smoking hot than the last, but there is a great story to go with each one. I love the layers, the characters, the side characters, the family dynamics and each and every brother! Nobody is perfect. Even though they have these awesome powers, they have normal family problems and the not so normal ones as well. Can you tell I'm a huge fan of the Elemental Series and Brigid Kemmerer??? And did you know she answers her own emails? She does! She is a total ROCK STAR!
Thanks to Kensington Books for providing a copy to review through NetGalley. I did not receive compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.