Monday, May 13, 2013

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer (Short Review)

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Kensington

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.  -

This is one of my favorite series lately, so I was really excited to get a chance to read a quick novella in between the main books.  Nick has been an intriguing character to me in this series, so it was nice to get to know him a bit more.

Nick's always been kind of quiet and down to earth, so he's been a favorite for me.  He seems like the polar opposite to his brother Gabriel, who always seems to live his life on the outside of his skin.  So Nick being a bit more calm and reserved is interesting.  Let's just say that this novella allows you to get to know him a bit more, and I was really kind of surprised by what I find out in this novella.

Who knew that Nick might be struggling with sexual identity?  I think this is a good set up for Nick's book, sort of paving the way for what is probably going to happen when Nick gets his own book.  I felt, however, that with such a surprising element to be revealed about Nick, that the author perhaps could have dropped a few small hints in prior books so that the reader isn't quite so shocked when reading this novella.  As it was, I was floored because there had never been any hints leading up to this.

Nice visit into the Elemental world.  I'm looking forward to the next full featured book!

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