My fondness for Brigid Kemmerer and her books started when I requested and received an ARC of "Breathless" from NetGalley. It was one of the first ARCs I requested, and in my overeagerness, I neglected to realize that it was a novella, and #2.5 in a series!
Luckily for me, "Breathless" made for a good standalone read. It would definitely mean more within the context of the series, but I could tell that I wanted to read the series simply placed on this novella. This novella focuses on Nick Merrick, twin of Gabriel Merrick, little brother to Michael, big brother to Chris.
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.
Next, I read "Storm," #1 in the series. Storm focuses on youngest Merrick brother, Chris, and on Becca, who saves him from being beat up at the beginning of the book.
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys; all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming.
Yeah, so, loved it. There was a rough scene towards the end, but overall the book was really enjoyable and I was on the edge of my seat for almost the whole book. MUST HAVE MORE. I really enjoyed that the brothers, while frequently fighting amongst themselves, had a real sense of camaraderie that reminded me of the days I spent hanging out with my best friend's families (one had 5 brothers and sisters, the other had four) - so for me it's definitely a homey feeling. Also, I had a bunch of boy friends, so it reminded me of that as well.
Then I really wanted to read #2, Spark, and #3, Spirit immediately. But I am trying not to buy all the books I want, so I restrained myself a bit and bought #0.5, Elemental, and #1.5, Fearless.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead.
I enjoyed reading this - it was nice to get a bit of Michael's backstory - it helped to humanize him a bit, and make him more relatable - always a good thing. This was a really quick read for me - maybe 30 minutes?
And then I read Fearless.
Being a force of nature doesn t keep you safe.Hunter Garrity is used to watching his back. The kids at school sense something different about him. And they re right.
Hunter has powers that have nothing to do with how hard he can throw a punch.
Maybe that s what Clare Kasten is picking up. She s shy, quiet, and intense, but she s sought him out. There s no telling what she wants from him.
But Hunter knows enough to sense a secret when it s close. And getting close to Clare is a danger he's ready to face.
It was nice to read this one, but I don't think it was as important to the series as "Breathless," and even "Elemental." This one also took me about 30 minutes.