Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington on March 27, 2012
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Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.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.
If you are like me, you are always wondering, “Do I really need to read the 0.5 or 1.5 or 5.5 novella? Is it worth my .99 cents???” More often than not, the answer has been “YES!” for me. Elemental is worth the read (and buck) not because it is integral to understanding the rest of the series, but because it is integral to understanding Michael’s character. Insightful and romantic, Brigid Kemmerer sweeps me off my feet with this installment about Michael, the oldest of the Merrick brothers in the Elemental series. She gives us a short and sweet peek into what makes this Super-Brother tick. We first meet Emily in this novella. She is a less powerful Elemental and her family wants to do away with the “dangerous” Merrick brothers. When Emily and Michael meet for the first time, their star-crossed fates are sealed. Michael is earthy and attractive, and doesn’t seem to fit the mold her family has cast of him. Emily is brave and timid, and doesn’t seem to despise Michael like the rest of her family. One destined encounter turns into attraction and understanding, and ignites their curiosity for more. From brawls to batting cages, Brigid hit a home run with this one.
This Romeo and Juliet like story left me satisfied yet wanting more. It leaves off where the first full book in Brigid’s Elemental series begins. Note: This should be read AFTER Storm (Elemental #1).
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