Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington on April 30, 2013
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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.
That moment when you’re reading a book, and a couple of chapters in something “clicks” and leaves you <insert sharp intake of breath here> Breathless? Yeah, this installment in the Elemental series gives bold significance to the title from the start.
This book had a different feel than the rest for me. I felt more like a voyeur, vicariously experiencing something forbidden through the thoughts of Nick Merrick, Gabriel’s identical twin. Nick is our cool, calm, and collected brother next to our vesuvian like Gabriel. In tense situations, Gabriel usually tries to feed off the promise of violence in the air where Nick tries to disperse it. They are appropriately coined ”polar opposites” in every sense of the word.
Nick shares this novella with Quinn, and her character is like a breath of fresh air. I loved Quinn’s attitude in the previous novels, and was glad we were given a chance to bond with her and see what colors her personality. Her less than desirable home life and struggles with her self-esteem make her a curiously perfect match for Nick Merrick. Nick is sweet and patient, where Quinn is temperamental and harsh. Nick and Quinn seem to balance each other out, until a third wheel is thrown into the mix. Nick and Quinn are both struggling with what makes them unique as a person on top of their separate family dramas, and when boundaries are pushed and new revelations bring back old memories for Quinn and new longings for Nick, this Merrick twin is forced to step out of his comfort zone.
Brigid is awesome at connecting with the reader through her characters, and making seemingly individual struggles so relatable. A secret is revealed in this novella that bonds Nick and Quinn together in a new light. The atmosphere is thick with tension and buried desires coming up for air in this installment of the Elemental series. It’s Nick’s turn to shine, and Brigid Kemmerer uses the element of suprise to take our breath away.
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