by Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Teen
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.
My Thoughts: I have been really excited to read Nick Merrick's story. I have just fallen in love with all the Merrick brothers and have loved each of their books. Nick and Gabriel are twins, and Gabriel was the main character in Spark. Nick, his brother, is the quieter and more responsible of the two. Nick is an Air Elemental. He has always been the levelheaded brother who keeps the books for the business.... the one everyone can depend on. He really wants to go to college, but feels guilty about leaving his brothers behind. He also is in sort of a relationship with Quinn, and she has a lot of issues that he has been helping her with to. When things begin to get a little "crazy" with everything related to Quinn and his decisions about his future, Nick finds himself faced with a new personal battle that he has been trying to ignore for some time....something he has finally got to make the decision to face.
All of the Merrick brothers are total hotties, completely droolworthy, and I just love them. I have to tell you Brigid Kemmerer surprised me with this book with a twist I did not see coming, that kind of blew my socks off, but in a good way. I really enjoyed getting to get inside Nick's head and know him a little better. My only complaint was that this was a novella and not a full length book - I could have just kept on reading. This is a really great series and Breathless was another wonderful installment in the series. If you haven't check it out yet, I highly recommend it.
Author Bio: Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)
Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.
While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.
Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.