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.
Date Read: April 7, 2013
Not to be too cliche, but Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer was a breath of fresh air, full of all the good things we’ve come to expect from this series. And a few things we don’t.
I knew what to expect going in, having read a review or two already for this novella. Yet, I was still glued to each page waiting with bated breath until that scene at the end.
Nick – I loved getting to know Nick a little better, being inside his head was a real treat. Each Merrick brother surprises me a little with the issues they are facing and how they go about facing them.
Quinn – I would be surprised to find someone who couldn’t relate to Quinn’s insecurities. And while at times those insecurities got on my nerves, I had a powerful understanding of who she was and why.
Adam – When we first meet Adam in Breathless I smiled, and I didn’t stop smiling every time he showed up. Once you begin this novella you’ll understand why. Adam was the perfect addition to this series and I look forward to seeing him in the future.
When I started Breathless I had only read the first novella Elemental and the first novel Storm, even though I own Fearless and Spark. And while Breathless talks about the arson in Spark in past tense, I wasn’t really given any major spoilers. The blurb on the back of Spark talks about an arsonist. I knew I was taking a chance reading a novella that takes places after the second novel. So the lack of spoilers was a pleasantry I was not expecting, but fully appreciated. Note: However, I fully recommend reading the series in order.
Now that we have that out of the way, back to this wonderful novella that kept me in my seat from start to finish, that had me holding back my giddiness as Nick’s wrestled with his own demons, that had me laughing out loud on several occasions at the end.
For 65 pages, this novella packs a punch. There was just the right amount of romance and intrigue. The pacing was spot on. This was yet again a slam dunk from Brigid Kemmerer that you won’t want to miss!
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Source: Kensington Books via Net Galley (thank you!)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Published Date: April 30th, 2013