The Nanny Reviews: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

secretTitle: Secret

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Source: Galley from NetGalley/Kensington Books

Edition: eGalley

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published Date: January 28th, 2014

My Rating: 3parachutes.5

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From Goodreads: 

EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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Date Read: May 23-Aug 04, 2014

*I received a copy of this book for review. This in no way affected my opinion or influenced my review*

Much of this installment is shrouded in misunderstandings and lack of communication. Hence, the title Secret, which is 100% accurate for this book.

There are so many secrets Nick and Quinn are both keeping, that the reader has no choice but to empathize with their plights.

I love this series so much, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the pacing in this one. It felt like the pace didn’t really pick up until half-way through when the secrets started coming out. Once they did though… just wow!

This book is told from both Nick and Quinn’s points-of-view and I gotta say I might have been a bit more captivated by Quinn’s story line. Quinn can a tough character to like, but she definitely makes a fascinating read. I was really impressed by her character’s growth in this story.

Also, I cried for Nick. At the end, lots of messy, happy tears. Just a warning.

At around the three-fourths mark, the events from the very start of the book come back into play. This part seemed a bit rushed and maybe not as fully integrated as in previous books.

Secret is definitely a romance-centered book. There is an overall theme about trust and acceptance that really encompasses the entire story. I think the author did a phenomenal job capturing the tough real-life issues in a way that is very easy to relate to. I also really liked that they added the disclaimer at the end.

Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of the Elemental series and fans of romance.

Challenges: Review Pile, NetGalley/Edelweiss

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