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I Belong

Review: Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Breathless

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: Elemental (Book 2.5)

Publication DateApril 30, 2013

Formatebook, 65 Pages

ISBN-10: 0758285531 (Kensington)

ISBN-13978-0758285539 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: This is a novella that was a fun addition to the Elemental Series.  You get to see a little piece of Nick’s life and some of his struggles.

Opening Sentence: Nick Merrick sat on his bed and ran his thumb along the edge of the sealed envelope.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Nick Merrick is the peace marker in his family.  Living with his brothers and no parents, Nick has been the one that everyone relies on.  He tries to help his family in any way that he can but he also has kept secrets from them.  Nick has been dating Quinn for a little while now and he really likes her, but he doesn’t feel any electricity with her or any other girl for that matter.  He soon meets Quinn’s dance partner Adam, and Nick starts to have feelings that he has always tried to hide.  No one will understand how he is feeling, especially his brothers.

Nick is a sweet character and I feel bad for him.  He has spent his whole life being something he’s not because he is scared of what others will think.  He seems like a really nice guy and a good friend.  He treats Quinn really good and I thought that their relationship was really cute, even if there wasn’t really any chemistry between them.  I liked Nick, this just gave us a taste of his story and I am interested to get to know him better in his own book that is coming in the future.

Quinn was my favorite part of this story.  She is spunky and has a temper, but underneath that she is very insecure.  She has quite a reputation with the boys and she likes that Nick has always been a gentleman around her.  She has some serious family and self- esteem issues that she needs to work out, but that made her interesting to me.  I hope to see more of her in future books.

This was a really fun read.  I enjoyed the characters and the story was cute.  I really enjoy novellas in series because it gives you something to tide you over while you wait for the next book to come out, and this did that perfectly.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys this series, it’s a fun addition.

Notable Scene:

Adam smiled again, that slow smile that pulled a little crooked because of the scar. His dark eyes shined in the overhead lights, and his voice was just a touch suggestive. “You volunteering?”

The breath rushed out of Nick’s chest.

Shit. Now he was blushing.

If Gabriel were here, there would be no end to the mockery.

Well, that shut it down, whatever it was. Flustered, Nick shoved Quinn in the shoulder. “No,” he growled. “Quinn is.”

“What?” said Quinn, sounding like she wondered when Nick had lost his mind. “I’m not good enough to dance with him.”

“Sure you are,” said Adam. He walked across the studio and stuck out a hand to Quinn.

But his eyes were on Nick. Nick wasn’t even looking at him, but he could feel it.

He just wasn’t entirely sure how he felt about it.

Nick nodded at the ?oor, then looked at Quinn. “Stop doubting yourself. Give it a try.”

She let Adam pull her to her feet, and Nick was glad they were moving away. Adam’s presence left him doubly off balance somehow, like trying to walk a narrow beam during an earthquake.

Adam and Quinn were talking now, going through the choreography or the music or whatever. Nick had no idea. His brain could barely process the conversation.

No, his thoughts kept replaying the moment two minutes ago.

You volunteering?

He wasn’t offended. He wasn’t shocked. He was—

The Elemental Series:

 0.5 Elemental

1. Storm

1.5 Fearless

2. Spark

2.5 Breathless

3. Spirit (May 28, 2013)

4. Secret (January 28, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Kensington Teen provided me with a copy of Breathless. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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