mini-review: Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Breathless (Elemental 2.5)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer (websitetwitter)
Source: Publisher
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Paranormal

I’m usually not a fan of novellas and side-stories. Sure they’re nice bonuses, but when they provide important backstories or information, that’s when they tend to lose me.

Breathless is a super short – 50 pages – story about Nick, Quinn, and their relationship. While Michael, the oldest Merrick brother, is my favorite, the twins are a close second and I was thrilled for a chance to peek into Nick’s mind. Nick Merrick is one of the most popular guys in school and has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. Now he’s dating Quinn, the best friend of his little brother’s girlfriend, and things aren’t going exactly as planned.

Quinn doesn’t come from the happiest of homes. More often than not, she spends her time at Becca’s house – especially now that her Golden Boy brother is home from college. After being kicked off the dance team and becoming the laughing stock of the cheerleading squad, Quinn is desperately searching for some stability and wants to feel wanted. Unfortunately she’s not getting that from Nick – particularly after a disastrous date where he not only stopped things before they started, but then accidentally called her his friend. Not good, Nick.

Things go from bad to worse when Adam, Quinn’s dance partner, comes into the picture. Nick suddenly finds himself unable to look away, unable to control his thoughts.

Breathless was an extremely quick read and I enjoyed it. I was a bit shocked to discover Nick is gay, however. Not once in the series was there so much as a hint that he might be into boys, so to have this suddenly announced was surprising. Personally, I’m glad that Adam’s around now – especially if it means Quinn won’t be around much longer.

Now that Nick has come to terms with his feelings it’ll be interesting to see how his brothers will react to the news. Nick’s full-length novel won’t be out for another year (as well as Michael’s book!!) and I cannot wait!

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