Breathless (Elemental #2.5)Featured
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--sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.
What left me wanting: I was a little heartbroken to discover I never stood a chance with this Merrick. You know, assuming I was a badass seventeen year old fictional character who stood a chance with any of them, but still. ;)
Final verdict: This novella is a Nick appetizer, just enough to hold us over until his full book comes out next year and worth every morsel.
Nick is Gabriel’s opposite in every way – where Gabriel is hot-tempered and volatile, Nick is calm, cool, and collected. He’s the peace-keeper of the brothers, the reliable, responsible one that Michael doesn’t need to worry about. So to find out that Nick is fostering a secret, the kind of secret that has life-changing kind of implications, was truly surprising! It goes against every character trait I would normally associate with Nick, which made him infinitely more attractive; who doesn’t love a slightly mysterious guy?
As with Hunter in Fearless, seeing a slightly insecure side to Nick was a welcome relief. He always comes across as such a well put-together and self-confident person, that to see him slightly shaken added a new dynamic to his character that I appreciated.
"Nick knew that look. It was how girls sometimes looked at him, with cartoon hearts practically exploding from their eyes.
It was unnerving.
With girls, he could smile back. Flirt. A glance here, a touch there, a teasing word. It cost him nothing, and it was what everyone expected.
Right now, it left him breathless and uncertain. Because what everyone expected was in direct contradiction with what he wanted."
With the strong relationships Nick has built with his brothers, I was a bit shocked that he would feel embarrassed to share with them what he’s been hiding. I was even more surprised that he was worried about Gabriel’s reaction. If there was one person Nick should feel comfortable telling anything to, it would be his twin. Fortunately, in Breathless Nick is an open book and shares everything running through his mind.
If the thought of college was enough to drive a wedge between him and his brothers, thoughts like these would hammer it home. He’d been fighting with this for years, and here one drive in the truck was about to undo him.
It was also pretty interesting to see things from Quinn’s PoV. I always found her a little dramatic and slightly annoying in previous books, but seeing the way she’s treated at home, through her own eyes, really gave me fresh perspective on her situation. Her reaction to her own insecurities really hit home too – who hasn’t managed to get themselves into a slightly dangerous situation when feeling insecure and vulnerable? While I still think she’s a bit overdramatic, I do appreciate the insight into the reasons behind her aggressive behaviour.
While Breathless really only served to dish up something truly unexpected, it did its job of encouraging me to pick up Nick’s book when it’s released, extremely well. If I hadn’t been planning on continuing with this series, I most definitely would have needed to after reading Breathless!
Review originally posted on my blog: http://www.ramblingsofabooknerd.com/2013/04/novella-review-breathless-by-brigid.html?m=1