Secret (Elemental #4)

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Secret (Elemental #4)
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14+
Release Date
January 28, 2014
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978-0758294371
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Nowhere is safe. Not even home...

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he'll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother's business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin---or he'll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.

Of course there's also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There's a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

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The Truth Always Comes Out
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Regardless of whether or not you agree with Nick's choice, this was a really good story about love, acceptance and figuring out how to just be yourself.

Nick has always put his family first and as Elementals, the Merrick brothers have gotten really good at keeping secrets. Nick is no different. Except the secret he's been living with could not only change the way his brothers see him, but how he sees himself and for Nick, that's a risk he isn't sure he's willing to take. *hugs Nick*

Quinn is no stranger to secrets either and she's more than willing to help Nick keep his if it means she can keep hers. But the truth has a funny way of revealing itself even if we don't want it too and Nick and Quinn both learn that help can come from the most unlikely sources. (I love how Quinn learns that she is worth so much despite the way she's treated at home and at school, and I really liked the person who shows her that. REALLY.LIKED. :D)

This story, like it's predecessors, has a seamless dual POV, is fast paced, action packed and full of feels. It makes a fantastic to the Elemental series!
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Each new book brings a new favourite character
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Nick Merrick is under a lot of pressure. His grades at school, the family business, perfecting the ‘I’ve got it all together’ persona so he doesn’t give brother Michael anything more to worry about. Add in interest from his girlfriend Quinn’s dance partner, and Nick is about to break.

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I read Breathless so when I was approved for an ARC, no other books existed. It was definitely one of those ‘the world outside does not exist until this book is finished’ moments. And I wasn’t disappointed. As the series has gone on, not only have the stakes been raised but the tone has gotten darker. It’s come a long way since Storm. Secret is my favorite yet, but it feels like I say that with every new book in the series.

Nick has always seemed so responsible and together in the other books so seeing things through his POV and the crushing pressure he’s under was really relatable. Again, it seems like every time a new book in this series comes out, I get a new favorite character. I knew from Breathless that I would like Nick but also getting Quinn’s POV was great. I wasn’t too sure about her after Storm but she grew on me during Breathless and now she’s probably my favorite of the girls. And I absolutely loved Adam.

The plot was heavily focused on the title, the secrets Nick and Quinn were both keeping, and it wasn’t until near the end that this book started adding to the overall series plot, but once it did, that was a lot of action. It left me nervous for the last book, which is almost an entire year away! There’s a lot of tension and fear in these two main characters because of their secrets and their emotions and reactions were so realistic given their situations.

I’m undecided if I like the cover change. It’s hard to tell just from a picture so once January gets here and I have a physical copy in my hands, I’ll decide then.
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