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This month is our lgbtq theme, and I am SO excited to be able to feature SECRET by Brigid Kemmerer. Read below for my review!
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?
Even though I adore Brigid Kemmerer and her Elemental series, I have to admit that I was nervous to read Secret for a few different reasons. 1) I wasn’t completely sold on the cover 2) she absolutely pissed me off at the end of Hunter’s book! 3) Even though I LOVE this series, I feel that Nick hasn’t really played a key role before now. I definitely wanted to read the book, but Nick was never a star character like Gabriel and Hunter. Surprisingly enough, I think that Secret ended being my favorite book in the series. It was all sorts of brilliant and wonderful. I literally just finished the book, and I don’t even know how to express my thoughts into words.
The start of Secret might be a little confusing for those of you who haven’t read Nick’s novella, Breathless. If I hadn’t read Breathless, I think that I would have been really confused and annoyed that I missed something that was obviously important to the story. I kind of wish that there was a way for Breathless to be in paper format because not everyone has an ereader to read the story. Also, it was a little confusing that the guy on the cover of Breathless is different than the guy on the cover of Secret. That being said, you do not have to read Breathless before Secret. It’s helpful (not to mention amazing!) but not necessary. The content in Secret will catch you up to speed.
This book……Oh my goodness….my poor aching heart. You know that feeling when your chest just feels like 50 pounds of steel is weighing it down and you find it hard to breathe? That’s how I felt throughout most of this story. This was the very first book in the Elemental series that made me worried, that made me cry, and that shocked me. It was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever read. I really don’t have one bad thing to say about it.
Secret is the very first lgbtq themed book that I have ever read. I completely support gay couples, but I honestly didn’t know how I would like reading about a gay MC. I had absolutely no issues with it. I have such a crush on Adam’s character. I don’t even know how to explain how hot he is. There’s a part of me that actually prefers reading about a gay couple than a straight couple, which I didn’t think would happen. I just thought it was one of the most romantic things I have ever read in my entire life.
When I first seen the cover for Secret, I was a little confused why there was a girl on the cover. That’s definitely a first in this series. Secret is actually told from both Nick and Quinn’s POV. This is the ONLY dual POV book that I have ever enjoyed. I hate multiple POVS in books. I mean HATE. I actually thought that it really worked in this book. Quinn hasn’t been my favorite character, but I absolutely adored her in this book. It was actually one of her scenes that I started crying in. I thought that Brigid did a wonderful job of incorporating both of their perspectives into this book.
As for the shock factor that I mentioned above, I have to say that there were a few things that happened that I didn’t see coming. The scene in the prologue and the very last scene just blew my mind. I didn’t expect either of those things to happen. I love when an author does something unpredictable. Honestly, I think that’s something that Brigid has mastered….especially after Hunter’s book! I loved the element of surprise in this book a lot!
One thing that I really want to see as this series progresses is more focus on the past love interests that we’ve met. I’m a really big fan of Gabriel, and it did kind of annoy me that we didn’t see him and Layne together. Same goes with Chris and Becca. We don’t really see them together. I know this was Nick’s book, but I do want to see some more affection between the other couples, as well.
Overall, I loved this book! The best in the series so far! I would definitely recommend that everyone go out and buy all four books!
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Rating: [rating: 5]
Teaser Quote: She ripped a piece of paper from her pad and set it on the table. “You two are just the cutest ever.”
Nick froze. She didn’t care. They’d been head to head at this table, and she hadn’t batted an eye.
Adam winked at her. “Sounds like someone’s looking for a tip.”
“Here’s a tip,” she said. “Don’t flirt with old married ladies when you’ve got a sure thing in your arms.”
“Am I the sure thing in this scenario?” Said Nick.
“I don’t know,” Said Adam. “Are you?”
The waitress laughed and left them with the check. (ARC page 84.)