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Source: ARC from publisher
Published: April 24, 2012
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different.Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming . . .
First of all, many, many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy.
I really loved the story in this one. I though it was brilliantly written and flowed perfectly. Let me just state for the record that I'm dying for the next book. DYING, I tell you!! I really need to know what's going to happen. There are a lot of loose ends and lots of questions that I need answered. I believe there are going to be four books in the series (four brothers, four books), although the short story Elemental may count as one of those. I'm not entirely sure yet. There are two more after this listed on Goodreads, so we shall see.
I feel like Chris was a really great male protag. I'm not usually a fan of main characters of the opposite gender from the author, because I find that usually they have a hard time writing from the opposite point of view. This time, however, I think Kemmerer nailed it. Her men were really awesomely written (though I didn't like Gabriel very much, which I shall discuss in a moment) and I thought they were believable. Same with Becca. I liked her a lot. She struggles with things that teenage girls often do struggle with. The things spread about her were totally unfair, but sadly realistic.
As far as how some things (attempted rape being the biggest) were dealt with, I thought it was adequate, but not brilliant. At least it wasn't completely glossed over like in some books. I do wish Becca had felt like she could go to the authorities after the first incident. Course, she didn't really have much time, considering that things were already all over the entire school when she got there the next day. I do like that she got stronger as the story went on and she was able to start taking care of her problems.
Here's what I didn't like, and why I can't go any higher than 'Drool Worthy' on my rating: there is a LOT of language. Gabriel tosses the f-bomb around like it's candy, and I just don't like that. I'll be honest-one or two don't usually bother me because I don't notice all that much. I get so into the story that they just pass me by really. In this case though, they were everywhere. It was impossible to miss and it did taint the experience for me. I see why they were used so much, because it really was in Gabriel's nature, but I didn't like it.
Overall, I'd give the story 5 stars and the language issue 2 stars. I think that averages out to about a 'Drool Worthy' rating here.
Sexuality: Moderate (implied)
Mature Themes: attempted rape, murder, kidnapping
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