Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2014
After reading Breathless, we found out that Nick is hiding something. Now, finally, inSecret, it all comes out. It's not pretty, it's not easy, and it's definitely not painless. Nick gets hurt, Gabriel gets hurt, even Adam and Quinn get hurt from it. But it needed to come out; Nick is gay.
I know I don't read m/m romances, but it's not because I'm against gays. To be honest, I'm more neutral than anything - but that's an entirely different story, and something that has nothing to do with this review. If anything, my reason for avoiding m/m is due more to the fact that I'm just not sure where to start, how to find the type of story, characters, and writing I would like. But, again, I'm getting off subject, sorry about that.
I'll admit, for a few brief moments after Breathless, I was worried that I wouldn't like Nick's book. Then I realized, two things. First, this is Kemmerer's writing; she could take the story ANYWHERE and I'd still love it. And two? I can't hide the fact that Ireally liked Adam and Nick's first kiss. Wow. And just that quickly, I was as anxious for Nick's book as I was for all the others.
Looking back now, I'm not sure why I hesitated, even for that brief time. Secret was everything I expect from Kemmerer and so much more!
Like with the rest of this series, Secret packs a punch - raw emotions, great characters, enough action and suspense that this should be a movie (assuming it wasn't butchered, like many books-turned-movies are), and, yes, a good dose of heat and desire. It's a YA series; there's nothing graphic (though, dirty girl that I am, I'll admit, I would happily have took some graphic somethin'-somethin', both in Gabriel and, now, Nick's books!). But man, does Kemmerer know how to write such fantastic sexual tension and desire, even without turning it into erotica!
I loved seeing Nick and Adam trying to figure out their relationship. Nick's new at it, but Adam's not exactly a pro, either. They both blush, which I loved watching, especially with Nick. They had their sweet moments, were I almost wanted to cry, and they also had their really hot moments, when it was literally slammed-into-the-wall passion. Either way, I was a very, very happy reader!
Adam was so sweet; he's perfect for Nick (and Nick is perfect for him, of course). I admit, I even started crushing on Adam a bit. I never once felt uncomfortable while reading this book; this was love, fresh and new and uncertain, no matter who the couple was.
I have to admit that Tyler really took me through a variety of emotions. I was very uncertain through the first part of the book, not sure which side he was on, what he might do to Quinn, etc. But looking back on it, why didn't I simply trust Kemmerer? I should know by now that she always makes it work in the end, and she did. Tyler changed, which did surprise me, but also made me smile. I think I liked the interactions between Tyler and Quinn almost as much as I did Nick and Adam.
I won't spoil anything, but I will say this - be prepared when you pick this one up. Reading Secret knocked me on my ass more than once, surprised at the new turn of events Kemmerer created. And I loved every minute of it. I flipped the pages like a woman possessed, needing the next surprise, yet dreading it, not wanting the book to end. When I finally hit the last page, I may have threw a fit. Just a small one. * pauses * Okay, fine, a LARGE fit. Is it October yet? I want Michael's book. No, scratch that, I want more Elementals. PERIOD. More Nick, more Gabriel, more Hunter - heck, even more Chirs. I just want more, Brigid, more, do you hear me?
As with Gabriel and Hunter's books, Secret is going on my keeper shelf when it releases in print, and I'll be putting this one towards the top of my best of 2014 books. I'm already twitching, waiting until the official release date when I can share Nick and Adam's story with my friends. I'll have to put duct-tape over my mouth until they've finished the book though. And that, my fellow readers, is always the sign of an amazing book--dying to share it with others, ready to reread it at the drop of a hat, and wanting your own copy to pet and cuddle and lovingly mark favorite passages in. I'll be doing all of these things with Nick's book for years to come!
4 1/2 STARS!
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Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review