A refreshingly human paranormal romance.
Becca has never paid much attention to the Merrick brothers, until she sees the youngest, Chris, getting beat up by some bullies. Having lost their parents, Michael, the eldest, acts as his brothers’ guardian while running his landscaping business. The twins, Gabriel and Nick, are at school with Becca and Chris. That they all have paranormal abilities relating to the classical elements is slowly revealed, but this revelation is nicely paralleled by Becca’s own growth, as she gradually gains some control of her own life after being sexually attacked by a group of guys when she was drunk. Becca’s best friend Quinn is far more comfortable with her sexuality than Becca. All the relationships unfold with a natural pacing and just enough surprises. The romantic triangle among Becca, Chris and new arrival Hunter dwells on human details and stays just this side of too much information. The big reveal is a bit absurd when examined, but no one should look at any of this closely. Oddly, a prequel follows the end of the story, providing some of the Merricks’ back story.
Read fast and keep that heart rate up. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)