And so, every Sunday for the foreseeable future, I would like to highlight short stories and novellas set in worlds I've already come to love and learn a little more about some of the secondary characters in my favorite novels. I'll be underscoring some of my favorite aspects of these short works of fiction, in addition to offering up a mini review of each work.
This week I'm featuring a prequel story as part of the Elementals Read Along:
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elementals, book #0.5
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Source: free from Kensington (promo code VCARD), also appears in back of some copies of Storm
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
This prequel novella set in the Elementals world introduces us to the eldest Merrick brother Michael. I think it's rather fitting that the last brother to get his own full-length novel is the very first one we meet, assuming we're reading the whole series in chronological order. (And I am...reviews of each novella and full-length novel are forthcoming as part of our read along.)
Michael's family lives in fear that they're going to be discovered for what they are...by Emily's family and those like them. So, there's quite a bit of animosity already brewing between these characters before we even meet them. A chance encounter gone wrong leaves big brother Merrick in an even more precarious situation. But he is resolute, and despite any internal conflict, he takes his chances with Emily.
I love good banter. I'm pretty much guaranteed to love any relationship that starts with this. And although this is a short story and I didn't get to spend enough time with the characters to see the romance fully develop, I know I would have shipped it. Because not only was there banter, but they outgrew their bias of each other over the short period covered in this story.
So, I read this as a precursor to the Elementals Read Along spanning April and May. I am one of the Elementals Virgins, and I vowed to lose my v-card to the Merrick boys. I think I got to first base with this novella. I haven't learned a ton about Michael or any of the brothers, but this short story served as a great introduction to the series, and I feel like I've been properly initiated into the Elementals world.