Release Date: May 28, 2013
With power comes enemies. Lots of them. Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies. He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait. Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too. With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust… - Goodreads.com
This third installment to the Elemental series really threw me for a loop in more than one way. There were a couple of twists and turns that I really never expected, and in a way, I still don't know what I think of them. But it was great to return to the world of Elemental and revisit my favorite characters.
It was great to finally feel like I knew Hunter. He's been something of an enigma in most of the other books and you just never really know what he's thinking. Well, this is his book, and so we get to be inside his head, hear his thoughts and understand him, finally. And I loved him. He's not as cut and dry as I thought he'd be. He has internal struggles that were sad and made me feel for him even more than I always had. He has no one in the world, and has felt that since the death of his father. He doesn't feel he belongs anywhere except with others like him, but can he really trust them either? For this reason, I loved his interactions with the brothers so much and look forward to seeing that dynamic develop further in future books.
Kate... I'll admit, I really had a hard time with Kate. I just didn't like her. I'm not sure what it was about her, except that I didn't feel like I really knew her until near the end. For this reason, there just didn't seem to be anything there for me to grasp onto...nothing to humanize her or make me really care about her. Until near the end. At that point, I changed my mind about her due to a certain event that occurred, and then I did like her. She redeemed herself.
The romance between them was hot, of course, because this author knows how to write hot romance between her characters. So I enjoyed that, even if I didn't feel that Kate was the right girl for Hunter. And considering a certain event that happens near the end of the book, it makes sense why I would feel that way.
The writing in this book was, like all her other books, was phenomenal, so emotional and well done. I felt strong emotions throughout the whole book. She has a way of packing a punch into her books that really makes you care about those main characters. I was feeling a little shocked at the end, and I'm not really sure where the author is going to take things next. I'm having to step very carefully around not revealing something earth-shaking about this ending. It was definitely a cliffhanger and definitely really shocked me.
I don't want you to think, because of the things I said above, that I didn't like this book. I did. It was actually a great installment to this series, but it left me begging for more and wanting to find out what is going to happen next to the Merrick brothers, and to Hunter. Great book.