Blurb (from Goodreads):Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.
Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.
More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.
The fuse is lit…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington publishers and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the ‘Elementals’ series, and kicks off a couple of days after the end of book 1 ‘Storm’.
This book focuses on Gabriel (one of the twins), whose element is fire. Gabriel is passing math because Nick (his twin) is taking his tests for him, and the new math teacher has called him on it. It’s this that leads Gabriel to accept help from the girl who sits beside him in class – Laney.
Laney lives with her over-bearing, lawyer, father, and her younger brother Simon who is deaf. Laney offers to help Gabriel, but doesn’t realise what problems this will cause for her with her father. Laney and her brother Simon are both bullied at school, and Gabriel realises and steps in to try and stop it.
There are fires being set around town on purpose though, and Gabriel’s involvement leads the police and fire Marshalls to suspect him of being the arsonist, even though he is not to blame.
Now Gabriel is in deep, and he’s got no idea how he’s going to get back out of the mess that he’s in.
Spark seriously sparked! I was glad I was reading this on kindle because otherwise I would have been worried about the pages catching fire!
Gabriel is a misunderstood, tortured, bad-boy, with a heart of gold and I seriously could not get enough! Gabriel is seriously, seriously hot, and is definitely my favourite Merrick brother!
Laney was so sweet and loving, and I hated the way the other girls bullied her, and the way the boys bullied her brother for being deaf. So unfair! I loved the blossoming romance between Gabriel and Laney and wanted loads more!
Gabriel totally got the blame for everything in this book, even when things were definitely not his fault, and everybody just seemed to have it in for him. I felt really sorry for him and wanted to shout – ‘But it wasn’t his fault!’
Overall; a fantastic second instalment, even better than the first! Can’t wait for the next book!
9 out of 10.