Even though this story was very short it is one of my favorites in this series. I love the oldest Merrick brother Michael. It was good to hear his story and to hear what started everything for these brothers. I actually ended up reading this book after having already read the first book in the series Storm. I haven't read many books that center around male lead characters and this series has four. Usually it is all about the heroine and I love seeing the males in the story taking center stage.Michael is an earth elemental with great power. His parents have made a deal, a deal that is designed to keep Michael and his brothers (who are also elementals) safe. However the catch is that Michael will not use his power. Of course the other elementals in town try to get him to break the deal constantly. So far so good. But when he meets Emily the sister of the elementals that have been tormenting him he finds it hard to hold up his end of the deal and he finds it hard not to fall in love with her. I loved Michael and Emily's story, I just wish there was more of it! If you have not read this series yet you should get started today. You will not regret it.