Review: Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer (+GIVEAWAY & BLOG TOUR!)

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When I saw the sign-ups for this tour I just knew I had to do it! I was really into Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series before I started blogging (LOTS OF HOT GUYS BROTHERS GO CHECK IT OUT), and after reading the synopsis for Thicker than Water I was sold! There’s murder, mystery, and a hot romance…

thicker-than-waterPublisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: December 29th, 2015
Series: N/A
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Blog Tour)
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

my rambles

Special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this blog tour and to Kensington Books for providing me with a copy of the book for review!

Okay, this books was SO addicting! I find Brigid Kemmerer’s books to be that way. But, if I were to think back to when I read the Elementals series and compare it to Thicker than Water, I would say that this was even more so. I read the majority of the book in one sitting, it was that hard to put down.

The first three-quarters of the book reads like it’s a contemporary romance during mysterious murder case. I really loved that part. It was what I signed up for based on the synopsis. But after you hit that mark, you’re in for a surprise! Things take a turn. I won’t say for the better or for the worse, because I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I liked the idea of the reveal, but I felt that it was too different from the rest of the story to work fluidly for the reader. The transition wasn’t a smooth one. From that point on, the story seemed like a rush of information until the very end. I loved the first three-quarters so much though, that I didn’t think it affected my feelings too much overall.

I really liked the large cast of characters. Thomas, of course was a great one! Get ready to swoon for him just like Charlotte. There’s something about a damaged bad boy that I just can’t resist… I felt for him throughout the entire story. His life just kept going from bad to worse. I liked Charlotte, but I couldn’t help yelling at her in my head. She does some pretty stupid things, like keep hanging out with a murder suspect because he’s hot and doesn’t seem guilty. But there relationship was…sweet? in a way. And there are some pretty hot scenes. If you’ve read Brigid Kemmerer’s books before, you know to be expecting those! Nicole was quite possibly my favorite character. As Charlotte’s best friend she brought the comic relief to the story, which was definitely needed. I also liked Charlotte’s brothers. Well, I didn’t like them, but I like that they were there. They created a realistic family support system for Charlotte. I also liked the little feminist jabs that were included. Charlotte is forever pushing her family to let her fend for herself. Just because she’s a girl she didn’t always need her brother’s protection.

The mystery actually had me stumped, which I can’t say for a lot of books! Once the surprise was revealed, I figured it out. But up until that point, it made for an intense story and romance that I loved! Post-surprise, things just got a little weird for me. Had the book been longer I think things would have been able to have been more developed and made for a better ending. It was just too rushed as I mentioned before.

Thicker than Water was a fun and intense thrill ride, though! Those small qualms that I had over the ending and transition weren’t that big of a deal for me. I still loved the romance and the mystery, and the book overall!

7This is a VERY high 4, but not quite 4.5!

 About the Author

brigid kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.
Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is

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4 thoughts on “Review: Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer (+GIVEAWAY & BLOG TOUR!)

  1. I heard about this book a while ago and I was pretty interested and now your review has gotten me super keen!! I’ll definitely have to be checking this out!! Great review 🙂

  2. I really want to read her books! I’ve heard such good things about them. I have heard that the genres change towards the end of this book that makes it a disjointed transition and I’m not sure how that’s going to affect my enjoyment of the novel. Great review! 🙂

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