Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill


Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆
This angsty rock star romance played hard on my emotions while also celebrating the heady, youthful joy of summer music festivals. It’s a romance but also a story about a band rebuilding after a tragic loss and a young music journalist finding his place in a difficult industry. I loved Krish and Silas and I loved Hush as a band.

Krish and Silas are both addictive characters. As a famous rock star and an equally famous but anonymous blogger, I love the vulnerability these two bring out in each other and I love the way they make each other stronger. The fact that they are fans of each other before they even meet brings a sense of fate or kismet to the relationship. It’s an insta-love relationship that readers can believe in because there’s already a lengthy shared history between them.

While I love Krish and Silas, I did struggle some with the inflated conflicts that come between them. For two relaxed metalheads, the angst is a little much. I still don’t understand how Krish’s identity revelation caused such an issue with Silas and I still don’t quite get why Krish runs away. I think part of the problem is the insta-love hookup at the very start of the book. Without some concocted drama, there wouldn’t have been enough story for the rest of the book. The pacing is the weakest element of this story. The beginning is fun and exciting but the story limps to the end. However, I loved the adulting/coming of age elements of the book as Krish attempts to find his place in the music industry and Silas starts to think about his future. However, I do think that more time could have been spent developing these threads rather than inventing angsty drama between two otherwise chilled characters.

Oddly, this feels like the third or fourth book in a series instead of the first. With all the references to previous events, I actually had to check Goodreads to see if I’ve somehow missed a few books. I haven’t. This is the start of a series that starts well before the start of this first book. It’s all a bit confusing. Maybe we’ll get a few prelude stories?



Once upon a time… a teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ’n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. Several self-published books and a debut gay romance with Dreamspinner Press later, R.L. MERRILL is still striving to find that perfect balance between real life and happily ever after. She writes stories set in the places she loves most—Hollywood, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Northern California, and Iowa. Ro also loves connecting with other authors online, at the annual Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, and chapter meetings for the Romance Writers of America—she’s been a member since 2014.

A sucker for underdogs, Ro has adopted a wide variety of pets, including cats, dogs, rats, snakes, fish, and a chameleon named Godzilla. Her love of horror is evident the moment you walk in her door and find yourself surrounded by decorative skulls and quirky artwork from around the world. You can find her lurking on social media, where she loves connecting with readers, or educating America’s youth, being a mom taxi to two busy kids, sitting in the tattoo chair desperately trying to get that back piece finished, or head-banging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Summer of Hush (Summer of Hush #1) by R.L. Merrill to read and review.

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