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Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
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Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of pets, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games and anime. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.
Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
This book left me haunted and breathless! I got so in touch with Archer that I was feeling every ounce of agony with him.
Vivian and Archer have known each other since grade school. He is madly infatuated by her, but she just views him as her go-to guy. He would basically do anything for her and has, even killed! But then Evan steps in and Archer is finding it very hard to stay away from him and Vivian is finding him as a threat.
I must say that I enjoyed Vivian at the beginning of the book. She seemed so full of life and that she really cared for Archer, but just as a more brother type. Towards the end, she became scary and frightening and she had definitely lost it. I loved Archer and had high hopes for him and Evan. I am not used to reading books with gay characters and I was not sure what to expect, but I did enjoy it. The love between the two was beautiful and you could literally see Archer shedding his "shell".
I enjoyed Ms. York's writing style. The book was easy to follow and she really helped me get in touch with the characters. I look forward to reading more of her work!
"Just another suicide. How tragic. Brody made three down.....and three to go."
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This book is simply captivating in a toxic, twisted and creepy way. This book drew me in right from the beginning, and by the half way point my mind was simply saying "no no no" I did not want to happen what I thought would. I had great difficulty in putting this book down and not thinking about it. It was was a very dark and disturbing book involving serious issues like murder, death, rape and very unhealthy relationships. The emotions in this book felt very real and raw which makes you feel connected to the characters. I don't know if I have ever disliked a character as much as I disliked Vivian, she is simply .... poison, sucking people into her desperate world. But thats exactly what she is to Archer, poison, who is a killer but you just want to hug (or is that just me and I need help?). Archer is desperate to try and save Vivian, after years of friendship, he feels like he owes her protection and will do anything to get her back to the sweet girl he loves. He is confused, torn, and emotionally vunerable. But if Vivian is the poison, then Evan is the antidote, or light at the end of the tunnel. Evan is everything that Archer needs. It was impossible for me not to want Acher to find that light at the end of his dark tunnel,even if he is a killer, and I never knew if he would find the light. All I can say is read this book, you will not be disapointed. It is simply captivating. Will I read it again? Yes Would I recommend it? YES YES
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First Impressions: Hushed is a story about murder, desire, and betrayal. I've recently started to read the synopsis of each book on my "honey-read" list. I want to know what I am getting myself into. Hushed caught my attention. Most books we read tend to have some kind of romance plot line. Hushed isn't any different. But it does introduce a homosexual romantic plot line which is still rather taboo for most folks. I wanted to see where it went.
The First 50 Pages: First comes love and then comes murder. Isn't how this is supposed to go? Hushed opens in a scene of murder and suicide shrouded in mystery. This is sickening scene where a seemingly innocent person is being forced to take their own life. They plead and beg. The murderer shows very little remorse but does not enjoy the act. He stays until the final breath escapes his victim and the air hangs heavy with death.
This is the opening to Hushed. And this sucked me in.
Cast of Characters: First, the character introductions.
Meet Vivian. Vivian has had a rough life. She had her innocence stolen at a young age. She becomes confused as she grows. Her taste in men has never been anything over whelming. You wouldn't know it now though. She seems bright and bubbly enough. She is a typical college student, just with poor taste in men. The only reason Viv hasn't snapped is because her crutch of a friend Archer.
Archer is a white knight. He is as mentally damaged as Vivian is, but for his own reasons. He just never came to terms with what happened so many years ago. He truly is Vivian's crutch. He is tossed aside when he isn't needed. He welcomes her back with open arms when he is. He does everything for Vivian in the name of love. But he is confused.
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***A copy of Hushed was provided by Entangled Publishing for review.***
After reading the book description I didn't think I was gonna like this book, I mean how can an author possibly make you root for a murderer. But after reading the first page I was immediately hooked and was hoping Archer actually got away with murder. I didn't realize at first that this story was gonna have a homosexual storyline. I just assumed that Evan was a girl (like how Charlie was a girl in Kimberly Derting's The Pledge) but their relationship came very naturally. This story starts off with a bang and leaves you at the edge of your seat until the end.
Archer and Vivian have been friends since they were kids. When she was 12 her brother's friends raped her. Archer has never forgiven himself for not being able to save Vivian so he does everything he can to please her, even though she takes advantage of him and uses him when it's convenient for her. Their relationship is toxic and there were times when Archer kept running back to Vivian that I wanted to reach into the book and shake him. Everything starts changing when Evan shows up in the picture and Vivian decides she wants him gone.
This book was very dark, disturbing and tackles very serious issues like murder, death, unhealthy relationships and rape. The emotions in this book were very real and raw and made you feel connected to the characters.
5 out of 5 stars!
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