Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Review: Hushed by Britni Hill

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Hushed
   *Series: Western Palm
Author: Britni Hill
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Ebook; 299
Release Date: March 16, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of New Adult Romance

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When Tess meets step-brothers Blake and Jason, their differences and her past push her toward Jason even though she’s instantly drawn to Blake. Tess quickly learns people aren’t always who they seem to be when her relationship with Jason ends.

A spring break trip pushes Blake and Tess together leaving them unable to deny the way they feel for each other. While they fall for one another Tess’ history with Jason leads them to try to keep their growing relationship a secret from their friends. Sneaking around and hiding behind doors adds a certain spark, but they both feel the countdown ticking, leaving them wondering when it will all come out and what will happen.

An angry Jason spills a secret from his and Blake’s past that makes Tess question how real her relationship with Blake was. Secrets can ruin everything.

Can the truth bring them back together?

Recommended for 17+ due to language and sexual situations.

I happened to win a copy of Revealed, the second book in this series, via a Facebook contest. So, of course I had to read Hushed first and I am glad that I did. Not only does Britni Hill create a great atmosphere, her settings made me feel right at home. Like I was sitting there having a beer with the characters. I would say my biggest frustration is that I never really connected with Tess as a character. Tess seemed intent on avoiding the "bad boys" because her ex-boyfriend treated her poorly, but ends up dating a jerk (Jason) anyway. Nothing from there on out surprised me.

From the very beginning of the novel, I loved the tension between Tess and Blake. Their first kiss was swoon-worthy, so it kind of bothered me that we immediately jump to Tess dating/breaking up with Jason. When you have that kind of instant spark with someone it seems silly to brush it off, and even more strange to date the stepbrother. While I was glad we didn't have to read a lot about the Jason/Tess relationship, I did like Blake's character a lot which is what saved this book for me. The tension that builds over spring break due to their interesting sleeping arrangements was a lot of fun to read. As with most romance, there is always that fatal flaw in the relationship that needs to get resolved and the author does a good job with that without it being overly dramatic.

All in all, I enjoyed the start of the Western Palm series and will definitely read the next installment if only to learn more about the other characters in the series.


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