Author: R.L. Merrill
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Length: 214 pages
Reviewed by Racheal
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?
I loved all the ‘80s and early ‘90s hair bands growing up. That usually meant mostly rock and heavy metal bands. I loved the way they dressed, the way they moved on the stage and mostly I loved the way I would lose myself in their music. My biggest dream at the time was to be a roadie and just hang with any one of the many bands that I loved. However, the image that they portray on stage is not the person that they are. Us as a culture seem to want to label them as some kind of gods when in reality they happen to be just normal people doing something they love to do and making money. As I became older I would see the tabloids at gas stations and local grocery stores and think, is all the fame and fortune worth a person's life being judged by people that don’t really know them? These were my thoughts as I read Author R.L.Merrill’s Summer of Hush.
The story basically follows the life of a rock band trying to make a come back after a traumatic experience that almost destroyed their band. Each member of the band is bringing back a little baggage but they hope with the new life that brought back it will put them back on top. Their lead singer solicited himself from his band of brothers for a long time and because of that what they deem being protective, he sees as trust issues. The only person he seemed to even be able to connect with was a blogger that appeared to be ghosted.
Kris is just taking back his life after a devastating loss of a loved one. Finally graduated from college and taking time off from teaching music to kids for a once in a lifetime internship.
What neither men are expecting to find is a quick bond with each other. When the two are together it’s pure magic. Just one thing that can blow this fast pace connection, and once the news breaks it maybe over for these two before it ever actually began.
If you are a fan of rock, grudge, alternative or any collaborations of music bands such as Warped Tour or even Woodstalk, this book is a must read!
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