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Release Blitz: Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill

Summer of Hush | R.L. Merrill

 Summer of Hush #1

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): October 8, 2019 (mass market paperback in January 2020)

Length (Print & Ebook): 214 pages

Buy Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/summer-of-hush-by-rl-merrill-10811-b

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Blurb

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?

Warnings: Characters are dealing with some grief after their bandmate committed suicide two years prior. It’s their first tour after losing him. There is no on-page graphic description.

R.L. Merrill talks about Summer of Hush

 Hope, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll. I’d love readers to come away with the book having hope, having a few laughs, and maybe finding some new music to love.

It’s also my love story to the Vans Warped Tour, which recently ended, and all of the good times had there.

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About The Author

Once upon a time… a teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ’n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons.

R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real life and happily ever after, and she’ll keep writing love stories until she does. Both self-published and traditionally published with Dreamspinner Press, Ro writes romance in contemporary, paranormal, and horror settings inspired by love, hope, and rock ’n’ roll. Ro also loves connecting with other authors online, at conventions, and chapter meetings for the Romance Writers of America, of which she’s been a member since 2014.

A sucker for underdogs, Ro has adopted a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, rats, snakes, a chameleon, and some fish. 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 else find her educating America’s youth, being a mom taxi to two busy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or head-banging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Social Media

Website: www.rlmerrillauthor.com

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Seriously sweet and surprisingly spicy romance from Vicki

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just want a lovely, no angsty, story about two people meeting, liking each other, and falling in love.

Vicki Locey delivers that in spades with this book which just had me smiling from start to finish as she wove a really simple, beautiful romance between Mike and ice hockey goalie Bryn.

But, before you start to think that this would be a tad boring let’s just say the bedroom action adds enough spice to make it anything but.

Mike is surprised to find out that he has a tiny little bit of a need to be bossed around and Bryn takes that unique character attribute which makes so many goalies just a little bit nuts and turns that into a match made in heaven.

It’s not quite Dom/sub, it’s not quite Master/slave, it’s really not anywhere on the BDSM spectrum at all if I’m honest, but it’s seriously hot and chock full of emotionally connected chemistry which oozes off the page.

Add in a super cute four-year-old, a supportive and loving younger sister, great teammates and a lack of any miscommunication or dramady and this book’s a total winner. The only reason I’ve not given it the full 5* is because I’d have liked just a teeny bit more before the relationship became serious.

But, that’s totally on me, the narrative absolutely works as it is and there’s nothing missing from it at all, I’m just greedy!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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I’m totally on board with this musical romance

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was in two minds about accepting this ARC request for a number of reasons, not least because it was about the metal scene and I’m seriously picky when it comes to that particular genre 😉 and also because I was a journalist who did a lot of music reviewing during my career.

But let me state here and now for the record that I’m fully on board with The Summer Of Hush because I really enjoyed this excellent examination of life on the road with a metal band.

There is a lot of depth to this narrative especially considering it takes place over a relatively short time period.

Both Silas and Krish are likeable characters and I loved that this was an interracial romance and that Krish’s Indian heritage wasn’t overlooked.

I will say that it didn’t hit 5* for me only because I didn’t really think the angsty bits for why they couldn’t be together actually made much sense.

And by that, I mean there was an additional weight given to the fact Krish hadn’t come clean about being The Guru that I didn’t feel was given enough time to sink in as to why it would be an issue – him being a sort of journalist, him not telling the truth when he found out Silas was a big fan – but they’d literally met like two days earlier.

The second reason was that it felt like I’d stumbled into a series without having read the other books, which isn’t the case as this is book one.

But there’s loads of background stuff which has happened and which is constantly referenced or coming back up in the plot that it seemed like I should have read a Prologue first.

Having said that, it never spoiled what was going on with Silas and Krish and it set up lots of possibilities for more books and yes, I definitely want to know what’s going on with Brains and Paul, as well as Jordan’s baby brother Jake and sullen guitarist Burke.

My first book from this author but not, I suspect, my last.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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