Wren is one of "the gifted”—a man with the power to compel others’ feelings and desires. He uses his power as a game of sexual consent until Cameron, a naive college student, enters his life.
- Hush by Jude Sierra
Hush by Jude Sierra
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About the Author
Jude began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read "pool+tv". As a sucker for happy endings and well written emotional arcs and characters, Jude is an unapologetic bookaholic. She finds bookstores and libraries unbearably sexy and, to her husband's dismay, is attempting to create her own in their living room. She is a writer of many things that hope to find their way out of the sanctuary of her hard drive, and many that have found a home in a fanfiction community. Hush is her first original published novel.
May 19, 2015
Did not live up to expectations
The synopsis of Hush suggests that in the novel we will be introduced to two strong male characters who are sexually drawn to one another, but resist this is some paranormal game. However, I feel that this is only partly true. Wren is "gifted"; able to read emotions and compel people. After being hurt by a past boyfriend, Wren now abuses this power and lives his life by certain rules so that he can protect himself from love. Though I think Jude Sierra wants us to feel sorry for Wren, I didn't. In fact, I pretty much despised his manipulation and control of Cam.
Whilst Wren is the cat, Cam is the mouse and though at times he demonstrates some authority, he mostly allows himself to be directed by his own sexual needs, as well as Wren's.
Not only did I struggle with the personalities of the two protagonists, but also with Jude Sierra's writing style, which has an immediacy I feel distances us from the feelings of the characters,
"It's the second hour of his day on the third day of his school semester when he sees Wren Allister for the third time. The class is absolutely packed, only a few chairs of the two hundred capacity lecture hall left unfulfilled. There's nothing here to look forward to. Stats are not his thing, he's here to fill a requirement quickly and move past something he'll hate."
Although I was disappointed with Hush, I think there are New Adult M/M Romance readers, who will like Jude Sierra's take on paranormal fiction and her idea of the "gifted".
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