Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. I recently finished the first book in the Summer of Hush series by R.L. Merrill. I was happily able to read a copy through Reedsy.
Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill
- 70,000 words
- Contains explicit content
- Contemporary romance
What can I say, unknown requited romances- I love them. Add in music culture, best friends by your side, band mates closer than brothers with tons of angst and I’m hooked.
I recently was able to finish book one in the Summer of Hush series, expectantly titled, summer of hush. It is a fun fast-paced whirlwind type romance. Of the two main characters, (Silas Franklin and Krish Guruvayoor) my favorite was Krish. His character was introspective and empathetic, which made for very angsty read.
Although Krish is my favorite character, that doesnt mean the other characters were not equally developed and interesting. While reading this novel, twice I had that feeling you get when you’re reading a side character and you think, there is a story here. I want to know more about this one. For me, those two characters were Brains and Los. I really want to know more about Los’s past, which makes this being a series all the better.
I enjoyed the character writing and the depth of atmosphere Merrill is able to instill. Take the individual musicians, for instance, they dont feel one dimensional, they each are incredibly technically knowledgable about their craft.
I felt like I was behind the scenes of a music festival. The fact that there is a scene where Brains is teaching a workshop, and it’s not all ‘party like a rock star’ made this more down to earth for me.
Also, the way subject matter is handled in Summer of Hush is well written. From suicide and familiar death, and their emotional aftermath to career ethics and multiple topics revolving around LBGTQ youth (like having a safe space to talk, coming out, and sexual safety) are handled in a comfortable manner . Most of the latter are mentioned but do not go in great depth in the narrative, but I am happy they are mentioned.
I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the humor. While filled with angst and romance,( which I love) there were a few moments of levity I liked. One in particular came near the beginning when Silas is reading the latest post from The Guru, there is a full on conversation involving scatalogic humor. It’s extremely brief, but I laughed out loud. Maybe its just my sense of humor, but I thought it was funny.
I am giving Summer of Hush by R. L. Merrill, 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this novel to adult readers of romance as there are a few intimate scenes that are slightly graphic. Readers should also be aware of topics of suicide and familar death that are a recurring theme within the novel. If you are interested in a fast-paced, at time intense romance to read next, this series may interest you.
4 out of 5 stars
I hope you enjoyed my review of Summer of Hush by R.L. Merrill. I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to starting the second book in this rock and roll romance series.
Here is a link to the review on Reedsy. It includes a book synopsis if you think you want to check it out. I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to read it! Let me know if you think you will read this one down in the comments.
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