Hush Hush #1 by Anneliese Vandell
Released: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Anneliese Vandell
Reviewed by Sarah
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Fifty Shades of Grey meets Revenge in this tantalizing new series about a young woman who’s willing to do anything in the name of vengeance.
Something terrible happened to April Morrison when she was eleven years old. When she returns home to New Orleans fourteen years later as “Sophia,” she has only one word on her mind: revenge. She’s got her eye on Charles and Barbara Hawthorne, the crowning jewel of New Orleans’ elite and the ones responsible for turning her life upside down.
Enter Liam Hawthorne, the couple’s successful, strikingly handsome, and irresistibly dominant thirty-two year old son. When Liam makes a provocative proposal, it occurs to April that he may be just the “in” she needs. But what she doesn’t bargain for is Liam’s insatiable—and thrilling—sexual appetite. And as Liam begins to test April’s limits, she realizes that appearances are not what they seem.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
This is the first in a new serial romance from Anneliese Vandell. If you’re a fan of the television show Revenge you’ll enjoy this story. I would say after finishing this first installment, there is definitely more suspense than erotica at this point, however, I would surmise it’s mostly because the details for rest of the story are being introduced.
Now in her twenties April Morrison is ready for vengeance against the people who put her parents in prison. As an 11 year old, her life was turned upside down when her parents taken away from her. She was placed with her Aunt and Uncle, who happen to be shady characters. Back in New Orleans after a decade away, she begins to put a loosely devised plan to bring down the Hawthorne’s into play.
At a party where she should be doing reconnaissance and finding an in with the Hawthorne’s, she meets Liam. There’s an attraction between the two quickly but she has a job to do. Once she realizes he’s the son of Charles Hawthorne, she promptly changes her mind and seeks him out. Liam has a secret of his own; his involves certain proclivities and a secret room.
If you read the synopsis and expect April to be as vicious and emotionally detached as Emily Thorne is on Revenge, she is not. In many ways this makes her character just as compelling; it’s like she has retained some of the innocence. I should also mention April is a virginal heroine which makes for fascinating character development…or go very, very wrong. Jury is still out on this aspect.
Overall, I can see a lot of potential with this series. While the first story is a bit bumpy, it’s a diamond in the rough type quality. I find the mix of suspense and sexual situations to be compelling enough to fly through the pages. It leaves me interested to see where the story will go because it’s bursting with possibilities.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.