Title: Hush (The Manse #4)
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Enspire Publishing
Release Date:April 17th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, BDSM
Page Count: 398
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Rune Tooby is a smartass rebel and closeted gay biker with The Born Soldiers motorcycle gang. Rune’s life centered on casual sex and less-than-legal employment, until a pickup truck full of homophobic white supremacists rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to live deaf and silent overwhelmed Rune, sending him to humbly beg help from the last people he trusts completely: the rich and powerful Dominants of the Manse, who trained Rune in the arts of BDSM.
Oliver Hughes, cocky day trader and sexual Dominant, lives a life of indulgent luxury. Despite this, he feels adrift and unneeded since his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, became absorbed into life as a family man and cardiologist, leaving him little time for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the leaders of Manse, it starts a wild ride, sweeping up everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair. Rune and Oliver find themselves on a path filled with frustrating miscommunications, rage-filled vengeance, and painfully unearthed secrets. (M/M/M)
Lynn Kelling’s books have a special place on my shelves. I like her work because it’s very inclusive, diverse, definitely far from mainstream, with an ever present dark undercurrent. I dare say that Kelling’s books have been mind opening about subjects that I previously thought to be taboo.
Hush is the prequel to Bare but I believe it can be read as a standalone. Of course, after reading it, I want to go back and re-read Adam’s story!
I wouldn’t classify Hush as a MMM romance, meaning that it’s not about an exclusive threesome. The focus of the story really is Oliver and Rune. Jackson (Oliver’s other sub) is a welcome addition that has a lot to offer but he has a family of his own that always comes first (NO cheating if that’s what you ‘re thinking about).
After reading the blurb about a deaf, self-destructive sub who needed some guidance and reining in, and a composed and collected, rich dom who feels lonely deep down and wants someone to take care of on a permanent basis, I thought “damn, these two will just click!”. Yeah, no. Right from their very first meeting, Oliver and Rune just clashed. I LOVED THAT!
In her note at the end of the book, the author admits that her favourite part was driving Oliver crazy. That was my favourite part too! Rune was definitely too much work, and I’m sure Oliver started getting a few gray hairs at the end of the story because of Rune’s reckless behaviour.
Their relationship is challenging from the word go. First and foremost, the daily communication struggles, as they both have to perfect their sign language skills (and Rune his lip reading as well). Then, they have to find a way to trust each other, but this is proving to be very hard because of Rune acting bat shit crazy every now and then.
You see, Rune has a death wish. He’s got nothing to lose anymore (or so he thinks) so he’s always after the group of people responsible for his situation. But now Rune has people. People, and especially Oliver and Jackson, who are not willing to stand by and watch him die.
The sex scenes are perfect. Scorching hot but also meaningful and full of symbolisms.
Overall, a great addition to The Manse universe and a must read for the fans of the author. Recommended!