Wren is one of “the gifted”—a college sophomore with the power to compel others’ feelings and desires. He uses his power as a game of sexual consent until Cameron, a naïve freshman, enters his life. As Cameron begins to understand his sexuality and gain confidence under Wren’s tutelage, Wren grows to recognize new and unexpected things about himself. Can their game become a relationship as the power shifts from teacher to student?
I really enjoyed this story. The side characters are so wonderful and they bring so much life to the story. Cam takes all the things thrown his way pretty easily. Wren has to control everything because he’s scared of getting hurt. I found the “gifted” population interesting. It’s like a not-so-secret secret. I’d love to know more about that aspect of the story. More about how people perceive it or react to it beyond one random bigot in the story that doesn’t really go anywhere. It was interesting watching Wren be in denial of his feelings for so long it’s both sweet and hard to watch when he figures it out. Cam is so hot for Wren’s controlling gift and they go to some pretty kinky places with it. Soxiled was hysterical! I loved how Cam and his roommate make it into this big joke. Cam and Wren have a great start for a relationship but I’d love to see how they survive long term.
I asked Jude to share a playlist for the book with us. Gotta say that I LOVE the songs that go along with Hush. I hope you do too! Read and enjoy!
Oh this might be my favorite blog stop of them all! Music is a huge part of my writing process, and I always have it on when I write. I create playlists as I get lost in the book I am writing.
I do have a spotify playlist, but it’s 26 tracks long. Spotify is free, I highly recommend it, I love being able to make my own playlists and listen to other peoples. You can find and follow it here.
To narrow it down though, I’ll give you the ten most important ones – the ones that actively speak to moments in the book and the characters.
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
Wild Ones– Sia, Flo Rida
Statues of Ourselves, Semi Precious Weapons
ET – Katy Perry and Kanye West
Map of the Problematique – Muse
Titanium – Sia, David Guetta
Hysteria – Muse
The Perfect Drug– Nine Inch Nails
Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding.
Wren looks… different. His eyes are wide in what seems almost like surprise. His lips, darker than Cam’s ever seen them, tremble. Cam doesn’t need any of Wren’s abilities to catch that Wren is overwhelmed. The only thing Cam knows how to offer is what he himself would want.
“Kiss me?” he asks.
Beautifully, Wren doesn’t resist. His clothes are rough against Cam’s skin all those zippers are so cold where Cam radiates heat. When Wren drapes himself on top of Cam, his body is heavier than Cam had imagined. Wren kisses Cam softly, seeking something, and Cam wants to believe it’s from a feeling of closeness, something sweet like the gratitude he feels right now. He cannot believe he just did that—that he let Wren do that. Hulled and shaking, Cam lets his hands wander because even after that perfect storm of pleasure, there is an itch under his skin for more.
Jude Sierra first began writing poetry as a child in her home country of Brazil. Still a student of the form, she has expanded her repertoire with her first novel, Hush.
She began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007, and in 2011 began writing in online fan communities, where her stories have thousands of readers.
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