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Summer of Hush

(Summer of Hush 01)
by

R.L. Merrill

Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?

Warnings: Talk of suicide (in the past) and grief

Release date: 8th October 2019
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R.L. Merrill’s Exclusive Excerpt!

The Meet-Cute Part 1

Here’s the set up:

Krishnan Guruvayoor, aka The Guru: Anonymous Music Blogger beloved by the metalcore/alternative music community. 

Silas Franklin: Lead singer of metalcore band Hush, force to be reckoned with, total charmer.

The singer and the blogger have pined for each other for years, but have never met. That’s about to change. 

The scene: Hush’s drummer Brains’s backstage workshop. 

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The group all turned their heads to see Silas and Los standing behind them and doing a two-man wave. Silas laughed and elbowed Los. “Sorry, Mr. Brains. We didn’t mean to interrupt you.”

Silas may have sounded contrite, but he appeared to be full of mischief. Krish couldn’t look away. That smile was even more powerful up close. Not because it was a handsome smile, but because it seemed to hover on that line between sweet and unhinged. Krish had always loved watching Silas’s performances, both live and on their music videos, for that very reason. Silas would start out with his eyes flashing and a grin on his face that would eventually morph into something like an insane person’s expression. On anyone else it would have been comical, but on Silas it let Krish and everyone else know that he wasn’t just a pretty face or a talented singer, he was a deep feeler and thinker and didn’t take shit from anyone. His smile embodied all the things Krish loved about him.

Well, love might be a strong word. And how silly to be in love with a rock star who’d never even notice you? Except for the blog. The blog might catch his attention, but Krish wasn’t sure that would be a good thing. And he was still staring. Brains had moved forward with his discussion, and everyone else had turned around except Krish. And now Silas was smiling at him.

Krish turned around in a panic. He’d been caught. Jake eyed him and failed to keep his laughter quiet.

“Busted,” Jake whispered.

Krish couldn’t respond and was afraid if he elbowed him to shut up he’d call even more attention to himself.

Maybe Silas hadn’t noticed just how long he’d been staring. Krish looked toward Roxanne’s group and tried to be sly as he peered over his shoulder.

Silas was still smiling at him, and Krish couldn’t tear his eyes away. The guy was stunning. He’d shaved his head recently, and the stubble was his natural dark color rather than the multicolored hues he’d had for a few years. He already had his stage makeup on, it seemed, as his bluish-green eyes were lined in black and he wore black lipstick. He’d added a nose ring to his piercings since the last time Krish had seen pictures of him, and the gauges in his ears were wider than he remembered, about the size of nickels now. His wiry frame was drenched in black from his tight black pants to the black Judas Priest shirt he wore with the sleeves cut way low so his muscular torso could be seen beneath. He was stunning. His porcelain skin, marked heavily with colorful tattoos from the neck down, was smooth and hairless, and his teeth were so white they nearly blinded Krish. Because he was still smiling at Krish.

Krish’s lips turned up at the corners out of embarrassment, but also excitement. Silas was here. And he’d noticed him.

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I’d sure love for you to meet Krish, Silas and the menagerie of folks on the last cross-country Warped Tour for a summer of hope, love and rock ‘n’ romance…

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About R.L.!

Once upon a time… a teacher, tattoo collector, mom, and rock ’n’ roll kinda gal opened up a doc and started purging her demons. Several self-published books and a debut gay romance with Dreamspinner Press later, R.L. Merrill is still striving to find that perfect balance between real life and happily ever after. She writes stories set in the places she loves most, such as Hollywood, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Northern California—and Iowa. Ro also loves connecting with other authors online, at the annual Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, and chapter meetings for the Romance Writers of America, of which she’s been a member since 2014.

A sucker for underdogs, Ro has adopted a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, rats, a snake and fish. Her love of horror is evident the moment you walk in her door and find yourself surrounded by decorative skulls and quirky artwork from around the world. You can find her lurking on social media where she loves connecting with readers, educating America’s youth, being a mom taxi to two busy kids, in the tattoo chair trying desperately to get that back piece finished, or head banging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Review

R.L. Merrill - Hush of Summer Cover s uyer3784Title: Summer of Hush

Series: Summer of Hush 01

Author: R.L. Summer

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel (214pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 8, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Hush is back… and it’s about to get loud.

After two years grieving the death of his best friend, Silas Franklin is back on the road with his metalcore band, Hush. With a new member, a brilliant new album, and a headlining spot on the last cross-country Warped Tour, life couldn’t be better—unless Silas could meet the intriguing music blogger known only as the Guru. Silas has followed his blog for years and feels the Guru might be the only person who “gets” him.

For years Krishnan Guruvayoor has reported on the metal scene as an anonymous blogger, and he’s just landed an internship on the Warped Tour as well as a potential position with a well-respected music magazine. His best friend arranges for him to meet singer Silas Franklin—but only as Krish the Intern. Their chemistry is instant, and Krish is thrilled to get to know the man behind the music.

The rock star and blogger quickly go from meet-cute to cuddle session, but secrets, overprotective bandmates, meddling media, and a terrible accident all conspire against them. Can their romance survive the summer of Hush?

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-433-8

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Kris is a blogger who hopes to one day write for an alternative rock band magazine. He starts his internship with the Warped Tour and is quickly introduced to his secret crush Silas from metal core band, Hush. The two hit it off instantly and the chemistry is off the charts.

Silas has been intrigued with a blogger named guru for years. When he meets Kris he is smitten. Despite many obstacles thrown at these two between meddling bandmates and secrets they seem to be made for each other. I wish I had liked the story more but I’m not a fan of rock stories unless there’s something more with it.

The story was good and I liked the interactions the characters throughout the book. But it was not enough to make me love the book. I’m sure others who are into this type of story will be thrilled with it. 

O.k. read for me.

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