For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
Reading Level: 14+
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Series: Hush Hush; book 1
Rating: 4 stars
Rating: 4 stars
Yum. Not only is the man on the cover absolutely delicious, but so is the story.
I have to admit that I was a bit iffy when I read the prologue. I had the worst feeling that the story was going to consist of horrible flashbacks between the present and 1565, but that was definitely not the case. Minus two sections of the book, which were only a handful of pages together, there were no flashbacks at all -- and those two flashbacks were more present day.
I found Nora to be likable enough, though I didn't feel myself really connecting with her character. She mentioned briefly about her father's death and that she didn't want to move out of the farmhouse, as that was her only connection left to him, but she never touched on what her relationship with him had been like. She seems to have a good enough relationship with her mom, but as she's always away on business it felt like that aspect was forced simply to make parts of the plot work.
The only character I found to be very lacking would be Nora's best friend, Vee Sky. I felt like her character was always wanting to talk about sex and boys, and made me wonder why her and Nora were really friends -- as Nora didn't have the least bit of interest in any of the guys at her school.
But from the second that Patch was introduced, I was hooked on the book. He seemed to steal the spotlight, in my opinion. Everything about him came across as sexy, from his physical description to the seductive way he toyed with Nora.
The plot was pretty fast paced and kept the story moving nicely -- with lots of sexual tension -- though I'm curious about how the next book in the series will pick up where this one left off. Without revealing much, I'll simply say that the story hinted that the ending wasn't possible for Nora and Patch to be together in that way, and yet...it happened.