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Peek Inside Hushed

Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to shelter her from everything else. But when Evan Bishop breezes into town and Archer falls hard, Viv threatens to expose Evan’s dark secret if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for Archer to end his relationship with Evan...permanently.


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He’s loved her. Killed for her. Yet he may not be able to save her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to shelter her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed.

Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can’t deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer’s dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan…permanently.


“Dark, emotional, and intensely romantic. HUSHED is a psychological journey like nothing I’ve ever experienced.” – Nyrae Dawn, author of CHARADE

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664337
Release Date: Nov 11, 2013
Page Count: 268
Imprint: embrace
Genre: lgbtq, mystery & suspense, new adult
Tropes: blackmail, bodyguard/protector, coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Rogier November 27, 2011

My thoughts

Cover: A simply dark cover in my opinion. Because of it simplicity it catches your attention. Not girl –ified. No bare chest model. Like those but their overdone. It catches your attention becuase of the the blood smears on his cheek. I ask myself what happened when I see that.

Book: When I saw it on Go...

Right off the bat, I want to say thanks to the publisher and the Fantasy & YA Addicted group for the opportunity to read this book.

Wow, this is probably one the top five books I’ve read this year.

Amazing can’t describe. I was captivated by the first words and it never stopped u.../>

By Wigs July 19, 2012

Attention: This is a review for a queer book full of boy cuddles. If this makes you think

then press back and

if, however, your original thought was

then gather round an... ...more

By Giselle December 08, 2011

Hushed is definitely not a bedtime story! It's dark, sinister and completely unorthodox. Frankly, I thought it was brilliant! We all know Dexter, right? (Michael C. Hall <3 ) Hushed is basically a YA version of Dexter. A little less gory, a little more angst.

Everything about this book screams... ...more

By Nina August 13, 2016

Goddamn, this is good.
I don't know how Kelley York does it, but it's like everything that comes out of her brain and fingers is magic.

Don't get me wrong, it does have a few flaws... I think. I mean, there must have been something. It's just that I couldn't see it.

Fro... ...more

By Vio March 03, 2012

4.5 Stars

So many wonderful reviews about Hushed and deservedly so!

Yep I have to say it started with a bang! A great, great story emotional and absorbing with so many twists and turns and what a fantastic ending, a welcome surprise and one I never expected. The sign of a br... ...more

By Tina March 22, 2014

Read in October 2012.

Wow...what a thrilling, brillant story.

There are a lot of things going on in this book that make it a real page turner. Kelley York creates a bad guy - there are no illusions about how messed up Archer is - and portrays him in a way that we find ourselves loving... ...more

By Carlos December 16, 2016

Bueno, para empezar, la historia tiene muchos puntos que la pueden definir como un "cliché", ya saben, el amigo enamorado de la amiga, el clásico sujeto que trata de arreglar a la gente rota, y bla, bla, bla. Pero, ¿saben? La trama es buena en esencia, y aún cuando se pueda pensar que el libro no... ...more

By Bev December 06, 2014

Wow!! This book has been on my kindle since February, and kept trying to raise it's head above water several times...but always ended up sinking back down into the depths, not on THIS occasion however !! and let's have a quick peek at the dancing girls...more

By Thomas June 26, 2014

An intense, unconventional book about eighteen-year-old Archer and his best friend Vivian. Ever since their youths they stuck together and told each other everything, but after something horrible happens to Vivian, Archer makes it his goal to kill everyone complicit in the crime. His vendetta shi... ...more

By Jaela July 29, 2016

I really don't know how to feel about this book. Overall I enjoyed it.

Apart from Evan, I didn't like any of the other characters. I was meh about Archer and I totally detested Vivian. There are so many characters with a twisted mind in this book.

Initially you begin to hate Archer and kinda l...

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Kelley York

About the author

Kelley York

Kelley York is the author of HUSHED and SUICIDE WATCH. She was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid. Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

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