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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

"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." --Giselle, Goodreads

"Hushed is a gripping, suspenseful story that made my heart race and kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s dark, twisted, chilling and heart-melting, a brilliant, outstanding story. Highly recommended!" --Tina, Goodreads

"Loved it. Seriously couldn't stop reading this one, and it takes a LOT to keep me up at night. Completely creepy and compelling and ... just, wow." --Brigid, Goodreads

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 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 and have a listen.

Okay so firstly, I loved this book. But it's not all about boy cuddles either, it's a very, very dark book. Archer is ...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. little less gory, more angst.

Everything about this book screams uncon ...more

By Irina Elena 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.

From the writing to the characters t ...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 brilliant book for me is when ...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 him and only wa ...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 es ...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

What a fabulous book. I'm not going to waffle ...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 shifts ...more

By ȷαεlα 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 like and ...more

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: Whe ...more

By Trisha July 05, 2014

Do monsters deserve a second chance?

Wow, this book is book is a tough one. I was gripped from the beginning and although this isn't the typical romance, I loved it. This book would not be for some readers. It's dark and disturbing, it has it's brilliant points. But at the end of the day it's not in ...more

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 until my stunned silen ...more

By Karla(Book Addict) April 08, 2013

deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile

By Mai August 25, 2017

Have you ever read an -or is it a?- lgbt book just for the cuteness, cuddles and the vanilla? Admit it, you have.

Well, it's ten times better when you read all that with a touch of darkness, serial killings and a straight love triangle included!

Hushed is about a teen boy who is after the rapist of hi ...more

By Stacia (the 2010 club) January 12, 2012

It took me a while after finishing to figure out how to rate this book. I couldn't decide if this book was absolutely brilliant and I loved it, or if it was too messed up and I hated it.

After several day's worth of reflection, I'm going to say that I liked it. The book sits around a 3.5 for me and I ...more

By Tana November 11, 2011

Hushed by Kelley York

This is one of the best novels I have read this month maybe even this year. When I first received Hushed I thought it was going to be about a young man who is seeking revenge on behalf of his best friend Vivian. He would do anything for her, even kill.

So as we start reading this ...more

By Brigid February 13, 2013

Five stars, for sure. Loved it. Seriously couldn't stop reading this one, and it takes a LOT to keep me up at night. Completely creepy and compelling and ... just, wow.

When I started reading, I was really worried that Archer's attachment to Vivian wasn't going to have a suitable basis. You know the ...more

By Kayleigh November 20, 2011

Hushed Review on K-Books

This is one of the best books I have read this month, possibly this year. This is the first thriller-type book I have ever read and I always assumed it just wasn't my thing. I am definitely more of a romance kind of girl but when I was asked to review it and I read the blurb ...more

By Beth October 22, 2011

I beta-read this book, and you are going to love it. It's dark and beautiful and totally unforgettable.


Now we're getting near the release date, I feel the need to update this. I will start this with a warning that this book is disturbing and does mix genres, so be prepared not to have your 'typi ...more

By Deeze February 26, 2012

Damn I feel strange for liking Archer so damn much. This isn't so much a review as more my rambling thoughts and feelings that probably only make sense to me LOL.

Is it a good thing when an author writes a killer that you can totally feel for and sympathise with? Archer stole my heart very early on ...more

By Candice February 25, 2012

4.5 stars This book, more specifically the beginning was not what I expected and I honestly did not know how I was going to be able to accept Archer and find any redeeming quality in him. Once I got past that, this book held me until the very end. This is by no means a light and happy book and at mo ...more

By Jenn February 27, 2012

Do monsters get seconds chances?

Loved it and want to read it again immediately. Its definitely not for most people or everyone, but I like weird, dark things. Its definitely one of my favorite books I read in a long while. The author writes characters you know you shouldn't like or care for, but yet ...more

By Rachel December 04, 2011

Archer Pond is a killer.

He is seeking vengeance for the brutal crime that took his best friend Vivian from him years ago and turned her into someone he doesn’t even know. Someone he isn’t even sure he likes.

He’s made a list. He’s studied his victims. And one by one he plans on making each of them pa ...more

By Jess November 21, 2011

"He squeezed his eyes shut. A hand brushed his shoulder. Why did he always do that? Touch and go. It drove him crazy. Then Evan’s arms were sliding around him and all complaints vanished.”

I don’t even know what to say. If I could rate this book a 10, I so would. But it’s not even that, it’s just how ...more

By Kelley June 25, 2011's my book. Thank you to everyone who contributed to HUSHED in some form or another: my wife, the Entangled Publishing team, my crit partner, my betas, and--of course--all you fantastic readers. I adore you all. ...more

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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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