Monday, April 16, 2018

Pre-Release Review: Hush (The Manse #4) by Lynn Kelling

Hush_CvrMEDTitle ~ Hush

Author ~ Lynn Kelling

Publisher ~ ForbiddenFiction an Imprint of  Enspire Publishing

Published ~ 17th April 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary Gay Romance, M/M/M, BSDM, Thriller

Rating

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Synopsis

Rune Tooby is a smartass rebel and closeted gay biker with The Born Soldiers motorcycle gang. Rune’s life centered on casual sex and less-than-legal employment, until a pickup truck full of homophobic white supremacists rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to live deaf and silent overwhelmed Rune, sending him to humbly beg help from the last people he trusts completely: the rich and powerful Dominants of the Manse, who trained Rune in the arts of BDSM.

Oliver Hughes, cocky day trader and sexual Dominant, lives a life of indulgent luxury. Despite this, he feels adrift and unneeded since his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, became absorbed into life as a family man and cardiologist, leaving him little time for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the leaders of Manse, it starts a wild ride, sweeping up everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair. Rune and Oliver find themselves on a path filled with frustrating miscommunications, rage-filled vengeance, and painfully unearthed secrets. (M/M/M)

Story Page http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000332/

 

Debra’s Review

Although this is labeled as book four in The Manse series, it’s a standalone story. If you have read Bare you will recognize all of the main characters, but again it’s not necessary to have read that (although it was a 5-star read for me and I highly recommend it) since this takes place before the events there. If you have issues with stories where the MCs have consensual sex with others, you may want to think twice as Oliver and Rune do not have a monogamous relationship. The main relationship is between Oliver and Rune but it also includes Oliver’s longtime sub Jackson. Oliver and Rune have a D/s contract that includes sharing and voyeurism so there are scenes that also include Oliver’s best friend Adam.

Since the accident that took his hearing, Rune has been merely existing. He feels cut off from the world and has mostly isolated himself from his Motorcycle Club, The Born Soldiers. When it becomes too much, he approaches David Davenport of Manse to help him out. He needs to feel anchored to the world again. Even more so after losing his hearing, Rune feels he’s disposable; nobody would miss him so he has nothing to lose in seeking vengeance for himself and others who might be hurt by the men who set him up.

Oliver needs to be needed and Rune needs him which is why he agrees to David's request to act as his Dom. As much as his longtime sub Jackson needs him and is an important part of Oliver's life, Oliver knows that Jackson's own family will always come first. Jackson can't always be there. Oliver didn't realize he needed someone else to fill that gap. He devotes all his time to Rune, learning to communicate better, integrating Rune into his and Jackson's relationship and the rest of his life. Oliver very quickly falls for Rune surprising himself and those who know him best.

Rune fits into Oliver's life pretty easily and he gets something he's always wanted. He has someone to protect and someone who will protect him and finds him worthy. But Rune has a difficult time really allowing how much Oliver cares and worries about him to sink in. There are times Rune feels shame at wanting Oliver to comfort him, he'd rather have him dish out a harsh punishment. He also isn't willing to let on just how much Oliver has come to mean to him as his Dom and his lover, and that he fears losing it all. While everyday communication is difficult, it's compounded by Rune’s secrets and soon it turns out to be a matter of life and death.

Rune, Oliver and Jackson's arrangement works well and all the men are comfortable and attracted to each other. It was the personalities that caused issues. Both Rune and Oliver are pretty stubborn. Rune may be Oliver's submissive, but he made it clear from the start that he would need leeway in handling his personal matters independently. Oliver is thrown by his feelings for Rune and it can seep into his mindset when it comes to dominating him. This is where his friend Adam comes in handy. I loved to see Oliver when he was out of control of his situation, a challenge he rarely has to face.

Both Rune and Oliver are wonderful characters. Very different from each other, but they work together completely. Oliver likes control and order. Rune is independent and a feisty. Both have huge hearts too as we see in Oliver's devotion to the men in his life and in Rune's innate need to protect others like him who may be victimized. Jackson is the constant. While his own life is stressful he is the voice of calm and reason in the triad.

The kink is mostly dominance. Rune sometimes has a need to fight and needs his punishment to hurt, which works well with Oliver, and things get rough and very physical. There was a great dynamic between all the characters involved, but I think some of my favorite scenes were those with just Rune and Oliver together, when they could let themselves be vulnerable even just for a few moments.

This was another wonderful story from Lynn Kelling full of diverse and interesting characters. It's pretty low on angst though there are some tense and violent moments. The relationship she creates between all the men is layered and beautiful. Rune's character, especially, shows incredible growth through the story. The man he is at the end is a far cry from the broken, angry one we are first introduced to and it's wonderful seeing how he gets there.

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Meet Lynn Kelling

Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it's body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress. email: lynn@lynnkelling.com

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